[Update: We've been playing. Watch our Warframe open beta gameplay preview!]
Earlier this year a few of the Game Rant team jumped into the closed beta of a free-to-play online co-op game titledÂ Warframe, developed by Canadian studio Digital Extremes. Today, you can too sinceÂ Warframe is in open beta, and more importantly, is awesome.
Think about the best parts of Mass Effect 3‘s co-op mode (after all the DLC and patches) and then addÂ more of everything and more dynamic combat and controls. That’s scratching the surface of whatÂ Warframe is.
Warframe lets players in teams up for up to four, play through a series of missions. They take on the role on Tenno, a race of ancient warriors awakened in cryopods to a war, who wear Warframe armored suits that grant them special abilities.
The Tenno are masters of combat, and wieldÂ a melee weapon in addition to a primary and secondary firearm. As players destroy enemies and complete mission objectives they gain experience that allow them to upgrade weapons and suits, leading to the unlocking of powers.
A limited amount of players have enjoyed the closed beta since October but today marks the public release where anyone can download and play. And just in time for the public hands-on release is the latest content update:
Coinciding with Open Beta, the game received its largest featureÂ update yet. Update 7 includes a highly anticipated openÂ environment snow planet, 2 new Warframes with poison and sonicÂ powers, a Sentinel pet system, and a new Global Chat feature. TheÂ most radical feature in this update is the re-vamp of the ModÂ System that has added a new level of depth to customizing yourÂ arsenal. Adding some of the stealth flavor seen in the originalÂ Dark Sector sci-fi concept of 2004, the update also providesÂ players with stealth attack options and a new hunting bow calledÂ The Paris.
Gameplay lets players traverse obstacles, run up the side of walls, wall while working together to fight against the Grineer (rotting, militaristic humans obsessed with technology) and the Corpus (focused on trade, very advanced). There are also the Infested (think: zombified versions of the basic Grineer and Corpus units).
As players travels the systems from one mission to the next, new enemy types and boss fights make up for new and changing battles. See for yourself at warframe.com.
Warframe is currently in open beta for PC.
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