E3 2013: Warframe for PS4 hands-on

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Warframe is going to be a PlayStation 4 launch title. It’s also free-to-play, so anyone with a PS4 and an internet connection will be able to play it immediately without any additional charge. Warframe has been available for many months on PC, and the PS4 version will be the first time it’s available on a console. Demo stations were set up in Sony’s area that provided a brief look at one game mode that involved clearing the enemy while they approached the center of the map. 

Since Warframe is an online game, the demo stations were linked. We all had a different Warframe, and I played as Excalibur. Excalibur is a suit that’s best suited for beginners. It’s equally proficient in ranged and melee combat. If you’re family with Warframe, you’ve probably already seen the Excalibur suit. It’s mostly white and possesses a sword.

Warframe controlled like a typical third person shooter. If you’ve played the PC version with a controller, it’s pretty much the same thing. The biggest difference in the PS4 version is how powers are activated. This is where the controller’s touchpad comes into play. Powers are used by swiping in either direction on the touchpad. This could have easily been an annoyance, but it feels comfortable and natural to move your thumb from the analog sticks and the touchpad.

As far as graphics go, Warframe definitely looks good on PS4. My mind wasn’t blown, but I do believe what was presented wouldn’t look as nice on PS3. The framerate held up for the most part, but I did notice a slight decrease in the framerate when things got really hectic. It didn’t stutter or anything, but the fluidity of the animations was reduced to an extent.

I only wish the demo lasted longer. This is the kind of game that is best experienced once you grow familiar with your particular Warframe. Once the PS4 comes out, I think you should definitely give Warframe a shot.

Read [GamerTell @ E3 2013]

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