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Warframe (2013) is a role-playing and shooting game with a focus on narrative-driven adventures and fast-paced, skill-based combat. It offers the fighting and shooting from games like Halo, but in a galaxy on a par with No Man's Sky. What's unique here is that it manages to bring these ambitions together to create meaningful stories without dulling the sense of scale or requirement to gain finely tuned shooting skills.

Set in the distant future, you play one of the Tenno, who use mechs known as Warframes to fight in interplanetary battles. You go from planet to planet, fighting off enemies known as the Grineer to complete missions and quests. Over time this central experience has been expanded with additional content, including more story-based missions and new settings that expand the history and scope of the game's world.

Gameplay focuses on shooting and fighting with melee weapons as you explore the galaxy's many worlds. The combat is designed to be fast-paced and fluid, as you move quickly and can glide through the air to get a height advantage over enemies or escape from bad situations. Along with the combat, you also interact with characters and complete quests for them to unlock gear and upgrades.

It's a vast open-world game with many procedurally generated areas, allowing for a huge variety of scenery and architecture -- each of which force you to use and master different strategies and weapons. In a more open area, you'll need to move quickly to avoid enemies but will be able to target them from much farther away, for example. In more densely populated tundra you have cover but ranged attacks are limited.

It's a huge and complex game with a wide and diverse array of things to do and ways to play. This is leveraged as a playground for the games focus on skill-based combat, expansive stories and more traditional role-playing elements.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Warframe 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 23 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Traversal game with Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform, Role-Play and Shooting elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game. You can play both in co-op modes, where you collaborate with other players to complete missions, or you can play in player vs. player matches (up to 4-versus-4 or all-against-all).

Cross-Platform: Cross-Platform between all systems.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 50 hours and 500 hours to complete. As the game is so vast and with so much content, you can easily spend hundreds of hours playing.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Frequent Strong Violence. Game contains strong violence including bloody depictions of bodies cut into pieces with bladed weapons.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.



Steam Store PC Free
XBox Store Xbox X|S Free
XBox Store Xbox One Free
PlayStation Store PS5 Free
PlayStation Store PS4 Free
Steam Store PC Free
Switch Store Switch Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
The game is free, and you can unlock all items simply by playing. However, some of the cosmetic items would take a very long time to unlock without paying for them. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/03/2013, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Players: 1 (8 online)

Genres: Fighting, Traversal (Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform, Role-Play and Shooting)

Accessibility: 25 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Digital Extremes (@DigitalExtremes)

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