Developer: Digital Extremes
"Free-to-play cooperative space ninjas."
I could probably end the review right there, to be honest. Since its PC release, Warframe has boasted what's probably the most kickass high concept on the market; a F2P yet massively expanded take on Mass Effect 3's cooperative multiplayer, which casts us as ancient spacefaring ninjas free to bring death to power-armoured marines, robots and zombies with outlandish guns and Sci-Fi samurai gear. It's a game in which you can throw down on a spider tank with an electric katana, breed a mutant dog to bring into combat, enhance your equipment with collectible cards and even find yourself abducted by a cyborg Frankenwolf in the middle of a match because you insulted one of the factions.
It's also shonky, unpolished, grindy, hinges around a bizarre economy and throws in a huge number of overlapping gameplay systems without worrying about whether they all work properly. Warframe is too crazy to live. And I love it.
If you haven't jumped into Destiny yet, I'd highly recommend giving Warframe a whirl, especially now it's out on Xbox One. And free. It might just be the cure for your Science Fiction slaughterfest bug.Click here to read more...
Warframe is still powering through its PC soft launch ahead of its PS4 release, offering another update with new frames, sentinel allies, bosses, weapons and tweaks. If you've yet to try it, be aware that Warframe is all about being awesome cooperative space ninjas - for free. Not the worst pitch I've ever heard, frankly.
Patch details and video below.Click here to read more...
Star Trek ended up wasting a decent license and some great banter when it released in May, to our intense disappointment. Even director J.J. Abrams found himself bemoaning the ratty quality on show, suggesting that he was hurt" by how much potential ended up untapped.Click here to read more...
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Warframe was confirmed for PS4 yesterday, and all you really need to know is that it's a free-to-play PvE space samurai rampage 'em up with some amazing particle effects.
You don't have to take my word for it. Why not eyeball this new trailer and play it for yourself on Steam? Warframe is still technically in open beta, but it plays well despite a few rough edges - I'll probably look to deliver a review or some impressions soon.Click here to read more...
Digital Extremes have announced that their gorgeous free-to-play PvE shooter Warframe is coming to the PS4, praise Sony's impressive support for independent studios. Apparently Sony reached out to them, not the other way round.
In case you don't know, Warframe lets you become a space ninja samurai who wrecks up entire armies with a group of mates along for the ride. And it's free. Now that I've got your attention,we've got more details below.Click here to read more...
Free-to-play cooperative PvE shooter Warframe has received another major update, which adds Dojos to hang out with your Space Samurai clan, alongside new maps, weapons, modifications and features. We've got the patch notes after the break.
Warframe is still technically in open beta, and thoroughly good fun despite a few rough edges and an economy based on paying to avoid some long crafting wait times. You can check it out (and play for free) on Steam - note that NVIDIA GeForce owners will benefit from (or be instantly blinded by) some ridiculous PhysX effects. I'll bring you some impressions, if not a full review, soon.Click here to read more...
While we strongly recommend reading our review before diving into this one, it's the best price around if you want some phaser-based action. Thanks to Syzable @ HUKD!
Developers: Digital Extremes
Publishers: Paramount Pictures | Namco Bandai
Star Trek is one of those games that frequently proves unintentionally hilarious, but mostly from a laugh-or-you-cry perspective. One scene early on sees Kirk downed by a wound to the leg, and I'm forced to crawl about on my behind as I wait for my AI companion -- Mr. Spock -- to come and rescue me. Except, Mr. Spock's AI has gotten itself stuck behind some flaming debris, and he's quickly dispatched. I end up eliminating all of the foes, but because my would-be saviour has bled out, I fail the mission.
This could just be an unfortunate glitch in AI, but I have a different theory: Mr. Spock is an utter b*stard.
There are moments in Star Trek when taking cover is fundamentally necessary, whether it's to prevent yourself from being barbecued by a nearby star or stealthily slip by some marauding enemies, but this can sometimes prove impossible. Not because moving from cover to cover is clunkily implement, it is but that's not the point, rather because so often you find that your AI companion has stolen the spot you were aiming for at the last moment. So many times, I've attempted to roll across a gap only to bump into my Vulcan pal, who looks at me as if to say "well, I'm in cover" as I'm riddled with lasers or flayed alive.Click here to read more...
Namco Bandai have been somewhat non-committal over whether we'll be receiving review code through for this or not, but Digital Extreme’s movie tie-in launches today in the States, and they've dropped a suitably action-stuffed launch trailer online to get the pulse racing.
The game hits UK shelves this Friday.
The latest 'making the game' video for Star Trek: The Videogame shows how the Gorn evolved from an extra in an unconvincing plastic suit to an militaristic race bent on utter domination. You'll get to see plenty of gameplay footage, several of the Gorn castes (read, enemy varieties) and some more of Pegg's forced Scottish accent. The film tie-in releases next month, and we've got more details in our Star Trek hands-on preview.Click here to read more...
Perhaps in an effort to be the prettiest Free To Play shooter on the market, Warframe is going seriously big on PhysX effects. You can watch Digital Extremes' new trailer - which is basically just unabashed eye candy of the most titillating order - below. Yes, that screengrab is gameplay footage.
Warframe is still in beta, but you can play it for free here. There's probably some hectic combat underneath all those particles.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PS3 (previewed) | Xbox 360
Developers: Digital Extremes
Publishers: Namco Bandai
The Senior Vice President of Paramount Pictures, Brian Miller, took to a stage assembled on the lofty upper floor of London's Science Museum earlier this week to pay tribute a number of games - Mass Effect, Halo to name but two - without which, he said, the upcoming Star Trek game might never have been possible. "They showed us that there was a market for this sort of thing," he said, having declared that Digital Extremes and Paramount Pictures were readying a film tie-in "unlike anything that's ever been done before".
His inference was clear: film games tend to be crap. He's right, of course, cinematic IPs often end up spilling out into other other forms of media around release as part of generating hype and cashing in on a franchise's popularity. Licences are dished out with less than twelve months to go before general release, and corners are cut as dev teams scramble to fashion something (anything!) worthwhile.
But not in this case. Digital Extremes have been beavering away, with assistance from Paramount themselves, for three years on this game. The story has been penned by BAFTA award-winning scribe Marianne Krawczyk in conjunction with the film's writers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci and, as Miller noted, this game sits canonically in between the events of 2009's film and the sequel coming this summer.Click here to read more...
Namco Bandai have finally locked phasers on a release date for their Star Trek tie-in: April 26th, 2013. The cooperative third-person shooter will bridge the gap between both J.J. Abrams movies, and might actually be fun if they manage to build on what we saw at E3.
Pre-order customers will get a free DLC pack thrown in. Logically. Details below.Click here to read more...
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This download will save you over £7 over the boxed version so is well worth a look. The Darkness II is a much more polished experience than the first game and the violent quad-wielding gangster slaying has never looked better thanks to the cell-shaded graphical overhaul. So, if you want to use demon tentacles to rip a man in half like a wishbone, pick this up now.
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Digital Extremes, the folks behind The Darkness 2 and the pleasantly solid but admittedly rather unnecessary) multiplayer component of Bioshock 2 have announced their new project: free-to-play shooter, Warframe.Find more Warframe details and a teaser trailer after the jump...
Kirk and Spock's friendship is the perfect setup for a buddy movie. You've got the original odd couple, an all-action space jock who keeps one hand on a phaser and the other on an Orion slave girl, coupled with the ultimate thinking machine. Namco Bandai's new Star Trek tie-in takes our heroes on a brand new cooperative adventure, tying into J.J. Abrams' new canon without overlapping with the films. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg have lent their voices and faces to the characters, and thanks to a close working relationship with Paramount, the game features Enterprise sets taken directly from the movies.
Digital Extremes brought a slick cooperative 3D demo along to E3 2012 in order to show off their work in progress: a third person cover shooter featuring one of this year's most oft-used buzzwords: asymmetrical co-op. Answering a distress call from New Vulcan, Kirk and Spock will face down the ravening Gorn Hegemony, complimenting each other with different abilities while pushing the bloodthirsty lizards off of the Vulcans' last remaining refuge.
What I saw was both impressive and conflicted; a project that seems to be both strengthened and potentially hamstrung by its own ambitions.
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