Warframe and Destiny are like two brothers that were raised in a rather challenged household where Destiny was given the VIP treatment because he was handsome and cute and people liked his ideas.
Warframe, on the other hand, was not a very cute child and was clumsy so people ignored him. A LOT. Anyways, both the children have matured by now and they sure have become respectable adults.
Destiny has evolved into Destiny 2 and Warframe… well, Warframe.
Warframe vs. Destiny 2
Warframe has been around for almost as long as Destiny but Warframe is the more preferred game, even though it is clumsy and weird.
Here are the 10 things that make Warframe a better choice for gamers than Destiny 2 and where Destiny 2 can improve:
Free 2 Play
Warframe is a F2P game and it does it right.
You can either wait 86 hours for your new shiny Warframe (12 hours for parts and 72 hours for the frame) or pay a sum of 380 plat (20$, yup that’s a LOT) and get it right away without farming or waiting for anything.
Warframe’s story is free to play for everyone and there are no restrictions, except grinding and farming for level ups which can become an ordeal sometimes.
Destiny, however, is behind a paywall. You have to pay to first buy the game and then buy the DLCs that come out so you can get newer weapons, drops, and enjoy that extra several hours story.
More Grind = More Fun
What most games MMOs have understood that Destiny has not, is that MMOs are meant to be a grind. Moreover, especially if you are focused as an RNG drop based loot system, the grind is necessary!
Destiny does not force its players to play tens of hours just to grind for a specific rare weapon or loot; the drops are relatively better than any general MMO.
This might not be bad for some but most hardcore gamers will want a more challenge so they can appreciate their drops.
Warframe, on the other hand, is a LITERAL grind-fest. You grind 30 minutes per run for that Neuroptics, only to find out that you did not get that Neuroptics.
It can take over several hours to get that specific item, and then there are more items you will need to farm for, to make the item you have been eyeing since the beginning.
THEN you have to wait 86 hours for the Warframe or 12-24 hours for that weapon. It is fun but annoying to some casual gamers.
The Community is Great
Okay, let me be frank: MMOs are the breeding grounds for an unfriendly community. I doubt I can remember a multiplayer game that did not have such a community.
Warframe, however, has an amazing community. It is true! Just be sure to play on a Europe server and you will be meeting some of the nicest people you will ever know.
Destiny 2’s community is not that bad but with the recent 75% sale, the worst portion of the community has increased proportionally.
Destiny 2 can still be enjoyed with a party of friends but it does not offer that much freedom or fun sharing your darkest secrets with strangers that Warframe offers.
Warframe releases a NEW expansion every season or so. Moreover, it is very free. They even give you rewards for completing that new storyline and the rewards are sweet. I mean, of course, they are, they are free!
Destiny 2 has an amazing story too but most of the latest DLCs are behind a paywall. You have to buy an Annual Pass ($34.99) to enjoy the latest expansion.
The expansions are not bad but for what you are paying annually, in front of Warframe it just seems lacking.
Easter Eggs and Creativity
DE (the developers behind Warframe) seems to enjoy their time making and breaking Warframe. They have introduced some funny Easter Eggs in the game too.
An example is the Happy Zephyr Easter Egg that is a Flappy Bird clone focused around the Warframe: Zephyr. Another is Wormius, which is a shoot-em-up clone focused on the companion Wyrm.
The latest Easter Egg is Frame Fighter, a fighting game where Warframes beat each other up with punches and kicks. Really fun.
Destiny 2, on the other hand, is a much more serious and well-researched game. Most of its Easter Eggs are focused on its throwback to the original Destiny but new players to the game will not understand these references.
Sure, the game tries hard but it just is not very creative.
Adapting to its Community
Warframe has adapted really well with its community. It realizes that the changes of its players change with time and the game has done that really well.
Originally, it was just a ninja dungeon crawling game with advanced robotics and rooms instead of dungeons filled with monsters. Then it introduced monsters. HUH, who would have thought?
Along with these monsters, Warframe has also introduced a storyline that has one of the extreme plot twists in a game and its good. Really good!
Destiny was stunning at the start, it had amazing combat and it was so perfect. However, I guess Destiny 2 fell short of its expectations.
Maybe it is because people were expecting a little too much from a game but it did not get relatively well reception, even though it is great. It might have also been because the game did not adapt fast enough with the player-base.
Usually, when I play a game for an extended time, I go to the darker abyss of the Internet and try to look for memes that will be relatable to my experience.
Warframe’s community does it really well, and the developers support that by giving them more meme material to choose from.
Destiny also has its moments but it just is not that great. The more serious playstyle of the game makes it hard to make memes out of it. On the other hand, maybe I have not dug far enough into the abyss. Who knows?
Running on a Potato
Warframe’s known for its relatively lower system requirements on PC and can run on any card that uses DirectX 9.0(c) and Pixel Shader 3.0 at least. Even a 7-year-old Intel graphics card can do that!
Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Windows XP SP 3 or higher.
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo e6400 or AMD Athlon x64 4000+ (~2.2Ghz dual core CPU)
- Memory: 2 GB RAM.
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT or ATI Radeon HD 3600.
- DirectX: 9.0c.
- Hard Drive: 25 GB free HD space.
Destiny 2, though, is an intensive game and runs very badly on even a 5-year-old Intel graphics card.
Minimum System Requirements
- Processor: Intel – Core i3-3250 / AMD – FX-4350.
- Memory: 6 GB.
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit.
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD/ATI Radeon HD 7850 2GB.
- Hard Drive: 68 GB free HD space.
All Weapons Feel Unique
Warframe’s every weapon is unique and better in its own case. All of its 300+ weapons are unique and usable in different environments.
Each of the weapons has unique effects (like a pocket Black Hole maker or a Flamethrower that spits Electric fire or something) and all of them can be made better or worse with the Mods that the game focuses mainly on.
Destiny 2, on the other hand, has a HUGE weapon arsenal. There are different grades of weapons which are a turn-off for me partially because I like everyone to have the same weapon but different playstyle which the Mods do great.
The weapons are great but only the Exotic weapons are fun to use. The other ones just do not click.
A Real Trade System
Warframe’s Trade System is how Trading System should work. In Warframe, you can trade:
- Relics – That You Find After Missions
- Platinum – Premium Currency In-Game
- Prime Parts – A Premium Variation of Weapons/Warframes
- Capture Scenes and Cosmetics – For Fashion, Because True Endgame Is Always Fashion
Let us know in the comments why you love Destiny 2 or Warframe. And remember guys, no back-biting.