Sometimes the passing of time just doesn’t feel right. You sit there, playing your game and time can just fly. In Warframe’s case, it’s been 8 years of time just flying by. Somehow.
No, I don’t get it myself. But since Warframe is celebrating and has released some cool stuff, might as well have a lookie ourselves.
Normal people tend to get given gifts on their birthdays. However, games aren’t really normal people. So instead they tend to give out stuff instead. In Warframe’s case, the Dex anniversary gear is making a return over the next couple of weeks. There are three Dex weapons, two Dex cosmetics, a Dex skin and a noggle. Even if you already have the Dex weapons, it’s worth getting them again, since they come with free weapon slots.
And joining Dexcalibur (the Dex Excalibur skin), for Warframe’s 8th birthday, we are getting Dex Rhino! Uh.. Drhino? Rhindex? I dunno, there’s no witty name for the new anniversary skin for Rhino. It’s a cool skin, and less weird-spandex-mankini compared to Dexcalibur. For the grand price of free, I can’t complain. Personally, I would have liked a skin for Mag, Loki or Volt. But Rhino is still totally worthy of a skin, since he’s most people’s second Warframe.
There’s also a free glyph. And that leads us nicely to one of my favourite things.
The free glyph is actually quite well hidden. It’s available on the Warframe 8th Anniversary update page, right at the bottom, underneath the Warframe stats image. Now, that stats page is unique to every logged in player. Since it shows their personal stats. Stats include a total number of enemies killed, most used weapons and one’s top 3 Warframes. The stats are all updated in almost real time. You have to finish a mission for the kill count to increase, for example.
However, my stats are perfect.
Well, they were perfect for a day. I had to go to the Plains of Eidolon and kill 8 unlucky Grineer to get such a nice number, and donate (funnily enough) 1,690 credits to the dojo. But seriously, I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw the stats and realised I could make a crappy “haha 69 nice lol” joke.
But anyway, 420 and 69 aside, this graph is interesting.
It actually has some curious facts on it. The first of which being that Zenistar, according to my in-game profile, is my SECOND most-used weapon. I use the Plague Kripath more than the Zenistar. But I did use the Zenistar for a long time, so it’s still up there. The Ignis Wraith funnily enough only recently replaced the normal Ignis as my most-used weapon.
The Twin Grakatas do surprise me though, because I do cycle through quite a few secondaries. I do actually use the Twin Grakatas, but I also use the Pyrana Prime, Kuva Nukor and Kuva Twin Stubbas on the regular too. The Sonicor used to be my most-used, but the poor thing got nerfed to death, and it no longer brings any real satisfaction. However, the fact that Volt Prime and Volt are my top two frames is pretty obvious. Khora is just there because she fills the gaps that Volt misses.
Looking back in time.
It’s been a long, nearly five years. But my Mastery Rank stats actually stand out as the most interesting part. I’ve been playing Warframe pretty damn consistently. Glancing at other people’s stat images, most people have a low MR area which has a highest percentage. Me though? My biggest areas are 16% at MR16-17, followed by 13% at MR28. I’ve spent a pretty equal amount of time at most MRs. But, even more curiously, I have spent nearly as much time at MR30 as I did MRs 1 to 8! Pretty crazy and genuinely interesting, if I don’t say so myself. It’s almost as if I’ve never taken a long break from Warframe.
What also surprises me is the update on which I joined. I always recalled joining around the Specters of the Rail update, but no, apparently I started at the tail end of the Second Dream, which was BEFORE Specters of the Rail. Yet I wouldn’t reach the eponymous quest for months. This doesn’t quite match up with my articles though. I started Warframe on 11th of July 2016, and the first mention of Warframe on the Daily SPUF was a week later. An article in which I complain that I can’t get into new games as of late. My next article on Warframe, a few days later, is about being unsure whether I like the game. In it, I doubt whether I’ll continue playing, while making lots of incorrect statements about mission length.
Well, uh… that aged like fine milk. Here I am, nearly 5 years later, with nearly 100 whole days sunk into the game, sitting at MR30. That’s… insane.
Despite my complaints though, I think it’s been worth it. Goodness knows what the stats will look like in two years. Can’t wait for the 10th anniversary!