It’s always interesting when games tackle genres outside of their own. In this case, Digital Extremes takes attributes from its popular online shooter Warframe and applied them to a classic 1-on-1 fighting game format similar to that of Mortal Kombat and other arcade hits from the early 1990s.
The Street Fighter-style mini-game is unashamedly titled “Frame Fighter” and it sees characters going toe to toe on a traditional 2D plane with health bars displayed above their heads. Players can choose from Excalibur, Volt, and Mag; each with their own set of special moves and characteristics. While Excalibur can activate a ground pound maneuver, for example, Volt is armed with anti-air electrical bolts. Once the battle begins, the first character to win two out of three rounds by way of knock-out is the champion. The fighters also have “prime” variations and more base characters can be unlocked by discovering fragments within the game.
Warframe in its original online third-person shooter form is available now for Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 with a Nintendo Switch port planned for the near future. Frame Fighter can be accessed through Warframe’s Cephalon Simaris area and purchasing the Ludoplex for 50,000 credits of the in-game currency Standing.