Written By Dean O Connor
Developer: Digital Extremes
Publisher: Digital Extremes
Reviewed on: PC
Also available on: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release: August 26th, 2020
Price: Ninja’s play free
This review is SPOILER FREE.
Warframe: Heart of Deimos is Warframe’s latest update that features a new free roam called the Cambion Drift. Cambion Drift, resides on the Martian moon 'Deimos’ that drifts around mars. Heart of Demios brings Warframe players a new Free roams experience which includes fan-favorite activities like bounties, conservation, fishing, racing, and much more. All Warframe players can experience this latest update for free on PC, Xbox, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
Heart of Deimos is the biggest update in 2020 so far. This update features the following; a new Freeroam called Cambion Drift, a free roam that resides on the Martian moon ‘Deimos’, the broken Warframe that was lost during its creation, new player experience, Hydroid Rakkam Deluxe Skin, Heart of Deimos supporter pack, and much more.
Meet the Entrati family.
After receiving a distress call from the Deimos moon, you will initiate a quest called ‘Heart of Deimos’ which brings you to an Infested moon that used to be inhabited by the Orokin. After arriving on Deimos you are greeted by a Claptrap like character called Otak who shares a Cephalon like body with another character called Loid, these are two old Orokin servants that found a new body after the old war. They tell the player about the threat of the infected, and you are to prove yourself to be worthy to meet the Entrati family.
When arriving at the Necralisk, an old Orokin tower that has been consumed by the infested, this tower contains the void energy that keeps the Tenno - to - Warfame transference alive. When introduced to the Mother of the Entrati family, she doubts your ability to help get the Heart of Demios beating again. The Tenno’s life is on the line, so the Tenno feel they are obligated to help.
There are five members of the Entrati Orokin family; Mother, Son, Daughter, Father, and Grand Mother. They are a family torn apart by the collapse of the War and by each others decisions. The Mother is a bit reckless by following in her Father’s footsteps thinking, the Son conducting unethical experiments with the wildlife of Deimos, the Daughter being something she’s not, the Father creating weapons. The family is dysfunctional, but every time the tenno gains more respect from them by going up in the Entrati ranks, it will reveal a cutscene of each family member coming together and naming each other. This free-roam gives the player more lore, and a consistent story development like Fortuna.
Xaku - The broken Warframe
Xaku is the 44th Warframe that was released along with the heart of Demios. Xaku is a broken Warframe that is made out of abilities from other Warframes, neither he nor she, the creation of this Warframe was lost in the Entrati void, this interrupted the creation of Xaku, leaving it unfinished. Remnants of Xaku exist in Deimos, leaving it up to the Tenno to create it again. Xaku can be farmed via the Entrati family bounties
Xaku is a mid-tier Warframe that would be okay for missions that require crowd control, but he is not that good as a crowd control Warframe. His abilities are mediocre as he has no place in that many missions other than to look unique. His abilities can do a good amount of damage if built correctly, in that sense he can be a decent Warframe, but his DPS potential is still limited compared to the other decent DPS Warframes that exist. Xaku’s base stats are 97: HEALTH, 89: SHIELD, 137: ARMOR, 153: ENERGY. These are okay stats but can adjust if you have a decent build. Leveling Xaku up can prove difficult as his stats are lower than most Warframe. ENERGY
Xaku has 4 unique abilities, Xata's Whisper, grasp of lohk, the lost, the vast untime heres what each ability does:
WIELD VOID DAMAGE FOR ALL ATTACKS FROM EQUIPPED WEAPONS WHEN ACTIVATED.
GRASP OF LOHK
VOID TENDRILS STEAL WEAPONS FROM NEARBY ENEMIES TO USE AS YOUR OWN FLOATING, AUTO-TARGETING ARMAMENT.
CYCLE THROUGH AND CAST ONE OF THE THREE ABILITIES ORIGINATING FROM THE WARFRAMES THAT MAKE UP XAKU: ACCUSE, GAZE, AND DENY.
THE VAST UNTIME
TEMPORARILY SHED THE OUTER PIECES OF XAKU IN A DESTRUCTIVE BLAST, THEN STALK THE BATTLEFIELD IN A NEW, SWIFTER SKELETAL FORM. ENEMIES DAMAGED BY THE BODY SHRAPNEL ARE RENDERED WEAKER TO VOID DAMAGE.
Necramechs are old Orokin mechs that were used as a part of their army. These Mechs use the same power that the Tenno use to connect with their Warframe, transference. Necramechs have 4 unique abilities that are dependant on how they are built, the default one can be found in the free roam and you can use it! It features over 1000 health, jump boosting, and an arm cannon. You can find Necramechs roaming the Deimos moon, they are friendly and they will help you destroy infested until they are overrun, but you can switch into the Necramech by exiting your Warframe. This isn’t the only way to use a Necramech, you can find Loid in the chambers of the Necralisk and you can eventually build your own with the parts you acquire! Be sure to collect the Orokin matrixes that fall when the Nercamech dies or you kill the not so friendly ones that live below.
In the Cambion Drift, you can occupy yourself for hours. There’s much to explore on the surface, and below. I was a bit surprised of the size of the Deimos freeroam, but that’s just the surface, most of the freeroam also hides below, there is a lot to explore in the caves of Deimos unlike Plains of Eidolon or Orb Vallis because there are Orokin vaults which can be opened in a sequence of Orokin icons that are in a set order. These vaults contain rare loot that further your progress in Deimos. There is a unique Day/night Cycle in Deimos, Vome - Day, and Fass - Night. Both of these day cycles are represented by and infested snake that emits the color of the day. When the time of day passes over, the snake that dies is the one that’s time of day has ended. This is a pretty unique feature that is certainly an eyecatcher.
Conservation makes it’s way back to the free-roam genre in Warframe. This was an activity first shown in Fortuna, and now it’s back in Deimos. The aim conservation is to try lure animals with dedicated Echolures to try to tranquilize them and finally saving it. This also gives you a tag which you can use to trade for a ‘floof’ or progress in certain Entrati tiers. You find a range of creatures in Deimos, from infested Mosquittos called Velocipods to infested cats called Vulpaphylas.
Fishing infested species. In Deimos, you can fish in rivers, lakes, and ponds. However, the fish in Deimos are obviously infested, but they float above the water, so don’t get confused if they aren’t always in the water. Fishing in Deimos is pretty standard like other free roams, but the bait is actually found on the ground instead of having to craft in as another free-roams. The bait type is dependant on the type of day, so be sure to keep an eye on which snake is alive!
Bounties are a key part of Deimos to progress! You can do bounties by talking to Mother in the Necralisk. In Deimos you don’t get standing from the bounties, instead, you will get ‘mother tokens’, which can be used for rewards or you can eventually redeem them for standing which can be used for every Deimos vendor. Bounties are also a good way to farm hard to get resources, but some of the resources in the drop tables are hard to get, like ‘Scintillant’ and Digital Extremes are yet to patch this.
Overall, Heart of Deimos is an amazing update that delivered. The showcase from Tennocon 2020 showed every little detail that dropped with the final update, this is also a first for Digital Extremes. The update arrived with only minor bugs and a bucketload of content. This update deserves high praise.