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Warframe for Xbox One celebrates the holidays, and we run into crazy glitches

Last week we published a guide on how to download and play Onigiri, the first massively multiplayer online game for Xbox One. But the Xbox One already has another free to play game that's similar to an MMO: Warframe. Warframe doesn't have true hubworlds like an MMO, but it's still quite a robust multiplayer game (in English).

Since we reviewed Warframe a few months ago, developer Digital Extremes has continued to update the game with new quests, characters, items, and refinements. The most recent major update added Archwings, which give players the ability to fly and participate in brand-new game types.

Perhaps less positively, I've also been running into some fairly insane looking graphical glitches in these last few weeks. Read on to see screens and videos of the glitches, plus details on Warframe's holiday celebration!

Graphical nightmare

Alright, I mainly wrote this story so you could see what happens when a game's graphical engine gets a kink in the works.

Warframe for Xbox One graphical glitches

This glitch has happened to me on two separate days, just after I logged in to the game.

Warframe for Xbox One graphical glitches

Only my Warframe's head and weapons show up. The body is nowhere to be seen. And poor Lotus (the NPC mission giver) is a complete mess.

Warframe for Xbox One graphical glitches

The hub ship's geometry doesn't load properly either, nor the planet and ships visible outside the cockpit.

Warframe for Xbox One graphical glitches

Even the Windows Central clan dojo looks extremely janky with no ground textures and many wireframe structures.

Warframe for Xbox One graphical glitches

Strictly speaking, you don't want this kind of thing to happen when someone plays a game. But I have to admit, the graphical madness is so funny I will miss it if the developers solve the issue.

Warframe Winter Bundle

Holidays in space

One thing I love about Warframe is how the developers frequently release new items and content to celebrate holidays like the Day of the Dead, Halloween, and Christmas. It happens to be winter time right now, so the in-game Market has several great holiday-themed trinkets to buy:

  • Winter Bundle: Get the character Mirage, a Winter Mirage Skin, a Festive skins for fellow character Frost and the Glaxion weapon, plus the Glaxion itself, the Festive Sigil accessory, the Festive Syandana scarf, several unique colors, and a couple of 3-day booster items. This bundle costs 600 Platinum.
  • Winter Accessories Bundle: All of the skins, weapons, and accessories from the Winter Bundle, but without Mirage.
  • Festive Liset Decorations: The Liset is your character's personal spaceship. Buy this item to decorate the ship with colorful lights and holly. It costs only one Platinum.
  • Spearmint Scythes: Get candy cane skins for the Ether Reaper, Hate, and Reaper Prime scythes. Shame it doesn't come with any of the weapons themselves. Costs only one Platinum.
  • Nistlebrush Gene-Masking Kit: Customize your Kubrow (pet alien dog) with four holiday patterns. Who says your dog needs dignity?

Warframe Archwing update

Welcome to Warframe

Warframe takes place within the same universe as cult classic Xbox 360 actioner Dark Sector, only thousands of years in the future. The story begins with the player waking from cryosleep as a member of the Tenno, an ancient race of warriors (space ninjas). The Tenno are at war with three evil factions, including the Grineer (ghastly cybernetic clones), the Corpus (a militarized mega-corporation), and the Infested, monstrous victims of a virus originating in Dark Sector.

With over 20 distinctive Warframes (characters) to collect, countless weapons, parts, pets, and helper characters to collect, and more than fourteen planets and planetoids filled with missions, Warframe is a huge game that you can enjoy for free. Team up with up to four online players cooperatively to take on missions and hunt for resources. If you enjoy third-person shooters or action games, Warframe is a great game to play during the holidays. See our review for more details.

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

30 Comments
  • And I thought graphical glitches were resolved in the SNES era. They don't look scrambled like the NES glitches did.
  • Glitches Be Crazy!
  • Nope, just Nintendo.
  • I'll be honest, i havent been on in awhile, actually 2 weeks today, but i guess thats a good thing. I guess i  won't be upset about the glitches. Im very impressed the way Digital Extremes drop updates at least every other month...minnimum it seems. I'll be back on the grind soon. we need more WC folks to join the fun!
  • More like wireframe...amma right
  • You called it! :D
  • You know a game is good when the only glitches change the graphics and require 17 steps.
  • There's some really bad bugs since the last major updates. There's glitches that prevent you from completing high level missions that take alot of time and resources. And the devs have said that they're not going to fix it until the next major update. Wtf is that all about!
  • Really is a fun game. Shame that few people play it on the X1. It is hard to find anybody doing anything on most of the planets. I want to explore those areas more but they are very hard to do alone.
  • Yeah, that has been frustrating for me too.
  • You two, lets get on that! Paul knows where to find me!
  • I'm more into Onigiri right now, but I'd still love to play this one with you guys sometime.
  • Maybe a noob here starting soon. I downloaded it but haven't started playing yet. So this this guy will be one more X1 player to eventually help with some co-op...probably
  • Start a WCentral clan!
  • We actually have one... Clans are a pain in the game because the more people you have, the more everything in the clan dojo costs to upgrade. But if we had enough people wanting to get in and play regularly, we'd open up the membership.
  • I haven't played much, but need to give it another go, maybe get some playing time in with fellow WCers (still weird not typing WPC lol)
  • This game died on the PC 2 yrs ago..lol
  • Not at all. The PC version is still going strong and is updated regularly. :P
  • Where the hell have you been?
  • Warframe? More like wireframe.
  • Why don't you call it Christmas, is it a crime in the USA to celebrate Christmas?
  • Because the game doesn't mention Christmas, so there was no need for me to mention it while talking about the game. But I actually did mention it anyway, if you read closely.
  • This game is a piece of pay to win shit, it is well made, has good graphics, but this pay to win element finishes him up
  • It's not pay to win at all. For one, the game is cooperative so there's virtually no competitive element. Two, you can craft almost anything they sell in the game. You never need to buy anything, even if an extra character slot or character would come in handy. Your criticism is entirely inaccurate.
  • Not at all.
  • Interesting bugs I have never seen those before lol thanks for the info
  • here was my FPS glitch:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ohw5uUqF48
  • Very cool glitch! That should definitely be a real option.
  • Bluntsncrooks is the gamer tag get at me
  • "Given username does not exist."