DescriptionA security guard was accompanying a group of space colonists on their trip on the huge space ship, the Marathon. Suddenly, aliens of the Pfhor race attack the ship and massacre the colonists. What's worse, the aliens damage the omniscient super-computers on Marathon. One of them is heavily damaged, and the other becomes insane. Caught in the midst of the battle between the two AIs, trying to stay alive in the onslaught of the Pfhor, the protagonist begins a desperate fight for survival.
Marathon is a first-person shooter, notable for pioneering the "free look" feature (moving the camera in all directions with the mouse). There is a variety of weapons that serve the hero in battle. Different types of enemies (organic or mechanical) take different amounts of damage depending on the weapon. The protagonist is also able to fire from two weapons (such as pistols) simultaneously. Shooting enemies is not the only thing to do in the game; it is possible to communicate with the damaged AIs of the ship by looking at messages they send you via computers. The story is unraveled primarily through those messages.
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FreewareThe game was released as freeware along with the rest of the Marathon trilogy (see Links/Searches).
InnovationsMarathon is the first first-person shooter released to incorporate a number of features, such as the ability to look and aim up and down, rooms over rooms (though no true bridges), dual-trigger weapons, 4D space, health recharges which were fixed into walls and activated rather than picked up, eight-player deathmatch, the ability to see your opponents' weapons in multiplayer, voice communication and an easy way to save recordings of any game.
- Computer Gaming World
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #64 overall among the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
- 2001 – #44 Top Game of All Time
Related Web Sites
- Marathon Trilogy website (Official Marathon Trilogy release page.)
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