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Marathon 2: Durandal (Macintosh)

Marathon 2: Durandal Macintosh Marathon 2 has one splash screen only. The background track is a fast-paced techno song.

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Description

Following the events of the original game, the Pfhor aliens have been defeated and the A.I. known as Durandral has been freed from it's containment. 17 years have passed and Durandral has assembled his own army from the colonists of Tau Ceti, including the Security Officer. Traveling across the galaxy, Durandral finds the home world of the S'pht, a Pfhor slave race, who Durandal liberates and who now worship Durandral as their Messiah. Durandal is searching for the location of a legendary lost tribe of S'pht who may hold the key to his mad quest for... well, whatever he's madly questing for. Unfortunately, the Pfhor dislike Durandral's presence and begin attacking his army.

Marathon 2: Durandal is the sequel to the first Marathon. Although the engine is similar to Doom in most respects (2.5D maps, bitmap sprites instead of polygons, etc.), Marathon 2 distinguishes itself with such features such as: a rudimentary inventory system, ambient sound, multiple fire modes for each weapon, allies who aid the player, enemies belonging to different factions which will attack each other, a more developed plot (gradually narrated to the player at various computer terminals scattered throughout the levels (much like System Shock's e-mail transmissions)).

The game's engine has gained a number of improvements over the original Marathon. It now displays in a much larger portion of the screen, supports maps with four times the complexity and adds support for liquids and swimming. All liquids use oxygen when the player is submerged and some also do damage. Many levels have mechanisms allowing areas to be flooded or drained, changing the depth of the liquid.

The other major new feature is a bunch of new multiplayer modes. The entire single-player portion can be played cooperatively with up to eight players and the game adjusts weapon and monster placement accordingly. In addition to "Every Man for Himself" mode (essentially deathmatch), it now includes "Kill of the Hill" where the object is to occupy a designated spot on the map more than anyone else, and "Kill the Guy with the Ball" where the object is to hold a skull the longest, the player holding it being unable to fire weapons.

Screenshots

Marathon 2: Durandal Macintosh Marathon 2 features great artwork. This screen opens the first chapter.
Marathon 2: Durandal Macintosh The main menu is a departure from the previous installment.
Marathon 2: Durandal Macintosh An Every Man For Himself net game. Ouch!
Marathon 2: Durandal Macintosh A Kill The Guy With The Ball net game (the skull is the "ball").

Alternate Titles

  • "Marathon: Durandal" -- Xbox 360 title

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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Macintosh release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.


The Press Says

Mac Gamer 1996 93 out of 100 93
All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Player (Brazil) Jul, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Joystick (French) Mar, 1996 90 out of 100 90
High Score Feb, 1996 3 out of 5 60

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Topic # Posts Last Post
Kids these days 2 Zovni (9367)
Aug 06, 2007
Coming to XBLA 5 Ace of Sevens (4229)
Jul 18, 2007

Trivia

In 2000, when Bungie was bought by Microsoft, the full source code was released. Ever since, people have been modding the game. There even are ports for the Linux and BeOS platform. The full development diary and all the latest binaries can be found at Bungie's source page.

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אולג 小奥 (168604) added Marathon 2: Durandal (Macintosh) on Apr 14, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Alan Chan (3601) and Ace of Sevens (4229)