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Marathon 2: Durandal

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
86
4.2
Windows
70
3.7
Xbox 360
66
4.0
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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 Windows Shooting a cybrog up on What About Bob?
Marathon 2: Durandal Windows Facing a hunter on We're Everywhere.
Marathon 2: Durandal Macintosh This is how it looks when the player picks up the invincibility power-up.
Marathon 2: Durandal Macintosh Who doesn't like to shoot bullets and fire grenades at the same time?

Alternate Titles

  • "Marathon: Durandal" -- Xbox 360 title

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User Reviews

A classic finally comes to a platform people actually own and play games on Xbox 360 Ace of Sevens (4229)
A forgotten FPS classic (that actually works under windows xp today!) Windows Andreas SJ (22)
Atmospheric, terrific, amazing...who needed DOOM when you had Marathon? Windows Michael McKinlay (5)

The Press Says

PC Player (Brazil) Macintosh Jul, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Games Windows Dec, 1996 B+ 83
GameSpot Windows Sep 06, 1996 8.2 out of 10 82
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Aug 01, 2007 7.9 out of 10 79
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Xbox 360 Aug 28, 2007 7 out of 10 70
GameDaily Xbox 360 Aug 03, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Game Positive Xbox 360 Aug 29, 2007 6.4 out of 10 64
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Aug 07, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Power Play Windows Oct, 1996 58 out of 100 58
Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 Aug 16, 2007 5.7 out of 10 57

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Kids these days 2 Zovni (9366)
Aug 06, 2007
Coming to XBLA 5 Ace of Sevens (4229)
Jul 18, 2007

Trivia

The complete Marathon trilogy has been freely released by Bungie to the public, you can download your copy at http://trilogyrelease.bungie.org/ . Be aware that these are the original Mac releases and the W95 Marathon 2 is not included in the pack so you are going to need a Mac emulator or Aleph One (http://source.bungie.org/) to run the titles.

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Contributed to by Alan Chan (3601), אולג 小奥 (168605) and Ace of Sevens (4229)