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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 Macintosh The main menu is a departure from the previous installment.
Marathon 2: Durandal Macintosh That Bob was standing too close to that cyborg when it exploded.
Marathon 2: Durandal Xbox 360 Punching a sentry robot to death.
Marathon 2: Durandal Windows Fighting two troopers on Ex Cathedra. Not the best time to reload.

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

Mac Gamer Macintosh 1996 93 out of 100 93
GameSpot Windows Sep 06, 1996 8.2 out of 10 82
Just Games Retro Windows Jan 18, 2009 80 out of 100 80
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Aug 01, 2007 7.9 out of 10 79
Game Revolution Windows Nov, 1996 B 75
IGN Xbox 360 Jul 31, 2007 7.4 out of 10 74
Game Positive Xbox 360 Aug 29, 2007 6.4 out of 10 64
High Score Macintosh Feb, 1996 3 out of 5 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Aug 07, 2007 6 out of 10 60
PC Player (Germany) Windows Apr, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

Forums

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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Contributed to by Alan Chan (3645), אולג 小奥 (168604) and Ace of Sevens (4229)