DescriptionFollowing 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.
- "Marathon: Durandal" -- Xbox 360 title
Part of the Following Groups
|Mac Gamer||Macintosh||1996||93 out of 100||93|
|All Game Guide||Macintosh||1998||90|
|PC Games||Windows||Dec, 1996||B+||83|
|GameSpot||Windows||Sep 06, 1996||8.2 out of 10||82|
|Just Games Retro||Windows||Jan 18, 2009||80|
|Game Positive||Xbox 360||Aug 29, 2007||6.4 out of 10||64|
|High Score||Macintosh||Feb, 1996||3 out of 5||60|
|Power Play||Windows||Oct, 1996||58 out of 100||58|
|Xboxdynasty (XD)||Xbox 360||Aug 16, 2007||5.7 out of 10||57|
|PC Player (Germany)||Windows||Apr, 1997||40|
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|Kids these days||2||Zovni (9321)
Aug 06, 2007
|Coming to XBLA||5||Ace of Sevens (4225)
Jul 18, 2007
TriviaHalo can in many ways be seen as a spiritual successor to the Marathon series; a way of bringing their Marathon innovations to a bigger crowd. The following Halo features stem directly from the Marathon series:
- Dual wielded weapons with dual firing modes - Weapon clips - The alien pistol, SPNKR rocket launcher, Needler, magnum megaclass and assault rifle are all direct descendants of Marathon weapons, right down to the names. - Rogue/Rampant AI constructs - Alien technology not even the aliens know what is (The Forerunner in Halo; The Jjaro in Marathon) - "Releasing an ancient terror from the stars upon the universe by activation of ancient alien artifact" (The Wr'knkacnter for Marathon, the Flood for Halo) - The UNSC in Halo is a redux of the UESC of Marathon: United Earth Space Council / United Nations Space Council
Related Web Sites
- Aleph One (SourceForge project page of Aleph One, an open-source game engine based on Marathon 2's source code)
- Marathon Central (A comprehensive hub for almost all the Marathon related resources on the internet. Includes detailed maps, walkthroughs, and even spoilers and speculations on the game's story)
- Marathon Open Source (Home of the open source development on Marathon)
- Postmortem: Freeverse's Marathon 2: Durandal (Feature about the Xbox 360 port of Durandal written by Mark Levin.)
- X360A achievement guide (X360A's achievement guide for Marathon: Durandal.)