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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.


Marathon 2: Durandal Windows Facing a hunter on We're Everywhere.
Marathon 2: Durandal Windows Fighting alongside BoB at the beginning of the game.
Marathon 2: Durandal Windows Shooting down drones in Waterloo Waterpark.
Marathon 2: Durandal Windows Assault rifle against Pfhor fighters on The Slings & Arrows of Outrageous Fortune.

Promo Images

Marathon 2: Durandal Wallpaper
Marathon 2: Durandal Screenshot
Marathon 2: Durandal Screenshot
Marathon 2: Durandal Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Marathon: Durandal" -- Xbox 360 title

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User Reviews

A forgotten FPS classic (that actually works under windows xp today!) Andreas SJ (22) unrated
Atmospheric, terrific, amazing...who needed DOOM when you had Marathon? Michael McKinlay (5) unrated

Critic Reviews

PC Games Dec, 1996 B+ 83
GameSpot Sep 06, 1996 8.2 out of 10 82
Just Games Retro Jan 18, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamezilla Nov 20, 2000 80 out of 100 80
Game Revolution Nov, 1996 B 75
Computer Games Magazine 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Joker Apr, 1997 65 out of 100 65
High Score Nov, 1996 3 out of 5 60
Power Play Oct, 1996 58 out of 100 58
PC Player (Germany) Apr, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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The B.O.B. colonists take their names from the storyline. B.O.B. stands for "Born on Board", or not born on a planet or moon.


The subtitle, Durandal, stems from a rogue artificial intelligence that is both aiding and foiling the player through the course of the game.

Freeware release

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: Durandal 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.

Source code release

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.

Information also contributed by Sciere and Zovni.

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Alan Chan (3618) added Marathon 2: Durandal (Windows) on Feb 25, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Jordan117 (928), Unicorn Lynx (181441) and Ace of Sevens (4471)