Its a classic that was popular at the time of it's release. Similar to Doom, it uses 3D environments and 2D character sprites. However, unlike Doom, instead of running and gunning, there are more objective oriented levels such as flipping certain switches or accessing certain areas. I enjoy the fact that the game can accommodate up to 8-players in both co-op and in multiplayer. When Marathon: Durandal became available for XBLA, nearly all the textures for that game was replaced and used for the PC version of that installment which can, of course, changed to use the older graphics. As much as I enjoy the multiplayer, I find it disheartening to see few players on the servers, and I hope to get more people to try this game out.
The marathon trilogy has a very complex plot. In the first game, you're defending the U.E.S.C. Marathon from alien slavers known as the P'fhor. In Marathon 2: Durandal, you are seeking the mythic eleventh Sph't clan on their home planet of Lh'owon. In marathon Infinity, you are trying to prevent the P'for from accidentally releasing a chaotic being from it's prison on Lh'owon's sun.
The weapons included throughout the trilogy include:
The pistol which can be dual weilded for an increased rate of fire.
The MA-75B assault rifle/grenade launcher.
The Double Barreled Shotgun, which, believe it or not, can be dual wielded to double the rate of fire. Thats right, dual wielding double barreled shotguns.
The symbolic fusion pistol, a pistol that is powered by fusion batteries and is more effective on heavy armor.
The rocket launcher, that can fire two rockets in a fast amount of time.
There is one more gun in marathon infinity that can fire underwater but I forget what it's called. Its more like a powerful SMG.
There is a wide variety of enemies that are fought throughout the series, the most memorable being the Simulacrum BoBs (Born on Board), walking explosives disguised as humans, which are most memorable for their quote "Frog Blast the Vent core!" There are a large variety of other aliens ranging from the common warrior to the tank-like Drinniol. But that hails in comparison to the gargantuan Juggernaut, a living gunship that shoots rockets and long range flamethrowers.
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