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Marathon 2: Durandal

Developer / Publisher: Bungie
24 November 1995
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#1,004 All-time
#15 for 1995
A cyborg finds himself fighting across time and space, caught in a millennia long game of cat and mouse between AIs that aspire to godhood. The nameless cyborg must defeat countless foes, and escape madness, to find their destiny.
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This game isn't talked about in the same breath as many other greats, but its up there as a game that takes advantage of its medium to stand out. Without spoilers, some very unconventional stuff is going on with the protagonist of this shooter, involving time travel, alternate realities, and a dive into mind shattering insanity. This isn't shown through cut scenes, but using the building blocks the previous game had already used. I may be cheating in my "no cut scenes" qualification, as theres huge terminal entries that detail the story, but its often the format of these terminal messages, or their context, that is more important than the text. I won't say "House of Leaves", but some are cyphers, some are scrambled text, many are cryptic poems, and some may even be a manifestation of your protagonist's growing inner schism. The lore goes deep, and in many directions.

Levels are used to imply emotions, mental states, ect, and their order is cyclical if the player doesn't explore to break the cycle. Opining on the significance, or details, is spoiler-rife, and figuring it out (or at least your own interpretation) is half the fun.

And in the end, its in service of a story with a ludo narrative through line: You are an ultra capable warrior, thrown into the fray without warning or explanation, and asked to kill and die again and again, in a cycle you always feel on the verge of breaking. You are, in a word, Destiny; the point at the end, and the line leading to it. Heavy stuff for a 1995 MAC game thats famous for its duel-shotguns, and bright color pallet.

Gameplaywise, its a joy. The fact you need to find secrets to progress the main story, and just... all the platforming, hold it back from true greatness, as does some of the music, but its a highly manicured campaign. Ammo is always about right, situations and enemies often change, there's plenty of lore and cool art, and man, those duel shotguns. Did I mention they're T2 style?

All in all, this one feels very overlooked, but it is a relic that was a OS exclusive, so it makes sense. Its just not fair.
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Grassh0pper Marathon 2: Durandal 2024-05-11T11:20:40Z
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2.5
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4.5
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eliottstaten Marathon 2: Durandal 2024-03-15T07:32:59Z
2024-03-15T07:32:59Z
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Anatommy Marathon 2: Durandal 2024-03-12T09:47:13Z
2024-03-12T09:47:13Z
2.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
drome Marathon 2: Durandal 2024-03-10T01:09:21Z
2024-03-10T01:09:21Z
71
1
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Raising_Heart Marathon: Durandal 2024-02-29T09:43:50Z
Xbox 360
2024-02-29T09:43:50Z
4.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Raising_Heart Marathon 2: Durandal 2024-02-29T09:43:42Z
Mac
2024-02-29T09:43:42Z
4.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
faust21834 Marathon 2: Durandal 2024-02-26T10:47:12Z
2024-02-26T10:47:12Z
4.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
shadowplay7 Marathon 2: Durandal 2024-02-01T09:22:49Z
2024-02-01T09:22:49Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
hevykofe Marathon 2: Durandal 2024-01-12T23:04:35Z
Mac
2024-01-12T23:04:35Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
dummyaccounts Marathon 2: Durandal 2024-01-09T22:05:43Z
2024-01-09T22:05:43Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Shinkyo Marathon 2: Durandal 2024-01-09T15:20:48Z
2024-01-09T15:20:48Z
3.5
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Player modes
1-8 players
Media
1x CD-ROM
Multiplayer modes
Cooperative , Deathmatch / FFA, Team play
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LAN
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  • MisTurHappy 2022-07-25 06:16:44.723131+00
    I enjoyed the intimate and mindtrippy narrative of the first game a bit more, and it's really bizarre to me how toned-down Durandal himself is considering how charismatic and interesting he was in the previous game. That said, the gameplay is even tighter, the shotgun is a great addition to the arsenal, and there's some pretty breathtaking level design to be found in this one. Lh'owon is a great setting, and there's a whole lot of great worldbuilding here. This series rules.
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  • Fowlawneeshafow 2023-05-25 21:11:26.645403+00
    The art for the reboot looks amazing
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