Marathon: Durandal on Xbox Live Arcade

Discussion in 'Console Games' started by applekid, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. applekid macrumors 68020

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    Can't believe nobody is talking about this. This IS a Macintosh forum, right? :eek:

    http://www.xbox.com:80/en-US/games/m/marathondurandalxboxlivearcade/default.htm

    http://freeverse.com/games/game/?id=7009

    I've only played the three Marathon demos back in the day on a Quadra 650 when I was 10, so I really don't think of Marathon as one of the greatest FPS's ever. I remember watching the demo video if you leave it at the menu screen long enough and was impressed by the multiplayer. Actually playing it now, I wonder what went wrong. The maps are kind of small arenas, like Metroid Prime: Hunters on the DS, except slightly bigger and a few more areas of cover. It's fun, but not amazing.

    Single player is better. I didn't remember the game being so simple. No reloading, crouching, or jumping. Still decent fun. And the graphics are updated for your enjoyment.
     
  2. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Probably because everyone has it already :p I mean, isn't this game already out as freeware/abandonware?
     
  3. applekid thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Maybe it's easy if you're playing the Windows version, but if you're playing the Mac version, you probably need a Mac OS 9 booting Mac or an emulator.
     
  4. atari1356 macrumors 68000

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    Marathon on an XBox? oh... that makes me feel ill

    It's bad enough Microsoft stole Bungie away from the Mac community for Halo
     
  5. pknz macrumors 68020

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    Ditto. Boo!
     
  6. applekid thread starter macrumors 68020

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  7. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I'm sure I had something with a funky name that was an OSX native "launcher" of sorts. I'll have to find that again now I've got a 360 controller and a big monitor :) last time on a 12" PB with the keyboard... now that was a boo too :(
     
  8. applekid thread starter macrumors 68020

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    You're talking about Aleph One, I believe.

    Anyways, the XBLA version includes motion sickness:

    http://www.joystiq.com/2007/08/02/marathon-durandals-bonus-feature-motion-sickness/
     
  9. Symtex macrumors 6502a

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    I was wondering how long it would take before someone mention in this thread how Microsoft has stole bungie from the Mac community....
     
  10. Antares macrumors 68000

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    Runs fine on my Core Duo iMac. And yes, it's under AlephOne.
     
  11. zero2dash macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry...I can't believe they're charging for this.
    If anything, they could've had it as a bonus/unlockable on Halo 3.

    The Marathon source code was released years ago, as was the source code for the official releases...AND there's unofficial releases out there as well...all free of charge. $0 legally.

    I'm a little miffed that they port it to the 360, add achievements, and sell it for $10, but eh...I won't complain much; I just won't buy it. :p :D

    I did however gladly pay $5 for Spyglass Board games. Checkers and chess FTW!!~!
     
  12. Chone macrumors 65816

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    Nobody is talking about it because yeah, Marathon has been freeware for a long time now. And of course Marathon is not going to be as good as other stuff out there because the game was released in 1994 but if you had played the game back then... lets just say you'd have awed the same way you will awe when you see Crysis in action on a good computer ;)

    Man the 90s (especially early and mid) were such a great time to own a Mac, even on the gaming front macs ruled (sure we still got late releases but it didn't matter much when all PCs got was Doom when we had Marathon :) )
     
  13. steamboat26 macrumors 65816

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    I played the demo, it's the same thing as Doom (which i unfortunately already bought for XBL Arcade), but better graphically. No sense getting both, although i prefer Marathon.
     

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