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First there was Doom. Then came Doom II, Rise of the Triad, Duke Nukem and others who joined the band wagon. All of which were new designs aimed at improving upon the game which started it all. Now comes Marathon 2 by Bungie Software. Originally designed on the Mac, Marathon has moved over to Windows 95 with Active stereo imaging, 3D texture mapping, and head to head play.

Marathon 2 has some unique differences from the rest of this genre. You start as a security officer for an intergalactic company. With mission objectives and a plethora of weapons (enabling transport across chasms, up sheer walls, and allowing you to kill from around corners) the carnage begins.

A map points you toward switches and power up areas. And your motion censor prevents a surprise attack from behind. All in all this game stands up well as another shoot'em up game. That is if, and only if, you have the resources to run it.

The game requires at least a 486/66, Windows 95, 8 MB Ram, 2X CD Rom, and a mouse. However, to get smooth game play I feel you should have a Pentium 90 with 16 MB Ram. The only way to run the game smoothly with a 486 is with the lower graphics mode enabled. My personal main concern was the ability to play head to head. It is always more fun to perforate a human opponent rather than a computer, and M2 offers added scenarios like Tag and King of the Hill for this purpose alone.

For the hard core killing machines who conquer each doom copycat that comes out; this is a game for you. It will provide hours of entertainment to come and will be worth getting.

INSTALLATION AND CONFIGURATION:

The installation went flawlessly. There was no problem with the hardware detection.

GETTING STARTED:

The documentation was OK

GRAPHICS:

The graphics quality was superb in the higher setting and not to shabby in the lower setting, both were a little cartoon like.

SOUND CHECK:

The sound effects were good. lots of explosions and stuff...

TECHNICAL SUPPORT:

I personally didn't have a problem; but, Bungie does have a web site and a non 800 number for problems. There is also another web site for the wimps out there that need hints on how to get by a problem. support@bungie.com or http://www.bungie.com

ACTION GAME:

There is a Mature 17+ years old warning on the box... Need I say more!!!

OVERALL RATING:

For the Doom junkies out there, I give it a joystick up.

Marathon 2: Durandal was reviewed by Turbo!

Marathon 2: Durandal

 

Marathon 2: Durandal

ESRB: Rating Pending - RP
Platform: PC Games
Category: Action Games
 
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Author: Murray G
First there was Doom. Then came Doom II, Rise of the Triad, Duke Nukem and others who joined the band wagon. All of which were new designs aimed at improving upon the game which started it all. Now comes Marathon 2 by Bungie Software. Originally designed on the Mac, Marathon has moved over to Windows 95 with Active stereo imaging, 3D texture mapping, and head to head play. Marathon 2 has some unique differences from the rest of this genre. You start as a security officer for an intergalactic company. With mission objectives and a plethora of weapons (enabling transport across chasms, up sheer walls, and allowing you to kill from around corners) the carnage begins. A map points you toward switches and power up areas. And your motion censor prevents a surprise attack from behind. All in all this game stands up well as another shoot'em up game. That is if, and only if, you have the resources to run it. The game requires at least a 486/66, Windows 95, 8 MB Ram, 2X CD Rom, and a mouse. However, to get smooth game play I feel you should have a Pentium 90 with 16 MB Ram. The only way to run the game smoothly with a 486 is with the lower graphics mode enabled. My personal main concern was the ability to play head to head. It is always more fun to perforate a human opponent rather than a computer, and M2 offers added scenarios like Tag and King of the Hill for this purpose alone. For the hard core killing machines who conquer each doom copycat that comes out; this is a game for you. It will provide hours of entertainment to come and will be worth getting. INSTALLATION AND CONFIGURATION: The installation went flawlessly. There was no problem with the hardware detection. GETTING STARTED: The documentation was OK GRAPHICS: The graphics quality was superb in the higher setting and not to shabby in the lower setting, both were a little cartoon like. SOUND CHECK: The sound effects were good. lots of explosions and stuff... TECHNICAL SUPPORT: I personally didn't have a problem; but, Bungie does have a web site and a non 800 number for problems. There is also another web site for the wimps out there that need hints on how to get by a problem. support@bungie.com or http://www.bungie.com ACTION GAME: There is a Mature 17+ years old warning on the box... Need I say more!!! OVERALL RATING: For the Doom junkies out there, I give it a joystick up. Marathon 2: Durandal was reviewed by Turbo!



 
 

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