E3 '07: Marathon: Durandal Multiplayer Hands-On

We fire a few shots in the upcoming Xbox Live! version of a classic Bungie shooter.

Everybody knows Halo 3 is one of the biggest games at E3 07, but not everyone is aware of its precursor, Bungie’s seminal Marathon series. Well, Xbox Live! Arcade is looking to change that by releasing Marathon: Durandal this year. With a fun, throwback single-player campaign on top of two different flavors of versus play, Durandal should be an Xbox Live! achievement in and of itself.

Although we haven’t played the campaign in over 10 years, we recently got a taste of Durandal’s awesome four-player, split-screen offline multiplayer here at E3. The level was instantly familiar because it was the precursor to Midship from Halo 2, complete with a heavy emphasis on rocket launchers! We ran around fragging each other with rockets, machine guns, pistols, and even our fists: It was classic first-person shooter deathmatch play in one of the most classic shooters of all time.

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Of course, Durandal will also feature online multiplayer for up to eight players, with presumably several levels and match types. While first-person shooters have certainly come a long way since 1995, they’ve also gotten much more expensive. Durandal, on the other hand, should provide a solid dose of shooter fun for you and your friends, online or off, for a price that could make the bargain bin look expensive.

The controls are simple: The R trigger fires and the X button changes weapons. That’s about all there is to it, besides of course, running around. Interestingly, you can’t jump in Durandal, and it takes a little time to get used to it. Still, the most important elements are intact (moving, shooting, pawning your friends) and should provide plenty of reason to check out Marathon: Durandal when it goes live on Live! later this year.

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31 comments
SilverThor
SilverThor

NO. Keep this off XBL. I am sick of crap games coming onto the system, and the companies not even doing major graphic overhauls. I, for one, think they need to stop throwing garbage on XBL. This is just another Quake/Doom Clone. Im' sick sick sick. Dont make me go buy a "BS3". All I am saying is that I want real games. Even the Wii is digging in the crate for Blockbuster old Games, (Bonks Adventure, Aliencrush, etc etc). XBL was doing good with Contra, golden Axe, sonic... yes, these are the good games. Give me some original content that makes it worth 50 bucks a year to be on XBL.

majin_vegeta300
majin_vegeta300

Who wrote this?? It sounds like a cheesy TV ad, not usual GS stuff....c'mon now....

SteeleInd
SteeleInd

This will be number 2 on the list of XBLA games I've actually bought. Right behind Alien Hominid HD.

mario2295
mario2295

when is it coming out, is it soon? please let it be so! ! !

Dark_Nexus3367
Dark_Nexus3367

Looks like the arcade will have another great addition to its library.I loved Doom for the arcade and hope to start pwning my friends again on marathon,as that was definitely a classic shooter.Hope it comes out soon though,hurry up Microsoft!! :P

icytower
icytower

Not on PS3, but I would probably pass anyway.

Lingxor
Lingxor

PC Marathon 2 multiplayer was really buggy and unsupported. Xbox live will change that. Long live bungie.

Dodopod
Dodopod

What's the point? You can get it for PC for free. Minus the console controls and the new updated graphics.

msudude211
msudude211

This should be a good Live Arcade game.

Bansheesdie
Bansheesdie

I loved the first Marathon, and this looks to be shaping up well. This I wil the first Arcade game in a long time I buy.

Maxor127
Maxor127

It's kind of dumb they didn't just start with Marathon 1, although I realize it was never ported to Windows, I know that Aleph One is open source and could be tailored to X-Box to run the whole Marathon Trilogy. I guess it's because Marathon 1 has unofficial support for Aleph One and actually runs through a mod. I would've rather liked to see a graphically updated version. I've played a Marathon 1 total conversion for the first Unreal Tournament that was recently released, and it even looks good despite running on a 8 year old engine. From looking at the screenshots, it does look like they're using significantly high resolution textures than the original.

grayoldwolf
grayoldwolf

This might just be the first Arcade game I ever buy...

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I will probably go for the free download, maybe more...but I need to see more

ChaosGames
ChaosGames

Yeah! But, I allready played it for free.,.

cubeman
cubeman

This game looks like it is pretty fun to play.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Seems pretty simple to get used to.

froggut198
froggut198

I really hope it has co-op. I've only played Marathon 1 and that was like... not really even playing it hahaha.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I may check it out. Maybe see how Bungie was back in the day...

sectorzero
sectorzero

I played the first on PC, makes me excited to play this one later this year.

Spartan1017
Spartan1017

awesome, i've always wanted to play marathon