If you even pay remote interest to the gaming world, you've probably heard of Bungie Studios: one of the biggest names in the gaming industry. Bungie Studios is also responsible for one of the biggest franchises in the gaming industry: Halo, which has also been revered as one of the best FPSs of all time. Bungie Studios was, however, responsible for another revolutionary series. Unfortunately, this game was not as widely accepted because it was on the Mac.
This series was Marathon. For one thing, it had a revolutionary story, unlike just about anything else on the market. But it had other features about it that made it one-of-a-kind. Among these were daul-wielding, AI-controlled teammates, and secondary attacks (like a grenade launcher). The biggest innovation was being able to look around with the mouse. Those may not seem like big things now, but that's because Bungie was the first to do them back in1994.
Sure, you can think, "People would have come up with all of those things eventually", but the sooner something is avaliable, the sooner people can try to improve it. After all, what would GRAW be without it's AI-controlled squadmates? What would SOCOM be without it's secondary grenade launchers? What would Halo 2 (and Halo 3) be without daul-wielding. And all FPSs have full analog control, whether it be through a mouse or a second analog stick.
Nowthe game that inspired Halocan be relived for people of a larger audience on Xbox Live. This 13-year-old gameis avaliable on Xbox Live for 800 points (approximately $10.00). Hopefully, with a larger audience, people will see where Halo was derived from.
Speaking of which, there is an article in GameInformer's August issue about whether or not the two series' could be held in the same universe. The former head of Bungie, Alex Seropian,said that Master Chief and the protagonist from Marathon are the same character. However, he was no longer with Bungie at the time, so this isn't necessarily confirmed. There are several different appearances of the Marathon logo in Halo. There are also interesting similarities. For example, the rocket launchers in each series has the word "SPNKR" on it. And the protagonist in Marathonis a "Mjolnir Mark IV cyborg", while Master Chirf wears Mjolnir Mark IV, V, and VI armor.
So as you can see, the 2 games are connected, regardless if it's through an actual story, or just with somegood old nods back to Marathon. This all goes to show that Bungie Studios is truly amazing.