Marathon 2: Durandal

Marathon 2 is a competent product. It might be a bit dated, however. Despite its sophistication, it isn’t terribly compelling. Even on a decent Pentium 133, it is slower and chunkier than Duke Nukem 3D, without that game’s seamless, smooth action. The game is just as much a resource hog as Quake, but without Quake’s killer graphics and gameplay. And the payback for your investment is disappointing.

10_1Controls are customizable, but are just short of comfortable and intuitive. The graphics are crisp and clear SVGA, but are also often cartoony; the alien enemies look more like drag queens than terrifying space monsters. And the oh-so-hip manual needs more proofreading. Basically, it’s a good 3D action game, but not an epochal event. Stiff hardware requirements, quirky controls, and a lack of anything that’s really new for PC gamers makes this something less than the breakthrough game Bungie has promised. Still, it’s worth a look.

System Requirements: Pentium 90 Mhz, 16 MB RAM, Win95

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