Marathon 2: Durandal is a remake of a classic FPS and is released by Soli Deo Gloria Productions, LLC.
“Seventeen years have passed since you saved humanity from the Pfhor… Durandal, the only surviving artificial intelligence from the UESC Marathon, has kept you in statis all this time. Once more, you are called on to save humanity. Leading a rag-tag band of humans and guided by an insane AI, you are the last hope to stave off the Pfhor invasion.“
This application puts you in control of cyborg security officer who is trying to defeat the Pfhor invasion.
You need to navigate your way through the game, moving through rooms, corridors and air ducts to fight the never ending hordes of the Pfhor.
Gameplay wise, the developers have tweaked the controls from the original release of Marathon and they are much improved, they are still not as good as a keyboard and mouse would be, but much more along the lines on N.O.V.A.
It seems that many lessons have been learnt since the official, and things that were bad on the original like weapon swapping are better now. My only complain are the two fire buttons, I would have preferred that they were not so small, but maybe that is just me.
The game plays like Marathon 1, so if you enjoyed that title then this is more of the same.
The graphics and sounds are similar to the retro original, and you can even purchase an HD version of the game.
On the upside:
- Retro Classic
- Solid FPS shooter action
On the downside:
- Gameplay is repetitive.
- Doom style games are beginning to feel a bit old.
Overall, this is another solid retro remake and has learn from the Marathon 1. However, I am really not a fan of these Doom style FPS games, with their pseudo 3D. Basically if you loved Doom or the Marathon title then this one is well worth a look, especially as it is free. If you think it looks dated or hate retro stuff like this, then avoid.
Size: 97.3 MB
Price (at time of review): Free (for in-app purchase for HD version)