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I'll be honest, I know very little about this series. However, being that we all love classic games, I thought this may be worth posting on GOG. So hopefully others who know the series will enjoy this, or people looking for more old shooter goodness.

Earlier today Bungie announced the release of the Marathon Trilogy by the Aleph One community. This is largely thanks to the latest release of their Aleph One engine, and allows the game to be played on Linux, Mac, or Windows platforms. Some of the changes include:

***Marathon has been updated with a modern HUD, high resolution graphics as well as extensive changes to the scenario to create the most authentic Marathon experience since 1994.
***Marathon 2: Durandal has been updated with the high resolution graphics previously only available for the Xbox LIVE Arcade game.
***Marathon Infinity has been updated with high resolution graphics.



For those who are unaware (like myself), here is what Wikipedia has to say:
Marathon is a first-person shooter video game with a science fiction theme developed and published by Bungie released in December 1994 for the Apple Macintosh. The game was Bungie's second foray into the emerging genre of games with a first-person perspective, the first being Pathways into Darkness, which was released in 1993. Marathon was released at a time when other early first-person shooters such as Doom were enjoying popularity amongst PC users, and it was widely seen as a Macintosh counterpart to Doom.

Official Announcement
http://www.bungie.net/News/Blog.aspx?mode=news#cid31991

Sourceforge Download
http://marathon.sourceforge.net/

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marathon_%28video_game%29
Post edited December 01, 2011 by Kurina
They've been free for a while now, actually, but this sounds great!
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doccarnby: They've been free for a while now, actually, but this sounds great!
Ah oops, wasn't aware. Added in some of the things that were updated with this particular release, just in case anyone is interested. Personally, can't wait to try them out in a bit. Somehow I have been living under a rock for nearly two decades, and not yet heard about the series. :(
Post edited December 01, 2011 by Kurina
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doccarnby: They've been free for a while now, actually, but this sounds great!
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Kurina: Ah oops, wasn't aware. Added in some of the things that were updated with this particular release, just in case anyone is interested. Personally, can't wait to try them out in a bit. Somehow I have been living under a rock for nearly two decades, and not yet heard about the series. :(
I never got very far in 1, but I loved it so much I figured I'd give Halo a shot, as I still subscribe to the theory that they're in the same universe.

Edit: And Pathways into Darkness. If only they could release that one for free too. I'd love to play it.
Post edited December 01, 2011 by doccarnby
Will check this out.

Thanks for the heads up.
Strange, I have this downloaded for months for both Marathon 1 and 2...

oh wait, today it's the 1.0 release. Gotta re-download. :)

12 years of development, damn.
Post edited December 01, 2011 by taczillabr
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taczillabr: Strange, I have this downloaded for months for both Marathon titles...
Both?
I suppose I should get around to checking these out; after all, I did just finish Blake Stone, so I may as well continue with the mid-90s shooters :P
Actually I've only played a demo of Marathon 2 back in the day, never completed any of the 3 games.

This news reminds me of a... kinda Marathon-clone, Hades 2. It can be downloaded legally for free after its 10th birthday, was made here.

http://www.espacoinf.com/hades2.htm
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taczillabr: Strange, I have this downloaded for months for both Marathon titles...
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doccarnby: Both?
err trilogy, yes. Forgot I've downloaded for the third too.
Post edited December 01, 2011 by taczillabr
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Kurina: I'll be honest, I know very little about this series. However, being that we all love classic games, I thought this may be worth posting on GOG. So hopefully others who know the series will enjoy this, or people looking for more old shooter goodness.
I'm glad you've discovered this truly timeless classic! For us grizzled Mac users, this was the game that got us into classic Mac gaming, and classic gaming in general.

This was, simply put, one of the most innovating games of its day. It was one of the first FPS games to popularize LAN multiplayer deathmatch, and introduce dual-wielding (dual WSTE-M shotguns = epic win), alt-fire weapon modes, and a deep, immersive story-driven singleplayer campaign. It was what really made Bungie big, and much of what went into Marathon went into the original development of Halo; in fact, I'd say that like Bioshock and System Shock, Halo was the spiritual successor to Marathon.

As others have said, Aleph One and the Marathon Trilogy files have been free and available for download for a while now, but hitting the 1.0 landmark is truly something worth celebrating!

***Marathon has been updated with a modern HUD, high resolution graphics as well as extensive changes to the scenario to create the most authentic Marathon experience since 1994.
***Marathon 2: Durandal has been updated with the high resolution graphics previously only available for the Xbox LIVE Arcade game.
***Marathon Infinity has been updated with high resolution graphics.
This is pretty big, since before this, to get the fully modded experience, you had to individually download and install the HD textures, HD backgrounds, HUD mods, and HD weapon and shot graphics all by hand. A real pain to do, since you'd be juggling a whole bunch of files all at once.
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doccarnby: And Pathways into Darkness. If only they could release that one for free too. I'd love to play it.
There was work being done for a while on a PiD-Marathon remake, but that sadly stalled several years ago. The closest you could get was the original 1.2 release of M1A1, which tied PiD into Marathon 1 by having the player start off in a prologue level that I think was similar to the original Jjaro alien god level in PiD. Sadly, they took it out for the Aleph One 1.0-Marathon 1 release in an effort to match the original game as much as possible.

Oh yes, and if you want even more freeware classic shooter action, I strongly suggest you download and play the incredibly high-quality total-conversion mods for Marathon/Aleph One that are basically standalone games. Marathon Rubicon is essentially "Marathon 4", Marathon EVIL and Marathon RED are horror-styled games (watch out for those Devilins in EVIL...and Marathon RED has some of of the most disturbing enemies and gameplay I've encountered in an FPS). Marathon: Tempus Irae has some of the best level design and architecture I've seen in FPS levels, and Marathon Eternal is very much a Halo-inspired epic.
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doccarnby: And Pathways into Darkness. If only they could release that one for free too. I'd love to play it.
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rampancy: There was work being done for a while on a PiD-Marathon remake, but that sadly stalled several years ago. The closest you could get was the original 1.2 release of M1A1, which tied PiD into Marathon 1 by having the player start off in a prologue level that I think was similar to the original Jjaro alien god level in PiD. Sadly, they took it out for the Aleph One 1.0-Marathon 1 release in an effort to match the original game as much as possible.
I downloaded the demos for PiD-Marathon, but I could never get them to work. I was a bit disappointed to start up the new version and not have the Jjaro section. I thought it was rather cool, especially with fog, but I guess taking it out for accuracy is... ok.
I wasn't actually expecting Marathon to be that great; I played through the first level of the original and I have to say that I'm loving it so far :o

Hm, maybe I should actually play Halo at some point =|
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Austrobogulator: Hm, maybe I should actually play Halo at some point =|
As someone who was in the exact same position, let me suggest only playing the first half.
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rampancy: There was work being done for a while on a PiD-Marathon remake, but that sadly stalled several years ago. The closest you could get was the original 1.2 release of M1A1, which tied PiD into Marathon 1 by having the player start off in a prologue level that I think was similar to the original Jjaro alien god level in PiD. Sadly, they took it out for the Aleph One 1.0-Marathon 1 release in an effort to match the original game as much as possible.
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doccarnby: I downloaded the demos for PiD-Marathon, but I could never get them to work. I was a bit disappointed to start up the new version and not have the Jjaro section. I thought it was rather cool, especially with fog, but I guess taking it out for accuracy is... ok.
I think another reason why they took it out is that it introduces the questionably non-canon assumption that the protagonist of Marathon is same protagonist from PiD, a concept explored in Marathon Eternal (and a distinct possibility if you read the terminals in M1 which explain the technology of the Marathon universe) but never explicitly made by Bungie themselves.
Thank you kindly, Kurina, for posting this, and thank you, rampancy, for posting some mods to look into, 1+ for you both. Being a fan of the Halo series, (at one point, not so much anymore), I'd already played a decent bit of the original Marathon when Bungie first released the Trilogy for free, but I never bothered with anything other than the core game and was unaware they were even working on updating the Trilogy.


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Austrobogulator: Hm, maybe I should actually play Halo at some point =|
The original Halo: Combat Evolved, yeah, sure, as far as I'm concerned, that game is great the whole way through. The rest however...

Halo 2:
+ Good story
- Mediocre gameplay.
- Poor level design.

Halo 3:
+ Good level design.
- Mediocre gameplay.
- Poor story.

Halo: O.D.S.T.:
+ Good gameplay.
+ Good level design.
- Poor story.

Halo: Reach:
+ Return to form. Good story, level design, and gameplay. The best entry in the series since the original, but I still prefer the original.