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Your actions at Tau Ceti in defeating the alien Pfhor have branded you a living legend, a hero. But, past actions mean nothing in the face of new dangers and challenges awaiting you in yet another alien land, the planet Lh'owon, far from Tau Ceti and Earth. Seventeen years have passed since your last triumph — years spent in stasis, unconscious and dreamless. And, now awakened, the rogue AI Durandal, gives you 15 minutes to prepare for transport to the planet's surface.
Durandal, in the stolen Pfhor attack ship, has maneuvered you to the very core of the galaxy, above a planet once teeming with highly intelligent creatures who had been on the verge of evolving to other stars. The marsh world, inhabited nearly a thousand years before, is now a waterless desert as war destroyed this once noble civilization. Your mission is to battle the ancient and warlike creatures now on the planet and uncover the remnants of a lost clan and ferret out their long-lost secrets.
Marathon 2: Durandal, a first-person 3D shooter, is the sequel to Marathon. In addition to solo play, multi-player action is supported over a LAN with game modes such as King of the Hill, Tag, Cooperative, Team Play and Kill the Guy with the Ball. The game offers customization options including alien opponents, live carnage reporting, dead players dropping items, disabling motion sensor, penalties for dying and suicide and time limits.
Gameplay features Biobus Chip Enhancements, or temporary power ups, such as transparency, extravision, hypervision and super shields, along with a half-dozen weapons with varying degrees of destruction and effectiveness. Included is a .44 Magnum Mega Class A1 sidearm, the MA-75B Battle Rifle (with grenade launcher), a Zeus-Class Fusion Pistol, the SPNKR-XP SSM Launcher, a WSTE-M5 combat shotgun and the TOZT-7 Backpack Napalm Unit. ~ Michael L. House, All Game Guide