Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Where the action of Doom’s XBLA debut sucked me back in, I didn’t have quite the same attraction to Marathon: Durandal, especially considering the stomach-churning byproducts of its “new and improved” look. It’s a good, smart shooter, but I don’t think it’s aged as well given its more deliberate pace.
  2. 74
    I think it's quite a bit better than DOOM in almost all aspects. But it's impossible to ignore the fact that everyone who has played Marathon has gotten nauseous. I've never seen this happen with a game before, but obviously anything that leaves people feeling worse than when they booted it up, can't get a very enthusiastic thumbs up.
  3. First and foremost, it has just as much charm as id's classic Doom, with hilariously bad pre-rendered enemies, a fresh feeling of exploration and multiplayer options galore, both off-line and through Xbox Live. The second is a rapid frame rate that induces motion sickness.
  4. 70
    If you can get past the potential motion sickness, you've got a simple but lengthy and engrossing adventure with Marathon: Durandal.
  5. The spiritual predecessor to Halo is an interesting glimpse to the dawn of the shooter age, but the gameplay feels dated at this point.
  6. While Marathon: Durandal has its feet planted firmly in classic gaming history, the gameplay just doesn't work by today's standards.
  7. Despite being ahead of "Doom 2" in many respects, it's simply nowhere near as fun to play. Saddled with clunky combat, it's impossible to come to this with fresh eyes and appreciate what the fuss was about.
  8. The Marathon fan base out there who played the game over 10 years ago will most likely be the only ones to get any real enjoyment out of this one.
  9. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    60
    An interesting curio for Halo fans, but expensive. [Oct 2007, p.96]
  10. Official Xbox Magazine
    55
    Marathon is certainly interesting for aspiring game designers and historians who want to observe Bungie's roots. But as a $10 offering in 2007, it just doesn't hold up very well. [Sept 2007, p.74]
  11. X-ONE Magazine UK
    50
    Its use will result in two separate emotions - boredom and a desire to play something else. [Issue#25, p.118]
  12. A Marathon title on XBLA could have been a fantastic way for Halo fans to see their favorite developer's roots, but thanks to bad controls and an illness-inducing interface, the game struggles to even serve as a window into the past.
  13. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    40
    A blast from the past that should have stayed unblasted. Play the free version if you must. [Nov 2007, p.94]
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Apr 26, 2016
    7
    Marathon Durandal is a decent shooter that laid the foundations for Halo CE and the Halo franchise. Though Durandal doesn't play like Halo,Marathon Durandal is a decent shooter that laid the foundations for Halo CE and the Halo franchise. Though Durandal doesn't play like Halo, it's couch coop multiplayer does. Durandal has classic game-modes that would later be implemented into Halo's multiplayer, like Red v Blue, Juggernaut, and more. I would reccomend this game to anyone who is a fan of couch co-op, but apart from that, Durandal has little other content. The campaign is very underwhelming. Durandal has great couch co-op, but bad singleplayer. Full Review »
  2. Sep 24, 2010
    9
    As part of Bungie's first successful series, this port of Marathon 2: Durandal lives up to the original with some new features includingAs part of Bungie's first successful series, this port of Marathon 2: Durandal lives up to the original with some new features including 8-player co-op! Don't worry, the motion sickness has been fixed since a patch was released in 2008. Anyways, the game offers a lot features that Halo players might recognize, like Kill the Man with the Ball is Oddball. The only complaint is that there isn't a lot of people online, but most of the achievements can be earned by yourself or with friends. For the "World Domination" achievement, you need to have an online match with a person who already has the achievement. Luckily, there is a leadership board section called "The Seventh Column" which shows all the people who have it. Hopefully, you will find somebody who will help you. The Single Player can be challenging and you might get lost, but after several playthroughs, you'll get the hang of it.
    The game is also a great way to play with your friends if you want to kickback and play some multiplayer or play co-op. The game is only 800 Microsoft Points, but worth the buy. However, the cost for the Map Packs are 400 MSP each, raising the total to 1600. There is a Marathon nameplate on bungie.net for Halo: Reach for those who have recently played or have the game, as well.
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  3. DONTBUYTHISGAME
    Sep 21, 2008
    1
    I LOVE Marathon, but DON'T BUY THIS!!! The entire trilogy is freeware (yes, it's legal!) that you can download for PC. The graphicsI LOVE Marathon, but DON'T BUY THIS!!! The entire trilogy is freeware (yes, it's legal!) that you can download for PC. The graphics aren't as good, but it plays much better. I know you have a PC if you're reading this. Please take my advice and don't get ripped off. Full Review »