When it comes to Joystiq and Bungie's seminal shooter, Marathon
, you can always count on two things: unbridled praise from us and someone mentioning it's complete lack of cost. Back in January 2005
, the entire trilogy
, opening the floodgates to a whole new generation of gamers enraptured by the seemingly parallel universe of Halo
This past week at E3
, Marathon: Durandal
was officially announced
for Xbox Live Arcade
, complete with online co-operative, as well as competitive play. Of course, none of this is actually new to the game itself and there are still folks playing it online to this day. Just last night we casted away the shackles of Santa Monica and stood up well past our bedtime just to "kill the guy with the ball." We blame our need for a Marathon
fix on our brief time
with the XBLA version.
Naturally, the question is still "why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?" Getting Marathon
up and running on your PC or Mac isn't the most terribly accessible, nor convenient feat in the world, especially when taking online play into account. And while the community has taken it upon themselves to upgrade
the graphics over the years, it's still not as nice as what we're seeing with the XBLA version.
So take the ol' girl out for a good time and should you be willing to settle down, you can come courting when it arrives later this Summer on Xbox Live Arcade.