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Friday, November 9, 2001

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Marathon|Rampancy First Public Beta
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Marathon, the game that first made Bungie's dream of world domination seem possible, was the seminal first-person shooter of its generation. Although id Software's Doom was better known by the PC gaming masses, the Marathon series chartered new territory with its weapons, the physics of its game engines, and the variety of its multiplayer game types, territory that other games have gone on to develop.

Two games that show Marathon's influence most clearly are Epic's blockbuster Unreal and its no-less-popular multiplayer-oriented sequel, Unreal Tournament, published for the Mac by the good people at MacSoft. Modern features offered by the Unreal engine include powerful customization tools for third-party developers.

Two projects have been working, along somewhat different lines, to use these tools to bring the Marathon experience to the power of the Unreal Tournament engine. Earlier this year, IMG reported that the Marathon: Resurrection project had released their first and second public betas, and now another long-watched project, Marathon|Rampancy, has made that leap:

Prepare yourself for some old school Bungie-style gaming! Introducing the beta version of Marathon|Rampancy, a mod for Unreal Tournament based on the multiplayer part of Bungie's classic FPS game, Marathon
Infinity. Marathon|Rampancy includes all new weapons, new physics, and ten gametypes to choose from. Also included are about a dozen converted maps by the Frogblast team and BDB's MapVote utility.

New since the alpha release (almost a year ago) are a set of redesigned
weapons, a marine model, the previously missing weapons, and several new game types such as King of the Hill, Roving Hill, Kill the Man with the Ball, and Tag.

The release of Marathon|Rampancy Beta 1.0 is surely an important event for Marathon and UT fans alike. Check out the Marathon|Rampancy web site for screenshots and more information, and grab a copy of this eagerly anticipated mod for Unreal Tournament at our sister site,

Update: While you're waiting for the download, check out the first review of the Rampancy beta, posted at the ModSquad. They seem to have very good things to say about the mod's progress so far; in fact, they give it a 9.6!

MGF: Download Marathon|Rampancy 1.0b (12.8 MB)
ModSquad: Marathon|Rampancy Review

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