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Monday, November 12, 2001

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Rampancy Review at Renovated Modsquad, New Map
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Late Friday, we updated our story about the public beta release of Marathon|Rampancy, a mod that brings Marathon-style gameplay to Unreal Tournament, with news of this UT mod's first review. The Modsquad awarded Marathon|Rampancy Beta 1.0 a score of 9.6 out of 10.

Here's an excerpt praising the balance of Rampancy's weapons, recognizable to any fan of the venerable Marathon series:

For Marathon|Rampancy, the weapons basically make or break the mod. Luckily, they do not break it. Rather, the weapons are all well balanced, and each has it's own distinctive feel.
Peter Yu's review goes on to discuss each weapon in detail, and then describes the four new Marathon inspired game types. Intelligent bot support for new game types has often been a challenge for mod authors, and Yu has this welcome assessment:
Despite the numerous different gametypes, the bots managed to keep up with things. They play [King of the Hill] well, can work together on Roving KOTH, and can play Kill the Man with the Ball and Tag surprisingly well. While they can be tweaked a bit to be improved, I found them good substitutes for human players.
If this sounds like it might be your cup of tea, head over to the Modsquad to read Yu's full review.

The Modsquad, the foremost web site for Unreal Tournament mods and mutators, recently received a thorough overhaul. Improved design, easier navigation, a new review system (including reader reviews and ratings), and new forums all contribute to make this essential resource even more useful.

(A mod - short for "modification" - can alter Unreal Tournament by, for example, changing the game's physics or by adding Marathon's "King of the Hill" game type, as Rampancy does. A mutator, the mechanism by which Rampancy adds Marathon's weapons to UT, is a special class of mod that can be combined with other mods and mutators.)

Thanks to the platform-independent design of UT's mod support and to the skillful porting of Westlake Interactive, almost all the mods and mutators at the Modsquad work with the Mac version of Unreal Tournament.

In related news, a new deathmatch map by Hobeaux of Frogblast: The Ventcore Project has been released exclusively for Marathon|Rampancy. Morpfine is not available on the Frogblast site, nor is it included with the set of Frogblast maps installed with Marathon|Rampancy, so be sure to head over to the Rampancy web site to download this extra dose of Marathon fun.

Download DM-FbMorpfhine (1 MB)
Frogblast: The Ventcore Project
MGF: Download Marathon|Rampancy 1.0b1 (12.8 MB)
IMG News: Marathon|Rampancy First Public Beta
Marathon|Rampancy Web Site
Modsquad: Marathon|Rampancy Beta 1.0 Review

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