Bungie’s classic Mac first-person shooter Marathon: Durandal is now available for download on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. A mere 800 points nabs you this Freeverse-made remake, souped up in high-definition. It’s just too bad that they didn’t include a barf bag in the bundle.
That’s not to say that Marathon: Durandal isn’t fun. It’s actually a great retro blast for the few minutes before the head-splitting dizzyness and lunch-tossing queasiness sets in. Gamers are complaining of motion sickness, and the game’s ultra-fluid frame rate of 60 frames per second probably has something to do with it. The folks at NeoGAF are even running a forum poll to see how many members are tossing their cookies due to the dizzying gameplay.
This blogger’s experience is similar to other reports – it makes me sick. Demoing it on a 60″ LCD had me clutching my stomach within minutes. I tried moving the system to a 42″ and even 24″ screen, all with similar results. Fudging with the sensitivity settings did help a bit, but when quick turning corners and corridors came up, the motion sickness came right back.
Let us know your experiences with the title. Download it and give it a test run, and then come back here to tell us how your stomach and head held up.