History VideoGame / Marathon

3rd Jul '16 2:49:10 PM FearlessSon
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* FleshVersusSteel: In ''RED'' the player is caught up in a conflict between the [[RobotWar Metalloids]] and the [[TheVirus Organics]] [[spoiler: before eventually [[FaceMonsterTurn becoming co-opted by the Organics]].]]



** The player character becomes a hybrid monster in ''RED''.

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** [[spoiler: The player character becomes a hybrid monster monster]] in ''RED''.
31st May '16 6:32:35 PM madius
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* AmbiguousEnding: ''Infinity''.

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* AmbiguousEnding: ''Infinity''. [[spoiler:Although it's strongly suggested that the Jjaro station is able to re-contain or destroy the W’rkncacnter, the game doesn't tell you at all that it was successful. It merely skips ahead to the final moment of the universe, in which someone (most likely the Durandal/Thoth hybrid) immortalizes the memory of the security officer before escaping the closing of the universe.]]



** The W’rkncacnter, an ancient EldritchAbomination only spoken of as if a myth, is awoken by the aforementioned actions of the Pfhor, which kicks off ''Infinity''.



* ContinuityNod: There are plenty within the trilogy, as well as several to Bungie's previous game, ''VideoGame/PathwaysIntoDarkness'', which is explicitly set in the same universe (some fans believe the player character of ''Pathways'' is the player character of ''Marathon'' as well, thanks to cyborg enhancements drastically prolonging his lifespan; the Dreaming God of Pathways was also very obviously a W'rkncacnter). The original remake of ''Marathon'' for Aleph One added even more Continuity Nods to ''Pathways'', although these were removed in a later release as a lot of fans felt them to be a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.

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* ContinuityNod: There are plenty within the trilogy, as well as several to Bungie's previous game, ''VideoGame/PathwaysIntoDarkness'', which is explicitly set in the same universe (some fans believe the player character of ''Pathways'' is the player character of ''Marathon'' as well, thanks to cyborg [[spoiler:cyborg enhancements drastically prolonging his lifespan; lifespan]]; the Dreaming God of Pathways was also very obviously a W'rkncacnter). The original remake of ''Marathon'' for Aleph One added even more Continuity Nods to ''Pathways'', although these were removed in a later release as a lot of fans felt them to be a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.



* [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The End Of The Universe As We Know It]]. What happens when the W'rkncacnter escape.

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* [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The End Of The Universe As We Know It]]. What happens when the W'rkncacnter escape.escapes.



** Mars before the CRIST breakdowns was the most prosperous place besides Earth, and the ''UESC Marathon'' which was under construction at the time was considered to be a symbol of prosperity. After the CRIST freighters started to breakdown Mars became a starving overpopulated ghetto in state of constant unrest, and ''UESC Marathon'', which could have been retrofitted to become a new CRIST to make thing easier, become a symbol of Mars' abandonment by UESC.

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** Mars Mars, before the CRIST breakdowns (Cargo and Resources In-System Transports; solar wind-powered freighters that supplied Mars) ships all broke down, was the most prosperous place besides Earth, and the ''UESC Marathon'' which was under construction at the time was considered to be a symbol of prosperity. After the CRIST freighters started to breakdown Mars became a starving overpopulated ghetto in state of constant unrest, and ''UESC Marathon'', which could have been retrofitted to become a new CRIST to make thing easier, become a symbol of Mars' abandonment by UESC.



* GroundhogDayLoop: ''Infinity'' [[spoiler:does this, where the protagonist goes through a time loop several times until he finds a way to prevent the release of the W'rkncacnter. Notably, you can repeat the loop as often as you like. There's no benefit, except the possibility of accumulating ammunition. Though you lose it all halfway through the game - justifiably, since you get captured by hostile aliens.]]

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* GroundhogDayLoop: ''Infinity'' [[spoiler:does [[spoiler:''Infinity'' does this, where the protagonist goes through a time loop several times until he finds a way to prevent the release of the W'rkncacnter. Notably, you can repeat the loop as often as you like. There's no benefit, except the possibility of accumulating ammunition. Though you lose it all halfway through the game - justifiably, since you get captured by hostile aliens.]]



* ItOnlyWorksOnce: Durandal's plan of subverting the Pfhor Drones to his control in ''[=M2=]'' is rendered half effective due to countermeasures installed after a similar plan was used by the Nar two decades ago.



* JuliusBeethovenDaVinci: The security officer and the [=AIs=] were both assembled from older things, [[VideoGame/PathwaysIntoDarkness possibly]] [[AllMythsAreTrue much older]].

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* ItOnlyWorksOnce: Durandal's plan of subverting the Pfhor Drones to his control in ''[=M2=]'' is rendered half effective due to countermeasures installed after a similar plan was used by the Nar two decades ago.
* JuliusBeethovenDaVinci: The security officer [[spoiler:security officer]] and the [=AIs=] were both assembled from older things, [[VideoGame/PathwaysIntoDarkness possibly]] [[AllMythsAreTrue much older]].



* NonLinearCharacter: The [[spoiler:Durandal/Thoth hybrid (maybe)]] in the dream levels.

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* NonLinearCharacter: The [[spoiler:Durandal/Thoth hybrid (maybe)]] in the ''Infinity''[='=]s dream levels.levels, as he is the only other thing that is aware of the multiple timelines.
9th May '16 11:10:34 PM erforce
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* UnorthodoxReload: The Shotgun flip-cock reloading, à la ''[[{{Terminator}} T2]]''. Lampshaded in the game manual.

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* UnorthodoxReload: The Shotgun flip-cock reloading, à la ''[[{{Terminator}} ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay T2]]''. Lampshaded in the game manual.
22nd Apr '16 1:21:18 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy: The character Ian in ''Marathon RED'' will be recognizable as the same Ian from the WebComic ''Webcomic/MacHall''. ''Marathon RED'' was a mod artist Ian [=McConville=] made before starting webcomics, and the character Ian in the game is an AuthorAvatar.
31st Mar '16 8:51:35 PM RADIX
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* MortalityPhobia: The [[AIIsACrapshoot Rogue A.I.]] Durandal becomes obsessed with its own mortality, and searches the universe to try to find a way to escape its inevitable destruction known as the Big Crunch.

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* MortalityPhobia: The [[AIIsACrapshoot Rogue A.I.]] Durandal becomes obsessed with its his own mortality, and searches the universe to try to find a way to escape its inevitable destruction known as the Big Crunch.
15th Mar '16 4:31:03 AM morenohijazo
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* MortalityPhobia: The [[AIIsACrapshoot Rogue A.I.]] Durandal becomes obsessed with its own mortality, and searches the universe to try to find a way to escape its inevitable destruction known as the Big Crunch.
25th Feb '16 10:08:57 PM RADIX
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** Vide (Forever, an old Japanese scenario) abducts you for his own purposes not far into your original mission, taunting and threatening you the whole time. [[spoiler: As your original partner, Gekitsuchi, eventually determines, he may also have the digital equivalent to Multiple Personality Disorder. Unfortunately,neither Gekitsuchi nor his fellow warrior Izanagi are all that helpful.]]

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** Vide (Forever, an old Japanese scenario) abducts you for his own purposes not far into your original mission, taunting and threatening you the whole time. [[spoiler: As your original partner, Gekitsuchi, eventually determines, he may also have the digital equivalent to Multiple Personality Disorder. Unfortunately,neither ]] Unfortunately, neither Gekitsuchi nor his fellow warrior Izanagi are all that helpful.]]
25th Feb '16 10:08:10 PM RADIX
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** Vide (Forever, an old Japanese scenario) abducts you for his own purposes not far into your original mission, taunting and threatening you the whole time. [[spoiler: As your original partner, Gekitsuchi, eventually determines, he may also have the digital equivalent to Multiple Personality Disorder. Unfortunately, Gekitsuchi has his own agenda and is something of an amoral jackass, leaving Izanagi as the only stable one...maybe.]]

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** Vide (Forever, an old Japanese scenario) abducts you for his own purposes not far into your original mission, taunting and threatening you the whole time. [[spoiler: As your original partner, Gekitsuchi, eventually determines, he may also have the digital equivalent to Multiple Personality Disorder. Unfortunately, Unfortunately,neither Gekitsuchi has nor his own agenda and is something of an amoral jackass, leaving fellow warrior Izanagi as the only stable one...maybe.are all that helpful.]]



* CoolStarship: Gekitsuchi of ''Forever'' pilots a visually-distinct ship propelled by eight crystalline "feathers".

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* CoolStarship: Gekitsuchi of the ''Ka-co-kh'' series and ''Forever'' pilots a visually-distinct ship propelled by eight crystalline "feathers".
24th Jan '16 2:23:58 AM RADIX
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Sadly, the creator of ''Pfh'Joueur'' appears to have [[http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=61327 died of cancer]]. Many of the files for [[http://bighouse.bungie.org/joueur/ her scenario]] are no longer being hosted as a result of this. This basically means that, unless someone has and posts the missing scripts that enabled the game to run under Aleph One, the game can only be played properly under Mac OS 9, which is a shame, because it's a great scenario.
** That is, of course, unless you have a [[http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.shebob.com/joueur/pfhscripts.sit time machine]].

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* AuthorAvatar: Ian [=McConville=] of RED, the same Ian who developed the scenario. He lacks the obnoxious traits of many other author avatars, however.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Sadly, the creator of ''Pfh'Joueur'' appears to have [[http://forums.bungie.org/story/?noframes;read=61327 died of cancer]]. Many of the files for [[http://bighouse.bungie.org/joueur/ her scenario]] are no longer being hosted as a result of this. This basically means that, unless Thankfully, someone has and posts the missing scripts that enabled the game to run under eventually released a functional [[http://pfhorums.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=37991&hilit=pfh%27joueur Aleph One, the game can only be played properly under Mac OS 9, which is a shame, because it's a great scenario.
** That is, of course, unless you have a [[http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.shebob.com/joueur/pfhscripts.sit time machine]].
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* [[spoiler: [[LukeIAmYourFather Durandal, I Am Your Brother]]:]] In ''Rubicon'', Durandal learns that [[spoiler: Lysander is a "Traxus Derivative Model", the same as the three UESC ''Marathon'' AIs. Lysander never realizes this, and you have to kill him before either of you can tell him.]]

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* [[spoiler: [[LukeIAmYourFather Durandal, I Am Your Brother]]:]] In ''Rubicon'', Durandal learns that [[spoiler: Lysander is a "Traxus Derivative Model", the same as the three UESC ''Marathon'' AIs. Lysander never realizes this, this (outside of the Tycho Plank), and you have to kill him before either of you can tell him.]]


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* [[spoiler: GainaxEnding]]: The final level of ''P'fh'Joueur'' involves [[spoiler: rescuing people who were abducted all the way back in 2000; neither Durandal nor Pfh'Joueur offer much explanation beyond "whaddya know, the legends were true". It's not quite [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment totally divorced from the plot]] as one of the major themes is being taken far away from home, and the ships that appear in various terminals are blatantly [=UFOs=], but still...]]


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** In ''Pfh'Joueur'', [[spoiler: the title character fuses with an alien AI, Tal'sen, and in the process is alleviated of his Rampancy.]]
15th Jan '16 11:31:04 PM RADIX
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* GenreShift: ''RED'' moves away from the Trilogy's hard sci-fi and into supernatural horror.
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