History VideoGame / Marathon

5th Sep '16 4:25:03 PM Az_Tech341
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* DejaVu: In the first game's manual, as the our Hero escapes into the escape pod he ponders this: "''Oddly, this is familiar to you, as if it were from an old dream, but you can't exactly remember...''". Not much comes of it until the third game, where the plot is centered around saving the reality from getting eaten by a CosmicHorror, and it involves dream-themed dimension jumping/time-travelling trying to prevent the release of said Cosmic Horror.

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* DejaVu: In the first game's manual, as the our Hero escapes into the escape pod he ponders this: "''Oddly, this is familiar to you, as if it were from an old dream, but you can't exactly remember...remember....''". Not much comes of it until the third game, where the plot is centered around saving the reality from getting eaten by a CosmicHorror, and it involves dream-themed dimension jumping/time-travelling trying to prevent the release of said Cosmic Horror.
5th Sep '16 12:34:08 PM Morgenthaler
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* DejaVu: In the first game's manual, as the our Hero escapes into the escape pod he ponders this: "''Oddly, this is familiar to you, as if it were from an old dream, but you can't exactly remember...''". Not much comes of it until the third game, where the plot is centered around saving the reality from getting eaten by a CosmicHorror, and it involves dream-themed dimension jumping/time-travelling trying to prevent the release of said Cosmic Horror.
29th Jul '16 6:37:46 PM jackyb
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'''''Marathon Infinity: Blood Tides of Lh'owon''''' returns to the MindScrew attitude of the first game, and then some. In a [[AlternateContinuity parallel timeline]] where the second game's events lead to unleashing a catastrophe, the security officer is stranded on a claustrophobic space station haunted by Durandal's dying words about an EldritchAbomination. And then he proceeds to… [[RealityWarper uh...]] Well, [[EpilepticTrees nobody's really sure]] [[GoingCosmic what's going on in this one]]. [[NintendoHard It sure gets hard, though.]]

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'''''Marathon Infinity: Blood Tides of Lh'owon''''' returns to the MindScrew attitude of the first game, and then some. In a [[AlternateContinuity parallel timeline]] where the second game's events lead to unleashing unleash a catastrophe, the security officer is stranded on a claustrophobic space station haunted by Durandal's dying words about an EldritchAbomination. And then he proceeds to… [[RealityWarper uh...]] Well, [[EpilepticTrees nobody's really sure]] [[GoingCosmic what's going on in this one]]. [[NintendoHard It sure gets hard, though.]]
29th Jul '16 6:36:37 PM jackyb
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'''''Marathon Infinity: Blood Tides of Lh'owon''''' returns to the MindScrew attitude of the first game, and then some. In a [[AlternateContinuity parallel timeline]] where the second game's events never happened, the security officer is stranded on a claustrophobic space station haunted by Durandal's dying words about an EldritchAbomination. And then he proceeds to… [[RealityWarper uh...]] Well, [[EpilepticTrees nobody's really sure]] [[GoingCosmic what's going on in this one]]. [[NintendoHard It sure gets hard, though.]]

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'''''Marathon Infinity: Blood Tides of Lh'owon''''' returns to the MindScrew attitude of the first game, and then some. In a [[AlternateContinuity parallel timeline]] where the second game's events never happened, lead to unleashing a catastrophe, the security officer is stranded on a claustrophobic space station haunted by Durandal's dying words about an EldritchAbomination. And then he proceeds to… [[RealityWarper uh...]] Well, [[EpilepticTrees nobody's really sure]] [[GoingCosmic what's going on in this one]]. [[NintendoHard It sure gets hard, though.]]
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.
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