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Come And Have A Go...

I’m a professional, damn it, and I’m going to finish this review, so I soldier on for another ten minutes. It doesn’t help that this level seems even more confusing than the last one, and Durandal has a horrible habit of suddenly surrounding you with enemies, forcing you to go into a frenzy of good old-fashioned back peddling and circle-strafing to survive. Then it hits me that there’s a very real chance that I might actually be sick. I’m getting to the point where I can taste breakfast, and it doesn’t taste that good the second time around…

So I go off and have a lie down. As I collapse on the sofa, I start listing in my head all the times I’ve felt this ill or worse. All of them involve alcohol, kebabs, yachts, cross-channel ferrys, dodgy fried chicken or more than one of the above. None of them involve a video game. Maybe it’s the smooth, speedy movement and rapid rotation, but Durandal has left me feeling pretty rotten.
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After half an hour or so and a glass of water I feel ready to carry on, but five minutes of fruitless liquid-filled corridor wandering later, I feel as sick as the proverbial parrot. I email our famously reasonable editor and admit that I might be unable to complete the review without a boatload of Kwells and a lot of rest in-between short sessions. We agree it might be better to look at something else.

So there you have it. From a perusal of comments on the Web, I know I’m not the only one whose had a similar experience, so if I can recommend anything from my short time with Marathon 2 – a time in which I proved unable to look at the enhanced multiplayer options or experience the full depth of the single-player campaign – it’s that it’s a game you should try before you buy. Usually I say this because I think the game in question will appeal to some of you, but not to others, but here I say it for your own financial and physical wellbeing. After all, do you want to spend 800 MS Points on a game you can’t – literally - stomach playing?

Can someone with an iron nerve and a stainless steel stomach tell us what they thought?

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