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Marathon 1 Redux 0.0.12-alpha

liacrow on Oct 1st 2018

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Latest releases now on Github: https://github.com/ravenshining/M1R

A project to give Marathon 1 a facelift, incorporating the new features of Aleph One to flesh out and add realism to the Marathon's architecture. Eventually, to include a branching storyline- possibly even missions on the colony moon.

Featuring Marathon 1 with liquids, ambient sound, new weapons, more scenery, improved sprites, expanded architecture, new terms & terminal art, the latest HD plugins. Also including Craig Hardgrove's soundtrack, you can visit his page over at themarathonmusic.com !

Although it is now a playable scenario, I still consider this an Alpha release for development and testing, but at this stage you may find it more entertaining than, and in some respects more faithful than M1A1. To contribute to this project, download it and read the "Help Wanted.txt" and/or TODO.txt," or head over to the Pfhorums where the lists and discussion are posted: http://pfhorums.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=53510

Notes for version 0.0.12-alpha:

M1-style Rescue missions now work! We don't have the branching storyline yet, but you WILL get different terminal messages on The Rose and Bob-B-Q if you succeed or fail to save 50% of the BoBs. A big thanks to Treelama for patiently explaining how this works and releasing a new version of Weland to eliminate the need for hex editing!

M1-style activation triggers! Every level has been gone over to restore Glue activation mechanics for all non-teleporting monsters. Not only does this make M1R replicate M1 activation, but BoBs may freely roam the levels (provided you don't kill them) instead of being confined and/or glitching behind zone borders as in M1A1. A yuge thank-you to Wrkncacnter for writing a Weland plugin that streamlined this process!

The ridiculously-slow-on-early-levels shock staff mechanic has been scaled way back as it was not fun. Instead, early levels have you hitting monsters with the staff as a fragile but highly effective melee weapon - complete with it's own HD animation - until exposition is delivered via terminal on how to operate it properly.

As with 0.0.11, please note that if you command-option- or control-shift- begin new game, only levels 1-37 are playable. Levels 38-99 are redundancies for the planned branching storyline, and do not yet have physics, terminals, or MML. Levels 101-119 are multiplayer carnage.

The flamethrower now obscures your vision as it should when using the HD weapons plugin.

Architectural updates to seven levels (Never Burn Money, The Rose, Blaspheme Quarantine, Shake Before Using, Pfhor Your Eyes Only, Unpfhorgiven, & Try Again).

Lava and Goo should be generally shallower (more like M1) and emits noise to eliminate abrupt sonic transitions.

Welcome level removed and replaced with a placeholder, the goal being to have a populated spaceport and functional Mirata for 0.0.13.

More terminal exposition

Less ammo

touched up Arrival chapter screen

various physics tweaks

1156 downloads, 1 review, 6 screenshots, 3.0 rating


4 Reviews

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Amazing! Spatial Outpouring - Chapter 1

liacrow on May 19th 2018, Version 1.3

Bizzare, yet cohesive, abstruse, yet engaging. An impressive feat of scenario design. Loved the otherworldly not-quite-artificial intelligences and the dynamics between them. Really looking forward to more!

Also, Yuge's Agent Orange theme actually goes well with this scenario.


  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Useful Differential Shading Checker Plugin

liacrow on May 9th 2018, Version 1.0

Make sure you are running in OpenGL(Classic) mode for this to work. In shader mode, you'll still be able to discern everything even if your lighting is bad.


  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

For a smoother experience xBR Monsters for M1

liacrow on Jan 12th 2018, Version 1.3

Those sample pics don't do this mod justice. This simple improvement really makes a difference in-game, no longer do the sprites stick out like a sore thumb against the new high-res textures. I'd love to see this done to Infinity!


  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

Better synth, but worse overall Marathon Music Remasterd

liacrow on Jan 9th 2018, Version 2.0

I can see where there is potential in this - individually, each instrument sounds better. But, like all attempts at throwing newer midi at the old tracks, they aren't working well together as a whole. Unbalanced, grainy, horribly distorted, and the normalisation would be better left off- it's painful to hear instruments suddenly get louder at a quiet point in a song. I definitely prefer the originals, or better yet Craig Hardgrove's versions. That said, I'd like to hear some of these tracks if you could nix the normalisation and maybe quiet the drums.