Not to be outdone by Nintendo’s Virtual console this week, the Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) will receive an enhanced version of classic Bungie FPS Marathon: Durandal, as well as a selection of board games for the less action-inclined. The M-rated Durandal will go for 800 MS points ($10) and the Spyglass Board Games collection (which includes Reversi, Mancala, Checkers and Chess) asking price is 400 MS points ($5). Both will be available for download 9 a.m. (PST), Wednesday, August 1, 2007.
Durandal is a true classic that’s been completely revamped with new with HD graphics, modern networking (a real boon for players who’ve endured lag headaches over the free version floating around online) and redesigned controls.
Often called the predecessor to Halo, the Marathon games boasted evolved FPS gameplay pre-Doom, when Master Chief was nothing more than a glint in Bungie’s eye. It’s more than worth the asking price for all the enhancements, though cheapo gamers can try out the original version for free (and legally) through Bungie’s site.