Wow, Bungie’s Marathon is the coolest shooter in years
I rarely watch a video game trailer more than once. But with Bungies Marathon reboot/sequel/whatever, I repeated the snazzy and stylish announcement trailer. That’s not just because of the great trailer, but also because Bungie teases that it’s one of the coolest shooters in years.
On March 24, just before a Spider-Man 2 Trailer would be a whole new “puddle gate,” Bungie (hello fate) revealed it next great first person shooter: Marathon. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because Bungie is actually returning to one of its oldest franchises, the all-Mac shooter trilogy. Marathon. You can read more about these ancient games, their beloved history and their context gloriole and modern extraction shooters in this piece by our very own Claire Jackson.
However, I’m not here to talk about it MarathonB. about the lore, the story, the fandom or anything related to the Bungie mythos. No, instead I just want to gush a few paragraphs about how bloody refreshing and awesome the look and announcement trailer of this game is compared to most other shooters and games out there today. And I don’t seem to be the only one who loves this trailer as it has already reached 18 million views on YouTube.
Marathon has one of the best game trailers of 2023
Since this moment At the beginning, the intensive electronic music of the trailer sets in, I was engaged. Then we see someone in a cool looking sci-fi outfit running through a tunnel while brightly colored shots of robotic bugs create complex android-like beings. What’s happening? I don’t know, But did you just hear that sick part in the music??
Anyway, the running character breaks out of the darker tunnels and enters an incredibly bright world where we see him rocking bright colors too, including a bright neon pink helmet. The music builds up as the camera zooms in closer and closer to the runner. It feels tense as the music turns into a digital mess and then BAM! That’s all she wrote for this runner as he’s being shot at from afar by a slick and papery android. Our now-dead runner is seen in slow motion collapsing into what appears to be a milky substance, his blue-inky blood mixing and swirling into the water around his corpse. As the robotic sniper rips something out of the dead runner, the music ramps up again, interference occurs, and BAM! Bungie reveals this lively trailer is a new project Marathon.
“Alive” is really the keyword here. Everything in this trailer bangs in a way I haven’t seen in most other shooters in recent years. A lot of modern shooters seem to focus on realism, which can look pretty but also a bit drab. The popular color scheme that we usually see in shooters also resonates with shooters call of Duty And battlefield mix together. Or they all look a little too similar Fourteen days, which is colorful, but no longer visually recognizable. I still like a lot of these modern shooters. But with Marathonthings are different.
Actually, it’s more than colourful. It is nearly garish with all its pinks, yellows, greens and blues clashing in almost every image. Still, everything is balanced with hyper-realistic lighting, materials, textures, and models. The color palettes are incredible to look at and some of us see them too kotaku I couldn’t stop staring at the trailer.
MarathonThe new art style is fresh and bold
Bungie calls Marathon‘S “Graphic Realism” art style, as mentioned in a recent behind-the-scenes video about the rebooted shooter. Bungie developer Emily Katske elaborates further on the game’s art, saying it’s “bold and colorful.” [and] stylized.”
The game’s director, Christopher Barret, also says in the same video that the team wanted the art to be “beautiful” and “vivid,” “mysterious” and “familiar,” “but also weird.”
Normally I would roll my eyes a bit at such conversations, but after seeing the trailer and concept art of this new version Marathon, Yes, I understand it. However, balance is key. Bungie must carefully consider when and where to “choose.” [things] up to 11 inches and when to pull back a bit so people aren’t overwhelmed while playing.
Taking a popular franchise and making something bold out of it is a risky option. It’s also quite a departure from the original Marathon Games that featured more muted or dirtier textures and demise-like sprites. I have already discovered some Longtime Marathon Fans are upset with this new, more colorful and stylized direction. And until we actually play the final game, we won’t know if any of it will actually work. Was that a big, expensive mistake? Or a giant gamble that lands perfectly? No idea!
But marathons The trailer, concept art, and overall style got me more excited than I expected playing this upcoming extraction shooter. I’m not even a fan of this online FPS genre but I want to see more of it Marathon so bad i will try. As long as I can waddle around Bungie’s new amazing looking world for a few minutes before getting killed, I’ll be happy to play and explore Marathon whenever it comes out.