Movie-based game with fantasy violence just so-so.
Common Sense Media
19 March 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that TRON: Evolution is a game based on the movie TRON: Legacy . It earned its "Teen" rating primarily for its fantasy violence. This includes hand-to-hand combat, acrobatic attacks, throwing discs, shooting tanks, and racing in light cycles (with the intent to crash the opponent). While enemies resemble humans, the game clearly has a sci-fi premise, where you're a security program inside of a computer, attempting to stop a virus.
Conclusion: TRON: Evolution truly only bares the name of TRON due to its multiplayer counterpart. While the single-player experience is indeed set within the world of the Grid, nothing about screams TRON! The platforming and combat is very repetitive, often enough reminding you of another franchise; Prince of Persia.
Excerpt: Tron fans are a patient bunch. After all, they've waited nearly thirty years for a sequel to the original, now-cult-classic movie and anticipation couldn't be higher. Knowing how eager fans are to re-enter the Tron universe, last week Disney Interactive released Tron Evolution , a video game prequel to the events of the upcoming film, Tron Legacy.
Conclusion: TRON: Evolution has the look and feel of everything that makes the TRON universe cool. You get the lightcycle, tank and identity disc battles that you've been craving for some time. Regretfully, all of this is plagued by very loose controls that create too much frustration to enjoy the rest. Maybe a patch or two would fix the issues, but as it stands right now the the game simply feels a bit too broken in a couple of major areas.
Excerpt: Most of Tron City’s programmed citizens are hardwired automatons, but some have developed free will in the years since 1982’s landmark film. As a faceless, voiceless, and wholly anonymous security functionary, your job is to keep the peace — until a viral plague threatens to corrupt the whole joint.
Pros: + Distinctive look; some fun and effective upgrades; forgiving checkpoints.
Cons: - Difficulty constantly veers between child’s play and crushed skull., - Dull non-entity for a hero; awkward cutscenes; lots of rough spots., ? Why is the Jeff Bridges soundalike channeling Lebowski, man?
Conclusion: Lulled into thinking Tron: Evolution might actually be half-decent on first impressions, we feel a genuine sense of disappointment that it gradually turns out to be yet another poor movie tie-in that's fairly unmemorable, repetitive and a bit dull overall. Here's hoping that the movie is infinitely better than this.
Excerpt: If I had to name my top ten favourite films of all time then Disney’s 1982 classic Tron would be up there, and I for one can’t wait to see the upcoming sequel Tron Legacy . As is usual with most big blockbuster movies these days, there is a game to go with it, Tron Evolution , which acts as a bridge between the two films. It fills us in with what has been happening on the grid in the last 28 years, and sets up the story for Tron Legacy .