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  • Jan 8, 2011
A prequel to the movie TRON: LEGACY, TRON: EVOLUTION is a gloriously rendered game that examines in detail the events that led to Clu's rise in the world of the Grid. In the game you play Monitor, a program created by Flynn to investigate the death of the leader of the ISOs. Not long after that, a virus named Abraxas appears and begins causing havoc. In addition, Monitor witnesses the supposed deaths of Flynn and Tron by Clu. Monitor joins forces with a mysterious program named Quorra and through their joint efforts they warn the programs of the grid of Clu's true actions.

The overall gameplay of TRON: EVOLUTION is mostly as a platform game intermixed with a bit of 3rd person combat. There are some racing elements in the light cycle segments. There are also a few times where you get to drive a tank. The tanks were a bit difficult to drive, but overall these segments were some of the most enjoyable because they reminded me of old-school Atari games.

During gameplay, the graphics in TRON: EVOLUTION are extraordinary. The developers have done a remarkable job of capturing the computer world of the TRON movies. There are moments as Monitor is running along or jumping from building to building that you can see his reflection upon the sheen of the structures he is around. The voice acting is also well done and the score is exceptional.

On the negative side, the cut scenes aren't very impressive. Some of the characters, such as Clu and Flynn, aren't rendered very well. They seem out of place with some of the better rendered characters, such as Quorra and Monitor.

The storyline isn't incredibly long, but it takes longer to play through because of the very touchy game control. Running along walls and jumping incredible heights is exciting, but it gets tedious after awhile when you keep repeating the same little segment over and over and over and over because you can't jump over at the right moment. When running from place to place and jumping from object to object, you have to not only use the right buttons and have your character advancing in the proper direction, but you have to use the camera angle control to be looking in the proper direction, too. The game automatically saves quite frequently, which is a bonus so you don't have to keep repeating the same lengthy sequence over and over.

There are more than enough places to recharge your health and special combo attacks. However, in order to recharge your health you have to run up or along certain walls and to recharge the special combo attacks, you have to jump over control boards or lighted trashcans. When fighting a large number of enemies, this becomes tiresome and causes fighting sequences to last longer than they should.

I was a little disappointed by how little the light cycles are used in the story mode. Not only that, but when they are used it isn't very effectively. The light cycles are one of the things that really stood out in the original movie and were what made the original TRON arcade game so difficult. Instead of incorporating their uniqueness, they simply become a vehicle to move the characters from point A to point B.

There are some multi-player elements that is typical of most multi-player elements: a game where you derezz as many programs as you can in a certain amount of time, a capture the flag type game, and a game that's kind of like king of the mountain. There are some games with the light cycle and tank, but neither one of these is used as much as it should.

Overall, even though I got frustrated at certain points and was disappointed by how much of a platform game TRON:EVOLUTION was, I enjoyed it. However, I'm a fan of the original movie and I rented the game and didn't purchase it. Die hard fans are going to want to purchase the game. I'd recommend waiting for a little while until the price comes down and then buying it. For casual fans who wish to own it, I'd say the same. As for other gamers or just someone who is interested in the game, it's best as a rental and not a purchase.

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Quick Tip by . December 16, 2010
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Looks really fun! And the graphics are great as expected!
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Tron: Evolution is an action-adventure, tie-in video game for the film Tron: Legacy by Propaganda Games, published by Disney Interactive. It was officially announced at the Spike Video Game Awards and was released for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Wiiand Nintendo DS platforms on 7 December 2010. Downloadable content will become available post-launch. The music in the game was composed by Sascha Dikiciyan (aka Sonic Mayhem), Cris Velasco (God of War) and Kevin Manthei. Two tracks from the film composed by Daft Punk are included in the game: "Derezzed" and "The Grid".

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ESRB: T - (Teen)
Number of Players: Single-player, Multi-player
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Developer: Propaganda Games, GameStar
Console: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable (PSP), Xbox 360
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: December 7, 2010
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