Every movie these days has to have a game tie-in, so it’s no surprise that Disney has put out many Tron Legacy tie-in games prior to the release of that movie. While each one takes place in a different time, the HD console and PC version of Tron Evolution is the primary game with the story taking place over a ten year period serving as a prequel for the movie. That means in the game you’ll see how and why Clu ends up being the villain in the movie as well as sort of spoiling what happens to Tron.
The main single-player game is your standard action title where you use a combination of disc and melee attacks to fight off enemies. To mix things up there’s some Prince of Persia style acrobatics, lightcycle levels, and tank sequences. Of that mix, the Prince of Persia stuff is by far the best with the rest just being pretty standard as far as action games go. Once you get the hang of the sometimes extremely frustrating controls, those Prince of Persia inspired parts actually become fun and the highlight of the game. It almost becomes a puzzle you need to solve to see how you’ll traverse a given area.
Unfortunately the game becomes rather mundane as you go from area to area fighting enemies while traversing walls and platforms. Rinse and repeat and you have the core game. But, this is Tron so that does count for something. Fans of the movies will get lots of cool story here as it does fill in a really big gap between the original and the sequel. The slick look of the new Tron is reproduced well here, and the majority of the soundtrack is by Daft Punk. The first lightcycle level, while short, knocks you off your feet with the coolness of Daft Punk’s “Derezzed” playing over the level.
The game also includes several multi-player modes, and in a few maps you can even use lightcycles. You have team and solo ones, and the game does handle it well. While you can access it from the main menu, throughout the single-player there are kiosks where you can spend your level up experience on upgrades or directly access the game grid for a pretty seamless transition from the single-player to the multi-player. And if there are no human players online, the game will automatically populate the game with CPU controlled bots.
The question is whether its worth playing or not. Well, if you’re a Tron nut it definitely is, but I’d advise trying to play it on the PC. It’s the exact same game as the Xbox 360 or PS3 version, but it sells for half the price. It’s a fun game for a little bit of Tron before the movie, but it isn’t really worth the full $60 price tag the consoles versions ask.