Tron: Evolution Review
Information At A Glance
Tron: Evolution is a Xbox 360 game in the Action genre. The game was published by Disney Interactive Studios and developed by Propaganda Games. The game has an ESRB Rating of T (Teen 13+) and was released on 2010-12-07. The game's official site can be found at disney.go.com/tron/index_flash.html#/games.
|Overall Game Ratings|
A surprisingly above average movie tie-in :)
Tron: Evolution is based on the recently released blockbuster movie Tron: Legacy. I have never watched any of the Tron movies or played any of the Tron video games. With the exception of playing in the Tron game world in Kingdom Hearts 2 I had no real idea what all the fuss was about. All that being said, for a semi movie-based game (the game is a prequel of sorts to the movie), this was not too bad.
The graphics in the game were very dark. No doubt this was done to highlight the bright blues, oranges, and yellows of the main characters and the game world. I would actually go as far as to say that the graphics were too dark as, even with the brightness set to maximum, I found it difficult to judge some jumps and locate some enemies. The characters themselves looked alright and were animated very well, although I wished the character models looked better considering Disney Interactive was also involved in the Pirates of the Caribbean games for the Xbox 360 - and those games had amazingly detailed character models. Overall though, the graphics were serviceable. The music became kind of repetitive as I went through the game, but the sound effects were excellent.
The gameplay is a mix of the recent Prince of Persia games and Tomb Raider games, consisting mainly of wall-running and other acrobatic maneuvers. Also, in some levels you get to drive a tank, and in others you get to drive the famous Tron Light Cycle. For some reason, the combat in the game reminded me of Dark Sector, you have 4 differently powered discs (heavy disc, corrosive disc, bomb disc, and statis disc) and different enemies are weak against different discs. Speaking of the enemies, there are only about five or six different enemy types which is kind of on the low side. The vehicle segments provided a nice change of pace to the constant jumping/fighting gameplay.
The single player game itself only lasts about three to four hours. The game has four difficulty levels (easy, medium, hard, and insane - which is only unlocked once you beat the game on hard). Upgrades to your characters memory carry over across playthroughs and online. Online contains the standard deathmatch modes and capture the flag modes. It would have been nice if they included some race tracks to compete against others with the light cycle, but I guess time/budget didn't allow it :(. Upgrades include more powerful weapons, more health, etc.. The max level you can currently reach is 50.
To get the maximum number of achievements in this game you will have to play through it at least twice and reach the maximum level. One tip for achievement hunters is that the auxiliary upgrade for the stasis disc makes you appear invisible to enemies as long as you don't move too fast. With this upgrade installed and the block button (LT) held, you can walk past any enemies without being seen, which makes it really easy to find health and energy recharging objects. Altogether, it took me about 15 hours to get the full 1000 points. This game was a fairly straightforward action game, but an above average movie game. I would definitely recommend it as a rental :).
Review Posted By AllYourBaseBelongToMe On 2011-01-11 At 02:26:56