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Tron: Evolution (PS3)
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Tron: Evolution (PS3)
Advantages: great visuals, good bridging plot
Disadvantages: some poor controls & camera usage
Tron Evolution was released to coincide with Legacy's theatrical release, but it doesn't follow the plot of the film (there is one scene that appears as a flashback in the film which occurs in this game, which was a nice link between them). Evolution takes place between the two films, expanding on the ISOs plot introduced in Legacy.
You play as Anon, a security program designed by Kevin Flynn to act as a guard to a peace treaty that is about to be signed between ISOs (naturally evolved computer programs) and ordinary Programs. But a different problem presents itself, a cloaked program known as Abraxas releases a virus into the grid, opening up a larger conspiracy. The plot is pretty solid, and goes a good job of bridging Tron to Legacy, showing us some moments that were spoken about in the sequel film and doing them nicely.
The game is a third person action with freestyle running seen in a game like Prince of Persia. It also has a few RPG elements (although very simplistic) and a couple of racing sections. Combat is a pretty simple hack and slash system, using combinations of light and heavy attacks, which are different light disc - heavy, bomb, infection; all of which are upgradeable (this is the RPG element of the game) - with the light disc to derezz your enemies. There are energy strips conveniently placed for you to regain health or energy. These energy strips are located all over the levels, but some of them are a little harder to reach than others, but they do replenish after a while, so you can always run back to any energy strip that's easiest to reach. An interesting element to the game is that your character is the same for single player and multiplayer, so if you're finding a boss fight a bit tricky in the single player you can hop online and level up your character, and vice versa. The controls and camera can sometimes make the game tricky, leaping off walls when you don't want to or focussed on the wrong place or enemy. And the vehicle sections feel neglected, there's not enough of them and they handle very clunky. You can also use the Move controller on the Lightcycle sections which doesn't handle any better and feels like a waste of programming to include it in two short sections.
The visuals are the best part of this game. The Grid has been brought to like using the Unreal Engine, and although it may be years old, Unreal does not show its age here. All of the dark, and bright neon visual effects are incredible to look at. The reflections of the walls, and floors are very well done, and the neon of the characters is very detailed. The game looks and feels just like the Grid, and it was just what I wanted from a Tron game (short of being sucked into the Grid myself).
The sound is pretty good although there are only a couple of Daft Punk songs from the film, the instrumental is good mixed in with some techno pieces. The voice work is done very well with some mimic voice acting but Olivia Wilde and Bruce Boxleitner voice their respective characters from Tron Legacy.
For me, this is just what I wanted from a Tron game, and it is better for the fact that it doesn't follow the plot of the films; the bridging plot works very well, giving a greater insight into the Grid.
Summary: Prepare to be sucked into the Grid!
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