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I was actually pretty excited when I saw that Tron: Evolution was a Games With Gold title. I had enjoyed the film when I was younger and while I haven’t seen the almost recent reboot, from what I understand it’s certainly not terrible. Of course film tie-in games have about as good a track record for quality as films based on video games but this one actually starts off pretty well.
After a real world opening cinematic, voiced by someone who sounds like he was written by the minds behind That 70’s Show (I assume the film would make this scene make a lot more sense) you’re straight into the flashy neon world and there is some kind of political upheaval going on among the law abiding little computer programs.
You play a system monitor, an otherwise nameless and voiceless character who seems to want nothing more than to run along walls and throw his flying disc at anything that moves. Or anything that can open doors, he’s really not a physical contact kind of guy.
I know he’s not a physical kind of guy because even when in close quarters he seems to avoid hitting anyone in melee combat if he can possibly avoid it, which makes the gameplay hard and frustrating. I found that the only way I could progress past the first chapter was to play on the casual difficulty which made me feel oh so manly in front of my wife.
That said once I was on the easiest difficulty setting I started to enjoy what became a fairly entertaining if not unoriginal story interspersed with sequences of awkward free running and even more awkward combat.
The Run Down
Graphics: 5/10: Once you’re past the initial sequence and over the flashing lights it’s an average looking game that doesn’t offer anything particularly new to the table though as a 6 year old film tie in it shouldn’t really be expected to. During game play it can be awkward to find your way around. Often I had to stand still and orientate myself and activate my little way point to find out where I was actually meant to go.
Story: 7/10: This is actually the strong point of the game for me. I haven’t seen the Film reboot so I can’t speak for how they hold up to each other but the story was somewhat interesting albeit a story that you’ll no doubt have seen countless times in other games and films.
Sound: 5/10: The music fits in with the style of the game well enough and there weren’t any moments that felt out of place or out of sync. The voice acting isn’t bad by any means but again there isn’t anything special here. I’d say between dinklebot and whoever is a popular voice actor within the gaming community the actors in this Tron outing are a solid John Marston.
Replayability: 0/10: I could barely make it through the first chapter, do you really think I’m going back for more? I suppose if you’re a glutton for punishment or 8 years old you could go back and try to get the Tron Files (the games collectibles) but other than the handful that it doesn’t throw into your lap there’s really no reason to have this installed longer than it takes to play through the opening sequence and then delete it in anger.
Satisfaction: 3/10: It’s a game that upon loading it up felt like it could be another Murdered: Soul Suspect and be surprisingly enjoyable but sadly the awkward and clunky controls make this a very difficult game to play on anything other than the lowest difficulty setting. At least it was free.
The GWG verdict
It’s worth loading up when you have nothing else to play (or the Elite: Dangerous servers are down) and running through the tutorial and seeing if you can cope with the flaws. If not you at least get an easy 40 Gamerscore.