TRON: Evolution

Common Sense Media says

Movie-based game with fantasy violence just so-so.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The sci-fi game does contain fantasy violence -- as you fight against enemies, throw discs, and engage in tank battles -- but you are Anon, a hero in this game who is attempting to fight back against an evil force.

Positive role models

You are a hero trying to save the universe inside of a computer. You take on the role of a security program fighting a computer virus.

Ease of play

The controls are somewhat simple to learn, though some elements of the gameplay are easier to master than others. A tutorial and booklet help, as well.

Violence

The game has third-person combat, where players can fight against human-like enemies in the Grid (inside a computer program). This includes acrobatic melee combat and throwing discs at one another. There is no blood or gore. Players can also shoot tanks and causes enemies to crash while riding light cycles.

Sex

Radia, an adult female character, is bathed in light in one brief scene; you can see a brief silhouette of her form.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

While there isn't any product placement in the game, TRON: Evolution was conveniently released a week ahead of a new TRON: Legacy movie in theaters. The timing of the release seems to be a well-timed marketing campaign to promote the movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that TRON: Evolution is a game based on the movie TRON: Legacy. It earned its "Teen" rating primarily for its fantasy violence. This includes hand-to-hand combat, acrobatic attacks, throwing discs, shooting tanks, and racing in light cycles (with the intent to crash the opponent). While enemies resemble humans, the game clearly has a sci-fi premise, where you're a security program inside of a computer, attempting to stop a virus. Plus, there is no blood or gore in TRON: Evolution. If kids opt to play online, they can chat with strangers in an unmoderated manner. Parents might want to use the parental controls of their console to prohibit this option.

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What's it about?

Set in the period between the iconic '82 film TRON and its new sequel TRON: Legacy, Disney Interactive's TRON: EVOLUTION features the same fast-paced action as found in the sci-fi movies it's based on – including light cycle races, disc-based duals, and acrobatic battles against enemies across the Grid. You play as Anon, a computer security program out to stop a villainous virus called Abraxas from taking over the cyberworld. Complemented by impressive CG effects, this cinematic third-person tale includes both a single-player campaign and support for multiplayer matches over the Internet for up to 10 simultaneous gamers. Voiceovers are provided by Olivia Wilde as Quorra and Bruce Boxleitner as Tron; a few tracks from the film, composed by Daft Punk, are also in the game.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As a video game, TRON: Evolution is so-so. While some of the action is exciting, such as tank battles and some of the platforming elements, a lot of it is shallow, repetitive, and without tight controls. The combat, for example, is based primarily on tossing discs at enemies (which you can upgrade) but feels like an incomplete game mechanic for its too basic (and thus un-gratifying) execution. The light cycle races also feel lackluster as you don't get a good sense of speed, and it's over shortly before it begins. At least there are multiplayer modes to engage in, including the fun Bit Runner, where you'll earn points for the length of time your team carries the "bit," captured from a fallen player or from the center of the battle arena. In short, while not horrible, this isn't one of Disney's finest games of the year. Note: the Nintendo Wii game, TRON: Evolution Battle Grids, is a different game altogether.

Online interaction: TRON: Evolution can be played online against up to 9 other human opponents, in a number of different game modes. Some game modes take place on foot, others in vehicles; some are player against player while others are team against team. Gamers can chat via headset microphone, if desired, which can lead to hearing bad language.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether video games that tie in with a Hollywood movie released at the same time is a good idea or not. 

  • On one hand, it lets fans of the franchise step into the fantasy world and feel like they're part of the adventure. On the flipside, however, what are Disney's motives for launching the well-timed game with its theatrical counterpart (or in this game, serving as a prequel)? Is this clever timing or shameless marketing?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:December 7, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Scenes (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byslimshady24 January 2, 2011
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11
QUALITY
 

Error 001: Fun Not Found

This game had some potential to be fun but is extremely flawed and a terrible game they are literally no good aspects of the game but i will give it two stars just for being Tron.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old August 4, 2014
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

The Game Is Very Good

I think it's a game that your children could play (unless you don't want them to play violence, because from my point of view, it has a lot of violence). Some parts may be inappropiate for kids under 6
What other families should know
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written byIronRunningAnvil August 9, 2012
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11
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LEARNING

Awesome graphics, awesome gameplay!

There is not much to say about this game really as you need to play it to understand it or at the very least see the tron movie. The graphics are amazing and so is the gameplay which mixes vehicles (ligh-cycles and tanks) and 3rd person free running and fighting which is mild. Enemies do not die they are derezzed (wiped from the database). Overall is a good game.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence

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