A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Radia, an adult female character, is bathed in light in one brief scene; you can see a brief silhouette of her form.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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