Tron: Evolution - quick play preview

Tron Legacy is due to hit cinemas in December and you know exactly what that means don't you? A Tron game for your PC and console so you can get ready for the fun or enjoy the movie once again after you've watched it. So is this another cash-in or have Disney, the company behind the new game, added enough for it to stand out on its own against the masses of games out at the same time later in the year. We got hands on time with the game; Tron: Evolution at this year's E3 conference in Los Angeles.

Name

TRON: Evolution

What platform is it on?

PC, PS3, X360

When's it due out?

Christmas 2010

What other games is it like?

Grand Theft Auto series, but without the stealing

Does it use any new tech like 3D, PlayStation Move, or Kinect for Xbox 360?

Nope

The pitch

TRON: Evolution is an action/adventure game that will let fans play the game to learn more about the TRON mythology seen in the film, but each entertainment experience will stand on its own.

The storyline

Set during the era between the two TRON films, TRON: Evolution conveys the story of significant events within the TRON mythology. The game features an epic adventure across a massive digital world filled with high-mobility disc-based combat and advanced light cycles.

Our first impressions

There's lots of glowing blue. That's certainly the first thing you will notice when you fire up Tron: Evolution for the first time. We played two different levels; one on foot, the other on one of those cool motorbikes that you remember so fondly from the film.

In practice that spilt between vehicle and foot is around 60/40 in favour of the foot levels although levels are a mix of the two rather than two separate career paths.

The career mode, yes there is multiplayer too, lets you build up skill levels based on how you play and rather than an array of guns, Tron Evolution focuses on Frisbee combat, just like in the movies.

Choosing a third person viewing angle gives you a chance to see all that Frisbee action and the game plays out like your typical third person view shooter. That means lots of jumping, falling, more jumping and then fights.

The racing element is fast, with you having to think quickly on your feet to move past the numerous obstacles that are suddenly thrown in your way.

We didn't get to play with them, but we were promised tanks by one of the product managers we talked to.

If you're a fan of the Tron universe, are looking forward to the movie when it comes out in December, and like a bit of action and racing, this is going to be for you.

From what we've seen it all looks positive, but it will be interesting to see how good the handling is on more levels, and how the AI works when it comes to battling the enemy.

Unfortunately, there isn't an area of the game that lets you replay Tron games, like that ball and scoop game or racing those bikes on a grid. Had it had those, we feel it would have been a must for nostalgia fans.

Please note

The E3 games convention is a fantastic chance to see the latest games due out over the coming year, as well as, letting us get a glimpse into what is going to be the big titles and the ones to avoid like the plague.

The big problem however is that for most of the titles that glimpse is, well, just that. At the show you'll get to play a level here or a multiplayer map there.

So with that in mind we present you with our Quick Play.

What we've done is broken down the key facts you need to know and then given you our first impressions based on around 15 minutes of gaming. For us that 15 minutes isn't enough to do a First Look review. How can you rate a game that offers over 30 hours of gaming on just 15 minutes of play? However it should hopefully give you an idea, a feeling, a notion, of what to expect come launch day.