My son  always liked the original sequel Tron PC game 'TRON-2' dating from 2003 [a sequel movie was on the cards back them, but only that visually outstanding PC game was created]. Tron 2 was a first person shooter and if anything the visual style of that old game is even better than this second sequel 'Tron evolution' and Tron-2 actually starred Bruce Boxleitner reprising his role from the original movie as Alan Bradley. It's not that this new game doesn't look great, but its third person gameplay does affect the graphics a tad. Still there's plenty of cool dropships, tanks and light cycles, and here you can switch to the light cycle anytime, plus there's both campaign and on-line gaming where your laser disc still has its uses. Predictably Tron: Evolution is also set inside the computer and all the imagery is familiar to any who have seen the original 1982 movie [my son had already seen and enjoyed Tron]. The word TRON is a 1980s Hewlett Packard BASIC debugging command and stands aptly for Trace ON. Interestingly first use of the term 'users' is credited to the influential 1982 TRON movie.
The startlingly original visuals for the Tron universe were created by comic book artist Jean Giraud (aka Moebius), with the vehicle designs (including Sark's aircraft carrier, the iconic light cycles, the tank and the solar sailer) created by industrial designer Syd Mead, of Blade Runner fame. Visually the new movie and this tie-in game are true to that original Tron universe - it's more a new hi-res version than a complete upgrade. Tron: evolution's storyline follows the uprising of the rogue code and "a new threat rises, a new destiny awaits and Tron is reborn" - watch the trailers for more. In terms of plot this game is the prequel to the new 2010 movie 'Tron: Legacy' and it follows on from the plot of the 2010 Tron Marvel graphic novel 'Tron: betrayal' and the original movie. Likewise the excellent game soundtrack mixes themes from Tron and Tron Legacy [Wendy Carlos and Daft Punk: 'Derezzed' and 'The Grid'].
So what's the game Tron:evolution like to play? Well my son enjoyed it very much. He liked the storyline and the PS3 controls [although he was happy with the clunky Tron-2 PC controls as well - he's just replayed that challenging game which runs fine under XP]. The Tron: evolution campaign mode involves a lot of jumping, ledge dangling, climbing, running, zapping and light cycle weaving along a virtual highway, while dodging adversary, dropship and tank fire. So it takes some skill to put together the required sequence of moves. The upgradeable light cycles feature in a few levels with their vapour trails still causing damage, plus you get to drive a light tank. Sadly there's no one-to-one light cycle duels as in Tron-2, except perhaps on-line, but the baddies have a mixed range of abilities, and you upgrade during gameplay. Although he's about, you don't play Tron, you are a 'server scanner' whose role is to help people. If, like my son, you excel at Assasin's Creed II you will find the Tron: Evolution PS3 controls easier. My son didn't like the 'Prince of Persia' series on the PS3, so I wasted my money buying him those, but he has bought into this Tron franchise.
The games no push-over, but with my son's young reflexes he finished the Tron: evolution campaign mode pretty quickly in one day, which pushed his experience level rating up to 22. This really helps in the on-line game as it makes you a lot more powerful [my son quickly rose a couple of points to 24 once on-line]. He also enjoys the on-line Tron battles. On-line gaming is teamplay based [deathmatch and capture-the-flag/node], you can use the Tron disc weapon and you get life by jumping up and accessing electric strips on the walls. The game doesn't come across as that violent for preteens as you just disintegrate into sparks when you die [hence the 12 rating]. Perhaps the only downside is that Tron storylines were never that complex and even the fantastic Tron visuals that made up for that, startling though they are, are pretty samey throughout the game. Although there aren't many maps as yet, my son thinks on-line gameplay is as good as the likes of Black Ops, but the playing style is so different it's difficult to compare them [as you fight with a Frisbee]. In all, this is an above average movie tie-in game.
So my teenage son and his mates consider this PS3 game a hit with good challenging gameplay, interesting storyline and great Tron universe visuals, and he rates it 4.5*. If you like this game, also check out Tron-2 s/h for the PC, and although it's got even harder game-play than Tron: evolution [PS3] it does include Syd Mead's re-designed Light Cycles in one-to-one combat [modified versions of Tron-2 were ported to X-box and Nintendo Advance].