How Times change. Twenty years ago, Tron was hailed as a groundbreaking film, melding cutting edge graphics with a highly original story. Watch it today, and it's little more than a laughably backward film featuring graphics akin to a GCSE computer studies project. Time then for an upgrade, a facelift and a whole new injection of life from gaming giants Monolith.
Paralleling the story from the planned film sequel, Tron 2.0 is set 20 years after the original Disney flick, and sees the return of Alan Bradley, the wet-lipped Encom scientist who saved the day the first time round. As it happens, he's spent the last two decades re-creating the digitising technology that was destroyed along with MCP (the paedophile-voiced super computer) at the end of the film. Alan's son Jet works for the same company, creating games. But when Alan goes missing, Jet sets off on a danger-soaked mission of discovery, which will suck him into the digital world. Just like Dad!
Right, that's the scene set then, so what about the gameplay? We managed to steal a sneak look at the game with lead game designer Frank Rooke, who told us all about his creation, and even let us touch it once or twice. He confirmed our suspicions that it's an FPS. spiced with RPG elements, which uses the latest Lithtech engine to create a graphical style evocative of the films, but updated for the rapacious graphics-whores of today. Every element of the movie exists in the game. claimed Frank. Which means you'll be able to use your killer Frisbee to attack foes and deflect enemy attacks, as well as impressing the girls down the beach by catching it in your arse crack.
Days Of Thunder
Light Cycles are also set to feature heavily, and after several games, it was clear that this was going to be a hugely addictive sub-game. Online options will allow you to battle other people in diskthrowing arenas, but sadly the online Light Cycle game will likely be ditched as the split second reactions involved look set to make even the smallest amount of lag a huge handicap. Boo.
In the single-player game, you'll be able to tackle each level in a variety of ways, thanks to a collection of download stations which will ba dottad around the computerised world, and provide you with a series of power-ups. As Frank explained, We call our weapons and armour Subroutines, which are little programs that you can download. They come in three different states: Alpha, Beta and Gold. The higher the upgrade the more memory they take up. These include stealth, shooting, speed and agility upgrades, all adding to the gameplay variety and replay value. You can change your enhancements any time you want," adds Frank. So if you're stuck on one part of a level you can reconfigure yourself and try and tackle it in a whole different way.
Full Of Light
With a diverse and intelligent range of enemies to blast into bloody code-strings, an intriguing plot and some great new ideas to embellish the already rich Tron universe, Monolith looks like it's doing a fine job in resurrecting a sleeping celluloid giant - maybe even paving the way for the movie sequel. Provided they get that Light Cycle racing sorted out, they could be on to a winner.
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode