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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Battle as mighty video warrior Tron against the insidious Master Control Program and his ruthless right-hand man, Sark. Tron offers a retro-futuristic test of gaming ability. Race life cycles, demolish tanks, dodge grid bugs, and even face off against the MCP himself to find out who truly rules the computer world! Tron is a perfect recreation of the classic arcade game based on the pioneering computer animated Disney film. Authentic graphics, gameplay and audio have all been upgraded to take advantage of the high-definition graphics and CD bit rate quality of Xbox 360. Now you can be a part of the most famous scene from the movie. Ride your blue cycle and battle the enemy yellow cycles in a gridline battle royale. Exterminate the Grid Bugs and escape into the I/O Tower before time runs out. Demolish all enemy tanks and Recognizers to clear the board. Smash the blocks and move your character into the MCP cone to clear the level. A bonus is awarded if you destroy all the blocks. The original arcade game was single player only. Now, Xbox LIVE Arcade brings you the first version of the game with two-person multiplayer functionality. Multiplayer modes: Split screen and online, co-op and versus, there are lots of ways to playTron. In Versus mode, the players race to achieve the highest score. Try Versus Speed mode, where the first player to reach a host-defined score wins. In Co-op, both players' scores are added together to achieve a high score. And beware the Pressure Cooker where players race to achieve the highest score, but taking the lead after a sub-stage causes the other player's game speed to increase. [Midway] Expand
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  2. Negative: 13 out of 18
  1. While you'll miss the novelty of a glowing blue joystick and an analog spinner, setting the controls to "Absolute Aim" (preset C or D) gives you enough precision to do battle on the Game Grid. [July 2007, p.79]
  2. The Xbox Live Arcade release of Tron hobbles this absolute arcade classic with some technical problems.
  3. A disappointing experience. Leave this one in your childhood memories, where you did not mind how shallow it was.
  4. If you really must play Tron then by all means, but don't say I didn't warn you, as the appeal wears off pretty quickly.
  5. It deserved to be left dying in the gutter, begging for loose change, and is in no way a glorious representation of a fondly remembered era of classic arcade gaming. It's a clunky, somewhat charming period piece that's interesting for five minutes if you have childhood associations with it, but, for everyone else, it isn't even worth going beyond the free trial version.
  6. Once a great game in the arcade, now not worth mentioning on Xbox Live Arcade. The controls are way too slow and inaccurate and everything feels so outdated. Not worth 400 points!
  7. Magnificently reproduced in a way to feel terrible even for a port of a 1982 arcade title.

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  1. khan800
    Jan 9, 2008
    7
    I'm having a lot of fun playing this game, but it may be just the retro vibe that's responsible. The controls are fairly wonky, Tron for XBLA really misses the spinner from the arcade machine. Overall, they did with it about all they could do with the limitations of the controller. They did incorporate online modes (vs. and co-op) but the net code is lacking. If you like(d) Tron, and don't mind mastering the dual analog sticks, you'll enjoy this game, but I imagine the younger crowd may go 'wtf'. Expand
  2. edzill
    Feb 6, 2008
    7
    I agree that if not for nostalgia, this game doesn't have many redeeming qualities. At 31, I have very fond memories of this game as a coin-op. That being said, I was frustrated that the xbox controls didn't translate well to the classic 8-direction joystick and spinner wheel. However, the 'absolute aim' setting helps to get close to the original feel. Kids of my generation dreamed of owning coin-op games in our own houses (i.e. Ricky Schroder in Silver Spoons). Now we can. Expand