Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. A shooter which genuinely does stand out from the crowd with distinction ' not an easy accomplishment for a genre which is flooded with clones and has-beens.
  2. One of the most original Xbox games I've played in a long time, not only because of the visionary graphics, but the clever intertwining of FPS action and RPG elements and more online modes than any two other games combined.
  3. A solid game built by loving hands. Obviously, the developers, when deciding to port this title to the Xbox from the PC, took their time and studied what could be done to improve the gaming experience.
  4. A very solid game, especially for one that was released over a year ago on the PC. The transition to the Xbox was flawless, and the added multiplayer maps are just icing on the cake.
  5. The multiplayer experience isn't so killer, however, and it's a shame because it's just brimming with potential.
  6. Tron 2.0 doesn't do much to differentiate itself other than the light RPG elements and visual style. If you were looking for another shooter (and already have "Halo 2"), Tron 2.0 wouldn't hurt but there are better buys.
  7. 78
    It's definitely one of the most unique first-person shooters on the system whether you're judging it by gameplay, graphics or sound. The gameplay is a solid mix of shoot-'em-up action, stealth, exploration, with a surprising amount of platforming thrown in.
  8. Sure there are some inconsistencies in the gameplay, but I was able to enjoy the game anyways because of its style and accurate reflection of the original film.
  9. I found it to be rewarding and full of replay interest. I was often frustrated to point of walking away from movement "errors," but I soon returned to the glowing world to try again.
  10. 75
    Basically a hybrid FPS, Killer App combines straight-up shooting with some of the classic Tron universe vehicles like the light cycles.
  11. It's not the mind-blowing cultural phenomenon of a game experience that Halo 2, Half-Life 2 and DOOM III are (or at least promised to be, as the case may be), but it's a decent game that offers some fresh changes to the FPS genre.
  12. Online's not bad at all, but certainly nothing that will keep you locked in for hours. [Jan 2005, p.68]
  13. The texture quality has been noticeably reduced, but the keen glow effect on all the characters and environments is meticulously preserved. [Jan 2005, p.86]
  14. It's just a little too late for a reboot from last year. [Feb 2005, p.87]
  15. The biggest issue I encountered was the out of control load times. [Jan 2005, p.132]
  16. When a game's so hard that playing becomes more of a chore than enjoyment and the online gameplay that could have made up for the extremely taxing single-player mode doesn't even work the way it should, not too many gamers are going to give it a fair chance unless they're a uber geek that thrives on the computer-related features of TRON 2.0 Killer App.
  17. 70
    This is a fun, visually unique title that shouldn't be overlooked. Pity that the multiplayer doesn't truly shine.
  18. It's fun and unique for a little while, but the underlying lack of an innovative gameplay experience leaves the game too hollow for comfort.
  19. With the single-player game so clearly in focus, it's disappointing that it plods along so unevenly, and at times, progress feels like you're wading through molasses rather than zipping through the ether. [Jan 2005, p.78]
  20. Get past all the computer jargon (your sniper rifle is amusingly called the "LOL" gun), and you have a pretty typical first-peson shooter. [Jan 2005, p.135]
  21. Underneath its flashy exterior, Tron 2.0: Killer App is still a fairly bland shooter whose few memorable moments are overshadowed by unimaginative level design and far too many load screens.
  22. 65
    At its core, Tron 2.0: Killer App is a first-person-shooter with a few RPG elements that crop up ever now and then. With its stylized environments and sounds, it takes a while to get into the game world, but, if you do, the game does not embarrass itself.
  23. The leveling up with build points is interesting, but the weapons, enemies, environments and overall premise of the game aren't enough to encourage you to finish it.
  24. If the gunplay, pacing, plot, or characterization amounted up to its stunning visual style, then Tron 2.0 would certainly deserve its killer app subtitle.
  25. Many who like the film should like this game, but I seriously had a time getting through the game. Not because it was hard, but because my heart was just not into it.
  26. 61
    You could do much better than Tron 2.0: Killer App. In fact, you should.
  27. We've used the word a few times during the review, but "chore" probably sums up TRON 2.0 if we were to plunge to our most uncharitable.
  28. Tron 2.0 looks and feels just like the movie "Tron", but ultimately some poor choices in gameplay bring the overall package down.
  29. Overall, the multiplayer game modes are far more engaging than the story mode, whose biggest failing is a lack of variety. One for Xbox Live maniacs only.
  30. With its frustrating, haphazard single-player and a set of multiplayer features outshone by others in its class, this one's only for fans of the movie.
  31. The game more than stands on its own because of its unique visual style and cool light cycle races, but it's plagued by a sloppy interface that makes switching weapons a chore, too many platform jumping elements, and so much loading I wasn't sure if the game was running correctly or if it locked up.
  32. The controls take some time to master, and there's a surfeit of useless jargon seemingly designed to prevent you getting to grips with the gameplay. Nor is this a game for the short-sighted, since the on-screen captions that supposedly offer guidance are minute and virtually illegible.
  33. Unfortunately, its style tends to outweigh its substance, leading to a fairly bland first-person shooter set in a very interesting universe. It breaks the routine, but that doesn't make it a killer.
  34. Top presentation is let down by technical problems and poor map design. They ported the graphics but struggled to fit the gameplay in. [Xbox World]
  35. The chances of this game appealing to anyone other than hardcore TRON watchers or the odd PC geek who happens to think that Windows XP is the best game on home computer, are slim to say the least. Look elsewhere for your first-person thrills.
  36. The combination of uninspiring sound, graphic and game design all add up to a title that is best left sitting on a shelf as a message to the game's developer and publisher that gamers will not buy sub-par products.

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