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Enter the world of Tron! [VIDEO]

Hands down, the best presentation of Comic-Con? Tron: Legacy, baby! I’m a big Tron nerd, so maybe I’m a bit biased, and the fact that Disney set up an accurate recreation of Flynn’s Arcade, equipped with playable arcade cabinets like Pac-Man, Joust, and Centipede certainly holds a helluva lot of geek sway. But that was just a warm up. The whole shebang was less like a show floor booth, and more like a theme park ride you’d pay admission for. So instead of letting it go to waste as one of those “Oh man, you had to be there!” moments, a rag tag team of myself and Tyler Wilde did our damndest to capture the feeling of getting sucked into ENCOM’s mainframe and emerging into a neon cocktail lounge. LOOK:

My love for the all things Tron runs deep (you don’t want to know how many times I revisited the Space Paranoids world in Kingdom Hearts II), so it shouldn’t be a shock that I’m also ridiculously excited about the new movie and both of the games it’s bringing in tow. Tron: Evolution is a gorgeous third-person prequel to the events of the film, showing off some impressive PS360 gameplay set in a more evolved mainframe, albeit undergoing a plague of digital corrosion.

Surprisingly, however, I found myself won over by the Wii version, Tron Evolution: Battle Grids. Set in 1988, it not only more accurately represents the ENCOM environments we’re all more familiar with, the focus on multiplayer Light Cycle events was exactly the thing my little brain has craved since my first viewing of the movie. During a series varied events, four players can mount the iconic rocket sleds in an attempt to crash opponents in a high stakes variation on the classic Snake.

More importantly, the Wii version has the 90-degree turns Tron’s digital playing field is best known for, and they make the blistering races unlike anything you’ve ever played (with the exception of the handful of you who played 2003’s Tron 2.0 on the PC). And while I completely sucked at the single mode I demoed, at least it wasn’t due to the controls. I’d say Jamie ran circles around me, but it was more like he used his Light Cycle’s ribbon to surround me in a unicursal maze, all while jumping over me pathetic traps. Next time… I’ll be ready.

Jul 26, 2010

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16 comments

  • DrIntrigue - July 27, 2010 7:27 p.m.

    Watching that Centipede machine freak out at the start of the video, I can only assume that Chris emits some sort of interference field. People with pacemakers: keep your distance.
  • WickedSid - July 27, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    Oh my, Booth babe... er, Theme park ride I'd pay admission for Babe.
  • Modroneman - July 27, 2010 1:16 p.m.

    I really am a little disappointed that the 90 degree cycles aren't an option in the 360/PS3 versions!
  • JohnnyMaverik - July 27, 2010 7:34 a.m.

    Looks shiny... also the video was really choppy when ever it cut to the wii game :( IDK, I really, really hope this game is good.
  • elpurplemonkey - July 27, 2010 6:21 a.m.

    That music was pretty epic.
  • flare149 - July 27, 2010 3:07 a.m.

    New Tron trailer today!!! http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/disney/tronlegacy/
  • Jacob816 - July 27, 2010 1:40 a.m.

    As usual, your video player shit the bed on me. Will this be up on your YouTube channel soon?
  • DarkTone - July 27, 2010 1:30 a.m.

    @ Cyberninja We can only hope. Personally when I have kids i'm making them play the NES or Genesis as a reward. And if they mess up they play (INSERT YOUR WORST NEW GENERATION CONSOLE HERE) That should teach them!
  • screwball08247 - July 27, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    This looks really goddamn good. Both versions. The movie doesn't look too bad either.
  • SeattleSound - July 27, 2010 1:18 a.m.

    It was the 19th of July, not a couple of days ago but a week ago. I don't think you guys left till the the 21st or 20th.
  • flare149 - July 27, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    Ah I'm also super excited for the games and movie! After watching Chuck I decided to check out the original Tron awhile back and it was so interesting and different, plus the world was so unique. I really think I'll buy the Wii game too and just play it at a friends house haha Also, cool thing I figured out, is if you use the Collision Theme on the PS3 (one of the first free ones from Playstation Plus) and then use this wallpaper as the background it is the PERFECT Tron theme. Do it! http://www.hdwallpapers.in/walls/tron_legacy_hd_1080p-HD.jpg
  • Cyberninja - July 27, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    well darktone i think with all this retro stuff in the game its bound to have some old school people bringing it to their children
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - July 27, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    @SeattleSound A couple days ago we were at Comic-Con, filming this. So I'm gonna guess not, but I'll have to let Chris verify. :P
  • DarkTone - July 27, 2010 12:29 a.m.

    One thing that I love is old school. Kids need to learn more about origins of games and movies. Speaking of which where the hell was The Goonies game at this years E3?
  • SeattleSound - July 27, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    Hey Chris I'm on a road trip now and a couple of days ago I was in San Fran and I swear to God I saw you at a gas station driving an old white Kia Sportage and there was a dog and a women in the car. Was that you or a relative or am I fucking retarded?
  • bjt2012 - July 27, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    Is that second guy really short, or is Chris just really tall??? Great Interview!

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