Video Game: TRON: Evolution

The game has changed.

"Greetings, programs!"

TRON: Evolution, the requisite video game tie-in/prequel to TRON: Legacy, fills in some of the backstory that is only vaguely alluded to in the film itself. You play as a newly-written program known only as the System Monitor, designed by Kevin Flynn to help quell the unrest between the newly-arrived ISOs and Grid-native Basics. The arrival of virus Abraxas on a supposedly-closed system doesn't help matters, and soon the Monitor is pressed into service to defend the Grid from threats both internal and external, with Quorra watching from a distance.

TRON: Evolution provides examples of the following tropes:

  • 100% Completion: The TRON Files and Abraxas Shards scattered throughout the game.
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: From a virus, no less. And directly towards the screen.
  • Actually, I Am Him: Abraxas shows up shortly after the former leader of the ISOs is supposedly derezzed. No points for guessing his true identity. It goes even further if you connect the dots between the Xbox 360/Playstation 3 version and the Wii counterpart, Battle Grids. The customizable protagonist of Battle Grids ends the game by becoming the first ISO to win the title of champion of the Grid Games; information provided by collectibles in Evolution establish that Jalen, the ISO who becomes Abraxas, was the first ISO champion of the Games.
  • All There in the Manual: Anon's name was only said in prerelease information. Otherwise he is simply known as "a security monitor program".
    • Outside of the brief Reveal mid-game, the only way to learn Abraxas' full backstory is by collecting the Tron File and Abraxas Shard extras scattered throughout the game. The Abraxas Shards are of particular significance, as they contain Jalen's voice diary entries from the millicycles leading up to his transformation.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Everyone infected with the Abraxas Virus and Abraxas himself.
  • Big Bad: You'd think that would be Abraxas, the source of the virus infecting Tron City, but he himself was reprogrammed into a virus by Clu, using Abraxas as a distraction for Flynn, Quorra and Anon, while Clu takes over the Grid and exterminates the ISOs.
  • Bottomless Pits: The Grid is filled with them.
  • The Cameo: Despite his name being the title, Tron himself only appears briefly in the opening scenes. They did get Bruce Boxleitner, though.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Just like the films, blue is good (or at least neutral), while red is bad and dark yellow/orange is independent. Exclusive to the game is bright yellow representing infected programs. Although ISOs end up being both green and white during the game, green is reserved for residents of Bostrum, while all other ISOs are white.

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Alternative Title(s):

Tron Evolution