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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The franchise now has its own section
  • Awesome Music: Monolith's soundtrack is a love letter to Wendy Carlos, using a fair amount of techno in orchastral arrangements.
  • Contested Sequel: Despite being given the Orwellian Retcon treatment from Disney, there are still a handful of fans who prefer this sequel to TRON: Legacy, or who say both sequels could fit in the same continuity by making some minor changes to both canons.
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  • Follow the Leader: While it's certainly an original game, it uses many of the same gameplay elements as Half-Life.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: The fact this sequel's ending, incomplete as it is is significantly happier than TRON: Legacy. Jet succeeds in rescuing his parents, the digital world is safe, with humans and Programs resuming a peaceful symbiosis. The sequel comic also implies that Jet goes on to take the belief that a User like him has a responsibility to protect and care for the Programs.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Depending on your opinion on TRON: Legacy, the fact that the Tron Legacy Code only manages to make things worse can become hilariously appropriate.
    • Ditto with the fact that Tron himself went missing shortly after the events of the film and no one knows where the hell he is. The comic book sequel says that Flynn himself also went missing...Maybe these continuities aren't as separate as they appear?
      • Except for the fact that it says Flynn went insane after the events of TRON. Of course, his behavior in Betrayal and Legacy could be construed as crazy.
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    • The computer in Thorne's PDA sounds and acts a little like GLaDOS, especially at the end when she just wants Jet gone.
    • The Sequencer weapon itself counts as another case of Hilarious in Hindsight or Harsher in Hindsight. Jet is able to split his disc into multiple parts and fight with them. Remember who does that in the canon sequel?
    • Also straddling the line between Hilarious in Hindsight or Harsher in Hindsight: The rocky relationship between Alan and Jet can seem oddly similar to the way Tron and Beck work together.
    • A second weaponry example with the Rod Primitive (the lightcycle baton). Mercury shows Jet how it could be used as a nasty improvised shock weapon. Sam? Tried to use it as a lightsaber. Right idea, wrong implementation.
    • The Energy Claw subroutine, when used, bears a very strong resemblance, both in animation and function, as a Sith-style Force choke.
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    • The F-con CEO, heavily implied to be Ed Dillinger, is never seen. He speaks to his employees only via cameras, PA systems, and email. Now, remember that scene from TRON: Legacy's "The Next Day" Where Ed Dillinger Junior is speaking to his "father" (implied to be Master Control 2.0) using the same methods.
    • On a meta level; Disney deciding to make the game and its related material non-canon (and the fanbase pretty much ignoring the dictate as an inverse of Fanon Discontinuity) is happening again with Star Wars Legends.
    • An army of drones working for an evil corporation that are uploaded to loot any data and secrets they can grab and are forcibly knocked out of cyberspace, only for the next batch to be sent in? Gee, sounds a lot like the Sixers from Ready Player One
    • The Internet hub level looks a lot like a night version of the Internet city from Ralph Breaks the Internet, complete with spam dealers, crazy pop-ups, and a virus attack. Ralph Breaks the Internet also had a joke about the Tron video game having a virus issue.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Tron 2.0 was originally the official sequel to the first movie, instead of an interactive rehash.
  • That One Level: The glitching tank gauntlet on the Antiquated server. The tanks cannot be overriden or destroyed, they shoot at random, cause a lot of damage, and occasionally shoot out the very ground you're standing on.
    • Thorne breaking into the dance club can be frustrating as well, since his attacks have splash damage in a very small space and there are zealots all over the place as well AND you have to protect Ma3a as well.
    • The level of having to snipe ICPs from a tower has also caused players to rip their hair out in frustration. Your sniper rifle uses most of your energy bar at that point, there's a very limited opportinity to refuel, and if a single ICP gets to Ma3a, you have to do the whole thing over again.
    • Taking out the stabilizer bits on the DataWraith cruiser. You have to hit the target just right with a disc shot, and then run for your life because it instantly spawns two Wraiths up in the carrier itself raining continuous fire on you with Mesh blasters. Worse, they are at a far distance and use their Teleport Spam to make them insanely hard to hit. (The Prankster Bit removes that issue, however.)
    • The first time you engage a Seeker is easy enough, right? The data worm is weakened, one wave of three Resource Hogs appears between "phases" of the fight, piece-'o-cake even if you are down to using Primitive Disc. But then you have to sink a ship, but before that you got to fight a fully powered Seeker while DataWraiths spawns nonstop, and even at full power all you do is scratch the Seeker to death. Oh, and be mindful that being anywhere near a Seeker is instant de-resolution.
    • Light Cycle Sequences. No quick-saving allowed, AI is just too good at it and has frame-precise controls.
  • Player Punch
    • The first comes when you download an email from Alan talking about the completion of the Shiva Laser rebuild.
      Lora was right about the algorithms. I wish she was here to celebrate this moment.
    • The second comes when Jet and Mercury split up to cover more ground. The reformat is closing in, there's not much time. Jet, Byte, and Ma3a are on the platform leading to the exit port with nanos to spare...and Mercury sacrifices herself to fend off the Z-Lots so they don't overrun the party.
    • The next one comes on the antiquated Encom server where you realize, to your horror, that getting Ma3a to a few minutes of safety condemed the entire server including I-No to death, and there's nothing you can do to stop it.
      • Jet did offer to have I-No come with him, but I-No chose to Face Death with Dignity over being an antiquated program.
    • Follow it up on the Internet Hub. Mercury's alive?! But she doesn't recogize Jet at all, speaks robotically, and can't understand anything other than her User's orders. Two Programs who overhear this comment that she must have been re-installed from backup.note 
    • It looks like everything's going to be okay. The Tron upgrade is being compiled to Ma3a, the Z-Lots have been chased off for now, and it looks like Jet's earned a breather. But then Alan warns Jet too late not to compile that code, and Thorne crashes the party with an army of Z-Lots.
    • OK, Jet's putting up a good fight. He might just be able to chase Thorne off. But that's when the code finishes compiling and the corrupted Ma3a emerges "All Users must be terminated!" She attacks and wounds Thorne, murders Byte by casually backhanding him into the wall where he shatters, and only fights the corruption long enough to tell Jet to run
  • Porting Disaster: The Steam release has a bug that causes an infinite installation loop. Luckily, there are fixes for it.
  • Robo Ship:
    • Jet and Mercury.
    • A case could also be made for Alan and Ma3a, especially considering that Ma3a is, at least in part, a Virtual Ghost of Lora.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • The in-play graphics of the game TRON 2.0 were better than the mainframe-rendered graphics of the original movie.
    • In-game example: the Recognizers have become outdated and have been retro-fitted into transport tugs.
    • Another in-game example is where the Tower Guardian I-No is boasting about the specs of his system, which would have outclassed almost anything in the era of the 1982 film, but by today's standards...
      I-No: EN-1282. Top of the line mainframe. Sixteen bit processing. Full monochromatic display support and a local storage of two hundred and fifty-six megabytes! I challenge you to find a more robust system.
    • In today's world of smartphones and broadband internet, this line from a help file stands out:
      In the Real World, Thorne – Like many people – uses a PDA to help manage personal affairs. Stored on his PDA is the wireless dial-up number that can access the FCon database, by directly bypassing the high security firewall.
    • Also note that the sound effect of a phone dialing can be heard in the soundtrack when you're on the Internet.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: A common complaint from players is that Alan's sprite looks very little like Boxleitner (far too short and thin for an actor that is 6' 3" and about 200 lbs), and even looks more haggard and aged than the actor did in TRON: Legacy that came out seven years later.
  • What an Idiot!
    • F-Con, a rival company, is trying to take over Encom to obtain the digitizer tech. Their CEO says in an email how he has been looking forward to this for twenty-plus years
      You'd Expect: F-Con to wait for the merger to quietly go through, the new bosses to force Alan Bradley into early retirement (with a generous severance package), and quietly appropriate the AI Ma3a and the Shiva Mark II laser as company property, launching the DataWraith project beneath everyone's notice.
      Or If that was not an option, they would use their mole, Thorne, to copy and steal the files and smuggle them back to F-Con headquarters where they could again, quietly work on it.
      Or: If Alan really made a stink about the merger and handing over his life's work, arrange for him to "disappear" from his home or even the Encom parking garage, maybe with some appropriate steps to make it look like he was a despondent, aging man who had lost his beloved wife, his close friend, was estranged from his son, and had a career go down in flames.
      Or: If they really needed the man himself alive, arrange the kidnapping and staged suicide, but make sure to keep a pioneer of AI technology and computer security (as in the guy who programmed Tron and Ma3a) away from any computer equipment, electronics, or even a telephone jack and electrical outlet.
      Instead: They arrange for a couple of goons to march into Encom in the middle of the workday, brazenly kidnap Mr. Bradley while he is on the phone with his son, threaten his life repeatedly, and lock said computing pioneer in a room full of cast off computer parts with a working power outlet and telephone line.
    • Speaking of Thorne, he was F-con's mole inside Encom for several months, observing the laser tests and sending the results back to F-Con. He heard Alan repeatedly talk about how the laser wasn't ready to digitize humans and he had almost, but not quite, worked the bugs out just yet on the safety features.
      You'd Expect: Thorne and F-Con to run some tests of their own to discern if that was truly the case or if Alan was stalling for time. You'd also expect F-Con to test this with something other than a human being right off the bat.
      Instead: Assuming Alan was just stalling, F-Con bypasses all safeties and shoots Thorne in there. Alan was not joking about those safeties. Thorne becomes a living computer virus they can't even control.
    • Jet obtains the Tron Legacy code (no relation) in the belief it will protect Ma3a from tampering, but he also finds several emails on the old Encom mainframe indicating that the code wasn't completed and has serious bugs.
      You'd Expect: Him to point these out to Ma3a and have second thoughts about installing something to her code that may not be compatible.
      Or: Wait until he could contact "Guest" and ask about the code.
      Instead: He and Ma3a find a compiler living on the Internet, he volunteers to try compiling it to himself (dude, you're a User, that alone should make it a dodgy idea). Ma3a steps in and says it's meant to protect her from tampering. As she is being compiled, Jet gets a warning from his dad not to compile it. As soon as the process completes, Ma3a goes Ax-Crazy from the buggy code, kills Byte, wounds Thorne, and tries to kill Jet, who can only get on a lightcycle and flee in terror.
      To Be Fair: Ma3a is being assaulted by Z-Lots and not compiling the code would lead to her death, so there wasn't any time.

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