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On one hand Discs of Tron has never been accurately ported to a home console, so this Xbox Live Arcade version is an important release in that regard. Too bad the game is not worth playing. Discs of Tron could have been an exciting action game, but the shallow gameplay keeps this game from ever being as entertaining as the movie.
All in all, I enjoyed playing Discs of Tron. It's a great concept for a game that hasn't been duplicated (Cosmic Smash on the Dreamcast might be a distant cousin). If you're like me and have wanted to play a decent version of the game for a while, I think you'll enjoy it as well. If you've never played it before, your mileage may vary.
As levels increase in difficulty the area over which both characters can dodge and run increases, giving the game a carefully controlled difficulty. In much later levels these platforms move in the Z-axis too, adding considerable difficulty to what is already a challenging game - especially considering the relative imprecision of the controls. Despite the lacking port, the game is one of the more enjoyable super-vintage titles to appear on XBLA and it's a testament to the core design that its fun hasn't dulled too dramatically in the past twenty-five years. However, even with the updated visuals and some online head-to-head modes, without the impact of a futuristic cabinet the sparse, functional graphics will likely be too great of a disappointment for many younger players to overcome.
Discs of Tron on Xbox 360 is a good representation of how sloppy some of the Xbox Live Arcade games are at the moment. Now and again you get the arcade game which is worth its money, that’s if you can trundle through the pointless ports, like this one, which really should be free.
I would only recommend this game to you if you’re trying to build up a collection of classic arcade games, or, if you want some easy gamer points. If you buy this game for any other reason I can almost certainly say you’ll be disappointed, I would advise you to look else where.
Thanks to the shallow gameplay and the lack of differentiating features, Discs of Tron fails to make a case for trips down memory lane justifying even a budget price tag. Only the most die-hard of Tron fans will derive any lasting enjoyment out of this port.
„Discs of Tron“ ist sicherlich nicht das beste Spiel auf dem Xbox Live Marktplatz. Aber das will es offenbar auch gar nicht sein. Es bringt das Arcade-Feeling von damals ein Stück weit ins heimische Wohnzimmer zurück und läd den geneigten Spieler dazu ein in Erinnerungen zu schwelgen. Wer das Spiel zuvor noch nie auf einem Automaten gespielt hat und rein gar nichts mit dem „Tron“-Universum anfangen kann, der sollte lieber auf ein anderes Spiel zurückgreifen. Spieler der ersten
Stunde sollten es sich allerdings mal etwas genauer ansehen.
Discs of Tron isn’t an awful game to play, but it is boring. Everything works and the challenge is about right, but I still can’t recommend even wasting your time downloading the trial. Contradictory, maybe. It’s hard to explain. Imagine PGR4 with one track and one car. Whilst it’d be fun for a bit, boredom would soon worm it’s way to the surface. Like I said, if they could have just jazzed it up a little, it’d maybe be value for money.
If you’re that famous internet guy who made his own Tron costume, and are that die-hard a fan of old arcade classics then Discs of Tron is certainly far better than some of the other dreck that has turned up on XBLA for the last couple of years but a classic? Nope, a minor distraction perhaps but classic is reserved for titles that carry fond memories and are still as satisfying to play as they ever were, and Discs of Tron just doesn’t fit that description at all.
This is not a “classic” arcade game. It’s just an old game that never should have seen the light of day… not only did I have to relive the tragic memory of spending tokens on this thing, but I had to write about the experience playing it all over again. I hope you learn from my mistakes. I took this one for the team.
(Feb 11, 2008)
The original Discs of Tron is one of my favorite games ever made. Anyone who only experiences Discs of Tron through this poor port won't understand why this game was ever held in high regard. It's a shame that a classic could be given such poor treatment with meager graphics, bad sound, and inaccurate controls. The one new element, the online multiplayer, runs poorly and is no fun to play. All-in-all, one of the worst XBLA ports to date.
For many people, Tron is one of few true classics of sci-fi cinema. In the gaming world, the Tron games are generally held in the same regard. However, just because a game is a “classic”, that doesn’t necessarily make it “timeless”. After playing this XBLA port, there’s no way to deny that Discs of Tron is really showing its age. Poor graphics, crippled controls, and a multiplayer option that feels like it’s been tacked on like an afterthought on a Post-It all add up to make this game one blast from the past that really should have stayed where it came from.
The game is 800 Microsoft points, and it is really something that they should just give away. Bad graphics, controls, sound and multiplayer means a bad game and it should not have been.
Discs of Tron is a surprisingly easy game to review, with only two game modes and gameplay that can be easily explained within the first thirty seconds of the game, this is one game that doesn't require two thousand words to review. If you're one of those people that loved this game 25 years ago and have been waiting for a way to capture the magic on a home console, then your dreams have come true. But for everybody else (and I include myself in this list), Discs of Tron is nothing more than a second-rate action game that gets boring incredibly fast. Tron is a one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, it's a shame none of these games could live up to those high standards.