One of the best FPS games ever made, Tron 2.0 is the Monolith game you always forget was made by Monolith. A reinterpretation of the utterly unintelligible 1982 Disney movie, it was – and still is – a really, smart, fast, and surprisingly deep shooter. You play Jet Bradley, son of Alan, who is searching for his missing father inside the machines.
For 2003, there was a lot going on in this shooter. And not just colour in a genre of greys and browns. There was a whole RPG element, with skill trees to unlock, and for once being inside a computer it made sense that you were constantly reading other people’s emails to take in the plot. Oh, and perhaps more importantly, it has one of the best FPS weapons ever, the wondrous Disc.
But if you had the Steam version, Win 10 would have led to disappointment, until last night. Out of the blue, Disney have patched the game to boot properly on modern machines. Which, I suppose you might say, is a necessity of still selling the game, but hardly a pleasure most games this old receive without the aid of fans and unofficial updates.
This isn’t a giant overhaul or anything magical like that – it’ll still run at a max of 1920×1440 using DX9, and it still rather cutely checks that your system is going to cope on High Detail by asking if you’ve got a Pentium 4 with 2GHz, half a Gb of RAM, and a 128Mb graphics card. Aw. (To get widescreen and other tweaks you will need to turn to an unofficial patch, over here.) But it still looks absolutely beautiful now – I just booted it up and cooed in surprise at how crisp and smart it remains.
So more than anything, I post this to celebrate a company giving a shit about a game they’re still selling after all these years (and let’s not take that for granted, when you consider the miserably sad case of those other Monolith greats, the NOLF games, still unavailable anywhere). And indeed to remind you to play/replay it, especially as right now it’s an almost invisibly small £1.74 in the Steam sale.