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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Tempest is one of the most well-known arcade games of all time, a true classic in the realm of video games. This intense shooter requires lots of skill and lightning-quick reflexes. Use unlimited firepower to shoot and destroy enemies in a large geometric battlefield. Download the full version to play this classic arcade game in its original form and completely re-stylized versions featuring evolved graphics and newly introduced Throttle Monkey mode. Next-gen presentation: The game supports 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios, including HDTV, with full-screen anti-aliasing and Dolby Digital surround sound. Arcade integration: Check top scores on the Leaderboards and master 12 challenging Achievements. [Atari] Expand
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  1. 60
    Tempest is functional, and for five bucks you really shouldn’t expect much more.
  2. Just don't play that bloody enhanced version, you'll never forgive yourself. [Issue#29, p.118]
  3. This is a true classic - it just isn't a lot of fun to play.
  4. Only hardcore retro addicts should drop the five bucks. [Nov 2007, p.94]
  5. As you move your craft around the playfield with either the analogue controller or the d-pad, precision of movement goes out of the window with your craft over-shooting the mark, often resulting in a loss of one of your limited lives.
  6. Last year, Space Giraffe came out. It was a 2007 version of tempest with some improvements and surprisingly enough the original just doesn’t compare.
  7. By trying to craft an updated experience for a new generation of gamers, Tempest ends up losing a lot of the luster that originally made it such a hit. Toss in some wonky and unresponsive controls, as well as an additional high-speed mode that only the most hardcore of gamers would be willing to even try and attempt to play, and you end up with an experience that just doesn’t warrant even the budget price of 400 Microsoft Points (or about $5).

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  1. Sambo
    Dec 20, 2007
    Awful... Tempest used to be a great little shooter on ye olde platforms... and whilst I think games like this have a place in the Xbox Live Arcade experience, only as a groups of games of the same ilk... there's no way anyone should spend points on this. As a game... it's not even that good... the controls are shoddy, with your sprite hardly controllable in any sensible way. Don't waste your points or your time... you'll never get either back again. Expand
  2. JosephK.
    Dec 26, 2007
    Why God, why????? One of my favorite games from childhood ruined by the worst control I've ever seen on a 360 game! Can someone design a 360-compatible spinwheel doohickey so we can see if this game is actually playable? Expand