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  • Summary: Tempest 4000 is a visually stunning, action-packed tube shooter based on the classic hit arcade game Tempest.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jul 26, 2018
    91
    Tempest 4000 is a fantastic version of a true classic. However, no matter how stunning it looks, or simple it plays it’s definitely not for every gamer out there. Those looking for a legitimate challenge will find it here. Those looking for a deep story or engaging quest will not find anything like that. It’s a simple shooter designed after the tried and true classic Arcade gameplay. Being the Classic Gaming fan that I am, I had an absolute blast playing this, but it might be hard to persuade other gamers to take a look.
  2. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Sep 12, 2018
    90
    A stonking update for a forgotten classic, complete with all new bells and [rave] whistles. [October 2018, p.88]
  3. Jul 17, 2018
    84
    The visuals remain entrancing, the music is as powerful today as when it was released, and the task of clearing baddies from webs continues to be challenging. If you can look past the roughest levels, you’ll find this to be a fun and highly memorable game. Here’s hoping Llamasoft gives it a little post-release polish so it can become a modern classic, just like Tempest 2000.
  4. Jul 22, 2018
    70
    In all Tempest 4000 is really a love letter to the original game. It sticks very close to it’s source material, but despite this a few things have been added. If I’m honest though, most of these miss the mark.
  5. Aug 1, 2018
    70
    Tempest 4000 is another Tempest game. If you are OK with that and perhaps need an excuse to retire the Vita version, then this package will be worth it. Otherwise this game feels like a relic that didn’t really need the 4K upgrade.
  6. Aug 2, 2018
    65
    Overall I was disappointed in Tempest 4000. I enjoy playing Tempest games, but this one managed to make the core game less enjoyable rather than improving on it or providing a truly fresh take on the gameplay. Arcade game fans will be best off saving their quarters for the next version of Tempest that comes along.
  7. Jul 19, 2018
    45
    Tempest 4000’s price-tag is wildly unforgivable when you factor in the meager content that you’re getting in return. This is greed at its absolute finest and despite the series’ fame for being colorful and fast-paced, which indeed the game is, there’s just not enough content within to justify its cost. Easy to get into and nostalgic Tempest 4000 may be, but it ultimately becomes bland and uninteresting quite quickly.

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  1. Jul 19, 2018
    8
    Not many people haven’t experienced Tempest in some shape or form and that shows to me just how prominent Tempest has been in regards to theNot many people haven’t experienced Tempest in some shape or form and that shows to me just how prominent Tempest has been in regards to the gaming industry. Year’s ago they took a simple idea and turned it into a very fun and addictive experience to be played by all and every now and then they release a new shiny version for you to get to grips with. The new version of the game is called Tempest 4000 and even though it has a few shortcomings to say once again I enjoyed my time with a new version of Tempest would be quite the understatement. Once again the gameplay is simple but very addictive and this easy to pick up and play style means gamers of all skill levels and ages can join in the fun, which is great. In terms of content the game will keep you satisfied for quite a while, but I would recommend that you wait till it drops in price a little because at the moment in my opinion it’s a little bit too expensive. Another reason why I would recommend for you to wait till it lowers in price is because there isn’t really anything new that veterans of the series won’t have seen before. That being said the content that is here has been done to perfection and it will provide you with plenty of enjoyable moments. You’ll pleased to know then that technically Tempest 4000 doesn’t suffer with any problems at all. The controls remain tight and responsive throughout your time with the game and everything else also plays out the same way which limits frustration quite a lot. This is a very good thing because the game does get very difficult quite quickly, but even though the game can be overly difficult at times I still didn’t find myself getting frustrated that much. Instead I found myself returning to the game time and time again and the addictive nature of the game is clear to see from the get go. Defeating enemies never seems to get dull and when you defeat a number of different enemies at the same time you always end up getting a very satisfying feeling. Without a doubt the most noticeable improvement over the original game’s is the presentation side of things. Tempest has never looked and sounded better and in a way the improved visuals and sound design do make the gameplay even more fun and immersive. At the end of the day if you’re a fan of the Tempest series then you will thoroughly enjoy what Tempest 4000 has to offer. It may not get everything right but what it does do is provide you with a fun and very addictive experience that never seems to dwindle throughout your time with the game. Expand