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Tempest 4000

Rating Summary

Based on 23 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

61%

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Based on 23 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Jul 17, 2018
Xbox OneJul 17, 2018
PCJul 17, 2018

Publishers: Atari, Llamasoft Ltd

Genre: Arcade

Tempest 4000™ is a visually stunning, action-packed tube shooter based on the classic hit arcade game, Tempest™. Developed by legendary game designer, Jeff Minter, Tempest 4000™ remains faithful to the original fast-paced gameplay by putting you in control of the Claw, a powerful spacecraft equipped to destroy deadly creatures and other obstructions with rapid-fire shots on vibrant geometric prisms. Featuring fantastical graphical environments, 100 levels, three game modes, and more, you must eliminate all enemies as fast as possible to survive and compete for the highest score on the leaderboards.

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8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

TxK gets the official name tag it's always deserved, but a monstrously high price and a lack of innovation sour the occasion.

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If you are not a fan of simple arcade games, which it most undoubtedly is, you probably won't find much in Tempest 4000 to win you over. But for those who have any love for the series, and appreciation for the era of the arcade, you absolutely can't go wrong with this one. I prolonged this review longer than necessary because I just wasn't done playing it – and I'm still not. It's a winner.

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I have spent countless hours playing TxK on Vita and it's one of my favourite games, so I'm disappointed that Tempest 4000 doesn't really add anything new, especially considering the higher price. It's still a great game and hopefully a patch will tone down the overzealous use of effects. This is worth a look if you are bored of cut scenes, collectables, and other frippery that clog up video games and want some serious old school arcade action.

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Unfortunately, there won't be much to keep you blasting through the game once you've had a few longer sessions.

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