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Tempest 4000 is a fun and fast-paced game that does everything previous entries in the series did, and then some. It will certainly appeal to fans of the previous releases from ages past, but it's not going to appeal to all players due to its considerable challenge, as well as its art style and very colorful presentation, since it might make some of you feel a bit overwhelmed.
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.
Tempest 4000 is a fun and highly addictive arcade-style release that is now up for grabs on PlayStation 4. The simple gameplay mechanics, fast-paced action and tripped-out visuals will keep you engaged until the end as you make your way through the hundred stages on offer. Can you make it to the final stage?
Tempest 4000 is the greatest version of an arcade classic and is absolutely worth your time. If you’re into old-school games, you owe it to yourself to pick it up. Even if you’re not, 4000 could surprise you. As your dad would say, ‘get some culture in ya’.
Jeff Minter has been able to renew the classic Tempest formula, which becomes an excellent game even after 38 years. Unfortunately, the PC version has some small but annoying technical problems.
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Tempest 4000 is the final Llamasoft Tempest and an incredibly strong game to go out on.
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.
A VR Tempest experience is a logical progression for the game that wouldn't fundamentally change the core nature of the game but it sure would enhance its trippiness.
It was tragic to see something as great as Tempest fall into obscurity, only to have the spiritual successor taken away before it could really make its mark. As weird and whiplash-y as it is, it's just as great to see the same developer get to make a comeback and do an officially branded sequel. It feels like a dream come true, and I can't imagine how exciting this is for the folks at Llamasoft. Sure, it could have benefited from some more bells and whistles, but Tempest 4000 is the real deal, a new version of a remarkable arcade classic that isn't spoken of nearly as much as it deserves today. It doesn't feel cheap or old; it's pure game design boosted by badass music and a distinct visual style that settles comfortably into high definition. If we continue to get stuff like this from the new Atari, then sign me up.
TxK gets the official name tag it's always deserved, but a monstrously high price and a lack of innovation sour the occasion.