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[PlayStation 4] Tempest 4000 Review

[PlayStation 4] Tempest 4000 Review
  • On September 17, 2018

Tempest 4000 is the latest game in the long-running, and it’s now released on the PlayStation 4. Ready to learn more about it? Then check out our Tempest 4000 review!


The PlayStation 4 has now received Tempest 4000, a colorful and fast-paced tube shooter that expands on what previous entries in the long-running series. The first game was released by Atari in arcades back in 1981 and was followed by Tempest 2000 on the Atari Jaguar, and Tempest 3000 for, of all places, DVD players that featured the Nuon technology, which allowed the media players with the Nuon tech inside to reproduce interactive software.

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For Tempest 4000, you will take control of a claw-like spaceship, which is actually named Claw, as you move through geometric prisms while avoiding deadly enemies and their colorful attacks. One hit is all it takes to destroy you, so you always need to be on high alert, paying attention to what is going on. Thanks to its minimalist art style, the game runs with a very fast and stable framerate, which helps to keep you busy at all times with everything that is coming for you.


Tempest 4000 has psychedelic space themes with very bright neon colors, lots of bright and pulsating lights, and shapes that are all over the screen, as you play along with the pulsating soundtrack that pumps you up. You will enter a Zen-like trance state as you play, as you try to separate all the visual inputs from the screen so that you can filter the enemies, the attacks and the power-ups, while you move around the many shapes you will explore.

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The game presents a very retro look and feels, staying true to the formula that has worked for so many years. This one doesn’t have much of a tutorial, so you should check the game’s controls so that you’re not caught off guard. The game will require a lot of practice since the more you progress in the game, the harder things get. With every time you do a new run you will start to notice the different movement and attack patterns of your enemies, allowing you to find the best way to avoid their deadly attacks while you make sure none of them get too close, since they will grab you and take you with them, making you lose one life.

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You can hold down the action button to rapid fire down each lane, but using this while you quickly move from lane to name might make you miss some lanes, and that is deadly since enemies will get too close for comfort. You have access to a super attack that will kill everything on the screen, and since you only have one of it, I’d suggest that you don’t use it unless the screen is packed, or one of the enemies has gotten the best of you and is currently carrying you out of the screen, since if it does that it will take one of your lives.

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Tempest 4000 also offers a shiny Platinum trophy for those of you who can finish a game’s modes in a single go, especially with an old-school feeling game such as this one! Several of the trophies require that you reach a specific level in the different game modes on offer, which means that for two modes you need to get there in a single go without dying. As you can see from the game’s trailer, that’s certainly not an easy task!

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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.

This Tempest 4000 review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Atari.


Review Overview

Fun arcade-style fast-paced tube shooter