For being a top-of-the-line, next-generation system, the PlayStation is seeing its share of older, first-generation arcade games. The latest "classic" game to appear on Sony's machine is Tempest X.
Tempest X is based on the arcade game from the early days of video games, Tempest. This new version allows you to play the original arcade version as well as newer, updated versions. While all the variations maintain the same style of gameplay as Tempest, they sport new graphics and features.
For those few people who have not played the arcade version of Tempest or the Jaguar's Tempest 2000, Tempest is a highly addictive shooter in which you control a ship that moves around on a grid. Your mission is to blast enemy ships that advance toward you before they shoot you, or if they touch you, capture your ship.
If you're feeling a bit nostalgic, you can play Tempest in all its vector graphical glory. There are five other modes of play available if you want to take advantage of the PlayStation's processing power.
Tempest Plus is much like the original game, only with some snazzy new special effects, new power-ups and the fun option to play a two-player cooperative game or with an Al droid.
Trippy 2000 is the same as Tempest 2000, except for a wacked-out "smearing" effect on everything on the screen. This leads to some truly "trippy" gameplay.
Tempest X and Tempest Duel X are the most graphically intense games. They are essentially Tempest 2000, but with light sourcing on the levels and lens flair when you toast a bad guy.
Tempest Duel X is obviously an extension of Tempest X, however, this mode is for the more competitive player. You and an opponent play on a split-screen, and each player is at separate ends of the arena. You have to destroy incoming enemies as well as dodge your opponent's fire.
Aside from the same basic gameplay. all of the Tempest games share the same soundtrack. Kickin' techno music plays long and loud as you fight. Sure, it may not be actual sounds from the original game, but it fits the game well.
Retro-gaming hits a high point with Tempest X. Not only do you get the original game but a ton of different variations. It's like getting six games in one Deals like that don't come along too often, especially for us old-time gamers.
- MANUFACTURER - Interplay
- DIFFICULTY - Moderate
- THEME - Shooter
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
Download Tempest X
Yet another retro-enhanced title comes to the console side of gaming. Tempest X is a great title. The graphics are fast and quite awesome. I can't help but love the trippy graphic effects in Tempest X. I like that traditional Tempest is included, although even that is kind of trippy in itself. The music fits the game well--you guessed it, it's techno. The control is a little loose but nothing that can't be overcome. There are plenty of levels, but my major gripe is that Tempest X is the only game that's on the CD. Sure, there are a few different versions (including the Duel Mode) but overall, I kind of would like more for my hard-earned cash.
Is anyone else a little bit confused about how much people are getting excited over the remakes of the classic Tempest? I know I am. Tempest was a pretty good game, back in the days. Presently, I don't care how much glitter you put on the game, it's still old news. And without a paddle controller, Tempest X just fails to excite me. With standard left-right controlling and the flashy graphics, I find the game more confusing than fun. I thought the two-player Duel Mode may help, but that was even worse. The battlefields were so small, it was a pain to see what was going on. I'll pass, but Tempest fans will enjoy this title.
I don't know why so many people liked this title on the Jaguar. It's an okay game, I suppose, but nothing spectacular. You get all the great gameplay of the arcade original, plus enhanced graphics (the lighting effects are way cool), techno music, a two-player Versus Mode and lots of power-ups. But, despite its nostalgic charm, Tempest X didn't hold my interest for long. I'm not too crazy about the control, either. You're forced to use a control pad with a game that--in its arcade days-relied on an analog roller controller, and the lack of responsive controls makes Tempest X overly difficult. It's a solid, but not enthralling, shooter.
I was a great fan of the early Tempest in the arcade, and the main reason for this was the fast action possible by rapidly spinning around my targets. This just isn't possible in Tempest X, and by removing the skill of fast rotating, this is a rather uninspiring game. Interplay has tried to cover up this fact by using new power-ups and flashy music. Strangely, Tempest 2000 was far better on the Jaguar, even though they're essentially the same game. The music, voices, and action was just smoother on the now-dead platform, and this version pales in comparison. But, if you must have quasi-Tempest action, you're stuck with it.