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Tempest X3 is a modern-day update to the original arcade game, Tempest. This game features three modes called Classic Tempest, Tempest X3, and Tempest Duel. Classic Tempest is the original arcade hit. Tempest Duel faces you off against a second player. Tempest X3 is an upgrade to the original featuring enhanced visuals, more enemies, an AI droid, jumping ability, and a modern soundtrack. The X3 mode is very similar to Tempest 2000, but with improved speed, visual effects, and a remixed soundtrack.


Tempest X3 PlayStation The first of three possible bonus games. Fly through the rings. If you finish, you warp five levels.
Tempest X3 PlayStation Six or seven enemies have just been turned into space dust by the Superzapper.
Tempest X3 PlayStation The title screen. A bit of an understatement compared to the Jaguar version...
Tempest X3 PlayStation If you think this is confusing, wait until you've gotten past the first ten levels.

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Addition to the series, 99% worthy of the name "Tempest". AG Wolf (277) unrated

Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 04, 2003 9 out of 10 90
NowGamer Feb 01, 1997 8.6 out of 10 86
Edge Feb, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun Jan, 1997 77 out of 100 77
Video Games Jan, 1997 75 out of 100 75
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
The Video Game Critic Apr 09, 2016 B- 67
GamePro (US) Jan, 1997 3 out of 5 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1997 22 out of 40 55
GameSpot Dec 01, 1996 3.5 out of 10 35


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The game also had more music on the disc. There were 12 songs created by the band that the person who did the game's music (Eric Nofsinger) and sound effects was in when he worked on Tempest X3. The band name was "Spider Lung", but the only song of the 12 that was ever given a name was the shortest one- "Robot Neighbor". Through email, Mr. Nofsinger commented that there wasn't enough time to name them nor implement them. They are accessible with a computer only if you have some knowledge of Playstation game audio format and programming.
Rogee (595) added Tempest X3 (PlayStation) on Jan 21, 2002