I don't think that it is uncommon. Tension can be amplified by limited time or space in a scene, but it isn't optionlock or timelock...
If you look at a story form, you don't feel any tension whatsoever. Damn, Storyform #3458 is intense!
After a quick search, I thought this was an interesting list:
I think each of these steps could be juxtaposed to Dramatica concepts.
Are you a fan of MMA or boxing? I am. One of the interesting things I noticed as an MMA fan? When I watch the fights, I hold my breath. I tense my body. I feel my adrenaline kick in. Bear in mind, an MMA cage has a ticking clock and a limited amount of space.
It also has a back and forth; reaction and action. You also, generally, are rooting for a particular fighter and you share his POV.
Literally, it is the back and forth in a fight. Sometimes the fighters feel each other out. Sometimes, they let off a flurry of punches. Sometimes, a fighter is knocked down or finds themselves in a very uncomfortable position.
In noveling, one of the interesting concepts (for me) is the back and forth of the viewpoint with MRUs. It is like a heartbeat. It can move quickly or slowly. You vary the pace with POV, sentence length, time dilation, etc.
I also think that PRCO from a subjective POV is interesting because there could be multiple subjective PRCO at work in a scene. That could be very interesting in regards to the different subjective PRCO being dynamic, complimentary, dependent.