Arctic Thunder PlayStation 2

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45

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  • Summary: Climb on for a little high-speed snowmobile racing (and some hand-to-hand combat) with 19 characters/sleds to choose from, and 12 available tracks to tear up within race, training, battle, and arcade modes.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 23
  2. Negative: 15 out of 23
  1. I felt that if it weren’t for the fact that collecting all twelve of the gold medals gave you that maxed-out character, I'm not sure I would have ever played the game in racing mode.
  2. Don’t let the soft controls or graphic glitches deter you, though. Arctic Thunder still has some fun in the engine, mostly in the breakneck pace of the races.
  3. 67
    Unfortunately, when there is a lot of action on-screen, there are noticeable slowdowns, which really shouldn't happen with a machine like the PlayStation 2.
  4. I’ve decided to rename it “Chaotic Thunder”. See the game is such a chaotic mess that it’s hard to describe.
  5. Playing this game reminded me of being at a family outing when I was a kid and picking up a coke can to take a drink only to find out that one of my relatives had used it as an ashtray.
  6. You'll find more arctic thunder around an outhouse in Antarctica than you will in this entire game. Don't bother to thaw.
  7. Last but not least are the incomprehensible sound effects and the typical arcade game music. The music isn't too bad but deciphering all the sound effects as they happen is something that is exceptionally difficult.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. KirkL.
    Jan 5, 2007
    10
    Hours of family fun with Artic Thunder. Game has several features that provide action throughout every race. Our whole family plays it and Hours of family fun with Artic Thunder. Game has several features that provide action throughout every race. Our whole family plays it and have gotten several hours of great times. Expand
  2. GregM.
    Dec 31, 2001
    9
    While not terribly complex, loads of action and fun for the whole family...beginners and experienced players can share the course and While not terribly complex, loads of action and fun for the whole family...beginners and experienced players can share the course and excitement of opening new characters and tracks. Expand
  3. TysonB.
    Feb 12, 2004
    4
    Unfortunately Arctic Thunder's controls are poor, the graphics aren't as sharp as most games,and without some pretty heavy Unfortunately Arctic Thunder's controls are poor, the graphics aren't as sharp as most games,and without some pretty heavy competition this game fails to give it that snowmobile feeling. Expand
  4. KittyN.
    May 5, 2002
    1
    Arctic Thunder for PS2 could've been so much BETTER. I mean, it's even kind of stupid when you play it in the arcade. For one, the Arctic Thunder for PS2 could've been so much BETTER. I mean, it's even kind of stupid when you play it in the arcade. For one, the graphics SUCK. They barely surpass those of the PSone. The races are too fast- you're in and out of them in like 70 seconds. Did I mention this game is all about luck? You don't even need any skill to play it. I was being nice with my rating; should've given it ZERO! Collapse
  5. Bendover
    Apr 16, 2002
    0
    Horrible, utterly stupid, leave it to midway to screw up a game.
  6. AyaneandDana
    Jul 21, 2002
    0
    Ayane: I give it a 0. It's too painful to even play it. It takes five minutes for it to bore you to death. To me, the concept is just Ayane: I give it a 0. It's too painful to even play it. It takes five minutes for it to bore you to death. To me, the concept is just like Crash Team Racing on Ice. Dana: It gets a zero. The gameplay is so quick you wouldn't even know if you raced or not. It takes no skill. Arctic Thunder... I'm surprised it even made a metascore of 49!!! Expand

Awards & Rankings

#82 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#49 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001