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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Hydro Thunder Hurricane is the all new, full-featured sequel to the arcade racer. Features rocket-powered speedboats blasting across amazing dynamic water, gorgeous visuals, and interactive environments packed with shortcuts and surprises. Pit your rocket powered speedboat against 15 opponents in single-player races and championships. Hone your speedboat skills in the new Ring Master and Gauntlet modes. Dive into intense multiplayer races with up to eight players over Xbox LIVE, up to four players locally, or even mix local and online games. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 36 out of 56
  2. Negative: 1 out of 56
  1. 93
    Everything I loved about Hydro Thunder has returned with Hurricane and more. The fun and addicting gameplay, the huge selection of boats and courses, and the speed all make for a great day of racing. Throw in some new single player and multiplayer modes, Hydro Thunder Hurricane will keep you racing until your fingers fall off.
  2. With a solid technical background and good multiplayer, Hydro Thunder Hurricane shows the capabilities of the Xbox Live Arcade.
  3. While I found most of the single-player modes to be a bit of a drag and the way things get unlocked for single-player could have been handled a bit more smoothly, the online multiplayer is what earns Hydro Thunder Hurricane its keep. It's a fast-moving and thrilling online race that offers just enough content to fit with its downloadable-sized pricing.
  4. It looks like racing junk food, but is in fact totally hardcore. We're betting many players will give it a whirl and dismiss it as shallow before ever getting to the serious, beautifully crafted design underneath.
  5. The game is still balls-to-the-wall crazy in its concept, but the execution just feels a bit... watered down.
  6. Only those who'll pick up on its knowing secret collection voiceover need apply. [Issue#63, p.101]
  7. Ponderous and lightweight racing atop near-vaporous water. Go and have a bath instead. [Oct 2010, p.121]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Apr 2, 2011
    Oh man this game brings back memories. Me and my friends used to play this and SEGA Bass Fishing all day, every day back on the Dreamcast. Well, not this exactly, the original, but this is so close its not even funny. Except this one's way better. The core gameplay remains the same. You drive drifty speedboats through over-the-top courses complete with dragons and giant Norse gods with swinging axes and what not. You fill up boost meters, draft rivals, and pull off huge jumps. There are several modes like race, ring master (where you drive through ring gates as fast as possible), gauntlet and championship. You get bronze, silver, and gold medals based on your finish and are placed on leaderboards. There is also multiplayer which pretty much explains itself. There are also boats, skins, levels and other things to collect. The graphics here won't blow you away because this is essentially the Dreamcast game, although now visuals have been given a little HD polish and there are spray effects and better lighting. Not that the original looked bad, its just more than a decade old and needed a touch up. Hydro Thunder Hurricane is a lot of fun and worth every bit of the 1200 point asking price. Expand
  2. SteveM
    Aug 1, 2010
    This is a classic remake - more fun than the original even! Split screen four way racing with local and online friends is amazing. Some of the jumps are sick. Best game on xbox live right now. Expand
  3. DaveD
    Jul 31, 2010
    Arcade racing bliss! To play it, is to love it. An accomplished update to the infamous racing classic. Well done, Vetor unit.
  4. GregM.
    Jul 28, 2010
    This game is totally awesome! Stays true to the heart of the original, but adds tons of new stuff and the water is totally awesome! GOGOGO!
  5. CharlesS
    Jul 30, 2010
    An amazing tribute and sequel to the original game, Hydro Thunder Hurricane packs amazing new courses, along with all the original Boats (sans the "Midway," replaced by the "Vector"). HTH is a blast to play, with tons of offline single-player events that offer an awesome challenge (no, really, this game gets difficult) to even veteran Hydro Thunder players. My only complaints are the small amount of levels, only eight are present, and the lack of options for the host during online matches. It would be nice to limit the class of boats available. Expand
  6. AdamD
    Jul 30, 2010
    This game is amazing. It's graphics are beautiful and the game play is addictive (I've already clocked 20 hours and I'm still not satisfied). Stop reading reviews and download this game! Expand
  7. VictorR
    Jul 30, 2010
    This game is terrible when compared to its origins. As someone who dropped far too many quarters in the Arcade version and who bought the Dreamcast version on day 1, this game pales in comparison. The game doesn't really convey a good sense of speed. After turning this "remake" off and popping in the Dreamcast version (after finding and dusting off my poor old DC), the difference is like night and day. The DC version felt fast when you were boosting. It also felt like a challenge because it was based off the arcade where they were artificially harder to keep you dropping quarters in. In Hurricane, I took first place on every single race, got gold on my first ring challenge, and first place in the first tournament. *Yawn*. The boats themselves look terrible and I'm convinced the Dreamcast version had better textures, even if they had less polys. One of the things that made HydroThunder was the over-the-top announcer and the silly comments being made by your pilot or spotting crew. Both have been gutted here. The announcer had a reverb effect added to him which makes him sound muted, and the in-race comments are deadpan, at best. Flying down the corridor in Lake Powell with things blowing up and the guy says, in an almost monotone voice: "I didn't sign up for this." Again, *yawn*. All in all, not worth $15. If you have access to the Dreamcast or N64 version, stick to them. Expand

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