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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[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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Score distribution:
  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. This brand new episode of the Hydro Thunder franchise in a great example of a well designed arcade racing game. The water effect is realized in a fantastic way, with the right amount of movement and the perfect reaction to every single kind of interaction. If you are looking for a funny, single player and multiplayer game, you should definitely consider Hydro Thunder. Unfortunately, the game has 8 tracks only.
  4. 80
    Hydro Thunder Hurricane is an extremely accessible and entertaining arcade racing game. You're not likely to find a better game involving speedboats than this one.
  5. It's the oddball moments, as when a Nordic ship pulls up behind you and begins ramming your boat for no apparent reason, that give Hurricane the irreverent momentum that makes it worthy of a download.
  6. Fast, cool and furious. Hydro Thunder is good fun for a couple of hours, especially if you play it with a bunch of friends, either online or offline. But there really should be more meet to the game, don't expect Hydro Thunder Hurricane to last past the summer.
  7. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    40
    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: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Apr 2, 2011
    10
    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.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
    10
    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 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. Jul 1, 2022
    10
    Giving this already-great game a perfect 10 for something I discovered last time I played it. It works with my Logitech G920 wheel+pedalsGiving this already-great game a perfect 10 for something I discovered last time I played it. It works with my Logitech G920 wheel+pedals setup on the Xbox One and Series X! Think about that for a second - a 12-year-old game works with an accessory that doesn't even work with the console it was released for! Insanity! (But ridiculously awesome!) Expand
  4. GregM.
    Jul 28, 2010
    9
    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. Apr 28, 2011
    9
    Beautiful, the one word that describes this game best. Exciting arcade racing that doesnt take realism into account so much, which allows theBeautiful, the one word that describes this game best. Exciting arcade racing that doesnt take realism into account so much, which allows the game to be enjoyable and do things more serious racers don't. This game is brilliant, the arcade feel, the multiplayer the complete package one of the best racing games on xbox live, another dreamcast remake that lives should be seen as an instant xbox live arcade classic. Expand
  6. CharlesS
    Jul 30, 2010
    9
    An amazing tribute and sequel to the original game, Hydro Thunder Hurricane packs amazing new courses, along with all the original Boats 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
  7. Sep 17, 2018
    4
    Petit jeu de course d'arcade avec des bateaux "vavavoum" qui font très vite sur l'eau et le moins qu'on puisse dire, c'est que ça déménage...Petit jeu de course d'arcade avec des bateaux "vavavoum" qui font très vite sur l'eau et le moins qu'on puisse dire, c'est que ça déménage... Spectaculaire et animé mais aussi un peu bordélique parfois surtout évidemment avec les "boosts" qu'on récupère et qui accélèrent encore plus l'action...

    Le maniement est sans souci et la physique aquatique est tout-à-fait convaincante. Si les graphismes n'ont rien d'extraordinaire (il s'agit d'un indé avec pas beaucoup d'argent, ne l'oublions pas) ils font néanmoins largement l'affaire, tout comme les effets et l'ambiance sonores.

    Mais, car il y a un mais et même plusieurs, le système de progression choisi est très rigide et contraignant et nous oblige à suivre le chemin des épreuves tracé par le développeur, ce qui inclut obligatoirement les deux modes bien pourraves et irritants comme le contre-la-montre avec des anneaux ou celui avec des barils explosifs (yop la boum, quand votre bateau fait boum...).

    Du coup, on passe à côté de nombreux circuits qui restent bloqués comme des cons tant qu'on a a pas limé ce qu'on t'a dit de limer parce que c'est comme ça et pas autrement. C'est vraiment très con comme système. Et je dirais même plus comme dirait Dupont : c'est très con. Parce que si les courses sont bien, les CLM sont à chier ! c'est vraiment ballot.
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