Conclusion: Hydro Thunder Hurricane has got an addictive gameplay with plenty of variety and strategy. Little player-friendly touches like allowing you to restart just an individual portion of a tournament rather than the whole thing really show the play testing. The amount of work that went into providing a rock solid play experience, coupled with the little touches that make the game really pop, make the game’s strengths easily drown out what few weaknesses it has.
Conclusion: Hydro Thunder Hurricane is an excellent racer. If you enjoyed it, picking up the DLC will give you three more levels, a bunch of new boats, and some fancy paint jobs besides. The new levels give some legitimately new experiences, and if you’ve been playing in the meantime, the fact things need to be unlocked to be used won’t matter in the slightest, since you’ll already have plenty of credits. Thumbs up.
Summary: " Hydro Thunder Hurricane " is a fun little arcade title that will certainly amuse you for a few afternoons. It could have done with a few more tracks, but there is certainly plenty to do. It’s not the best looking or sounding game out there, but the most important thing is that it’s fun to play.
Excerpt: If, when you load up the trial of Hydro Thunder Hurricane , you feel a pleasant twang of nostalgia upon hearing the announcer boom the words ‘Hydro Thunder!’, then you have to buy this game. Hurricane isn’t just for nostalgic fans though; this is no lazy port of an aging classic. It’s a full-blooded sequel, with brand new tracks, vehicles, presentation, and multiplayer. You would be hard pressed to find a more fitting game for the Summer of Arcade promotion.
Conclusion: They do encourage you to try everything the game has to offer. At the end of the day this has been one of the better WP7 games Ive played and I am not much of a racing fan. With tight controls are what makes this game as enjoyable as it is, the only negative is your forced to replay races to unlock other races.
Excerpt: Just like your average jerk (you), I very seldom get a chance to hit up my local arcade. And trust me, it’s not from a lack of desire - I love going to the arcade! One such game that continuously brought me to my local Playdium was the game Hydro Thunder. Like most arcade racing games, you sit down, and have a steering wheel, but now you have and a boat throttle on the right instead of pedals on the ground.
Excerpt: Hydro Thunder was an arcade hit first, and then a hit Dreamcast launch title. Now Midway brings their popular hydrofoil racer to the PlayStation, and, despite being translated onto a much older console, Hydro Thunder just manages to stay afloat.
Excerpt: Midway's arcade speedboat is ready to race on the Dreamcast! Hydro Thunder's home version may be missing the arcade's bells and whistles, but it still manages just enough of a boost to rocket past mediocrity.
Summary: Hydro Thunder is a very fun, but fairly difficult game. If you don't take your racing games seriously, you'll probably love Hydro Thunder's style of racing and over-the-top track designs. It's certainly nice to look at, the control is solid, there's a lot to do, and it's one of the better games available for the Dreamcast right now, so you may want to give it a good look. Best of all, you won't get seasick.
Pros: Great graphics, solid control, keen track design, lots of stuff to do, awesome sound effects.
Cons: Very difficult, clunky interface, only two types of racing modes.