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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Overall User Score (8 votes) 4.1

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HappyPuppy (Mar 27, 2000)
Still, the tracks are the same, the racing's fun, and the only way you're gonna get a threesome or better going, is in this one. In fact, the whole idea kind of makes me wonder what Ruthie Ann's up to these days. Maybe she's got a couple of friends...and an N64. I'll bring the game.
Total! (Germany) (Apr, 2000)
Sieht man einmal vom vermurksten Drei- und Vierspieler-Modus ab, so bleibt aber unter dem Strich gerade für Einzelspieler ein sehr spannender Arcade-Racer, den die Rennspiel-Fans unter euch aufgrund der spektakulären, abwechslungsreich gestalteten Strecken und des actionreichen Spielverlaufs mögen werden.
To win you'll need to find shortcuts and grab all the boosts, making the game deeper than it seems at first. Next to Wave Race, this is the coolest game in the N64 pool. The boats and levels have a fast feel, and the courses are well designed. Unfortunately, you must have the Expansion Pak for three- or four-player races.
Hydro Thunder for the N64 certainly looks lovely, but in one-player it feels like you're navigating rivers of corn syrup rather than water. Two-player, however, feels like you're riding on a jet stream since there are only two boats to track.
It's not as if the N64 is yearning for some additional racing games. However, Hydro Thunder stands out as one that's well worth a play. The speedboat racing game is chock full of shortcuts, bonus tracks and boats; it also features some high-flying physics. The game has made a move from the arcade to the Dreamcast to the N64 (and also PlayStation), and while the graphics are obviously not as mindblowing as they appear in the arcade or on the Dreamcast, they're certainly worthy of the N64. It might not be the next Wave Race 64, but racing fans will be well rewarded if they check this one out.
games xtreme (Jun 29, 2000)
I’m not 100% sure about this game. I’ve got no doubts there’s going to be quite a few people out there who like this game! Unfortunately I’m not one of them. I’ve heard lots of things about the arcade version, and this isn’t anything like the stories I’ve heard (apparently)! There is no real feel for speed in this game. I mean, after all isn’t this supposed to be the best boats money can buy? I’m not that convinced. It was ok for a while but it soon lost it’s appeal!
Mega Fun (May, 2000)
Wer Hydro Thunder noch von keiner anderen Plattform kennt, wird von diesem Spiel positiv überrascht sein. Wer allerdings schon die DC-Variante oder den Automaten gezockt hat, wird enttäuscht sein. Technisch können beide Umsetzungen damit nicht mithalten und spielerisch bieten sie auch kaum Neues. Ebenfalls unverändert bleibt der sehr hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad, über einen Mittelfeldplatz kommen beide Fassungen somit nicht hinaus.
Video Games (May, 2000)
Schade, schade, schade... Wer zwischen den drei Konsolen wählen kann, muss unbedingt zur DC-Version greifen (falls er das nicht eh schon getan hat). Auch wenn das N64 Hydro Thunder recht gut aussieht und sogar die PlayStation-Fassung schlägt, ändert dies nichts an dem lahmen Renngeschehen. Bei einem Game, das praktisch nur vom Speed lebt, hätte man besser auf manche Details verzichten sollen und dafür die Geschwindigkeit möglichst hoch halten sollen. So verfällt das Game leider ins Mittelmaß.