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Gamezilla (1998)
Since I had such high hopes for this game, there was really only one direction to go. By no means is the game terrible or even bad, it is just difficult to get used to. Once you get control of the steering touchiness, you will do much better and start to enjoy the game more. I know we have all become spoiled by racing games with 20 different angles to choose from, but it would have been nice to have a few more in this game. If you are looking for a different type of racing game, you may want to give this one a rental. If racing is not your thing, then you will really want to stay away.
PSM (May, 1998)
Overall, Powerboat Racing can be loads of fun, and the large number of bonuses and a good two-player mode give the gameplay a fairly long lifespan. Even with the game's problems, Interplay has made a good first effort in this category.
This game could have been so much more, and while the racing initially impressed me - it quickly got a little boring. What stuck out as the strangest element of the game is that the single player mode is actually better than the multi-player modes - strange but true. My opinion would probably have been different if I hadn't seen the PC version of this game because this conversion does not even come close to it!
Mega Fun (Mar, 1998)
Also wenn ich wählen kann, ziehe ich den feuchten Traum vor, nichts für ungut! Powerboat Racing wartet mit einer echt netten Grafik auf. Diese baut sich teilweise jedoch so langsam auf, daß ich in der Zwischenzeit einen Kaffee kochen kann. Darunter leidet zwar nicht die Geschwindigkeit des Rennens, aber, man möge mir dieses Wortspiel verzeihen, das Auge spielt ja schließlich auch mit, und sich in Zeitlupe aufbauende Bäume sind nun mal kein toller Anblick. Auch beim Sound war Schmalhans Küchenchef: Eintöniges Brummen und ab und zu emotionslose Kommentare wie „Oho“ oder „Sind Sie ein U-Boot?‘ drücken die Sound-Wertung in den Keller. Positiv sind dagegen die vielen Renn-Modi, die große Zahl der abwechslungsreichen Strecken und die vielen versteckten Gimmicks, z.B. zusätzliche Boote und Strecken, oder die Cheat-Codes. Da auch die Action stimmt, kommt Powerboat Racing nicht völlig unter die Räder. Für mehr als oberes Mittelfeld reicht die vorliegende Leistung aber leider nicht.
GameSpot (Apr 21, 1998)
Powerboat Racing has too many problems. It looks bad, sounds bad, and plays bad. There simply isn't a good side to this title. It seems like it was designed as an afterthought. PlayStation owners, racing game fans, and everyone else should just skip Powerboat Racing.
The Video Game Critic (Aug 14, 2001)
You'll be spending most of your time trying not to hit the walls. It doesn't help that the digital controls are so oversensitive, causing you to oversteer all over the place. Powerboat Racing does offer a split-screen mode, and the game does provide a certain level of amusement if you can accept its flaws.