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Arctic Thunder is a real joyride, combining fast-paced racing with combat. It requires split-second reflexes, and instant recognition skills. The courses are well-designed, and the graphical elements are solid.
Arctic Thunder is a great game for anyone who loves unrealistic, fun arcade racers. Far superior to the Playstation 2 version, Thunder on the Xbox is definitely one of the coolest racing titles on the system. Though the gameplay is shallow, it's playable, fast, and has a ton of things to unlock.
La réalisation d'ensemble est assez réussie. Les premiers challenges sont amusants, mais ensuite les péripéties en course ne proposent pas assez de variété ni d'intérêt pour tenir le joueur en haleine. Malgré l'animation très dynamique, on s'ennuie vite.
Without any substance, story, or coherent sense of movement, Arctic Thunder does a remarkably good job of entertaining, packing every minute with a strange sense of mayhem and absurdity. It goes a bit too fast for its own good, but still manages to be entertaining, for at least three minutes or so. I’d counsel caution in purchasing this title, as, in my estimation, it is a fun little rental at best.
The graphics and sound of Arctic Thunder are probably the worst features of the game. There is not a lot of music in the game, and most of the sound effects consist of a high-pitched whine passing as the snowmobile engine. There are no taunts from the riders, something that is sorely missed. Only the occasional grunt of noise as they are blown off the sled will let you know these aren’t robots.
Overall, this game is just another one of the everyday race and race again varieties. With some improved graphics this game would have done itself justice on the Xbox platform. Arctic Thunder is definitely worth a weekend rental for you and your friends to play, but I would have to recommend against purchasing it.
Xbox Arctic Thunder is simply better than the PS2 version. It's smoother, looks a lot better and the gameplay has made a successful transition from frustrating to decent fun. You'll still find more arctic thunder around an outhouse in Antarctica than you will in this entire game. But it's worth a look and combat racing fans could easily do worse.
If AT sells and makes money for Midway, then their approach is entirely justified and everything I've said is completely irrelevant. I've not seen the figures, so I don't really know. Sometimes game developers aim high and miss completely, producing a mediocre game despite lofty ambitions. That, I don't think, is the case here. I think Midway accomplished exactly what they set out to do with Arctic Thunder - make a generic, combat racer for the next generation consoles. I guess it's up to them to decide if that's all they want to do...
The Video Game Critic
Overall, Artic Thunder's exhilarating tracks will captivate arcade fans, but this racer offers little long-term value.
Game Informer Magazine
Same crap, different console. This Artic Thunder looks a touch better than the PS2 version, but so what? You'd have to look past the blinding power-ups, simplistic gameplay, and inconsistent return placement to notice. Being able to be an ape on a snowmobile is this game's best feature.
Auch wenn die Xbox-Fassung von Arctic Thunder im grafischen Bereich deutlich besser ist -obwohl die Xbox nicht mal ansatzweise in Verlegenheit gebracht wird- als die PS2-Variante und sich auch wesentlich besser kontrollieren lässt, kann Midways Arcade-Raser nicht komplett überzeugen. Denn spielerisch wurden die Mankos der PS2-Version übernommen. Dazu gehören das lineare Streckendesign und vor allem die Tatsache, dass man immer das Gefühl hat, es kommt nicht auf eigene fahrerische Qualitäten an, sondern einfach nur auf Glück und Zufall. Schade eigentlich, denn Arctic Thunder hätte die Möglichkeiten gehabt, eine spielerische Lücke auf der Xbox zu schließen.
MS Xbox World
Arctic Thunder has a nice concept and has its one or two good points but it’s not worth it, you’ll soon become bored of all the tracks and what little the game has to offer. There would only be one good point to look at the game and that would be the graphics and the short amount of gameplay that isn’t totally amazing. Only worth a rental to see how little the game has to offer, it’s not very advisable to buy this game.
MS Xbox World
Arctic Thunder is a racing game that tries to cash in on the overall success of Hydro Thunder, but with the X-Box, it does this only with the visuals and nothing else. Falling the same way that the Play Station 2 version of the game did, the audio and the control, as well as the lack luster game play just doesn't seem to make this a popular title, no matter where it appears. For those of you who loved Hydro Thunder, this game may be a mixed back for you to play and purchase in good conscious If you're a fan of the game in the Arcade, then you may find this to either be a blessing or a curse. As always, the choice is up to you, but offering you some advice in this case, spend a couple of bucks to rent it first before dropping a part of your paycheck on something that just isn't spendworthy!
In 1999, Midway struck gold with its arcade-style boat-racing game Hydro Thunder. Though not the deepest of racing games, Hydro Thunder had its merits. The control was tight and responsive, and the graphics really made the then-new Dreamcast shine. Now, Midway has brought its snowmobile version of Hydro Thunder, Arctic Thunder, to the Xbox. It's noticeably better looking than the lackluster PlayStation 2 version, but it still has its fair share of problems.
MS Xbox World
I'm really disappointed with Arctic Thunder, coming from someone as great as Midway who are renowned for fun, exciting games that leave you wanting more, this is a step in the wrong direction. Hey, let's not look on the dark side, maybe it could be put to good use as an example of how not to harness the power of a next-gen console.