The overly critical will undoubtedly claim that Hydro Thunder contains too little content to warrant a full recommendation. We, on the other hand, believe such criticism to be largely unfounded given the modest 1200 point price tag, particularly at a time when many retail games sit proudly on store shelves lacking the accessibility, or indeed playability, of what’s on offer here. At under half a gig in size and just over the usual Live Arcade asking price, Vector Unit’s sequel to the original Hydro Thunder stands surprisingly tall against its ground-based competitors. It might not quite be F-Zero on water but what the game does, it does remarkably well; the stages are themed and colourful, the handling is superb and the action can get downright crazy at high speeds. A quality racer that won’t break the budget, we expect Hydro Thunder Hurricane to make waves this summer.