Join our Discord to chat with fellow friendly gamers and our knowledgeable contributors!

User Reviews

There are no reviews for this game.

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Arcade Awaiting 5 votes...
PlayStation 2 Awaiting 5 votes...
Xbox Awaiting 5 votes...

Critic Reviews

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central (2001)
When a title comes out like this one it makes me smile and have faith that the great arcade games you play in your local game room will show up in due time for the console. I was impressed how they added the fighting to the racing theme of this game. The weapons are too many to list. The places you race through at times are mind blowing. You do not just race in snow. You smash through buildings, towers and trees. I wish I could tell you all of them. But the best way is to go out and get this game. In this reviewer's opinion, the best way to sum up this game is to take out the old road rash games of old and inject them with super strength steroids. So put on a helmet pop this great game in and make loads of racing noises and cheer as you play it. (Oh yea, that's just me!) You can do whatever you like when you play it, just make sure no one's around to see it.
PlayStation 2Gamezilla (Nov 11, 2001)
I had a lot of fun playing Arctic Thunder but I felt that it fell short of scoring in the nineties. It was a great idea to have some sort of point-based system so that it gave you something to strive for. Also, I felt that if it weren’t for the fact that collecting all twelve of the gold medals gave you that maxed-out character, I'm not sure I would have ever played the game in racing mode. The graphics and the sound effects also added to the overall enjoyment of the game. As I said earlier, though, the game really did remind me of Twisted Metal. For this reason I took a couple of points out of the score, sending it down to a still impressive 86. So, with that score, the game still is a great purchase for all ages to sit back and enjoy.
XboxGameZone (Dec 17, 2001)
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.
XboxGameSpy (Jan 02, 2002)
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.
XboxConsoles Plus (Apr, 2002)
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.
XboxGamezilla (Dec 20, 2001)
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.
ArcadeAll Game Guide (2001)
Overall, Arctic Thunder is not an unpleasant arcade diversion, and it can be quite entertaining to compete against other players. The levels are clever and distinct, and only the patented Midway cheapness and simplicity will get in the way of your enjoyment.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Nov, 2001)
A frozen rendition of Hydro Thunder with insane track designs, tons of hidden characters, and challenging arcade-styled races. It sounds great, yet the suspect framerate and obnoxious effects hold it back from being anything more than average at best.
XboxGaming Target (Jan 21, 2002)
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.
XboxGame Chronicles (Jan 10, 2002)
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.
PlayStation 2GamePro (US) (Sep 19, 2001)
The visuals fall way short of what we?ve come to expect from even average PlayStation 2 titles, which makes the choppy frame rate all the more baffling. The generic tunes and sound effects get very repetitive, but somehow they aren?t irritating, so that?s sort of a bonus. The controls handle well and there are many ways to customize the sleds, but tweaking the top speeds seems to be the only thing that has any impact on races.
58 (Nov 16, 2002)
I would recommend this game for kids, but for adults, save your money as you’ll quickly get tired of this game and feel somewhat cheated as I did.  I love arcade racers but this one just doesn’t do it for me.  Stay clear or give it a rent if you need to.  There are other racing games out there with far more depth and enjoyment than this one.
XboxGame Revolution (Dec 01, 2001)
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.
PlayStation 2Gaming Target (Nov 03, 2001)
It's not likely that Arctic Thunder will become one of the must have titles for the system. But if you are someone who is looking for a good two player game, with tons of different options from the battle mode, to the one or two player race tracks, Arctic Thunder is a racing game that'll give just about anyone an entertaining way to challenge themselves. So, for better of for worse, Arctic Thunder is not the best game for everyone, but at least it's a good way to kill some time. Those with enough cash who have a friend they want to bash, buy Arctic Thunder for the "cool" explosive fun Midway has to offer!
50 (Jun 21, 2002)
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...
XboxThe Video Game Critic (Jan 30, 2005)
Overall, Artic Thunder's exhilarating tracks will captivate arcade fans, but this racer offers little long-term value.
XboxGame Informer Magazine (Dec, 2001)
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.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Nov, 2001)
During times like these, I wish you could hear what you were reading. Why? Because then I could save you the trouble of reading an entire article, and sum up my review of Arctic Thunder with a single, slightly exasperated, "eh…"
50 (May 09, 2002)
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.
PlayStation 2Gamezone (Germany) (Oct 31, 2001)
Dieser Titel hat eine Menge Action, das war es auch schon. Die Grafik ist miserabel, so daß man den Eindruck hat, ein PS One-Game zu spielen, aber auch hier eines der schlechteren. Einzig erwähnenswert ist noch das sehr kreative Strecken-Design a la "Hydro Thunder". Steuern läst sich so ein Jetski schon, aber man weiß teilweise gar nicht mehr, wo man ist und überhaupt hinsteuern soll. Fazit: Selbst für hartgesottene lieber die Finger weg!
XboxMS Xbox World (Aug 10, 2002)
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.
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles (Sep 25, 2001)
I really wanted to like this game. I had high hopes when I learned that a snowmobile racing game was coming to the PlayStation 2. Even if Arctic Thunder does nothing more than set the new "low bar" for the genre, Midway has at least opened the door for the concept of snowmobile racing. Hopefully we will see future titles that explore the concept with a bit more emphasis put into the actual gameplay.
PlayStation 2Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (Dec 19, 2001)
While snowmobile games are few and far between, only the most desperate sled-junky should bother with Arctic Thunder. Clearly inferior to its ancestor, this jerky ride suffers from terrible frame rates, sub-par sound, twitchy controls and mindless, repetitive gameplay. While there are multiple modes available, each one is simply a riff on the theme of pick-up racing, and none of them come together all that well to provide a satisfying experience.
XboxMS Xbox World (Jan 30, 2002)
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!
PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central (2001)
Midway has produced a number of Thunder titles, most notably Hydro Thunder which is a really decent power boat racing game. So it's no surprise that snowmobiling should be added to their Thunder line. How could this not be a good game? Simply by not being a good game, that's how. It's unacceptable that any game on the PS2 should suffer from such slow framerate. Arctic Thunder suffers from it so badly that it ruins the entire gameplay.
XboxGameSpot (Dec 11, 2001)
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.
PlayStation (Jan 14, 2002)
Au Backe! Ein flauer Spielhallentitel wird durch eine äußerst schlampige Umsetzung zu einem absoluten Negativ-Beispiel. Allein die Tatsache, dass man nur durch plumpes Drücken des Gaspedals in Medaillenränge fahren kann, spricht eine deutliche Sprache. Maue Grafik mit teilweise extremen Geschwindigkeitsverlusten, plumpes Streckendesign und eine unfair agierende KI tun ihr Übriges. Jedoch muss man Midway zugute halten, dass der Titel außer Haus entwickelt wurde. Trotzdem steht der Name der ehemaligen Spielhallenmeister unter dem Spiel. Und das ist nicht gerade gut fürs Image. Unter dem Streich bleiben zwei Worte übrig: Abhaken, vergessen...
PlayStation (Nov 02, 2001)
Zugegeben, in der eigentlichen Idee des Spiels steckt Potential, die während der Diashow manchmal auch sichtbar wird. Aber leider wird dieses von den technischen und spielerischen Unzulänglichkeiten dermassen verbaut, dass eigentlich nur noch ein überflüssiger Versuch übrig bleibt, den man als Spieler besser meidet.
PlayStation 2GameSpot (Oct 09, 2001)
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 PlayStation 2. Unfortunately, none of the kind words said about Hydro Thunder can be applied to its chillier counterpart.
XboxMS Xbox World (May 01, 2002)
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.
PlayStation (Nov 10, 2001)
If you ever receive this game as a gift (I can't recommend you buy it) there are two redeeming features. First you will receive a lovely drink coaster with Arctic Thunder on one side, and a lovely metallic blue finish on the other. The second great thing is that you will end up with a spare PS2 case which, unlike the game, has that great PS2 quality we have come to expect. In all honesty however, Arctic Thunder is hardly worth a rent let alone a purchase, and why Midway even continued developing the title after early tests astounds me. Give this game a great big miss.
PlayStation 2Game Revolution (Oct, 2001)
Arctic Thunder is simply not a good game and can't be recommended. You'll find more arctic thunder around an outhouse in Antarctica than you will in this entire game. Don't bother to thaw.
PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic (Feb 09, 2005)
Arctic Thunder could have been spectacular, but instead it's a choppy mess. If you're really interested in this game, check out the Xbox version, which is still flawed but at least addresses the abysmal frame-rate problem.