Hydro Thunder Hurricane - Xbox 360

Hydro Thunder Hurricane
Game Description:Hydro Thunder Hurricane includes 8 brand new "theme park" environments, each set in a different location around the globe. Each world is packed with animated surprises, destructible objects, and special events that players trigger in-game. New game modes include Ring Master, a series of slalom-style challenges with progressive difficulties;Gauntlet, an explosive new take on time trial; and a series of multi-event Championships. Fan favorite speedboats from the original Hydro Thunder also make a return like Razorback, Cutthroat, and the flying saucer shaped Rad Hazard with beautifully redesigned models, multiple unlockable skins, and articulated boost animations with massive rockets folding out from hidden compartments. Each boat features unique handling characteristics.
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Hydro Thunder Hurricane Hands-On Preview

Hydro Thunder Hurricane Hands-On Preview

By Andrew Pfister - Posted Mar 31, 2010

We were told in the days leading up to PAX East that we should carve out some time to meet up with the guys at Vector Unit, because they’d be unveiling something we’d definitely want to see. It turns out that “something” was a sequel to 1999’s Hydro Thunder, an arcade boat racing game from Midway. Hydro Thunder Hurricane is a fresh take on the sitdown cabinet-based classic, and I had the opportunity to take a quick lap around one of the game’s 8 environments.

Considering that Vector Unit creative director Matt Small and techincal director Ralf Knoesel are big fans of water-based racing games (Small correctly identified the superior Wave Race title as the original Wave Race 64), they seem to be on the right track. In my quick lap, there was a good balance of “arcadey” qualities like branching paths, jumps, and power-ups, and having to pay attention to competitor-generated wake and wave patterns to keep your racing line true and speed at maximum.

Further hands-on time is required to evaluate the rest of the environments and the game’s many modes (“Gauntlet,” “Ringmaster,” “Championship,” and the team-based “Rubber Ducky” where you’re driving a yellow rubber duck boat), but the trailer embedded above already gives us a good idea of the direction Vector Unit is taking Hurricane. That, and they’re supporting up to 8 players over Xbox Live and 4 players with local splitscreen (hooray for that feature not being completely dead!)…you can even have your local group of 4 take on another group of 4 over Live. Hopefully we’ll get a more thorough examination before the game’s “summer” release window.

Hydro Thunder Hurricane

So now that we’re getting NBA Jam and Hydro Thunder updates…all we need is a new ridiculous San Francisco Rush to complete the mid/late-90s arcade trifecta.

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  • adrian2345

    this game looks like it sucks to me man

    Posted: August 13, 2010 10:45 AM
  • ryulord09

    this game was best played on Dreamcast besides at the arcade 64 an psone didnt come close think it was released on xbox with a midway collection disc

    Posted: June 7, 2010 10:44 AM
  • Ryne S.

    I just hope its 400 points or under.

    Posted: April 12, 2010 6:03 PM
  • uisdead99

    that trailer made me feel old what does "not your daddy's raceing game mean?" I stole this game from my local game rental place and loved it a 12 years old.

    Posted: April 1, 2010 10:21 PM
  • gravy666

    Sequel to an arcade classic

    With 4-player splitscreen.

    I'm sold.

    Posted: April 1, 2010 4:31 PM
  • B1ack_Blob

    HYDRO THHUUUUUNNDDER. God, this game was awesome back in the day. Theres a good chance that i'll be grabbing this.

    Posted: April 1, 2010 11:03 AM
  • halophile

    This makes me want to get an XBox. Hydro Thunder was my favorite game on the N64. At one point on ebay these cartridges were going for 80 bucks on ebay.

    Posted: April 1, 2010 9:27 AM