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Arctic Thunder

Arctic Thunder by Midway Home Entertainment, Inc. Arctic Thunder
by Midway Home Entertainment, Inc.

Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Teen
ASIN: B00005O62D

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Features:
• Combat racing game featuring high-powered snowmobiles
• Ride as one of 19 racers with unique sleds
• Lob snow bombs and proximity missiles and unleash the atomic snowball
• Play in 12 locations and 5 battle arenas and perform up to 62 tricks
• For 1 to 4 players

Amazon.com Product Description: Are you ready for the ultimate vehicular battle... on snow? Arctic Thunder lets you throttle the competition using hand-to-hand combat and an impressive cold-weather arsenal that includes snow bombs, atomic snowballs, proximity missiles, and more. Choose from one of 19 different characters and sleds, each with its own unique capabilities. Wage battle on 12 tracks set in exotic locales such as the Swiss Alps and the fictional world of Atlantis. Master any of the 62 different tricks, or lure your friends into a battle arena for a chilly duel. Five arenas are available for you to fight head-to-head with two to four friends. Play in six different modes: Race, Points, Battle Arena, Upgrade Shop, Training, and Arcade.

Customer Reviews:
yesssssss, August 1, 2002
Reviewer: bijan from SOmewhere in the world
This is the game that i have been waiting for. It features all of the characters from the arcade version. Thank you midway.

Fun if Playing Others, July 8, 2002
Reviewer: slow-hand from Glen Allen, VA USA
Arctic Thunder is an arcade game- plain and simple. It can be a lot of fun if you are playing with 2 or 3 others. Aim for the green turbo icons at all costs or you probably will never win. It is a blast when you hit these because your snowmobile takes off like a rocket.

Gameplay (7.0):
Easy controls, fun multiplayer, and stuff to unlock.

Graphics (6.5):
It is arcade-style all the way, so they are not that bad when you consider that. Could have been better.

Replay (7.5):
Very fun when playing with others and can be fun for a single player if you are into unlocking stuff. Will bore you after you have completed everything.

Overall (7.0):
I would love to give this one 3.5 stars, but since I cannot, I chose to round up because of the multiplayer fun.

This game [Is] Baaaaaad..., July 3, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Colorado
This is quite possibly the worst game on the xbox. Avoid it like the plague. I wouldn't play this game again if you paid me. I'm not even going to try to describe the game play - let's just say that I'm confident you could play this game blindfolded and still have the same results in the races.

Boring gameplay, February 28, 2002
Reviewer: tibstanglewood from Springfield, IL
I rented this game and was terribly disappointed. The gameplay in multiplayer was so blinding fast that you could hardly tell what you were doing. It was more like random shooting and there was nothing even vaguely fun and/or exciting about it. The single play was all right but the graphics are really lacking. The XBox is capable of so much more and this game really doesn't put the console to use at its full potential. I really couldn't recommend this game and wouldn't pay to rent it again.

STAY FAR AWAY!!!, February 17, 2002
Reviewer: celestialchick from LA
Sure,I liked Hydro Thunder on N64 but this is TO MUCH!!! I must say WaveRace:BlueStorm is a better buy on a better buy system!

A fun, simple game, January 30, 2002
Reviewer: Mike from Stamford, CT USA
This is not a simulation game by any means. But the action is fast and smooth, there are tons of bells and whistles and the feedback in the controller is great! It's not particularly challenging in racing mode, but it's still fun!

For those put off by framerate concerns with the PS2 - this game runs as smooth as silk on XBox.

Strong in Gameplay, Weak in Graphics, January 18, 2002
Reviewer: armament from quinlan, TX United States
If you have played Rush or Rush 2 for the Nintendo 64 then this you have an idea of the feel of this game. Gameplay focuses on fast pace and quick decisions. Learning the tracks is a must and there is a training mode designed to help do that very thing.

The thing that makes this game different from Rush, other than the fact it is snowmobiles, is the addition of weapons. The weapons add interest and frustration at the same time. It is fun to knock other players off there rides, but not as fun as it seems like it would be. Also, the computer is always better at knocking you off at the critical moment than you are.

PROS:
1. The tracks are different, interesting, and fun.

2. Unlocking new tracks and characters, modifying your sled, and upgrading your racer are all fun features that add endurance to the gameplay.

3. The variety of things you can do (Race, Shoot, do Tricks) means that there is always something different to try.

4. Shortcuts are great!

5. 4 player multiplayer race or battle.

6. Sound is pretty good.

CONS:
1. The graphics leave something to be desired. They aren't awful, but they are not the high point of the game.

2. The weapons lack the punch that you want them to have. Shooting someone with a rocket is not even as satisfying as a turtle shell in Mariio Kart. (I think they toned it down to get a "Teen" rating)

3. It would be nice to be able to just race with no weapons or bonuses. There might be a code that would allow you to do that, but I don't have it yet. (They give you codes when you get a gold medal on a race)

OVERALL, I have not been disappointed in this game, but I did not have high expectations. This is a good game for what it is. It is not an exceptional game; it doesn't break the rules or raise the bar, but it is fun.

this game really really..., January 15, 2002
Reviewer: Matthew Welch from Brooklyn, N.Y. United States
i bought this game in hopes that it was a semi-realistic racing game (think sledstorm on dreamcast) but really it's a low quality copy of super mario kart without all the fun. it... so i traded it in for MX2002 and i'm soooo happy i did.

FUN FUN cheezy FUN, January 4, 2002
Reviewer: Graham
this game is cool and provides plenty of entertainment but it is insanely cheezy.

What GREAT FUN!!!, December 21, 2001
Reviewer: Harold W. Frischknecht from Eagle Rock, Ca United States
My husband (yes, we are adults) LOVE this game! I bought the X-Box for my husband along with three games including Halo, Star Wars Star Fighter Special Edition & of course, this one, Artic Thunder. I got him an extra controller too! AND I'm glad I did! %-) We have had so much fun shooting each other, banging each other & learning the terrain of each arena. I think this game will keep us young. WHAT GREAT FUN!


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