Arctic Thunder

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Arctic Thunder
Arctic Thunder Coverart.png
US box art for PS2 version
Developer(s)Midway Games (Arcade)
Inland Productions (PS2, Xbox)
Publisher(s)Midway Games
Platform(s)Arcade
PlayStation 2
Xbox
Release
December 1, 2000
  • Arcade
    • NA: December 1, 2000
    PlayStation 2
    • NA: September 17, 2001
    • EU: November 2, 2001
    Xbox
    • NA: November 15, 2001
    • EU: March 22, 2002
Genre(s)Racing
Mode(s)Single-player
Multiplayer
Arcade systemQuantum3D Graphite

Arctic Thunder is a snowmobile racing game developed by Midway Games. It was released as an arcade game, as well as on the Sony PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles, and was a launch title for the latter. In the arcade version of the game, jets blow cold or hot winds, depending on the setting, in the player's face during gameplay. Arctic Thunder is part of Midway's Thunder series, which also included Hydro Thunder, 4 Wheel Thunder, Offroad Thunder, and Hydro Thunder Hurricane. The Xbox version of this game is not compatible with the Xbox 360. A Dreamcast port was also planned but was cancelled due to sagging sales of the console.[1]

A website was made available before the game's release. As of 2007, the site is no longer active.

Reception[edit]

The Xbox version received "mixed" reviews, while the PlayStation 2 version received "generally unfavorable reviews", according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[2][3] Jim Preston of NextGen's December 2001 issue said of the latter, "There's plenty of 'Arctic,' but little 'Thunder.' But then, we suppose Snow Snooze wouldn't have been as catchy."[20] The magazine later said in its final issue that the former console version's "only saving grace is that the courses are well enough designed that you rarely get stuck in an alcove or behind a pillar – a frequent, frustrating flaw in racing games. But this doesn't come close to the onscreen mess that makes up most of the gameplay."[21]

AllGame gave the arcade version a score of three-and-a-half stars out of five and said it was "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."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matheson, Gavin (January 26, 2001). "Gaming Age Specials - Interview with Arctic Thunder designer". Gaming Age. Archived from the original on May 19, 2001. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Arctic Thunder for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Arctic Thunder for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Thompson, Jon. "Arctic Thunder (ARC) - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  5. ^ Thompson, Jon. "Arctic Thunder (PS2) - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on December 12, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  6. ^ Marriott, Scott Alan. "Arctic Thunder (Xbox) - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  7. ^ EGM staff (November 2001). "Arctic Thunder (PS2)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 148. Ziff Davis. p. 206.
  8. ^ "Arctic Thunder (PS2)". Game Informer. No. 103. FuncoLand. November 2001. p. 110.
  9. ^ Fitzloff, Jay (December 2001). "Arctic Thunder (Xbox)". Game Informer. No. 104. FuncoLand. p. 109. Archived from the original on December 1, 2003. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  10. ^ Tokyo Drifter (September 19, 2001). "Arctic Thunder Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on February 12, 2005. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  11. ^ Sanders, Shawn (October 23, 2001). "Arctic Thunder Review (PS2)". GameRevolution. CraveOnline. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  12. ^ Sanders, Shawn (December 2001). "Arctic Thunder - Xbox Review". GameRevolution. CraveOnline. Archived from the original on February 3, 2004. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  13. ^ Davis, Ryan (October 9, 2001). "Arctic Thunder Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Red Ventures. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  14. ^ Davis, Ryan (December 11, 2001). "Arctic Thunder Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Red Ventures. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  15. ^ Schwartzman, Cary (September 28, 2001). "Arctic Thunder". PlanetPS2. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on June 2, 2002. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  16. ^ D'Aprile, Jason (January 2, 2002). "Arctic Thunder (Xbox)". GameSpy. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on January 12, 2005. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  17. ^ Lafferty, Michael (December 17, 2001). "Arctic Thunder Review - Xbox". GameZone. Archived from the original on March 6, 2007. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  18. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (October 5, 2001). "Arctic Thunder (PS2)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  19. ^ Boulding, Aaron (December 3, 2001). "Arctic Thunder (Xbox)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  20. ^ a b Preston, Jim (December 2001). "Arctic Thunder (PS2)". NextGen. No. 84. Imagine Media. p. 100. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  21. ^ a b "Arctic Thunder (Xbox)". NextGen. No. 85. Imagine Media. January 2002. p. 31. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  22. ^ "Arctic Thunder". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. No. 50. Ziff Davis. November 2001. p. 152.
  23. ^ "Arctic Thunder". Official Xbox Magazine. Imagine Media. March 2002. p. 79.
  24. ^ Rubenstein, Glenn (October 5, 2001). "'Arctic Thunder' (PS2) Review". X-Play. TechTV. Archived from the original on October 7, 2001. Retrieved October 18, 2021.

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