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Published on March 27th, 2010 | by Cameron Woolsey

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PAX: The return of Hydro Thunder

HY-DROOOOO THUN-DERRRR!

If you haunted the arcade scene back in the late nineties, chances are you came across an overly loud little boat racer known as, Hydro Thunder. Now, back in the day I used to play this game almost non-stop. I raced the hardest tracks with the hardest boats to control. The game was smart enough to know and recognize my skills by saying, “YOU’RE CRAZY!” Yep, I had no life but damn, it was a blast. I even picked up the port that came out on the Dreamcast when the system launched. Racing friends split-screen is one of my favorite gaming memories.

As you can imagine, I’m pretty stoked over the news that the sequel to Hydro Thunder will soon be on XBLA to wet my rocket-boat racing appetite once again. The game is currently being developed by small time developer, Vector Unit, as a full sequel including online racing for up to eight players, eight “worlds” to race around in, and four player split-screen racing.

A release date has yet to be announced but we will keep you informed of any new information that comes our way. Until then, check out the awesome announcement trailer below.

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Video game journalist since 2006, and gaming since he was old enough to use an Atari joystick. Follow me: @Cam_is_16bit



  • badfollower

    I remembered those race/boat racing arcade looking games in the arcade. Had way better graphics than the one for Ps1. Can’t wait for those flying boats. Hope they didn’t kill the arcade feel to it.

    • http://gamingtruth.com CamGT

      From the look of the game from the trailer I’d say the arcade-y feel is still there. Vector Unit is actually made of up some devs who made Blood Wake back in the dizzle.

  • Anonymous

    I’m on a boat, I’m on a boat

  • badfollower

    I remembered those race/boat racing arcade looking games in the arcade. Had way better graphics than the one for Ps1. Can't wait for those flying boats. Hope they didn't kill the arcade feel to it.

  • LaWiiG

    I'm on a boat, I'm on a boat

  • http://gamingtruth.com CamGT

    From the look of the game from the trailer I'd say the arcade-y feel is still there. Vector Unit is actually made of up some devs who made Blood Wake back in the dizzle.

  • V. Reynauld

    I put soooooo many quarters into Hydro Thunder in the arcade, then bought it for both the Dreamcast and N64 (wish I had kept the latter, the cart is rare and can be sold for quite a tidy sum). Now this revelation?! And it is supposedly going to be in this year’s Summer of Arcade along with stuff like Monday Night Combat and Snoopy Flying Ace.. argh, my money, it is going south for the summer this year!

  • V. Reynauld

    I put soooooo many quarters into Hydro Thunder in the arcade, then bought it for both the Dreamcast and N64 (wish I had kept the latter, the cart is rare and can be sold for quite a tidy sum). Now this revelation?! And it is supposedly going to be in this year's Summer of Arcade along with stuff like Monday Night Combat and Snoopy Flying Ace.. argh, my money, it is going south for the summer this year!

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