Excerpt: Let’s face it, Koei’s output, whilst generally likeable fun isn’t exactly dripping with variety. Dynasty warriors is all about hitting hundreds of people with all manner of weapons, whilst Samurai Warriors is more or less cut from the same cloth, only this time set in Japan rather than China. Warriors Orochi (review soon) is again largely more of the same, but features characters from both universes.
Excerpt: Fatal Inertia is one of the latest titles from THQ that is set the 23rd century which combines futuristic street racing with demolition derbies. Unlike traditional racing games, Fatal Inertia mixes racing combat with the environment to create a truly unique and quite entertaining racing game that is not your stock standard Need for Speed but more like Need for Speed meets Mad Max.
Excerpt: Despite some blistering speed, the one thing Fatal Inertia can't outrun is comparisons to both Wipeout and Mario Kart. At first glance, the futuristic racer from Koei looks like nothing more than an explicit attempt at emulating the success of Wipeout, a game many credit with single-handedly introducing the PlayStation to the over-18 market.
Conclusion: I would suggest finding people via forums or even suggesting the game to friends if you have an urge to play over LIVE. Summary: This is a simple and fun racer, there are plenty of weapons and tracks to keep you entertained, however once you have played for a couple of hours, you’ll probably want to give it a break. As the game is not very widely known or popular, you can pick it up at a low price.
Conclusion: Fatal Inertia just simply doesn’t deliver in any area you’d expect from a racing game and there are simply better games out there for far less money. The concept of high speed pod racing has pretty much been done to death nowadays so if you are going to attempt to enter into the genre then you must at least get the basics right and also do your best to offer something radically different to boot. Koei offer you neither of these which is a shame.
Summary: Fatal Inertia mixes street racing, demolition derbies and rallying with a futuristic setting where machines no longer need wheels and the laws of physics govern all. The sport is called Inertia and it's one that offers a heady mix of speed, combat and real world environments that can be used to make your victory and break your opponents.