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  • Summary: Inspired by combat racing games such as "Mario Kart" this futuristic racing game positively encourages players, gathered around the TV or competing online, to be as devious and imaginative as possible in knocking your rivals out of 1st place. Taking advantage of the extra power that the Xbox 360 provides, Fatal Inertia enables players to bring rock falls down on their opponents, blast through layers of ice to dive into the water below for a sneaky shortcut and totally ruin someone's chance of victory with a little bit of cunning and a whole bunch of ingenious weapons. [KOEI] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Fatal Inertia isn’t a bad first foray into the racing genre for Koei. It’s got a good look, decent personalization and a unique arsenal that should keep players somewhat entertained.
  2. While not everything works well (particularly the small tracks and the insanely difficult artificial intelligence), it is better than expected. The graphics look very good, especially the water effects.
  3. This is a good-looking, fast racer but it's a little limp in the action stakes. [Oct 2007, p.77]
  4. Ultimately this anti-grav game is just too light, and could have benefited from a little extra ballast to add some weight to the decent structure that's already there. [Oct 2007, p.80]
  5. Fatal Inertia is certainly a respectable racer, for what it brings to the table. Though there are far too many shortcomings for it to really deserve a place in a collection alongside a Project Gotham or Forza Motorsport of current acclaim.
  6. While Fatal Inertia fills a niche that hasn’t been addressed yet this generation, it does so with very little style or substance.
  7. This is the worst 360 game I have played yet. The graphics aren’t bad but a dodgy frame rate along with terrible level design, handling and collisions makes Fatal Inertia barely playable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Mar 16, 2012
    I love this game, is a bigger sorprise, is interesting, funny, the title is excellent, have great graphics, incredible controls, good effects, the score is incorrect. Expand
  2. Dec 2, 2011
    Futuristic racing games are not easy to come by nowadays. Why play a futuristic racing game? It's faster! It's more open to possibilities! You can do things like shoot magnet balls and weigh down your opponents until they crash into the ground and explode! You can't get that kind of excitement from racing simulator. This game took some getting used to but you certainly can get used to the unique experience of piloting a hovercraft. I picked this game up just for the lols because it was $16. I was more than surprised that it has become one of my favorites. The only problem you might find with this game is that you smoke your friends too badly at it unless they own it too. I enjoyed upgrading my racers and had days of entertainment from this diamond in the rough. Expand
  3. MikeM.
    Feb 10, 2008
    Though not filled with innovation and track variety, Fatal Inertia throws in a decent arcade formula that makes it pretty enjoyable. Now, I've noticed that a lot of reviewers have mentioned a 'slow' framerate as a detractor, and I honestly haven't experience any such slowdown. This may have something to do with me having played it for the first time after it was patched via Live. The core combat gameplay element has some clever aspects - such as a grappling hook or weapons that can be used as speedboosters - but it somewhat marred by a lack of various environments and track shortcuts. Other than that, I still find the challenge of unlocking customizations fun and he game itself charming. Expand
  4. Aaron
    Sep 11, 2007
    This game has laggy combat. Horrible racing elemants. Just go by yourself a used copy of pgr 3 for half the price.