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. In its essence, Fatal Inertia is
futuristic racer that combines the best elements of game such as Wipeout and even Mario Kart to create a rather entertaining
next-generation graphics and apt gameplay.
contains a variety of different gameplay modes with the main crux of
the title being the career mode that allows you to compete in a
series racing leagues across distinct and exotic locales. As with
all good career modes, the title begins quite easy with the
difficulty increasing as your progress through the various leagues.
Apart from racing at super fast speeds, the player also has access
to a plethora of entertaining and sometimes powerful weapons that
are scattered throughout the gamine environment. My favourite weapon
or missile in Fatal Inertia is the magnetic missile which can be
fired both behind and in-front of your craft and once attached to
your enemyís vehicle will hamper their vehicles that make for some
extremely difficult maneuvering.
There are virtually dozens of
different weapons and items that your vehicle can consume and can
all be used in different ways. Fire a missile from behind your ship
and youíll get a few seconds of boost which may give you that slight
edge for victory and needless to say, thoroughly entertaining.
gameplay feature of Fatal Inertia is an elasticized cable that can
be used with a standard or magnetic grapple. This gives the gamer a
variety of new tactics while playing the title such as grasping on
to other vehicles and even the landscape. Although initially a
little difficult to master, this feature opens up a whole world of
new racing possibilities such as shooting the cable forward and
using it as a slingshot or even firing it at an opponent in order to
steal their inertia.
The control system of Fatal Inertia is perfect on the cordless
controller on the XBox 360 and the developers have also ensured to
give the gamer a true sense of speed in the title, especially when
nitro is released that gives your craft a true power boost. Used
incorrectly, it may also cost you the race as the power-up is quite
powerful at the best of times. The gamer can also upgrade their
ships from not only a performance system but also visually. With
this in mind, it will take novice gamers a little while to master
the control system.
Other gameplay modes such as race and knockout are ideal for
those times when the player has limited time but what really wins
the award is the full throttle mode which gives the gamer access
to all power-ups based on acceleration that is great for those who
wish to live on the edge with a true sense of high speed racing.
Inertia is visually impressive on the XBox 360 with beautifully
designed 3D landscapes and detailed futuristic ships. The special
effects are also quite expressive from lighting to amazing
explosions that go hand-in-hand with the game. The soundtrack of the
title suits the genre perfect but is a little uninspired at the best
of times, however fortunately the sound effects have been
implemented quite well and I urge gamers to play this title on a
true surround sound system to truly experience the title. Match that
with a large Plasma or LCD television and itís almost like going
back to the old coin-op arcades.
In conclusion, Fatal Inertia is good racing title that features a
sturdy gaming engine, a variety of gaming modes and decent graphics.
Although not giving too much new to the genre, itís definitely
recommended to those gamers who need something a little different
than the Need for Speed or Motorsport Forza series with its
futuristic feel and brilliant weaponry engine. Definitely worth