While not terrible, Fatal Inertia is not really the greatest futuristic racer out there. What pushes this up from dead average is the somewhat decent electronic soundtrack.
The basic premise is that in the future everyone has gotten really bored with regular racing and sporting events, leading a bunch of aerospace companies to contract drivers to fly their craft around complicated tracks and shoot at each other for the enjoyment of others. Sound familiar? That's because it's the same story as F-Zero, Extreme-G, and Wipeout.
The controls are highly realistic for a game of this type, meaning that not only are they easy to grasp, but the physics of the game are also accurate. This means that even though you will have to make a massive 90 degree turn at various points, you won't be able to overcome your craft's momentum and you will crash, explode, and lose. This can be very frustrating, especially since a lot of the tracks force you to make hairpin turns in every direction without the necessary engine power to do so.
The graphics? Well, you've got fairly realistic-looking vistas that whip by so fast you can't really appreciate them, dark tunnels that are just blase, and shiny flying machines. Nothing ground shaking here.
The soundtrack is fairly nice, feeling like an electronica sampler that covers the spectrum from fast-paced trance to slow, ambient music. If you like electronica, then you'll enjoy listening to the background.
All-in-all, there are better futuristic racers out there. Even games that came out for the last two generations of consoles outshine this one in many ways. Rent it, play it for a day, and then go get something better.
If you would just like to expand your ulcers and feel a pain in your sphincter, grab this title.
Right from the get-go at level one this game is lousy. I really like all sorts of racing games... but I just can't even find anything fun about this title. The idea behind the game is valid, and the idea itself has potential, but thats where it ends. Its not playable at all, The speedometer says your hauling fanny, but nothing really shows it. The tracks are irritatingly unmarked, and crooked, which would be fine if you had a vehicle that could handle them. Every time you make the tiniest error, your vehicle is nose, up going in random directions and usually spins the opposite way. Theres no GOOD customizing, no free roams, very limited tracks, no surprises at all, except that any game could suck this much... that was a surprise.
I know you have a GF account, and might think to give this game a try... but don't! you are spending money daily to have a GF account, by renting this one, you will waste a week in ship time, that could be used on something fun.
In short, there is nothing good about this title and KOEI should be horribly embarrased by its release.