Fatal Inertia EX finally arrives on PS3

Oft-delayed game to finally hit PlayStation 3 in May, having originally been intended as a launch title.

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When Fatal Inertia was first announced, it was presumed to have been secured by Sony as a PlayStation 3 exclusive, but in November 2006 it was announced that the game would also head to Microsoft's Xbox 360.

In September 2007, the Xbox 360 game came and went with no sign or news of its PS3 cousin, save that it had been further delayed. Koei today confirmed that the game is finally on its way to PS3 owners via the PlayStation Network. It will reach the console in May, having been tuned up and redubbed Fatal Inertia EX.

The sci-fi racer sees gamers race heavily armed hovercraft in a variety of exotic locales, attempting to win races, achieve top speeds, or just be the last one standing. GameSpot complimented the original on the Xbox 360 for its imaginative weapons and good-looking locations, but it came under fire for its punishing difficulty and sometimes lacklustre course design.

Koei has confirmed that Fatal Inertia EX will feature new weather effects, a new training environment to help players along, and an "overhauled garage for racecraft customization." The publisher also said that the vehicles in Fatal Inertia EX would be faster than their Xbox 360 counterparts, and would feature improved handling.

Talking to MTV, Fatal Inertia EX's lead producer, Mike Bond, insisted the team had learned its lessons from Fatal Inertia's lukewarm reception, and blamed "growing pains" for the delays to the title. Bond also said that the developers at Koei Canada had learned from its mistakes with the Xbox 360 title, and would be expanding the game's online component and tweaking the game's difficulty in response to feedback.

Discussion

53 comments
skemaal
skemaal

I just played the demo, I enjoyed it. I may pick this one up.

EnderSR388
EnderSR388

So it's only going to be available as a PSN download? I would have liked to buy an actual retail copy. I hope they release it for equal or less then the $29.99 that the 360 version is currently selling for as well.

NanoElite666
NanoElite666

I was thinking of this game a couple days ago, and started wondering whatever happened to it. Heck, I wasn't even away the the X-box 360 version came out. :P

lamprey263
lamprey263

if they really did learn from their mistakes I'd imagine they'd of needed to reinvent this game from the ground up if you got a X360 and need a good hover racer, I recommend Quantum Redshif, as it's an origianl Xbox game that runs really well on the X360 in 1080i, and is not plagued with that whole lot of problems that come with backwards compatibility... not to mention it's like $5 new as for the PS3, I'm just waiting for the next WipeOut

EPaul
EPaul

Hopefully they solved the problems on the 360 version

nickelarcade
nickelarcade

when has koei made a good game in the lat 7-8 years?

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

@TTDog yeah what a pile of cack it was and with Wipeout HD on it's way ( soon ish maybe ??? who knows ? ) i wonder why oh why they are bothering .

TTDog
TTDog

If its anything as bad as the 360 version cows will soon be wishing it had been delayed a bit longer.

Maersyndel
Maersyndel

Mildly interested. Wipeout isn't far away though......

budboarder
budboarder

I hope they did alot of modifications to this game since the box release. Ill wait for reviews to get this one.

hoolesy
hoolesy

It got 6 out of 10 on the 360. I've got to be honest, looked lovely on a 40 inch, but at the end of the day it was just floaty floaty barrier hitting round corners etc etc with difficulty that will make you resent the game so much that you'll refuse to look at the box, let alone load it up. In fact, you'll send it packing out the front door like a cheating partner. I'm afraid I agree with Gamespot on this one! Oh well :o(

Bufta
Bufta

So KOEI havent given up on this. I hope they have improved it because this interested me from the get go. Unfortunately having played the demo on xbox i felt it wasnt very exciting and a right pain to control. This game needs a total overhaul, graphics too were poor and full of low res textures and pop in. Plus bringing it out in may going up against Wipeout HD is a poor decision, it will get wasted!

Gadeos
Gadeos

How long ago again?????

alberto2045
alberto2045

are you kidding me lol I havent sen this game in such a long time I cant belive they are still thining of coming out with it, I didnt even know that the 360 had it already.. does it? but like someone said already they better price this thing at $19.95 otherwise I am definetely not buting this

runstalker
runstalker

Dear Koei: Price it at $19.95 on PSN, make a big deal about the multiplayer and customizations, and you'll move a shipload. Price it over 30 bucks and it's doomed.

xchiefmegadethx
xchiefmegadethx

Demo was baaaaadddddddddd! But yeah seems like delays delays for ps3 games. but the more ps3 games the better i guess...

G-Legend
G-Legend

I forgot about this game lmfao...prolly won't get it either. May is HAZE-ing

Vash67
Vash67

Via the Playstation Network? Ugh, just ugh. RELEASE THE DISC, LAZY BUMS!

PotatoSandWitch
PotatoSandWitch

"GameSpot complimented the original on the Xbox 360 for its imaginative weapons and good-looking locations, but it came under fire for its punishing difficulty and sometimes lacklustre course design." Should be replaced with "The 360 version kinda sucked."

woofie13
woofie13

lol, I remember when it was first announced, I had little interest... even less now. Go wipeout!

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Even Wipeout HD will destroy this.

footfoe2
footfoe2

lol losers How do you mess up that bad?

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

boring game dont bother-too all the ps3-only gamers

AngelCage
AngelCage

$20 or forget about my money koei

Gameboy2k
Gameboy2k

I remember the Idea of this game being so darn cool. I like the fact that you're not bound to a track. This is more of an Offroad hoverracing game. That is what makes it different from wipeout. I loved the environments and effects this game had, but the handling made me quit early. Yes, I have both the PS3 and xbox360. Lets see if they get it right the second time... and yes... 20 dollars should be the cost.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

Don't be harsh. It was by a developer inexperienced in this relatively little seen genre, and intended to be a launch title

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Wow, nothing like going from an A-List laucnh title to a "would you like a copy of Fatal Interria with your fries?" game. I still remember the tech demos from 2005-2006 for this and F1. Oh and they had issues with the 360? Well, we have all been lead to beleive that a 3 year old can code for the 360, that its the PS3 that requires more than one brain....hmmmm.

5FingersOfDeath
5FingersOfDeath

dulun19, I think they annouced it at $30. Good move making it downloadable only, hopefully they can improve this thing.

mastertimx
mastertimx

hmmm maybe if they fix all of those things i'll get the ps3 versin. sounds good.

dulun19
dulun19

downloadable game?? what's the price?? $20??

Mcgnnis1
Mcgnnis1

Come on guys..have a little faith. Futuristic racing genre is one of the most loneliest in my opinion and if this games turns out to be a really good one then that's another good futuristic game we have and the more good games we have in this genre the more competition which is good for us.

sanjt
sanjt

They're trying to compete with Wipeout HD....bad move.

Dualmask
Dualmask

I didn't even know it existed. Well, if it turns out well, I suppose it'll be worth a look. I like futuristic racers, though I doubt anything could top the likes of Wipeout.

LURCH87
LURCH87

Boo.........who cares?

edroc23
edroc23

I would've been interested a year ago, but now naaaaa.

bgriffithsps3
bgriffithsps3

I thought i'd imagined this game. Looks a bit crappy anyway. BTW what the hell happened to that Coded Arms game on PS3?

SPD_WeBmAsTaH
SPD_WeBmAsTaH

Yah, that happens a lot, the news cross over to the other console news.

shawn7324
shawn7324

Kind of curious why this is the top news topic in the Xbox 360 section.