Inertial Drift Reviews

Inertial Drift is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
IGN
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2020

Inertial Drift's innovative racing mechanics take drifting to a whole new level.

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Recommended
Sep 8, 2020

Taking a healthy dose of inspiration from Ridge Racer Type 4, Inertial Drift is a unique arcade racer with an exquisite core mechanic.

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9 / 10
Sep 8, 2020

Inertial Drift is a conceptually stunning driving game with unique drifting mechanics that are easy to pick up but hard master. With plenty of cars, tracks and modes to contend with, there's more to this indie title than meets the eye.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2022

Inertial Drift: Twilight Rivals is undoubtedly the best way to experience Inertial Drift. This is a game that is relatively easy to pick up, very difficult to master, but remains utterly compulsive.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2020

With its innovative control scheme and anime visuals, Inertial Drift is an incredibly fun and rewarding mashup of drift racing and visual novel.

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7 / 10
Nov 22, 2022

As a result, the experience as a whole can come off as a bit shallow, but at least it's pretty. The game's gorgeous cel-shaded cars and atmospheric environments do a lot of heavy lifting when the actual racing starts to drag. If you can work yourself into the zone and you're prepared for an often stiff challenge, Twilight Rivals is simply more of what Inertial Drift does well.

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8 / 10
Sep 11, 2020

Inertial Drift fuses anime-inspired aesthetics with intuitive, arcade-like gameplay to deliver a blast of adrenaline that few games can accomplish with such simple controls.

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7 / 10
Sep 8, 2020

All in all, Intertial Drift offers a fun variation on drift racing with a broad level of challenge. A great visual style and plenty to do distract from the somewhat low-budget execution.

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7 / 10
Sep 11, 2020

Inertial Drift is an acquired taste. Its interesting control method eventually pays off and feels rewarding when you simply complete a course unscathed, but none of its modes are meaty enough to provide an solid package overall. If you're the type who has no issue with racing over and over again to perfect your skills, this could be a game for you. Fans of more conventional racers, however, may want to drift around it.

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6 / 10
Sep 23, 2020

Inertial Drift is an impressive effort from Level 91 Entertainment especially for a debut game. They really delivered on the visuals and atmosphere across the board, even though it will take some practice before you are able to take some time to enjoy the scenery. The varied vehicles all require very different approaches to racing which adds replay value. Drifting may not be my thing, but Inertial Drift is well worth a drive.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2020

Inertial Drift is an espresso shot full of arcade-y goodness. Its approach to drifting isn't just intuitive, but it encapsulates that Initial D fantasy wonderfully. It might be shorter than other games coming out, but that time spent is enthralling and well worth it. If you love arcade racing, you can't go wrong with Inertial Drift's "easy to pick up and tricky to master" style.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2022

Inertial Drift: Twilight Rivals Edition has all the same issues we had with the original release, such as poor options for those who want to race online, but thanks to the addition of another campaign and a selection of cars and tracks, those who loved it before are likely to love it even more. It’s those who have not yet played Inertial Drift that will perhaps get the most out of this new PS5 edition, however. A host of improvements mean it has never looked or played better on console.

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NintendoWorldReport
NWR Staff
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2020

Overall, the gripes with Inertial Drift that I had hold it back from realizing its full potential. Nonetheless, most issues can be overlooked when the sheer enjoyment you'll feel hitting the perfect drift line is undeniable. With a robust amount of content and a rarefied local multiplayer, this is an easy recommendation for fans of the genre.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2020

But overall, Inertial Drift is a satisfying arcade racer. Its scant multiplayer features mean that it’s best suited for those who like to play by themselves, but at least they’ll find a lot to get stuck into. And even better, its budget price means it won’t break the bank. If you like getting cars sideways and aren’t afraid of trying a new way of doing so, Inertial Drift is well worth investing in.

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Digitally Downloaded
Harvard L.
Top Critic
Sep 8, 2020

Inertial Drift is gorgeous. More than just a racing game, it’s a set of systems for player expression, putting them right in the shoes of a hotshot rookie on the warpath to becoming a drifting master.

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Unscored
Dec 6, 2022

Inertial Drift is an interesting racing that shows there's some new things to do in the racing genre, unfortunately content wise can feel a little short and some ideas definitely needed more time in the oven.

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Nov 17, 2022

In Inertial Drift, you don’t need to know the difference between a crankshaft and a camshaft! Getting into that perfect racing line and being able to weave in and out of traffic without getting a time penalty is of no use. I cannot understate just how much I enjoy playing Inertial Drift: Twilight Rivals Edition.

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8.3 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2020

Inertial Drift is just about an ideal arcade racing game. The visuals are colorful and smooth, the gameplay is unique and easy to pick-up with just enough variety in cars to keep you learning and improving throughout the game’s varied if somewhat brief content. Fantastic to pick up and play in short bursts, even if it lacks some of the depth found in more polished AAA simulation racing games.

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93 / 100
Oct 6, 2020

Inertial Drift is like a great old-school racing game with a unique concept. It's easy to learn and hard to master - with a beautiful style und lots to unlock. A great experience!

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Echo Boomer
Diogo dos Santos
Liked-a-lot
Oct 2, 2020

Inertial Drift does not reinvent the wheel, but its simple mechanics stand out with a fun gameplay in this anime-inspired racing game.

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