Conclusion: Don't make the same mistake as I made: I thought this was Baja 1000 - a totally quick and easy game compared to this. If you're still unconvinced as to how terrible and boring a game Baja: Edge of Control really is, check out the TA Score for it.
Excerpt: From the core founding members of the MX vs. ATV franchise comes the next off-road racing experience, Baja: Edge of Control. You will have to conquer the toughest terrain Mother Nature has to offer and build the ultimate off-road vehicle.
Excerpt: Have you ever started playing a game that you really did not expect much from, and then found yourself completely captivated by it? Stranger still, when you really ask yourself WHY you like it so much, you cannot seem to put your finger on exactly what makes it so great to you?
Pros: Well-tuned handling model., Classes feel wildly different., Thousands of miles of terrain to race on.
Cons: Thousands of miles of low-res terrain., Multiplayer functionality lacking a bit., A.I. play is a bit rough.
Summary: With over 100 different sponsors and racing teams involved with Baja the Edge of Control THQ probably made money just buy putting it on store shelves. Which is a good thing too since off road racing video games are a very niche market.
Excerpt: If you don't love the great outdoors, you probably aren't a great candidate to enjoy Baja: Edge of Control . This is a game that features some rugged, beautiful terrain from locations like Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Lake Powell, USA.
Excerpt: Alright, I’ll come clean. When I first got this game, I thought, oh God no, it’s another off-road borefest replete with the misleadingly exciting-looking cover art. I’ve played and reviewed a few of those already, I’ll have you know (bless my heart).
Review: Baja: Edge of Control (Microsoft Xbox 360)
23 October 2008
Excerpt: Baja: Edge of Control Genre: Racing Developer: 2XL Games Publisher: THQ Release Date: 09/22/08 The Baja 1000 is quite possibly one of the deadliest races out there, which is also one of the best reasons to watch the race.
Summary: This game is a definite “try before you buy”. If you dig the demo, you’ll probably like the real deal, so head on over to the Xbox Live Marketplace and check it out. You might find yourself sucked into the world of Baja.
Pros: -The first and only real offroad racing simulation game., -Lag-free multiplayer via Xbox Live., -Extremely long career mode., -Hyper realistic physics., -Simple and familiar button layout., -Traction settings help to make the game more accessible.
Cons: -Visuals are all over the place and tend to look odd., -Sound effects are a bit too similar for most vehicles., -Music is standard and highly generic., -Panorama isn’t practical., -Learning curve and difficulty are absolutely extreme.