Conclusion: Baja Edge of Control is not a bad game at all, it’s a very fun and challenging game at the same time. It has a hard time being classified however, most of the time it seems like a hardcore simulation but then you notice that the atmosphere and attitude of the game seems like it wants to be more of a arcade/sim hybrid.
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. Combining the best elements of the real-world sport with the right balance of arcade fun, Baja: Edge of Control manages to transport players to the epic open worlds and unforgiving terrain found at the pinnacle of off-road racing.
Excerpt: The racing genre (along with the FPS) is the most difficult in which to stand out from the crowd, bring new ideas to the table and shake things up in. Burnout 3: Takedown did just this way back in September 2004, but since there’s been little revolution. Gran Turismo 4, PGR3/4 and Forza 2 all took the bog standard ‘bigger and better’ approach but they’re all starting to lose the simple thrill of racing like when these franchises were fresh.
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.
Conclusion: licensed trucks, VWs and 4x4s, with Mini Rails and Trophy Carts as bonus class vehicles that require unlocking through successful racing. It remains up to the diehard fan if these varieties in vehicles make any difference, however, since they all pretty much control the same given the hazardous circumstances. Baja is an off-road racing game, after all, which means driving across roads formed with rain-slick dirt and mud.
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. Most people have been sensible and quit on it early, I didn't, and regret ever putting it in my beloved 360.
Excerpt: that makes this game unique; this is where the game does its best to shine. In this mode, you take on the Baja 1000, a real-life test of racing endurance that takes place annually in Baja (Peninsula of Mexico) and can go on for a full
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. Not having been to Cabo, I can't speak to the accuracy of this depiction, but it isn't like some street-racing title where you need to see familiar corners and landmarks.
Summary: Baja: Edge of Control is scheduled to bring revolutionary physics and vast open racing worlds combining the best elements of the real-world sport with the right balance of arcade fun as it challenges players to build the ultimate off-road machine and conquer vast, unforgiving terrain.