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BAJA: Edge of Control review

Decent
AT A GLANCE
  • Sound physics system
  • Lengthy career mode
  • Wide-open free-roaming mode
  • Brown, brown, brown
  • Not enough vehicle feedback
  • Unforgiving of mistakes

Much like its name (it’s pronounced Bah-hah, if you didn’t know), we think Baja: Edge of Control is likely to be misunderstood… Off-road games, with the exception of a few notable rally titles, generally fall into the ‘over-the-top, “whoa dude” extreme sport’ mould, where realism takes a back seat to outlandish arcade racing. But Baja bucks this trend and would like to think of itself as the Gran Turismo of off-road racing. And, while the visuals might not back that up, the claim isn’t completely unfounded.

Rather than the ability to perform outlandish jumps and tricks, Baja has a punishing physics and handling model; your speed can be reduced to a crawl if you forget to slip the clutch on a tight corner, while misjudging a turn can’t be corrected with a power slide. Sadly, there’s so little feedback from the car or the controls that judging the weight of the vehicle on different surfaces is difficult; something that severely hinders your ability to adjust to the unnatural feeling of driving up a ruddy great mountain without a road.

We like working our way up through the ranks from battered Bug to elite Trophy Trucks by modifying and tuning our vehicle. We also like undertaking grueling hill-climbs, circuit and rally races in a sim rather than arcade style. But the lacklustre visuals and awkward handling ensure that Baja will probably be consigned to the corners of our minds.

Oct 6, 2008

More Info

Release date: Sep 22 2008 - PS3, Xbox 360 (US)
Sep 26 2008 - PS3, Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
Genre: Racing
Published by: THQ
Developed by: 2XL Games
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Mild Lyrics
PEGI Rating:
3+

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2 comments

  • Spartan523 - October 7, 2008 6:51 p.m.

    Ok I thought this game would be good btw, I just want to ask Why the hell everyone wants to be first to comment, does it give you some form of accomplishment? if it does, and even if it doesn't plz sdtop the comment system was put so people could say what they think and if the first thing that comes to ur mind when u see an article is first than get a life
  • StudSlayer27 - September 13, 2009 9:59 p.m.

    i hope its good cause A.cant take anymore disappointment from a game lol an B.i jus paid ten bucks for it an havent played it yet

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