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  • Summary: From the core founding members of the MX vs. ATV franchise comes the next off-road racing experience: BAJA. 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 arcadeFrom the core founding members of the MX vs. ATV franchise comes the next off-road racing experience: BAJA. 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 transports players to the epic open worlds and unforgiving terrain found at the pinnacle of off-road racing. Stunning visuals, vertical environments, and unpredictable terrain are crossed in over 100 square miles of drive-to-horizon landscape. Master hill-climb, circuit, and rally races to earn career sponsorships on the path to off-road supremacy. Harness the horsepower of elite Trophy Trucks, 4x4’s and Buggies to finally compete in the definitive off-road endurance challenge, the Baja. Supercharged Vehicles: Harness the horsepower of over 40 elite Trophy Trucks, 4x4’s and Buggies across eight varied vehicle classes. Horizontal Racing: Suspension, torque and horsepo wer are perfectly balanced to create the ultimate edge-of-control racing experience. Fine-tune the roar of your off-road machine with over 200 authentic vehicle parts. Power past the competition in 4-player split screen and 8-player online racing. [THQ] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Overall, BAJA: Edge of Control is an awesome blend of simulation racing with a bit of arcade. I personally love this title.
  2. BAJA is a real wolf in sheep’s clothing – a robust, addictive and unique racer that handles better than DiRT and sounds better than Forza disguised as unassuming release schedule filler. It even supports up to four-player split-screen, which is great considering split-screen of any type is a real rarity these days. It’ll probably vanish without a trace, but right now we’re turning off the driving aids and screaming off into the sunset.
  3. This game really could have been a must have with some more attention to the AI and some polished graphics to appeal to the general mass of gamers that feel graphics are more important than gameplay.
  4. The harsh difficulty level and simulated driving makes for a frustrating experience if you’re not in it for the long haul.
  5. The name of the game does great justice with the final result. Baja features a wild control system that doesn´t help to feel like driving. The game tries to go using the dirt track but at the end, it can´ t recover and finish falling down the mountain. While there are some interesting game modes, like the Baja endurance competition, the number of variables that affect our car are just too much for a normal player. The choppy framerate makes the game a bad choice on PS3, while the Xbox 360 version is smoother and much more detailed.
  6. Baja is a fussy racer, held back by twitchy control and incredibly dull design. Truly dedicated fans of the real race, or hardcore racing nuts with vast reserves of patience, may well get something out of it. Most people looking for a grimy, gnarly rock-hopping racer will be quite happy with something like "Pure."
  7. Don't be seduced by the trendy soundtrack or gnarly subtitle; there are already too many fantastic racing games fighting for space on the pre-owned racks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. RobB
    Dec 9, 2008
    9
    This is the best off-road racing game I have ever played. The racing genre is my favourite, so I've played a lot of racing games. TheThis is the best off-road racing game I have ever played. The racing genre is my favourite, so I've played a lot of racing games. The learning curve is definitely big on this game, as it even took me a short while to get used to it, but I'm glad I took the time because I have been having so much fun since. The physics engine is superb and just everything about this game is amazing. I highly recommend all racing fans pick this game up as its a must-have. Expand
  2. BlueBox
    Oct 4, 2008
    8
    I like how the control is difficult, and somewhat realistic. Dealing with the crazy terrain is what's challenging and interesting about I like how the control is difficult, and somewhat realistic. Dealing with the crazy terrain is what's challenging and interesting about the game. I would most compare gameplay to Smuggler's Run, but racing instead of smuggling. The environments are massive, varied, and just plain fun for offroading. Young kids could have a blast with it because they can freeride wherever they want, for as long as they want. With that said, the single player racing mode is tough. But I really appreciate how they don't use elasticband ai to fake close racing like most games (Need For Speed I'm looking at you). Although Baja is yet another racer on the 360, I think it's one of the best, and most unique on the system. Expand
  3. May 5, 2012
    6
    This game contains some excellent, realistic driving experience for offroading (Own a jeep myself) but it is masked by a terrible carreer modeThis game contains some excellent, realistic driving experience for offroading (Own a jeep myself) but it is masked by a terrible carreer mode and an overall lackluster presentation. I find myself beating the campaign just to unlock more stuff to go into freeride. The very long races are very cool and unique, and had the game been centered around these, it could have been an 8 or a 9. Otherwise you end up with a game that's very fun to kill an hour in driving all over the countryside, but is very unsatisfying when you spend the time to beat it. Expand