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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 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
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  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. As a debut title, it's a straight-forward affair. [Dec 2008, p.112]
  3. This ambitious racing game delivers a rewarding off-road experience provided you make it past the initially steep learning curve.
  4. The harsh difficulty level and simulated driving makes for a frustrating experience if you’re not in it for the long haul.
  5. 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."
  6. Baja: Edge of Control is a decent off-road racer with a healthy amount of vehicles, tracks, and options to keep racer fans happy, but ultimately it offers nothing that hasn’t been seen or perfected in other racing games, past or present.
  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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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. RobB
    Dec 9, 2008
    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. 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
    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
    This 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