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Overall, BAJA: Edge of Control is an awesome blend of simulation racing with a bit of arcade. I personally love this title. It’s a major change for the usual racing titles I play (no not NASCAR
), and it provides more of a challenge even to the veteran player.
I will say that BAJA is abusive as all get out. The tracks are treacherous; the AI is insanely godlike at times, but the feeling that comes from navigating the locale and coming out on top is one of greatest feelings in the world. BAJA: Edge of Control
retails for $60 dollars at most retailers. If you’re looking for a title that is different than all the other racing titles, then BAJA: Edge of Control
is for you. Strap in and Hang on! There is just no greater thrill than ripping through the desert.
Baja: Edge of Control will make off-road racing fans very happy, with deep controls and equally deep environments. The variety of tracks, surfaces, and vehicles is matched by the many racing modes and extensive multiplayer featured here. Extras contained on the game disk make this feel like the Director's Cut of a DVD release... There is an exhilaration that comes from playing Baja: Edge of Control that isn't matched by many racing games, on- or off-road. Baja: Edge of Control does sometimes feel like it has crossed the line to out-of-control, but the nod to more core gamers in the garage is a nice touch. We can overlook the omission of motorcycles, as long as they make it into the next iteration, but we'll give Baja: Edge of Control major props since we couldn't find anything else missing in this release.
Despite these problems, I still see Baja: Edge of Control as one of the best off-road racing titles in my collection. Maybe it’s just that my desire for racing games has been hyped up by the new season of Top Gear, but all I feel the blissful moments that can be had in this game when you pull off the perfect turn around a tight bend (or fly off the edge of a cliff at a bad angle and go tumbling down a hill with parts flying in all directions) make the investment more than worth it.
The best news, though, is that for all its departures from "conventional" racing titles, Baja gives you just as many customization and tweaking options as those games do. Whether you're in a full-size truck or a Volkswagen Beetle, you can buy upgrades, tweak gear ratios and suspension settings -- the whole nine yards. So, yes, even OCD-afflicted racers will have something to enjoy here. Yeah, it's not for everybody (Gran Turismo fans may find themselves frustrated), but Baja gives you something a little off the beaten track -- and that's more than most racing games can say. Now, if only I could get that maintenance helicopter to deliver my morning coffee!
Whilst Pure may have taken the crown of the dark horse racer of 2008, BAJA: Edge of Control is an essential addition to anyone’s collection who’s so much looked at an off-road racer with a pink tint in their eyes. It’s a punishing game but rewarding in equal measures, and will draw you in like no other racing game quite has managed so far this generation - bring on BAJA 2: World Tour.
Endlich kann man die Mitspieler in der Staubwolke verschwinden lassen, ohne sich Gedanken über den nächsten Trick zu machen oder wie man seinen Boost auflädt, nur um eine Chance auf die Pole zu haben. Wer hier den Sieg davontragen will muss fahren wie eine übergewichtige Ballerina tanzt. Nur wenn du die Monsterpower mit viel Gefühl wirken lässt, nur wenn du die Balance im Auge behältst und nur wenn dein Auge schon Kilometer weit vorne nach der Ideallinie sucht, hast du eine Chance als Erster die Ziellinie zu überqueren. Und genau das ist es was Baja von seinen Genrekollegen abhebt, der Fokus auf das Fahren selbst, der Kampf mit der Landschaft und den Pferdestärken in deinem Rücken. Wer also genug hat von aberwitzigen Stunts und Tricks, aber trotzdem nicht auf knallharte Action mit knallharten Fahrzeugen verzichten möchte, der sollte sich Baja unbedingt mal näher ansehen.
The game has several high points, but unfortunately the lower points seems to erase those high points in most gamer opinions. Online play can be quite fun, and as you unlock higher class vehicles, the game does get a little more enjoyable, but its that darn AI that really puts the final nail in the coffin for this game. Would I recommend this game to folks? Sure, especially if I know they primarily play online. The problem is that many of the vehicles to be used in multiplayer have to be unlocked in the career mode and that may be just a little to frustrating for some folks. 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.
If you can get over the steep learning curve, the Xbox 360 version of Baja: Edge of Control is an off-road racer that's definitely worth a look. The PS3 version is less easy to recommend because while the gameplay is intact, you should not have to tolerate, much less pay for, the combination of an inconsistent frame rate and horrible visuals.
Machen wir uns nix vor: Baja ist nicht das prächtigste Offroad-Spiel aller Zeiten. Genau betrachtet ist es mit seinen detailschwachen Texturen, den Kanten und der abgesehen von der enormen Sichtweite in den umfangreichen Gebieten eher biederen Kulisse eigentlich kaum einen zweiten Blick wert. Und es wäre so viel leichter, wenn der spielerische Kern nicht so verdammt viel Spaß machen würde. Ein Überland-Spektakel mit derart teilweise ausufernden Strecken und einer derart unberechenbaren und sich stark auf das Fahrverhalten auswirkenden Umgebung, bei der selbst das Geradeausfahren zu einer gefährlichen Situation führen kann, ist mir bis Baja nicht begegnet. Wer wie ich gewillt ist, Zeit in Baja zu investieren und gleichzeitig über die grafischen Schwächen hinwegsehen kann, wird mit der Karriere und den weitestgehend lagfreien Online-Rennen lange und gut unterhalten. Doch der große Wurf ist der Offroader nicht. Dazu fehlen letztlich zu viele kleine und auch große Elemente.
Gamers' Temple, The
Overall, I did have a good amount of fun with Baja, but those weird, nagging issues kept it from attaining the kind of rating I wanted to give out while loving the heck out of the Baja 1,000. I love the long race idea and I sincerely wish other games would give it a shot, but in this game, it just doesn't outweigh the drawbacks. I may not usually get into racing games and MotorStorm is still my favorite, but if Baja 2: Back to the Baja irons out some of these problems, I'll be the first in line with helmet and goggles in hand.
Baja: Edge of Control takes a few risks in the off-road racing genre and, for the most part, comes out a winner. Making it more of a sim and less of an arcade racer isn't exactly the safest thing that the developers could have done, but the result is a game that treats the sport seriously and gives enthusiasts something else to play when they tire of driving expensive sports cars around asphalt roads. While they got the gameplay down, they neglected to put some attention to the details in the rest of the game, which hurt the overall product in the process. If you're the sim gamer who puts gameplay over beauty, give Baja: Edge of Control a shot and see for yourself whether or not the devs did things right. Otherwise, with the plethora of other racing games coming out in the next few months, you might want to sit this one out.
Baja: Edge of Control is a racer that is solid at its core, but it does little to make itself stand out in a sea of competent motorsports titles for the Xbox 360. There’s value in Baja: Edge of Control’s premium asking price, but it’s really hard to imagine said value being squeezed out by anyone other than desert or simulation game racing fanatics.
If partaking in multiple-hour enduro races in the desert sounds like you, then Baja: Edge of Control is just about the only way you’ll be able to acquire such jollies. Those simply looking for an entertaining off-road experience should circumvent the cacti-lined trails of Baja: Edge of Control and head directly to the muddier pathways of some of the X360’s more “extreme” racing software.
This game does enough things right that for the most part, you'll likely enjoy yourself while playing it. Recommended.
Baja manages to capture the chaos and intensity of off-roading, but the finicky controls undermine the experience. Races can last as long as some television shows, and when you couple this with the funky hit detection the frustration ultimately outstrips the reward. It’s a crowded genre, but Edge of Control does little to stand out.
Baja: Edge of Control is perfectly named, considering the amount of time you'll spend hurtling through grit-choked desert straightaways where the difference between seeing the next turn and tumbling end-over-end as you shed vehicular shrapnel is a fractional release of the accelerator or perhaps a slight tweak of the steering wheel. You are almost always riding the finest line between screaming along somewhat stably and totally losing it, and in that sense, Baja succeeds tremendously. Those kinds of stakes may not appeal to everyone, however, and the majority of people who tend to like finishing races may not need all of the incredible realism that an intense sim like Baja has to offer.
Im Gegensatz zum Konkurrenten Pure
setzen die Entwickler von Baja – Edge of Control eher auf Simulation als auf Arcade und lassen Freestyle-Trick-Element genauso wie Boost & Co. weg. Trotzdem werde selbst ich, als Simulations-Liebhaber nicht warm mit dem Spiel. Das Handling kann nicht überzeugen und egal wie ich meinen Fahrstil und die Wagenabstimmung auch umstelle, die verflixten Kisten hüpfen auf den Strecken hin und her wie sie wollen. Um es sarkastisch auszudrücken: „Baja ist, wenn man nach links lenkt und dann nach rechts springt“. Die „Mein-ist-die-Ideallinie-KI“ nervt genauso wie die sinnlosen Strafen bei Unfällen.
Richtig schön ist das Spiel zudem auch nicht anzusehen, echte Abwechslung und Langzeitmotivation fehlen und so halte ich nur Dank der schnell verdienten Erfolge länger als eigentlich gewollt dem Mittelmaß-Titel die Treue.
Baja: Edge of Control certainly lives up to its subtitle. At times, it’s an edge-of your seat experience that gives you a sense of accomplishment for sliding across the finish line in one piece. Other times, it’s a confounding mix of erratic handling, insane difficulty and drab repetition. It’s at once laudably ambitious and frustratingly inaccessible. If you can get over the steep learning curve and venture deep into Baja, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts. Overall, only the hardest of the hardcore off-road racing sim crowd are likely to truly embrace Baja.
For fans that watch the Baja 1000 every year, there is quite a bit of depth to be found here. The dozens of courses and customizable vehicles will keep you busy for quite some time, and with the offline split-screen, you and your Baja buddies can all race against each other. To those gamers who are still unsure of what a Baja is, or who are looking for a fun arcade racer in the desert, this isn't the game for you. The harsh difficulty level and simulated driving makes for a frustrating experience if you're not in it for the long haul. The graphics and audio fail to impress, leaving you with a mediocre simulation racer that is hard to recommend to all but the most hardcore of off-road racer fans.
Entertainment Depot, The
However much I enjoy the modes, features, and courses of Baja: The Edge of Control, I cannot overlook how off-putting the difficulty can be. Serious fans of the sport, or of bare-knuckle racers in general, will get far more out of it than I will, but there isn’t enough longevity for me. Bearing in mind that I’m already a fan of racers, on and off asphalt, and still found it too much of a bear. I did get a good bit of enjoyment out of it, but once I hit the wall, I wasn't driven to continue on. Gamers dying for a punishing racer with lots to offer should definitely check The Edge of Control out. Everyone else, you’ll just miss out on a lot of frustration.
The driving mechanics are hard, especially in early levels, and will often leave you frustrated.
Environments impress with big, open country, but rarely look great. The presentation as a whole is extremely bland.
The music matches the presentation in personality.
Built for the hardcore crowd.
Solid online offerings for those wanting more replay value from this game.
This game was made for a specific group of hardcore race fans who will dig the hour-long races and in depth customization. Mainstream race fans will be disappointed.
Das durch die riesige Spielwelt erzeugte Gefühl von Freiheit verpufft in Baja angesichts der vorgegebenen Streckenpfade leider recht schnell wieder, dabei ließen sich hier mit etwas Fantasie sicherlich allerhand spannende Rennen und Kurse aus dem Boden stampfen. Was bleibt, ist ein zumeist eher standardmäßiges Aufgebot an abgegrenzten Rennstrecken, sieht man mal von den extremen Steigungen in Hill Climb und dem Spielplatz Free Ride ab.
Das, was aus Baja ein einzigartiges Rennspiel hätte machen können, bleibt also ungenutztes Potential und hat sich scheinbar irgendwo in der Wüste verirrt. Gleichermaßen reicht die Optik mit ihren teilweise lächerlich wirkenden Streckenobjekten nicht an die heutigen Ansprüche heran. Wenigstens retten die anspruchsvollen KI-Recken und die dadurch fordernden und interessanten Rennen das Spiel vor dem völligen Absturz ins Mittelmaß.
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
Armchair Empire, The
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. Had the game been released as a downloadable XBLA title, it may have proven a more tempting purchase, but with the surge of holiday blockbusters hitting store shelves, this game may find a cult audience once it loses control of its shelf life and veers right into the bargain bin ditch.
Those of you who love off-road racing probably own Baja: Edge of Control already and have covered your BF Goodrich t-shirt in love-stains in celebration of the realistic touches littering the game. Those of you who aren't off-road enthusiasts but still enjoy racing games might have some fun with this title but it comes with its share of flaws and frustrations.
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In the end, it seems like Baja: Edge of Control was trying to please everybody and, in doing so, managed to create an experience that isn't ideal for anyone. Narrow tracks, lifeless environments, lackluster graphics, a huge learning curve, awkward physics, questionable steering issues, and an overall frustrating experience is all that players are left with. Baja: Edge of Control was a sound idea, but the execution just isn't there. There are just too many other good off-road racers on the market to make playing through this game worth your time.
Baja is an off road racing game in a time where there is an unusual glut of off road racing games on the market. Many either function better or offer a more interesting experience than Baja. Baja Edge of Control is a game somewhere between simulation and arcade game that tries to balance between the two and falls off the trapeze towards the floor bellow. Thankfully a safety net in the form of free ride saves this title from being a complete waste of time by offering a unique and fun time waster. I would recommend this to anyone who thinks tricks in off-road racing titles are stupid but doesn’t want to buy a sim racer.
So while Baja is technically impressive, it's also maddeningly difficult, and easily one of the more frustrating racers I've played recently. The controls are unforgiving, and the vehicle damage is definitely realistic but also provides a huge hurdle for actually enjoying the game. If you've been looking for a sim title in the off-road genre, then Baja is pretty much the only option out there, but be prepared for a really steep learning curve. If you can manage to wrap your head around the controls and physics then the game offers a lot to see, but be prepared to go thru a few controllers before you can get the hang of things.