BAJA

Review

posted 11/14/2008 by Nathan Murray
other articles by Nathan Murray
One Page Platforms: 360
There are many different vehicle classes in Baja including the buggy, 4x4, truck, full sized truck, unlimited 1, and trophy truck classes. Each vehicle type has its own quirks and advantages on the road but I preferred the unlimited 1 for the sheer power and decent handling. While it may sound like trophy trucks are the best vehicles to use their turning and traction leave much to be desired. In career modes you buy additional vehicles in the garage and upgrade them with new parts. The only upgrades that have a significant effect to the car’s performance are the cooling upgrades and other upgrades that increase the stability and endurance of the guts of the machine because in the end it doesn’t matter how many time you upgrades your vehicle it is going to be severely beat up and probably half working by the time you cross the finish line. This type of vehicle damage would fit in well with a sim racer but because of the way the in-game physics work vehicles take a lot of abuse from jumps and climbing up hills. Of course any game that allows you to drive up sheer cliff faces probably has something wrong with its physics.

The sound in game consists of four things, the opening music, the title music, engine sounds, and some voice work for the tutorials and communication with the repair chopper. None of these items are particularly appealing or flawed but a lack of a sound track definitely made the races a little less exciting. Of course with the Xbox 360’s ability to store and play music during games I guess there really isn’t a need for one unless the person who buys it doesn’t have any music files in which case they probably don’t listen to music anyway.

The achievements in the game are pretty standard and some are really easy like the “Use Clutch” one for 5pts. There is one achievement though that most will probably need a game guide to get and that’s the explorer achievement that requires the player to find all the special locations and sites in free ride mode. Not an easy task, especially since there isn’t a map in free mode or any obvious markers as to where the car has to be in order to unlock the location as found.

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.

Baja



C
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.


Page 2 of 2