Baja: Edge of Control HD
is a fun racer that literally can have you on the edge or your seat. The tracks range from short off-road distorted loops to longer, multi-path adventures that allow you, your friends, and the computer-controlled opponents to split from the pack and find the best way to the finish line. In fact, one could argue that the gameplay itself is quite basic, but at the same time really enjoyably fun.
Edge of Controlís core gameplay hands down is the Baja Career. There are a host of different vehicle types that you will work your way up through as you gain XP and Credits from competing in races. As you boot up the game, the Career is limited to the smallest of cars. As you begin to place, and especially as you win, youíll see your ability to unlock more vehicles and competitions unfold. Thereís a pretty good balance here too. The game really doesnít allow you to unlock too many things without first working your way through the ranks, from Baja Bugs and Open Wheels all the way up to the granddaddy of all off-road Leagues, Trophy Trucks.
Each set of vehicles drives with its own set of rules. From engine and braking to suspension and tires, you can also upgrade your equipment as needed to help get better torque, speed, and a sense of victory. That said, you may not need to upgrade at all, or only do so in the later rounds of each series you race. The tracks allow for some forgiveness, but each also poses its own set of challenges. Depending on the track, you may want to have a vehicle with a bit more hill-climbing power or another with quick acceleration for lots of turns.
The game also has single races available, as well as multiplayer both online and split screen. Unfortunately, despite trying to connect multiple times with some online opponents, Baja: Edge of Control fell flat and I was unable to find a single opponent. I donít know if this is due to people not connecting or some other technical detail, but the feature unfortunately did not appear to work. It should also be noted that you will receive some Invitational race opportunities during the Career as well.