Baja Edge of Control HD was recently re-released and remastered on the PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One and here’s what I thought about it.
I remember in college sitting in my room with my friends and just blasting around on the free roam for hours on end pulling off the most amazing jumps possible and having an all around laugh. Does the game hold up 9 years later on the Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4? Why yes it does, it’s just as fun as it was before and it has a new coat of paint to fit in with current tech. Unfortunately, it isn’t the best looking game around but the developers have really improved it since the first release. The tracks are filled with flora and fauna to make the place feel a little more alive, the trails are covered with other racers tire tracks which add to the realism of the environment.
Though unfortunately for those seeking realism, that’s where it ends, personally in racing games I just like arcadey chaos so for me this was a plus, for fans of games like Gran Turismo and Forza, it won’t be a realistic experience. I had a lot of fun on the career of Baja Edge of Control HD, I had control over my vehicles tuning, upgrades and cosmetics. This all made the experience a lot better, I like customisation in my games, it makes everything feel a lot more personal. Onto the career mode choices, it felt a lot like Mario Karts chose a cup, win a load of races to get a gold cup, I also enjoyed that because it was simple, the menus were simple and none of it was overly complicated. I got straight into the multiple game modes and enjoyed myself a lot, not only that but test drive will help you get used to your car and the tracks.
What’s a racing game without a decent soundtrack? Baja Edge of Control HD has some of the best songs and worst, most of the songs I enjoyed there were a few of other genres that I disliked. Some were techno I hated that, some were rock, I loved that, I feel more racing games need variation like the developers provided in their video game. Variety is everything. The sound of the engines raging across the desert dry wastelands to the wet marsh lands all sounds authentic and close to the real thing. The sound design really is a positive point in Baja Edge of Control HD.
Overall I had as much fun as I did when I first played it on the Xbox 360. It is definitely a great game with friends or online with others. While it may not be the racing game for everyone and there is room for improvement, it’s still a good contender with the likes of arcade racing games. With a huge library of content though what’s not to like?