- The controls in the game feel brilliant and the best thing is that they remain responsive throughout, which in turn means the frustration levels stay low.
- The vehicles you get to drive can be customised a great deal. You can change a number of items and you can genuinely see the improvements, which is great.
- The track variety in the game is awesome. Each track looks and feels different, and the best thing is that the design is interesting on each track.
- The visuals are definitely improved over its 2008 debut. Don’t get me wrong the visuals aren’t spectacular, but they aren’t bad either and they do enough.
- The game has plenty of content for you to sink your teeth into, and the Career mode has plenty of depth to it.
- The damage your vehicle can get in the game is a little sensitive and you often feel you don’t deserve it.
- The racing in the game can get repetetive pretty quickly and most races feel the same, which makes things get tedious.
- The music hurts your ears quite a lot and I played it on mute at times.
All in all I was shocked when I learnt that Baja: Edge of Control was getting a remaster, and the reason for that is that it was nothing special back when it first released in 2008. Surprisingly though this remaster is better than the original and I must admit that I enjoyed it a lot more this time around. The controls in the game are much better than the original and they remain tight and responsive throughout. There are lots of vehicles in the game and they all feel different, which is great. You can also customise all of these vehicles a great deal, and they have done a great job of making the improvements matter and they actually feel like they improve you. The tracks in the game all play well and each track has a good amount of variety to them, and I wish the racing had as much variety as well. Unfortunately though the racing gets repetetive quickly and pretty much all races feel the same, so I did get bored. The vehicle damage in the game is a little over the top and this can ruin your experience because you get damage from the slightest touch, which in turn causes you to get frustrated. The presentation side of the game is definitely a mixed bag. Visually you can tell straight away that it’s had a big overhaul over the 2008 addition, and for the most part it looks good. The sound design however is simply awful, and the music gets on your nerves very quickly. At the end of the day as far as remasters go Baja: Edge of Control HD is not bad at all. It’s far from being perfect and I still think it’s a strange decision to remaster a game that wasn’t particularly memorable, but on the whole it holds up pretty well and it can be very enjoyable at times, so for that reason it gets a thumbs up from me.
I rate Baja: Edge of Control HD 7.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: 2XL Games, Blitworks
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Genre: Automobile Racing
Release Date (Xbox One): September 14, 2017