I purchased and Xbox-360 and Baja earlier this year whilst off work for 2 months following surgery - and i certainly managed to kill a fair bit of time with it!
I stumbled across the game by pure chance when looking at some sale items in a catelogue, and immediatly thought it looked interesting! I do enjoy driving games usualy, but often find there is something of a limited life span before they get a little samey - and my gut feeling was that being off road would add something a little different to make it more interesting.
It served that purpose well! Firstly the general idea of drivng off road in desserts and the such gives th whole game a very different feel to it, and although ive not driven off road before i think it is probably quite accurate with the graphics when it throws sand up in your windscreen!
The choice of vehicles is good, with lots of superficial changes to colours and such possible to really give it a feeling of ownership! They are all good fun to drive and have noticable differences - for example between the very basic bug, almost a frame go-cart, and the big chunky truck! They have very different handling and require you tyo adjust your play - which is good!
There are loads of options with both vehicles and competitions in career mode that will keeo you going for a VERY long time!
For the real die hard gamers you can even recreate the full baja 3000 race which takes hours - very good fun though!
A nice game that offeres something very different!
In Baja, players will conquer more than 100 square miles of the toughest terrain Mother Nature has to offer, including the steepest mountains, thickest mud and deepest canyons ever created. With more than 40 vehicles in eight classes, including Trophy Trucks, 4x4s and buggies, Baja features a full array of upgradeable options with hundreds of authentic parts that affect each vehicle's performance. Players will put their off-road machines to the test in near-vertical Hill Climb challenges, head-to-head Open Class races, circuit races and the ultimate off-road endurance challenge: the Baja. Baja's open worlds extend thousands of miles across all landscapes in races that can last up to four hours.