|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Left Field||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 28, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
However, this is where this games good points take a turn for the worse. It may sound superficial, but the look of this game is probably its worst facet. Since it is a Wii game, of course, you dont expect PS3-grade graphics, but the visuals in this game are truly like none youve ever seen in the past ten years. Cars are horribly pixelated, and tracks are painfully nondescript. Even the track onlookers look bad; they are just faceless 2-D shapes. The look of this game is probably on par with most PSOne and N64 titles, and its just not enjoyable to look at.
Although the sound in this title isnt as bad as the graphics, there still is a lot to be desired here. The music is generic and features some rock tunes from bands youve probably never heard of. Despite the passable music, the sound effects in this game are of very poor quality. Many of the games 90 different vehicles sound exactly the same; the motor effects do not sound realistic at all.
The control in this game is hit or miss, and there are two different control schemes you can use. The most intuitive is the Wii-mote on its side, which you can tilt either way to steer. This option works well on early courses, but the handling is too imprecise on harder, more winding tracks. Luckily, there is a second control scheme that allows you to use the Wii-mote and Nunchuk combo and steer with the thumbstick. However, this still feels a little imprecise and doesnt give you any substantial cornering ability.
Its no secret that the Wii has not exactly been the most conducive platform for racing games. With the obvious exception of Mario Kart, the console has barely any titles that would satisfy even the most casual of automotive fans. Unfortunately, SCORE International Baja 1000 does not do the automotive genre any justice on the console, and is actually one of the worst racing games I have ever played on the system. This is definitely one race to avoid at all costs.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor