Review: Baja: Edge of Control HD, Maize and Planet of the Eyes — Roundup

With so many smaller titles hitting Xbox One every week, it’s difficult to cover them all. While they may not be blockbuster experiences with the marketing to boot, these games should pique the interest of people looking for short, unique titles. This week, I’ve round up my thoughts on Baja: Edge of Control HD, Maize and Planet of the Eyes.


Baja: Edge of Control HD

Baja: Edge of Control HD is the same game you remember from Xbox 360. When the title first came out, it surprised me with its depth and blend of arcade and simulation gameplay. The multiplayer offerings weren’t bad either. On Xbox One however the game looks even better and almost comes across as a next-generation title. The work the developers have done here is truly remarkable. While the technical aspects of Baja: Edge of Control HD might be superlative, the title can’t really compete with modern racing games like Forza Horizon 3. While that might not be a fair comparison given the scope of the projects, Forza Horizon 3 has been available for much less than its retail price for a while now. The ability for Baja: Edge of Control HD to surprise us is gone due to its age. Fans of the original will love this game but I can’t see newcomers being attracted to this title due to how stiff the competition is nowadays.

6.5/10

Xbox One


Maize

Let’s get this out of the way, Maize is a very short game. Almost shockingly short because it can be completed in a few hours. For those who don’t know about the title, Maize is a first-person adventure about what happens when a bunch of scientists misinterpret a memo from the government and create sentient corn. Yes, you read that right. It’s supposed to be a humorous tale and that last sentence is pretty much the least ridiculous part about the game. You start off by exploring an abandoned farm and then an underground research facility to uncover the truth behind the corn. It’s a rather linear adventure but its main appeal has to be the humor. Just like Sunset Overdrive, it may not appeal to everyone but I quite enjoyed it. If you’re looking for an offbeat experience between those heaving hitters like Destiny 2 and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider this month, then Maize is your go-to game.

6.5/10

Xbox One


Planet of the Eyes

Planet of the Eyes is an atmospheric narrative-driven platformer about a service robot stranded on a mysterious planet. The game features a mesmerizing mix of puzzles and platforming challenges, a phenomenal score, and intriguing collectibles among other features. While the title may not be the most polished experience, its visuals really make it shine. If you’re looking for a challenging game with striking graphics, then Planet of the Eyes is for you. The main issue I have with this title is that it doesn’t innovate or further the genre. We’ve see a lot of puzzle-platformers lately which try to reinvigorate the category. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot which Planet of the Eyes does right but to thrive in the gaming industry you have to be exceptional, this game unfortunately isn’t that.

6.5/10

Xbox One


Out of all of these games, Planet of the Eyes is the one I would recommend the most. Still, each of them has their own unique appeal and could be the perfect game for the right audience depending on what you are looking for. Give them a shot.

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