ASTERIX & OBELIX XXL 2 REMASTERED
By Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee on December 4, 2018
A long, long time ago, when I was just a tiny Michael, my weekends were mostly filled with cartoons. I grew up with two sisters and a brother, so it was always a challenge to find something on TV that all four kids loved. There was one thing in particular that we all, our parents included, liked to watch and that were the Asterix and Obelix movies.
Asterix and Obelix are two Gauls who are fighting the Romans in 50 BC. The Romans want to conquer France and they did a good job, I may add. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely... One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. Now, Asterix and Obelix are not the only Gauls living in said village of course. They are insanely strong because of the magic potion, brewed by their druid Getafix. And let's not forget the awfully cute dog Dogmatix.
There have been several cartoon and live action movies, as well as a lot of comic books, made about these powerful and mighty Gauls and their fight with the Romans, so it's no surprise that video games eventually followed suit. I remember having an Asterix game on my old GameBoy! This time, however, I have the honor of playing: Asterix and Obelix XXL 2 Remastered, which was originally released as a PC game thirteen years ago, followed by ports of the game on PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS. Now, I actually never played this game before, so I can't wait to start bashing Romans.
The entire game is set in Las Vegum, an amusement park created by Julius Caesar and Asterix and Obelix have to fight their way through Roman hordes to unravel a worrying mystery: is Getafix a traitor? During a druid meeting, Getafix seems to have lead the other druids right into the hands of Caesar, where they are forced to brew a magic potion that will make Caesar's legionaries more powerful than ever. This smells fishy, right? No wonder Asterix and Obelix want to get to the bottom of this confounding conundrum!
I must admit that I was a bit confused at first. You see, because I know the original French/Dutch names of the characters so well, I thought the developers made a mistake. But of course, the English names of certain characters were used so, in the end, the joke was on me. In any case, Asterix and Obelix XXL 2 is a 3D platform game, filled with crazy stuff and over the top beat 'm up action. Man oh man, the stuff that I can do to the Romans! I can literally knock them out of their sandals or even swing them around, just like I saw in the cartoons!
During the game you can switch between Asterix and Obelix and at some points you'll have to. If you need to break something, you'll definitely need Obelix. When it comes to agility or travelling on a kind of elevator (you can imagine that the early elevators were not be able to carry much weight) you'll need to switch to Asterix. With every fight you will collect Roman helmets which you sometimes need to use during the levels, but also act as currency. You can spend your helmets in the shop to buy upgrades for your characters or try to collect all the figurines!
Before you start the game you can actually choose for the classic or a more contemporary and detailed look of Asterix and Obelix. You can switch outfits at any time but, to be honest, the outfits are not that different. But then again, I can't really imagine Obelix in something else then a white-blue striped pants. Vertical stripes of course, because everyone knows they make you look thinner!
One of signature things in Asterix and Obelix is the humor and references to other things in pop culture. Luckily, this game is no exception in this respect. If you pay attention to your environment you will discover so many characters of other franchises, like Rayman and Donkey Kong. Some Romans have abilities or armor of a video game character, like a Pac-Man shield. I even saw a Roman Chief whose name was Larry Craft and his outfit was a green blue top and an army green pants. hmm, I wonder if he will start raiding tombs next?
The developers really polished this baby up so, as the title indicates, it's not just a straight port. They actually managed to improve the basic gameplay and even added new features. There are a few new systems for fighting, additional abilities and collectibles and Osome Studio even designed two brand new skills! Asterix and Obelix XXL2 Remastered is a exceptionally fun trip down memory lane, because we've known Asterix and Obelix for so long. Plus, you might have played the original game on the PS2 or even some of the other Asterix & Obelix video games. Even if you're new to this dynamic Gaul duo, this game is a really good way to get to know them and happily bash your way through tons of Romans!