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    jp's Asterix and Obelix XXL2: Roman Rumble in Las Vegum (PS4)

    [July 29, 2020 03:02:02 PM]
    The plot thickens!

    So, it turns out that the game I'm playing as apparently a "high-definition" master of "Asterix & Obelix XXL: Mission: Las Vegum" which was originally released in 2006 for Playstation 2 (and others)!

    That explains a lot - the game is wonky in strange ways and I'm basically chalking that to "oh, it's a PS2-era game and that carries through". It also explains why some of the game references are weird - why is the Mario-like character a version of GameCube's Super Mario Sunshine? (well...)

    Apparently the re-master came out with a limited edition AND a colletor's edition! Wow! I wonder how well the original game did or what kind of fans the game has (in Europe mostly?)

    I made it to the WCW zone (there are only two more) and I decided to give up - the Mario character is simply too annoying and there's abit where I need to clear a bunch of them while doing some complicated platforming and I spend more time getting "squirted" off the platform than making mistakes myself. So, I'm calling it done!
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    [July 28, 2020 02:15:46 PM]
    Playing an Asterix and Obelix game has been sort of a sore spot for me...I've wanted to but it hasn't worked out. I actually bought a DS game several years back on a trip to Greece but when I got back to my hotel and opened the case - there was a different game inside. I rushed back to the store but it was just closing and I was unable to convince the storeperson to correct the error and I was flying out that evening. So, foiled!

    Anyways, I picked this up a few days ago actually (super sale at Gamestop!) and was really curious to try it out. I would describe it as a competent puzzle brawler or sorts. You spend a lot of time fighting enemies - and there are some fun combos I've enjoyed practicing (and not being terrible at it), and there are some (mostly) simple environmental puzzles to solve. The push this button here and slide this thing there type of puzzle.

    I read a lot of Asterix as a kid growing up and I really enjoyed it. I read it all in Spanish so it was really weird to hear the characters speak in english accents! (regular english accent, not even english accents that sound like french). So, this was really weird. I've also never gotten used to (or really learned) the gaul names in English. They're all puns - so the names in Spanish were different and, better? (that's just my bias to be fair) I've never seen any of the movies or animations, so this was really my first voiced Asterix experience and I'm not really a fan to be honest.

    The game's premise is clever - Panoramix (Getafix the druid) seems to have turned traitor and has been spotted in Las Vegum which is sort of a giant theme park in Rome. This gives the perfect excuse to have thematic areas and other sorts of things that wouldn't make sense in a "regular" environment. I mean, it still doesn't make a lot of sense - but it makes it more plausible as it where (Las Vegum is also still under construction, so there's no tourists or anything). Anyways, there's plenty of variety in terms of puzzles and environments and each new area (currently working on the Egyptian-themed one) introduces some new enemy types and possibly new puzzle mechanics.

    Interesting things for me so far:

    (a) the animations are really fun and capture the craziness of A&O who basically plow through roman soldiers in the comics. It's pretty much the same here - but the animations tend to warp the character models before they finally fly off. They're all rubbery in a way that's funny and "true" to the comics.

    (b) There's a ton of characters and level design elements that are "homages" to videogames. This is really weird to me! There's a roman called "Pablo" who is Mario (from Super Sunshine, so he has the water backpak thing). There are bomberman bombs, tetris pieces, a centurion called "Larry Croft" and a Sam Fisher roman who essentially drives the entire story. It's REALLY weird to me. Oh, there's even a Mario-styled platforming level (styled after Super Mario Sunshine again). Oh, there's also a Pac-Man shield-bearing roman, a Sonic roman (moves fast) and even a Rayman roman! I'm sure I'm missing a bunch of references (the egyptian area has space invaders icons as hieroglyphs). I guess A&O always riffed off current events, but never this much or this blatantly?

    (c) The game feels weirdly "B", but it's a 2018 release? I'm also really confused by the long and convoluted name. I should probably look into this further.


    I'm not sure yet if I'll finish the game - I hit a rough patch that is really annoying me - I keep getting pushed off a ledge by the Mario-impersonators. Sigh.
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    jp's Asterix and Obelix XXL2: Roman Rumble in Las Vegum (PS4)

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    GameLog started on: Saturday 25 July, 2020

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