[Beyond PlayStation] Asterix and Obelix XXL: Romastered Review
Asterix and Obelix XXL: Romastered from Microids is an improved and revamped take on the 3D action game from 2003. Does it do a good job of giving us a bigger and better adventure? Find out in our Asterix and Obelix XXL: Romastered review!
Asterix and Obelix XXL: Romastered from Microids is a new take on the 3D action game that released way back in 2003. It was originally released on the PlayStation 2 â€“ receiving a port to the Nintendo Gamecube in Europe in 2004. The title has now been revamped and remastered for the Nintendo Switch, which is why youâ€™re reading this Asterix and Obelix XXL: Romastered review. The game is now presented in widescreen, with greatly improved character models, textures, lighting, shadows, framerate, and a more dynamic and varied soundtrack, which does a great job of complementing the action. You can instantly switch between the original release and the remastered version by pressing the ZR button, which is certainly a nice bonus.
Youâ€™ll control your character with the left analog stick, moving the camera with the right one. Your attacks will be mapped to the Y button, and youâ€™ll be able to jump and double jump with the B button. The A button will allow you to perform a short dash that can put some distance between you and your opponents. If your partner has grabbed onto a roman, you can press the L button to throw it. You can also press the R button to unleash Dogmatix, who will bite a Roman to make him drop its weapons.
Asterix and Obelix XXL: Romastered can be played in the Easy, Normal, or Hard difficulty options, with an even more challenging Extreme option available for when you complete the name in Normal or Hard. When playing in Easy, you shouldnâ€™t have any trouble taking on the Roman legions with your might. Normal will offer the standard challenge youâ€™d expect from a 3D action game like this one. Hard presents to you a challenge of epic proportions, with enemies that will deal a lot of damage. You also get to enjoy Countdown Mode that has you participating in short races in some stages to try and beat the target times. If you defeat enemies and destroy the specially marked boxes, the timer will freeze, which will allow you to reach the finish line with a lower overall time.
You can collect Gold Laurels that the Romans have hidden in each area you visit. Search high and low for them so that you can find all 63 Gold Laurels. Along with these, you can also search for extra shields that will reward you with more health to increase your overall health bar, which is great if you want to stay alive in battle. Some collectibles are only available in the remastered mode, while others are only shown in the retro mode, which means youâ€™ll have to switch between them every now and then to be able to find them all! Collect enough Gold Laurels, and youâ€™ll unlock new looks for Asterix and Obelix.
The many helmets you collect from defeating all of the Romans youâ€™ll battle, as well as from the hundreds of boxes youâ€™ll destroy, can be spent to purchase things such as a piece of meat to recover some of your health, a shield to fully restore your health while also adding an additional shield of health to your total, to unlock new combos such as the power hammer combo, which will allow you to catch a roman and pound him to the ground â€“ and you can increase its power by double jumping before you do this! The helmets can also be used to purchase pieces of the eleven pieces of art that can be displayed in the gallery.
Asterix and Obelix XXL: Romastered is a fun 3D action game aimed at gamers of all ages that features a colorful presentation with a bunch of improvements made over the original look and feel of this 2003 release. Worry not, since you can still instantly switch to the original version of the game with the press of a button if you want to experience both the old and the new as needed. Asterix and Obelix XXL: Romastered is out now on Nintendo Switch with a $29.99 asking price.
This Asterix and Obelix XXL: Romastered review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Microids.