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[PlayStation 5] Asterix and Obelix: Heroes Review

[PlayStation 5] Asterix and Obelix: Heroes Review
EdEN
  • On October 19, 2023

Asterix and Obelix: Heroes from NACON, Jumpgate AB, and Les Éditions Albert René is a deckbuilder RPG take on the beloved series. Learn more in our Asterix and Obelix: Heroes review!

 

Asterix and Obelix: Heroes from NACON, Jumpgate AB, and Les Éditions Albert René is a deckbuilder RPG take on the beloved series. The year is 50 B.C. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well not entirely! One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. And life is not easy for the Roman legionaries who garrison the fortified camps of Totorum, Aquarium, Laudanum and Compendium… and the great general and Emperor of Rome – that would be Julius Ceasar – is not pleased. Julius Ceasar is currently concocting a plan to finally defeat the Gauls and conquer their village once and for all.

During one quiet morning in the village of Armorica where the aforementioned Gauls live, our heroes Asterix and Obelix spring into action when they realize that the Romans have managed to break through the gates and are invading the village! Since Getafix isn’t there to brew some magic potion for the whole village to join the fight, our dynamic duo must give it their all to try and stop the Romans before it’s too late. The good news is that they’ll at least be joined by Obelix’s faithful companion, Dogmatix! Oh, and Madame Fulliautomatix is ready to join the cause since she has a new pan that she’d like to test out on some Roman heads.

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As you can tell from my previous reviews for games on Nintendo Switch, such as Slay the Spire, the RPG Steamworld Quest, and Sea Horizon, or the most-excellent Inscryption on PlayStation 5, I’m certainly a fan of deckbuilding experiences, so I was looking forward to seeing how Asterix and Obelix: Heroes would handle things. Does it manage to stick to the general but fun deckbulding gameplay loop that we all know and love? Let’s find out!

You’ll control Asterix with the left analog stick as he moves through each area, confirming your choices by pressing the X button. Do know that you need to choose your path wisely since once you move ahead, you will not be able to go back… with some exceptions. To make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into, you can zoom in and out as needed with the L1 and R1 buttons and can move the camera to check out the map by using the right analog stick.

 

Once you go into battle, you’ll be using your deck, heroes, and their abilities to punish those foolish enough to stand on your path. There are up to 24 heroes to unlock during your adventure, and each one will have its own unique characteristics and ultimate skills to master. By using the cards on your deck as they’re dealt to your hand, you’ll be able to use them to attack opponents, defend against their incoming attacks, heal your wounds, and more.

You’ll switch between the hands on your hand by using the L1 and R1 buttons or the left analog stick and can choose which card to play by pressing the X button. Once you select a card, you’ll then have to choose an enemy or one of your heroes, depending on the card you’ve picked. Playing a card will cost energy, and if your hero’s energy runs out or you don’t have enough energy to cover a card’s cost, you will have to end your turn. You can check how much energy you have – as well as the total energy you can have – by looking at the vial in the bottom left corner of the screen. Pressing the Triangle button will allow you to get a description of what a card does, including any status effects it might inflict.

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Let’s go over, for example, one of Asterix’s turns while in combat. During your turn, you could, for example, use Bludgeon, which deals 10 damage, while applying 2 Vulnerable, which is a status effect that lowers a unit’s defense. After Bludgeon, you could use First Punch to deal some extra damage. Butt what if your enemy’s intent – which you can see over their head as a thought balloon – is to attack? Then perhaps the best strategy would be to use Shield Wall to add 4 points of armor to your teammates to then use Fist Punch to deal a bit of damage before ending your turn by pressing the Square button.

Each of your party members will have their own hand from which to use cards, with some specifically depicting the actions of one hero, even though another one will be using it. Take, say, Obelix. Since he’s an extremely powerful character in the comics and movies, that means he can deal a lot of damage, right? One card with Obelix on it is Body Slam, which will cost 3 energy points but will deal a considerable 33 points of damage to an enemy! What you do need to keep in mind is that Body Slam is a card with Exhaust written on it. This means that once you’ve used it, you won’t be able to use it for the rest of the battle.

 

Each of the heroes in your party will have a unique skill that is on a cooldown timer in order to balance things out and keep you from abusing them. To name some of these examples, Asterix has Born Rebel, which deals 9 damage to all enemies. And if the enemy is Roman, it also applies 1 Inaccurate. Obelix has Big Boned, which increases max HP and current HP by 15 until the battle is over. And for each Roman enemy still standing, Obelix will gain an extra 3 max HP! And let’s not forget about Dogmatix! His special ability is Mark Territory, which will apply 1 Fear on a random enemy. If the enemy is a beast, then it will instead apply 1 Stun.

Along with the main heroes in your party, you’ll also be joined by supporters. Supporters will use a different deck than fighting heroes, which means they’ll have access to cards that fighters can’t use. Enemies won’t be able to attack your supporters, but that also means you won’t be able to attack your enemies’ supporters. What are some of these special cards? You could use Inspiring to raise motivation by 10 or activate Stomachache, which will apply 2 x 7 Wrecked damage starting from the next round. Think of Wrecked as what other deckbuilding games might call Poison or Bleeding, since a unit affected with Wrecked will suffer damage when their turn comes around.

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Win a battle, and you’ll be rewarded with experience points for your party members, Sesterces to spend at the shop, and more. All rewards are added to your backpack, which you can check out by pressing right on the D-Pad. If you successfully manage to complete a chapter, you’ll get to keep them. But if you fail along the way, you will lose all rewards you had secured, except for the experience points that your heroes have gained.

After a battle and whenever your heroes make a big effort – such as removing an obstacle – their motivation will decrease. You can check their current motivation by pressing up on the D-Pad or by pressing the Triangle button. Keep an eye on motivation so that it doesn’t end up going too low! A hero with a high motivation will be strengthened, while one with low motivation will be weakened. And if motivation gets too low… they might even end up leaving your team! This is why it’s important to visit campfires. While at a campfire, you will be able to choose between healing your party, recovering some of their motivation, or eating snacks – which is how you use support items.

 

Once you’ve completed a chapter, the group will end up at the Tavern. It’s there that you’ll need to carefully plan your next adventure. You can edit your decks, purchase items from the shop, or rank up your heroes. The shop’s stock will change after every chapter, so be sure to visit it every time to make sure you don’t miss anything! You could purchase new cards for your decks between common, uncommon, and rare cards. One of the rare ones is Energy Shield, which will make you discard all cards on your hand while gaining 3x the amount of energy of the discarded cards combined. Or maybe you’d like to buy a Wisdom Potion, which will allow you to gain an extra 50% experience points after your next battle.

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And now, let’s talk about unlocking new heroes and ranking them up! You can unlock new heroes after you have collected enough hero cards for a specific hero. By continuing to collect hero cards, you can rank up your heroes to make them stronger. With 24 heroes in total – 17 fighters and 7 supporters – there are many hero cards for you to collect in your future if you want to 100% the game and max them all out!

Trophy-wise, this one has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. And since it’s also a Cross-Buy title, your purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost, and each one will have its own separate trophy list for you to work on. Each of those lists will have 8 Bronze trophies, 7 Silver trophies, and 7 Gold trophies for you to work on. What will you be doing to get each of these Platinum trophies for your collection?

You must win the first battle, complete the first chapter in the game by beating the Centurion who thinks he knows better, complete each full area by beating the boss at the end, fix an obstacle, use a campfire to raise motivation, restore life, or eat a snack for the first time, unlock a blocked path, unlock the additional heroes you can add to your group – which include Cleopatra, Getafix, Cacofonix, and Latraviata – win 50 battles, win 250 battles, and use 100 campfires during your adventure.

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Asterix and Obelix: Heroes brings the titular duo and many other beloved characters from the series into a deckbuilding experience with some gameplay twists to offer along the way. You’ll be recruiting up to 24 heroes in total, with 17 fighting the good fight and 7 acting as supporters to aid them on your journey. It offers a different, not as hectic experience when compared to other deckbuilders since you’ll be working your way through the story chapters set in different regions. Asterix and Obelix: Heroes is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $29.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

Disclaimer
This Asterix and Obelix: Heroes review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by NACON.

Review Overview

A fun deckbuilder spin on Asterix and Obelix
7.5
7.5

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