Wednesday, November 24, 2010

REAL GAMES - ASTERIX AND OBELIX

Once again, the sequel proves to be superior over the original in every way.

Much like yesterday's review, Asterix and Obelix is a platforming game based on the French comic by the same name.  Unlike Asterix, however, this game is fun.  Everything that was wrong with the first game has been fixed, and everything that was already good has been improved upon.  I already went over the source material yesterday, so lets skip all of that and get to the review.

This time around, the game actually gives us a story.  It is very brief, but it explains a whole hell of a lot more than Asterix did.  Another improvement that you will find right at the beginning is the ability to choose between Asterix or Obelix.  We also have a password system, because unlike Asterix, this game takes longer than 50 minutes to beat.  So far, we are off to a great start.

This time we get to play as Obelix, also known as Gerard Depardieu.
So how about the controls?  Well, they are pretty much the same, except they got rid of those annoying camera control buttons.  Just that one tiny change, however, has made this game a lot less frustrating.

The improvements keep coming, in the form of audio.  Every stage has its own unique background music, and there are a lot of stages.  So even though this game is a bit longer, the music never gets old or annoying.  Excellent.

Everything visual about this game has been remastered.  Even though the sprites in Asterix were good, they have managed to make them look a lot better this time around.  The stage design and variations of enemies have also improved substantially.  Instead of random shapes for backgrounds, we are given highly detailed scenes that look as if they were directly taken from the source material.  This game also has some crazy attention to detail for the animations.  For example, when you uppercut an enemy off the screen, you can see them crashing back down to earth in the background.  It's those type of things that make this game stand out from the rest.

The biggest problem with the gameplay in Asterix was the lack there of.  Asterix and Obelix definitely does not suffer from this problem, as it has tons of stages and challenges.  But it's still just a platforming game, right?  Yes, and no.  It does offer the traditional challenges of a platforming game, but it also has mini games strewn about to add a touch of originality.  For example, you get to face off against the Romans in a game of Rugby, compete in the Olympics, build a palace for Cleopatra, and participate in a bullfight.  This game is all over the place, but in a good way.

The Naked Truth: You're all ugly and flat.  Bullfighting is awesome.
I loved this game.  5 laughing vikings out of 5.  The French have finally delivered a great game.  There's really not much else to say.  If you are a fan of the comic, play this game.  If you want to see how platform games should be done, play this game. 

23 comments:

Mr Bouchard said... [Reply]

Played it too, much better than the first game!

Gansita said... [Reply]

hehe, characters of that game are hilarious.

Gurney said... [Reply]

lol good to see i finally got a good one

Guy Movie Blogger said... [Reply]

Having spent a bit of my childhood in Europe, I love Asterix and bullfighting. Gerard Depardieu... maybe not as much.

shahidj said... [Reply]

asterix is amazing!

Copyboy said... [Reply]

Upholds my sequel theory. Except when it comes to Weekend at Bernies 2.

Das Auto! said... [Reply]

5 laughing vikings eh? i'll have to check this one out

your reviews are always top notch, man. i really like the amount of detail and work u put in. keep up the good work!!

Come At Me Bro said... [Reply]

Really great game!

SpringyB said... [Reply]

Nice, finally a 5/5.

David Davidson said... [Reply]

This looks awesome!

Lemmiwinks said... [Reply]

I like what you did with your blog. keep up the good work!

Yakoi said... [Reply]

Glad that you found a game that didn't make you want to beat your head against the wall. Great review! <3

tigey said... [Reply]

Looks like a fun and entertaining game, good job

Easy said... [Reply]

it's been awhile since a 5/5. nice post :P

Hiphop Rising said... [Reply]

wait a second, those girls weren't ugly and fat

Apps Master said... [Reply]

I played asterix&obelix on my gameboy ! Finished it so many times :p I used to love this game :p

Classically Trained Nub said... [Reply]

@Hiphop Rising Flat, not fat. Tiny boobies. It's what happens when girls don't eat meat. And I said ugly, cause I don't really like the whole Skeletor look. Which also happens when you don't eat meat. Meat is awesome.

Astra said... [Reply]

great collection of pictures

The Angry Vegetarian said... [Reply]

Damn, another one I've never even heard of.

vogelhut said... [Reply]

nice

MikeyB said... [Reply]

10x better then the first..following..

Longkid said... [Reply]

Sounds like fun I guess

SimsGuy said... [Reply]

I never played this, but was certainly forced to watch/read my share of fucking Asterix in high school French class..

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