If you thought about Asterix and Obeliks, everyone had to think after the films with Gerard Depadie (Gerard Depardieu), then this is not so. At least in my homeland, in France, this couple is still popular – and comics with her participation publish, and full-length cartoons take off. So it is not surprising that reprint came out not so long ago ASTERIX & OBELIX XXL 2, And at the end of the year Publisher Microids prepared the continuation of the name Asterix & Obelix XXL 3 – The Crystal Menhir.
What made them?
That’s just the language does not turn to call this game to the third part of the series XXL – She looks very different than predecessors. This is no longer a three-dimensional adventure, but an action from the camera located somewhere above the camera that cannot be managed. Small Asterix and Obelix run by corridor (most often, but not always) locations, fighting with the same small romans, collect collection items, and for some years they for some reason have learned to jump.
Games about these fun gallas were never outstanding, and very often they had to fight the crowds for a long time and to move into the plot. In the new part, nothing has changed – you still need to mutid hundreds and thousands of enemies, only here this process managed to make even more boring. Then you are traveling from one point to another and stick with everyone, then you are locked up within the big camp and ask to do the same.
The essence of the camps is to get to a valuable thing and pick it up, after which the heroes will automatically leave the location, having received an assessment for their successes. Each camp is divided into several sections, between which the gates opened with levers are located. Even if one enemy hunts you, to interact with the lever will not allow, so everyone is desirable to win. Special attention should be paid to soldiers, raising anxiety, – after their signal from the tents even more Romans will run out. And you can immediately demolish the buildings with several blows.
The problem is only that in the case of death, the passage of the entire camp must begin from the very beginning, and it sometimes takes a long time. I passed the game alone on high difficulty (for the sake of trophy, of course) and constantly cursed on a partner managed by artificial intelligence, which almost did nothing – only lazily beat someone in a fist every two seconds. Probably, it is guilty himself, since I did not call a living friend, but add an online cooperative then if the companion is absolutely useless when playing solo.Stupid Romans think that galls can be taken by.
The most striking example of the dullness of the partner – fights with the Romans-Shlotonians. It is assumed that the player should use a special reception (for example, an uppercot) and knock off the head of the opponent’s hands, and then you can dub. That’s just the energy is spent on these techniques, and it is not always available and is not automatically regenerated. I have to rely on the companion – “Agrit” the enemy and hope that the other Gall will beat him in the back. He does it, but so sluggish that the fight is delayed for a minute. Well, though, then there is an opportunity to put the opponents and turn them back independently.
However, even with a partner, the local combat system is somewhat already for the second camp. In the game only one type of ordinary beats (activated by clicking on the “Square” on the gamepad) Plus on the “Circle” Available for Sterica from Asterix and Punch Belly at Obelix. The above-mentioned special techniques are four, but only a circular attack is useful among them. Why use the Uppercot, hiding only one enemy, or throw unfortunate Romans in others, when you can circling a few seconds in a row and put everything damage? As a result, a special reception can be considered, too, only 1. For him, you need the energy that you fill in conventional blows, so stupidly put pressure on the “square” you have too often.
Developers tried to make the game less monotonous, diluing monotonous fights with puzzles, but their very little. The passage as if they tried artificially stretch, almost at every step arranging the Romans, by which at some point you start to run, just to save time. It is not always possible, but sometimes there is a chance. When in action you try to avoid this very action, with the game obviously something wrong.
Perhaps a variety of opponents would help, but there are problems with it. Ordinary Romans, Romans with shields, thick Romans, raising the alarm Romans – you see almost everyone in the first two camps, and nothing else changes. Only the environment – then you are fighting on slippery paths covered with ice, then in the camps there are more archers standing on the tower. Only Obelix can destroy these towers, so mostly only them and manage – the skills of him are about the same as Asterix, and not always to switch between them during the battle.In puzzles, the need for the second player does not occur – everything is easy to do.
Improvements that are purchased in stores for the collected currency are also not strongly affected by the gameplay. They do not expand the list of abilities, but only strengthen them. Increase the damage from special techniques, increase the supply of health and energy, lengthen the combination of conventional strikes – everything ends on it. However, I would not say that after the upgrades, the enemies began to fall apart much faster, and there was no more cheerful.
Minutes of rest
Much more pleasure get from minor tasks, among which are fun orders. In one of them, it is necessary to give the barrels from one place to another, donating from huge snowballs. In another – kicks to lead his lost chicken. In the third – to reach one and a half minutes to a safe location, rushing past the heaps of traps and dozens of Romans, who are shooting out of Luke, and to pricks try. True, and from these episodes sometimes the impression is spoiled due to a fixed camera – it is not always clearly visible, you go on a narrow plank or next to her.
The plot, even though he is absolutely passing, can cheer out references to the universe and all the same funny names of the characters, like a jigonicus and econom crisis. The story spins around the crystal mengir, who will help the sister of panoracs to protect against the invasion of the Romans on its island, but without three important elements it does not function in full force. For them asterix and obelix and begin to hunt, visiting different locations and asking them inhabitants about where they should go on.
Videos do not miss, but not because they are so interesting, but because you want to do anything in addition to beating the crowd of opponents. But there are some good jokes here yet. In addition to B XXL 3 Not just translated subtitles, but even there is a complete Russian voice. Localization places unfinished (a couple of descriptions of the descriptions get out in French), but otherwise performed perfectly – here also the inscriptions on the signs were adapted. It is a pity that so much strength was spent on a mediocre game.
Circular attack – the best reception, and with upgrades the character will turn to the ripe noticeably longer.
Asterix & Obelix XXL 3 – The Crystal Menhir Could become a good game that corrected the shortcomings of the predecessors, because the developers probably read criticism towards reprinting XXL 2. As a result, they did not just ignored everything, but also the genre changed. It is possible how a cooperative entertainment for a couple of evenings a game is good, but even in a joint mode, it will start calling the sowing as quickly as when playing al1. No it is XXL 3 – The name does not correspond to the content at all.
Pros: Funny dialogues and familiar atmosphere “Asterix and Obelix”;Secondary tasks and puzzles are fascinating;Full transfer to Russian.
Minuses: not always a convenient fixed camera;Tedious fights that are too many too much;lack of storage points in camps;stupid ii companion;lack of online cooperative.