It’s time to mash some Romans as Asterix & Obelix are back in a brand-new adventure. Publisher Microids and developer OSome Studio have released Asterix & Obelix XXXL: The Ram From Hibernia and here is my review of the PlayStation 5 version.
The Lamb From Hibernia is another new entry in the Asterix series following Slap Them All that released last year and the remasters that released before that. This latest game is available on most current major platforms and takes place in 50 B.C. This time around we see the Romans currently occupying most of Gaul while the princess in Hibernia calls on our heroes Asterix and Obelix to help them push back the Roman invaders and recover her father’s golden ram. You have your mission so from there it’s time to slap some Romans.
This latest entry is a top-down beat ‘em up game and you can even play it with up to four players locally which is a first for the series. The gameplay is mostly like it’s been in prior entries as you’ll make your way through the levels, beat up enemies, solve the occasional puzzle, and repeat. You have light and heavy attacks mapped to the face buttons on the DualSense while the other two face buttons let you perform dashes and grab items in the environment. Your toolset is rounded out by the shoulder buttons that let you throw said items that you pick up or perform a super move. It’s not very deep for a beat ‘em up but it gets the job done in being a good family friendly choice that players young and old can enjoy.
I played through the entire game by myself in which case I was able to swap characters at the press of a button when needed like when having to solve some puzzles. The whole thing isn’t very long lasting only a few hours and outside of some challenges for beating certain parts under conditions there isn’t a lot of replay value here. If the game was exactly the same but longer I do think it would’ve gotten quite repetitive as you are just beating up people and solving some puzzles here and there for the entire time. I did get quite a few laughs out of the writing though and also found the voice acting and music to be quite good. It isn’t going to blow you away visually for a PlayStation 5 game but I enjoyed the visual variety in the environments and the animation work was also done well.
Asterix & Obelix XXXL: The Ram From Hibernia manages to be a fun, family friendly top-down beat ‘em up that will also make you laugh. The main things I hold against it is that there isn’t a lot of variety in the gameplay and it won’t last you more than a few hours most likely. I would personally wait on a sale to get this one as it is much easier to recommend for a lower price.
*Asterix & Obelix XXXL: The Ram From Hibernia is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch, and PC. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.