PS2 PREVIEW: ASTERIX & OBELIX XXL2: MISSION LAS VEGUM

Those two lovable vikings ripped from the pages of newspaper comic strips from around the world are once again returning to your TV. Publisher Atari is calling Mission Las Vegum the industry's first videogame parody as the game will poke fun at a heaping helping of vid icons.

The game takes place in a huge city-sized theme park created by Julius Caesar himself called Las Vegum. Within the confines of the park you'll visit areas such as Little Paris, WCW, LuckSore, Little Venetia, Pirate Island, and even SeizeUs Palace.

This time during their adventure Asterix and Obelix will require the help of a few oddball characters to rid the city of Romans, namely centurion Larry Croft and a certain repentant Roman spy with inside knowledge of new-fangled techniques named Sam Shieffer.

"Asterix and Obelix are global icons on a scale that many of today's so-called celebrities can only dream about, and the time has come to share the massive French success of the Asterix & Obelix video game franchise with the rest of Europe," said Cyril Voiron, Marketing Director, Atari Europe. "This is the first game of its kind – a wildly entertaining spoof packed with a whole host of familiar faces players won't have too much trouble recognising."

Unfortunately the bad news right now is there are no plans to release Mission Las Vegum outside of Europe, since the first game didn't do all that wonderfully in North America. We're betting gamers would enjoy a game that pokes fun at their favorite hobby, but we're not going to be foolish enough to suggest that tons of gamers would buy it. You gamer types are a very fickle bunch.

We've posted a batch of pix for you to look over to see if you can spot all of the gaming references. Use your mouse under the screenshot to select the invisible text and see if you've discovered all of the gags.

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System: PS2
Dev: NA
Pub: Atari
Release: Fall 2005 (UK)
Players: 1
Preview by Vaughn
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