''Asterix & Obelix XXL 2: Mission: Las Vegum'' brings the penchant of the ComicBook/{{Asterix}} books for parody and pop-culture references [[ReferenceOverdosed to the extreme]], featuring a large number of {{Shout Out}}s to video games -- and a few more from other media, too.
* Even before entering Las Vegum proper, you'll face [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/bonusart_character_mario/51-1375973/ the first special Roman soldier]]. He has a big moustache, a helmet with a red Roman Eagle shaped like a M, and turtle shells as shoulder pads. He's equipped with a FLUDD device (''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' was the most recent entry of the main series at the time of ''XXL 2'''s development). When defeated, these Mario Soldiers emit a muffled "Mamma mia!" They get some statues on the Arc de Triomphe, and small flags near the Eiffel Tower.
* In one of the employee back rooms, [[http://image.jeuxvideo.com/images-sm/pc/a/o/aox2pc002.jpg a menhir colored like a Yoshi egg]] is clearly visible.
* A giant ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''-like wall is visible from some spots in Lutetia. If you look around [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl010/51-1376008/ from the top of the Eiffel Tower]], you'll also notice a few of the characteristic striped hills.
* There are several [[http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/8730/toadd.jpg small portraits of Toad]] on the walls in Venetia.
* Also in Venetia, you can see [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl011/51-1376010/ rows of small flags]] with red Yoshi eggs and mushrooms.
* A transition room in Venetia has [[http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/697/luigibutton.jpg the faces of Mario and Luigi]] near the two big buttons. The buttons themselves are of the same red and green as the Mario brothers.
* Later in Venetia, in the square inside the giant dark hall, [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl014/51-1376017/ you can see several statues]], among them Princess Peach and a Shine Sprite (you can find two more a little later).
* In the large courtyard at the beginning of WCW, there's [[http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/6085/pipev.jpg a big green pipe]]. You can enter it and find [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl039/51-1376390/ an entire Mario-themed area]]. There are floor mosaics of carnivorous plants, tiles of mushrooms, flowers, [[VideoGame/SuperMarioKart banana peels]] and Shyguys, unstable platforms shaped like Shine Sprites and POW blocks, and [[http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/9201/thwompi.jpg Thwomp-like devices]] (although they are designed to make you fall rather than crush you).
* Also in the exterior areas of WCW, there are [[http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/4121/mariohill1.jpg two]] [[http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/3831/mariohill2.jpg small]] Mario-esque artificial hills that stand out evidently.
* At the end of WCW, before entering Pirate Island, you can notice [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl048/51-1376402/ wall tiles]] reproducing ''Super Mario'' blocks.
* On the beach of Pirate Island, you can find [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl051/51-1376406/ towels with the crab enemy]] from the original ''VideoGame/MarioBros''. [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl059/51-1376414/ A few Starmen]] can also be seen on the sand (although they may be just cartoony starfishes).
* Near the end, after the section with the Zelda and Link statues, you enter a waterway whose walls [[http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/8389/mariofishies.jpg are decorated with Bloopers and Cheep Cheeps]].

* Leaning on one of the souvenir carts at Las Vegum's entrance, you can see a portrait of a roman-ized Link. [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl049/51-1376403/ It can be seen again]] much later in the game, just after leaving WCW.
* At some point in [=SeizeUs=] Palace, you'll have to take on [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl069/51-1376424/ an outside area]] that's an homage to the ''Zelda'' games. The statues you have to destroy are two of Link (one sitting, another riding a horse) and [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl074/51-1376429/ one of Princess Zelda]] (double parody, since it also reminds the Art/StatueOfLiberty). When you reach the top, you'll be treated by a relief of Caesar with an [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime ocarina]]. And if you look around, you may notice smaller reliefs of Caesar... wearing Link's beret. Two more statues are visibile at the sides of the place of the penultimate battle.

* As you enter the back rooms, where several props are stored, at the beginning of the game, you'll find four Egyptian obelisks with many hieroglyphs engraved. Among them, several iconic aliens. A few are visible on the sarcophagus a few steps later, too.
* Not much later, in one of the back rooms, you can see [[http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/2700/invaderspanels.jpg several panels with hieroglyphs]].
* At the base of the Eiffel Tower, you can find [[http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/8854/miniobelisks.jpg a stand with miniature obelisks]] decorated with Invaders and the ship. This is an odd EarlyBirdCameo: they are reproductions of [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl028/51-1376379/ a bigger obelisk]] you'll reach (and demolish) only after clearing Venetia and freeing the first druid.
* Small flags of the Invaders [[http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/7123/venetiaflags2.jpg can be seen in Venetia]].
* The Invaders are literally [[http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/4264/invadersluxor1.jpg everywhere]] on the hieroglyphs in [=LuckSore=], and I [[http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/8307/invadersluxor2.jpg really]], [[http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/8080/invadersluxor3.jpg really]] [[http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/2968/invadersluxor4.jpg mean it]]. Even on some [[http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/7763/invadersinsignia.jpg luminous insignias]].

* As you enter the back rooms of Las Vegum, you'll stumble into [[http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/5360/maximomegasword.jpg a giant version of Maximo's sword]]. And if you look up, you'll notice two [[http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/9343/maximolamp.jpg ceiling lamps made with giant Maximo shields]]. Two more lamps are in the first employee back room soon after.
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl001c/51-1375989/ An employee room]] has normal-sized Maximo's sword and shield and... a row of his undies.
* One of the corridors in WCW has several [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl045/51-1376397/ Maximo's shields on the wall]].

* In the storeroom at the beginning, you can spot [[http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/1583/quakecolumns.jpg two Egyptian columns]] whose bases bear what seems a modified ''Quake'' logo. A few more like them are found in [=LuckSore=].
* In WCW, you can find posters of the [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl043/51-1376394/ "Cake Ice Crimus"]], with a red Roman laurel crown shaped to look like the ''VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena'' logo. [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl047/51-1376399/ A large-sized version of this logo]], without slogans, is visible in the last arena of WCW.

* Very early in the game, you can see two carts [[http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/2356/slycart.jpg modeled after the van of Sly's gang]]. His hooked cane is visible next to one of them.
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl021/51-1376027/ Statues of Romans with Sly's tail and cane]] decorate the top of St. Mark church in Venetia.

* In the employee changing room at the beginning, you can see [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl001/51-1375986/ a conveyor belt with three costumes]]. One of them is a Sonic-like armor, making this an EarlyBirdCameo (the actual enemies aren't met before roughly halfway into the game).
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/bonusart_character_sonic/51-1375978/ Sonic Romans]] are introduced inside [=LuckSore=]. They are fast and often roll, strike with ring-shaped blades, and a "ring collected" sound is heard when they are defeated. They get some statues and posters in [=SeizeUs=].
* Sonic Romans can be seen rolling in the Internetus tunnels around the Mario-themed area under WCW.

* Several times, your path will be blocked by [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl003/51-1375992/ walls made of badly-arranged tetraminos]] you'll need to blow up.
* There are [[http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/7123/venetiaflags2.jpg small flags with Tetris pieces on them]] in Venetia.

* On [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl001/51-1375986/ the conveyor belt]] in the employee changing rooms, you can see a Bomberman costume. Like the Sonic example, you may think it's an early cameo of an enemy you'll meet later, but sadly it's not the case.
* However, soon after you will be introduced to [[http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/1594/bombermanbomb.jpg bombs shaped like Bomberman's head]].
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl027/51-1376378/ Niches with Bomberman's face]] are on the sides of the Obelisk in Lutetia, to remind you what's needed there...

* The Notre Dame church in Lutetia has [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl006/51-1376003/ many wood carvings of Raziel]] on the facade.
* Another version of Raziel can be seen [[http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/4734/razielvenetia2.jpg on some stone reliefs]] in Venetia.

* In cutscenes with Caesar, you can see many vases shaped like the Mog piloted by Caith Sith in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. There's even "VII" written on them! [[http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/9885/mogam.jpg You can see a few in-game]] much later, in [=SeizeUs=] Palace.
** They can be spotted again in two cutscenes of ''Asterix at the Olympic Games'', where the same room is lazily recycled.
* In the same palace, you can find other things that may refer to Franchise/FinalFantasy. [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl065/51-1376420/ The bird decorations]] over some doors may be Chocobos, and [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl066/51-1376421/ strange lamps]] seem to be modeled after the head of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'''s Vivi.

* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl009/51-1376007/ The balloon near the Eiffel Tower]] is mostly yellow but has two small red patches, a big purple patch, and a ghost-shaped patch inside it. The gondola is also an upside-down ghost.
* Several [[http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/1695/pacvenetia.jpg small portraits and reliefs]] of Pac-Man can be found throughout Venetia.
* Also in Venetia, the [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/bonusart_character_pacman/51-1375974/ Pac-Man Roman enemy]] is introduced.
* Past the first Pac-Man Roman, there's a transition room [[http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/9718/dotsf.jpg with dots on the floor]].
* St. Mark's Square in Venetia has [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl022/51-1376028/ wall and floor decorations]] looking like Pac-Man, a ghost and cherries. A better look at the pavement also revels that [[http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/8533/pacmazevenetia.jpg a good chunk of the square reproduces a Pac-Man maze]], with "XXL" written on the ghosts' lair.
* Among the many ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' hieroglyphics in Luxor, [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl036/51-1376387/ you may spot some ghosts too]].
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl056/51-1376411/ A ghost decorates the wooden horse]] in WCW Challenge 3.
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl053/51-1376408/ A small insignia of a ghost]] is found in Pirate Island, along with a row of Pac-Man and ghost flags.
* The bases of a few tall torches in [=SeizeUs=] (some bear exit signs), and the pedestals of statues, [[http://img815.imageshack.us/img815/2026/pacmanseizeus.jpg have small Pac-Mans engraved on them]]. Very easy to miss.
* One of the unlockable postcards has a Pac-Man Roman chasing a Ghost Roman (an enemy found only in Pirate Island).
* Finally, several small cabins (the ones from where the air carts are taken) [[http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/5531/paccabin.jpg have a small Pac-Man decoration]] too.

* You can find [[http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/9091/raymanvenetia.jpg portaits of Rayman]] on the walls in Venetia.
* At the beginning of [=LuckSore=], [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/bonusart_character_rayman/51-1375975/ Rayman Romans]] are introduced. Like the character, they have no limbs (no explanation is given how Caesar got hold of such soldiers - results of experiments like the ones that produced Deth Mach?) and punch with a similar animation. Hilariously, they can be defeated only by stomping on them, like they are enemies of a traditional platformer. They get some posters in [=SeizeUs=].
* The corridors of WCW are full of [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl045/51-1376397/ vases shaped like Rayman's body]].

* Some stone reliefs in Venetia portray [[http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/2537/jakdaxter.jpg Caesar with an eagle]], seemingly with no relation to videogames. Looking closely, however, you can notice that [[http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-12/art/jdpl-jak-cg1.jpg it's patterned after a CG image of the two heroes]] from the first game.
* Also in Venetia are several [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl025a/51-1376032/ feline statues looking like Daxter]].
* Daxter also [[http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/9620/daxtervenetialion.jpg stands in for the Venetian lion]] in St. Mark's Square.

* The big dark hall in Venetia has [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl025b/51-1376033/ searchlights projecting a figure]] similar to the iconic MK dragon... Only that is a seahorse.
* Later, at the end of the dark hall, you'll be treated with [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl016/51-1376021/ a transition room]] with two statues of Romans reproducing Scorpion's "come over here!" move. Above the door, two energy bars and the word "Fatalitum" are painted. These statues can be seen a couple more times in WCW.

[[AC:Donkey Kong]]
* A square in the giant dark hall in Venetia has [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl014/51-1376017/ several statues of videogame characters]]; among them, Donkey Kong holding a barrel.
* Right after exiting the dark hall, you can see a [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl017/51-1376022/ Donkey Kong fountain]].
* As you enter the last part of Lutetia after freeing the first druid, you'll be welcomed by [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl026/51-1376371/ giant barrels rolling down a slope]].
* In WCW there's [[http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/4813/donkeykonglevel.jpg a scaffolding with barrels rolling down]], shaped like a level of the original ''Donkey Kong''. The camera even switches to a side view as you scale it.
* Some Donkey Kong tiles are visibile on the ground, in front of the giant monkey head in Pirate Island.
* More rolling barrels inside the cave in Pirate Island.
* Another scaffolding with side view is in Pirate Island. [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl057/51-1376412/ On the top of it]], you can find a wooden cutout of Donkey Kong wearing an eyepatch.

* We have already mentioned the square in Venetia with [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl014/51-1376017/ statues of several videogame characters]], but the one that stands out the most among them is certainly the giant bust of Crash.
* Crash's likeness is also found [[http://img848.imageshack.us/img848/991/crashtotem.jpg on some totems]] in Pirate Island.

* Near the souvenir shop in Venetia, there are puppets moving in circle on an elevated rail. On the distance, they look like oversized purple pigeons. As you get closer, [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl019/51-1376025/ you'll realize they are Spyro]].
* The spinning ride in Pirate Island has [[http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/3040/pirateislandride.jpg small Viking ships with Spyro's head and tail]].
* During one of the air carts rides in Pirate Island, you'll stumble upon a [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl058/51-1376413/ very visible stone slab with Spyro]].
* Ironically, Etranges Libellules would end up developing a Spyro game (''Dawn of the Dragon'') a few years later.

* At the end of Lutetia and in [=LuckSore=], you can see a few [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl038/51-1376389/ golden statues of Pikmins]].
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl029/51-1376380/ The sphynx]] at the entrance of [=LuckSore=] has Olimar's face.

[[AC:Soul Calibur]]
* Between the many Larry Craft posters in [=LuckSore=], you may notice some different ones, a rendition of Soul Calibur 2's cover with Roman soldiers. [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl043/51-1376394/ The same posters]] are also seen many times in WCW.
* Also in WCW are reliefs of a gladiator version of [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl041/51-1376392/ Nightmare struggling to drag his sword]], and [[http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/5485/siegfriedr.jpg statues of a gladiator-Siegfried]].

* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/bonusart_character_unclassified/51-1375979/ The flying Romans]] use a big round contraption, half red and half white - definitely shaped like a Pokeball.
* In [=SeizeUs=], there is [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl068/51-1376423/ a spinning wheel with a Psyduck inside]]. You can easily miss it, because it's opposite the direction you take to get to an elevator.

* The spinning ride in Pirate Island has small Viking ships (the same ones with Spyro's head) [[http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/3040/pirateislandride.jpg with an eyepatch-wearing KapuKapu on the sails]].
* The floor of a single room in [=SeizeUs=] [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl064/51-1376419/ is bordered by ChuChu and KapuKapu]] tiles. Very easy to miss.

[[AC:Other Games]]
* The parody starts right from [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl000/51-1375983/ the game's cover]]. The layout is closely patterned after the cover of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', and ''Mission: Las Vegum'' is written with the same font as ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]''.
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/bonusart_character_samshiffer/51-1375977/ The Roman defector spy]] who helps Asterix and Obelix was already present in the first ''XXL'' but here he gets a name, [[VideoGame/SplinterCell Sam Shieffer, and a characteristic visor]]. The character was carried over to ''Asterix at the Olympic Games''.
* This is very easy to miss. An ornate sarcophagus in the storeroom at the beginning (it's near the giant sword) has a decoration that is made of two mirrored ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' logos. [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl031/51-1376382/ Several more sarcophaguses like this one]] can be found in [=LuckSore=].
* We already mentioned [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl001b/51-1375988/ a conveyor belt in the employee changing rooms]]. Beside Sonic and Bomberman costumes, it also has a [[VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil Pey'j]] costume! Another Pey'j mask can be seen nearby.
* One of the employee rooms has several [[VideoGame/EarthwormJim "Danger: Cows" signs]] [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl003a/51-1375993/ stored in a corner]], and if you look up, you'll see [[http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/1350/fridgem.jpg a fridge hanging from the ceiling!]]
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl004/51-1375994/ Some insignias in Lutetia]] portray the little dragons from ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble''.
* Likewise, [[http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/2326/atarilogo.jpg some other insignias]] are the logo of Creator/{{Atari}}, the game's publisher.
* Introduced in Lutetia are [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/bonusart_character_ryu/51-1375976/ buffed-up Roman soldiers]] who look like [[StreetFighter a mix of Ryu and Guile]], and throw energy balls and uppercuts with voice clips sounding like a muffled and distorted "Hadoken" and "Shoryuken". Their defeat animation is in slow motion. They get small flags near the Eiffel Tower, and a couple statues in WCW.
* The character of [[http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/7470/larry2b.jpg Larry]] [[http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/7537/larry1l.jpg Craft]] gets a cameo before being actually introduced, as a parody of a poster by Creator/HenriDeToulouseLautrec. Then he appears in a cutscene, and he has the same dress and hairstyle as [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] (for the record, [[FanDisservice he's fat and stocky]]). In [=LuckSore=] and WCW, there are [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl032/51-1376383/ many posters of him]] striking the same poses as Lara on the covers of the early ''Franchise/TombRaider'' games, and even some statues of him. Some players have seen the fact he fights with swords mounted on his forearms as a reference to ''VideoGame/{{Bloodrayne}}'''s melee weapons, but it may be just that they had to use something in place of guns.
* On the Arc de Triomphe, [[http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/2091/danteroman.jpg you can see stone reliefs]] of an ancient Roman rendition of [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]].
* In the square of the Arc de Triomphe, [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl007/51-1376004/ one building stands out]]: an inn with [[VideoGame/StarFox an insignia reading "SLIPPIS" and the giant head of a toad on the roof]].
* Scrolling banners of VideoGame/{{Lemmings}} are clearly visible [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl005/51-1375996/ from the bridge in Lutetia]].
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl024/51-1376030/ The entrance of Venetia]] has an insignia whose writing uses the same font as the logo of VideoGame/{{Columns}}.
* The first section of the big dark hall in Venetia has a [[http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/1441/blinx.jpg giant statue]] of ''VideoGame/Blinx'' dominating over it.
* As you get on the side of the above statue, you can see [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl024/51-1376030/ a small tower]] surmounted by a bust of [[Franchise/RatchetAndClank Ratchet, and a Clank-shaped pendulum underneath]].
* There's [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl026a/51-1376372/ a giant hourglass]] nearby. Although it's quite a stretch, it may be a loose reference to the ''Sands of Time'' trilogy of ''PrinceOfPersia''.
* And as you turn your sight left of the hourglass, [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl025/51-1376031/ you'll see a contraption]] reproducing ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}''!
* The Roman SuperSoldier is called Deth Mach.
* In a large room in [=LuckSore=] there are two ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biga_(chariot) bigae]]'' [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl030/51-1376381/ with several logos]]: Subarum, Atari, Etranges Libellules (the developer), and the first ''XXL'' game.
* Some rooms of [=LuckSore=] have [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl034/51-1376385/ Egyptian-style paintings]] depicting a parody of ''VideoGame/TheSims''. Two rooms have also [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl035/51-1376386/ a panel]] with the House and Forniture icons of the game.
* In WCW, there are [[http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/7295/arenatournament.jpg several posters advertising an "Arena Tournament"]], made with the same logo and font as ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament''.
* Also in WCW are roman-ized versions of the covers of ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 3''[[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl044/51-1376396/]] and ''Tekken 4''[[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl042/51-1376393/]].
* At the beginning of Pirate Island is a warehouse. Inside, [[http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/6546/xiiid.jpg a few crates]] have a number painted on them: ''ComicBook/{{XIII}}''.
* [[http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/5166/pirateislandmonkey.jpg The entrance to a cave]] you must open as the ultimate objective of the Pirate Island area, [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland is shaped like the head of a monkey]].
* Beside Donkey Kong, some tiles in front of the cave portray the monkey from ''VideoGame/SuperMonkeyBall''.
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl054/51-1376409/ The ride with dolphins]] on Pirate Island may be a loose reference to ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin''.
* In the waterway near the end of the game (the same whose walls are decorated with aquatic enemies from ''SuperMarioBros''), there are [[http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/3761/impst.jpg freaky wall sculptures]] that may be Imps from ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''.
* During Asterix's awkward conversation with Kerosene, he attempts to excuse himself by saying, "wouldn't want to keep you waiting, huh?" This is almost certainly a reference to Solid Snake's CatchPhrase in the ''MetalGearSolid'' series - "Kept you waiting, huh?", especially since it is a little shoehorned in.

[[AC:Examples from other media]]
* Las Vegum is obviously a parody of Las Vegas, and its six thematic areas are loosely inspired by some of the most famous hotels in Vegas.
** Lutetia is the ancient name of Paris, and the area parodies the ''current'' city, complete with Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. The balloon near the tower suggests a reference to [[http://www.dunnphotos.com/pictures/July_4th_in_Las_Vegas/paris_balloon.jpg the giant balloon-shaped insignia]] of the Paris Las Vegas. Furthermore, it is fitting that the starting area refers to the capital of the country from which both Asterix and the game's developer and publisher originate.
** Venetia. Beside the inspiration from The Venetian in Vegas, the area reproduces several spots of the current Venice or rather, fittingly, TheThemeParkVersion of it, with Carnival imagery in several spots.
*** Curiously, [[http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/3296/viareggio.jpg one of the Carnival statues]] looks more like [[http://www.viareggino.com/public/pagina_foto/20081119170801.gif the mascot]] of the Carnival of Viareggio, Tuscany.
** [=LuckSore=] obviously refers to the [[http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/nevada/las-vegas/images/s/the-pyramid.jpg Luxor hotel]], complete with a sphynx-shaped entrance to the Pyramid. It also fits with the frequent connection of Asterix with Egypt. Curiously, this PunnyName applies only to the English text and voice track - other languages use just "Luxor", and the in-game insignia on the entrance uses the French spelling "Louxor".
** WCW refers to the MGM Grand and [[http://www.lasvegasgateway.com/images/old-lion-entrance-mgm-grand.jpg the iconic lion-shaped entrance]] the hotel had in its early years (it has retained the lion motif though). Since the area consists of several challenges in arenas, [[Wrestling/{{WCW}} it may also be a sport reference]], although there's no event related to Pro Wrestling there. The name is made by just turning the MGM letters upside-down - if you look at [[http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/3617/wcwlogo.jpg the insignia]] closely, you can notice the C is in fact a G.
** Pirate Island has the loosest connection: it's probably inspired by the Buccaneer Bay attraction of the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino (back when it was more family-friendly) but, in fact, it has just a generic pirate theme.
** [=SeizeUs=] Palace may be the most (relatively) close to the the source, Caesars Palace. Casino imagery can be found inside, and the palace's logo uses the exact same font of the hotel's logo, as do several writings (like exit signs) throughout the game. Again, the PunnyName applies only if you play in English, other languages call it just "Caesar's Palace".
** Finally, bonuses can be gained betting helmets on slot machines strewn throughout the entire play area.
* Some souvenir carts at the beginning of the game have [[http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/2290/mickeymousei.jpg masks of a Roman soldier]] [[MickeyMouse whose helmet is shaped like mouse ears]].
* There are some [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl006a/51-1375998/ vending machines]] with a paint job similar to the Coca Cola logo - but they are supposed to dispense little amphors instead of cans.
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl002a/51-1375991/ The posters in Lutetia]] are parodies of famous French illustration from the late XIX - early XX century. You can see Larry Craft as [[http://www.thevintageposter.com/Art_Images/Medium/7705.JPG Aristide Bruant in the famous poster by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec]], or [[http://www.andreatortoreto.com/images/Le%20Chat%20Noir%20Steinlein%201890.jpg the poster of Le Chat Noir]] with a lion replacing the cat.
* The fake Notre Dame church in Lutetia is called "Nostra Damus". Doubly ironic because [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostradamus Nostradamus]] was also French.
* When you start noticing [[http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/4603/internetus.jpg some tiles with the @ symbol]], you may think it's just a throwaway reference to TheInternet. Later, the Internetus is introduced, with [[http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/2584/cesareinternetus.jpg Caesar]] even commenting "how did we live without it before?" It has even some importance in the ending ([[spoiler:it's thanks to this fast communication system that Caesar, accepting defeat, can rapidly make an order of retreat reach his legions in Gaul]]). Interestingly, the way the Sonic Romans are portrayed to bring messages throughout the Internetus reminds of the portrayal of interferons in ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_Upon_a_Time..._Life Once Upon a Time... Life]]'', a French edutainment cartoon about the human body.
* A few times throughout the game - for example, [[http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/1497/venividivici1.jpg at the top of the Eiffel Tower]], or [[http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/5039/venividivici2.jpg before entering SeizeUs]], you'll have the chance to spot a gigantic VENI VIDI VICI (Caesar's motto) in the distance, modeled after the Hollywood Sign.
* Like Venetia wasn't full of videogame Shout Outs already, it has even a movie one: in the big dark hall, after the square full of statues, you can spot [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl015/51-1376020/ a cartoony Moon with a face]], and [[EyeScream a big thing wedged in its eye]]. This is an obvious reference to the silent classic ''Film/ATripToTheMoon''.
* While the contraptions on the backs of [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/bonusart_character_unclassified/51-1375979/ the flying Romans]] are visually inspired by ''Pokemon'', their mini-helicopters and the way they hold the handles seem to be a nod to ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''.
* Several floor tiles in WCW have the shape of an old cinema projector, maybe a vague reference to the movie theme of the MGM Grand. Near the VideoGame/DonkeyKong scaffolding, you can see [[http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/237/walkoffame.jpg a series of these tiles with several names on it]], among them ''Film/BenHur'' - likely, a gladiator parody of the Walk of Fame.
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/asterix-obelix-xxl-2-mission-las-vegum/61-11324/all-images/52-170420/xxl061/51-1376416/ One of the Sonic Romans statues]] in the last area has an inscriptions on its pedestal, which reads [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay "Hasta La Vistae Babis"]].
* The fight before the final boss is a big parody of ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''. [[spoiler:Caesar says "Surprised to see me, Mr... Anderson?" This leaves Asterix and Obelix understandably perplexed, thinking Caesar has gone mad - if it wasn't that Asterix says "It ends tonight, Caesar!" soon after. Then, dozens of Caesars start pouring in, exactly as the Smiths in the movie. No explanation is given of how Caesar got all these "clones".]] When the actual fight begins, they managed to slip in a reference to another movie: [[spoiler:[[Film/KillBill you have to defeat 88 Caesars]]]].
* The last unlockable postcard has Deth Mach and the flying Romans as Film/KingKong and the planes, with ''Kerosene the nordic druid'' as the damsel.
* The menu music hides a very subtle one: For only a few seconds it plays the most iconic passage of the ''Franchise/JamesBond'' theme tune.