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Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded (PC) Review
14 August 2013
Excerpt: is a name that inspires either praise (if you're a fan of the original Sierra adventure series from the late 80s/early 90s) or active dislike (if you've experienced the bastardized console “re-imaginings” from the past couple years). Most folk just want a balding dude with halotosis in a leisure suit making crude gestures and innuendos yapping away about getting laid while the player clicks on stuff in the environment.
Conclusion: Overall, this "reload" is an excellent update, donning a fresh new leisure suit and offering a decent remix of old content to make it interesting while still remaining true to the original. With its excellent cartoon visuals, a beautifully crafted soundtrack, wonderful voiceovers and narration, engaging puzzles and gags everywhere you look, both series veterans and newcomers alike will find it very difficult not to like this latest iteration of Leisure Suit Larry.
Conclusion: Although the puzzles were quite good, the voice acting is reasonable and there are some tributes paid to the original, there aren’t too many redeeming features to the game. The visuals are mediocre, the jokes are rarely funny and the background music was so overbearing that I turned it off. Anyone who backed the game for more than $15 on Kickstarter or paid the $20 asking price on Steam may certainly feel a little ripped off, especially with it’s length.
Pros: Point and click is much easier than typing commands as in the original. Puzzles are intuitive. The retro Age Verification check was cool.
Cons: Tries to be funny, but isn’t. Visuals needed to be reloaded. Short and overpriced.
Conclusion: In the end, that’s what it comes down to really. Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded doesn’t hold up when compared to other games this generation, but then that was really never the point. Released in 2013, LSL:R feels just as out of date as Gearbox’s Duke Nukem Forever , and critically speaking, I can only offer a review based on what it is now, not by what it was then. To the fans though, the score I give really doesn’t matter, nor should it.
Conclusion: Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded isn’t a total bust. Its self-deprecating humor still elicits plenty of chuckles and some of the gags are gross and/or clever, but the tiresome cycle of saving and reloading just to pay your way from place to place saps away a lot of the joy. Clearly, this series got better as it went. Here’s hoping the later, much-improved adventures of Larry Laffer get the modern update treatment, because it’s wasted on this one.
Pros: Quality voice acting
Cons: Crappy, forced economy, Arcane puzzle design, Scarce animations, Dying isn't funny or fun
Excerpt: Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is a remake of Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (released in CGA in 1987 and then in VGA in 1991), which in turn was a remake of the text-only Softporn Adventure (released in 1981). That means while Reloaded adds some new material, it’s essentially the fourth version of the same game. Is this sort of repetition necessary? Is it a good idea? Keep reading to find out.
Excerpt: Get ready for one insane adventure with Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded which is now available for PC. Players can dust off their slacks and return to an updated journey in the 21st century from the team at Replay Games and N-Fusion. If your new to the series, you play as Larry Laffer whose ultimate mission is to get laid. The game starts with our delightful loser outside a shady bar called Lefty's with only $94 to his name.
Excerpt: I remember playing this game when I was a kid, back in 1987 and hoping to see some virtual nudity or sex on the PC. It was a challenge that I vowed to break and funny enough, none of this existed in the game but rather, it was one of the funniest games that I ever played.