Reviews and Problems with Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
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21 January 2006
Summary: Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude is by no means a game that will go down in history but it does do its job and that is providing a fun, humour-filled, crude adventure that is strictly for adults and certainly not one for the kiddies Xmas stocking! The game will definitely appeal to a percentage of the population and there will be a large amount who'll be hugely offended by it and that is a shame because it is in essence a light-hearted game.
Excerpt: Graphics & Sound:
Straying from its roots slightly, Sierra’s Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude takes a cartoony approach to its newest game in the long-running series. Despite this, the visuals look awesome. In fact, because of this the game instantly delivers a visually fun, carefree feeling the minute you sit down at the computer. I bet you’re thinking I’m going to talk about the girls next, huh?
Excerpt: What gamer in his twenties or thirties doesn’t have fond memories of Al Lowe’s Leisure Suit Larry series? Perverted and harmless, Larry was rejected by woman after woman as he sleazed his way into any number of insane or awkward locations in search of a woman desperate enough to give in to his ridiculous advances. This was the charm of the series when it was under the control of Al Lowe.
Excerpt: Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude is the next installment in the Leisure Suit Larry franchise. For those who don't remember, the Leisure Suit Larry videogame franchise began in 1987 with The Land of the Lounge Lizards, the first of seven games in the series. Since then, the Leisure Suit Larry games have sold more than 35 millions of units worldwide and its games are considered collector items.
Excerpt: Do the ends justify the means? Regardless of the topic, it's a classic question that's been raised time and time again, and it usually has no clear solution. This moral puzzler sprang to mind after playing Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude and seeing the sad, pathetic way it delivered genuinely enjoyable comedy.
Excerpt: Apparently, this week GiN is featuring classic games and game developers of old as Nate Wooley talked at length on Monday about how cool Sid Meier and his games are. Unfortunately, I was not at the party where Nate got to sit with Sid, though I did meet the man one time years before - at a job fair no less. Sid was just Sid back then, not Sid the gamer god. He was recruiting people to come work at Microprose from my college.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: There just isn't anything here that warrants forking out any amount of money. If you're after lewd humour then watch Porky's, Animal House or American Pie . If you want some mild titillation then buy the latest copy of Razzle, or spend some time with the ladies of the internet. But if you want a decent adventure game, there are plenty available - previous Larry titles included - that are much more valid.
Summary: Times sure have changed since the last time a Leisure Suit Larry game hit store shelves. Once the name in sexually charged adventure gaming, the Leisure Suit Larry series has been altogether dormant since the '90s. This could at least be partially attributed to the fact that the sort of humor the series brought to the table was frequently being upstaged by increasingly foul and bawdy humor in all other facets of the media.