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Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work (DOS)

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Written by  :  *Katakis* (37810)
Written on  :  Nov 03, 2002
Platform  :  DOS

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Death-free like a few LucasArts games

The Good

In Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals, Larry searched for women to seduce on a tropical resort, having found out that his feisty wife dumped him for another woman; while Patti went to great lengths finding him after he stormed off after one night of passion. Like LSL3, there are two plots where you take control of two characters to handle each plot.

Plot #1: A company known as PornProdCorp issues an election of America’s most sexiest women. She has to appear on the ratings smash, America’s Sexiest Home Videos. After a few preliminary rounds, the selection team ended up with three finalists, one of which must be chosen. The team agrees that during the final selection, none of the girls were to find out that they are being auditioned, since she would certainly be sexy if she knew. Therefore, they are in need of a man, so sexless and some more “lesses” that the most sexiest woman would drop for him.

Luckily, our friend, Larry, happens to be the “chief tape degausser “ and manages to fit the criteria, so he gets the job. He must get information on all three finalists, and examine each object that come with each file, to reveal the cities in which the finalists are located, then travel there, and meet up with them.

Plot #2: A meeting is in progress where some underworld figures are discussing the downfall of subliminal messages due to the success of the CD. On the other hands, things aren’t going good either with pornography sales. That’s why they were focusing on pornographic home videos. Unfortunately, due to the increasing market of sex video channels on TV, this market isn’t going too well either. They decide to fix this by electing America’s most sexist women, and by bribing politicians through C.A.N.E. (Conservatives Against Nearly Everything).

What fun would LSL5 be without bringing Patti into the game to deal with the above situation? She is given two places where corruption is taken place, and is taken to a laboratory where she gets what she needs to complete her mission. If she manages to bring back any evidence of any wrongdoing, then she is promised a gig at the White House.

Instead of playing the game half-Larry, half-Patti, Sierra programmed the game so that you take control of Larry when Patti is being driven to her next location, and Patti when Larry flies to his next location. It doesn’t hurt to enjoy the many jokes the game offers. For example, read the many ads in the airport terminal, or listen very carefully how the boss and the President mispronounce Larry’s name (ie: Daffer, Luffner, Lenny, Lipper). Oh, Larry happens to saves the plane carrying the vice president’s wife.

Of course, once he locates the three finalists, Larry can’t film them without a camcorder, so he must get one, charge it up once he has filmed a finalist, and then insert a blank videocassette ready to film the next one. Patti, meanwhile, has to collect evidence by stealing stuff from a radio station, and an office located in a huge building somewhere in Baltimore.

To travel between locations, both Larry and Patti use limos. They don’t tell the driver where to go, but instead they show them something they’ve got. For example, Larry shows them a napkin from one of the places In New York, and Patti shows them the dataman with the datapack inside it. If you’re lucky, you might see a cutscene about what the underworld figures are doing while Larry is travelling between locations.

It was Al Lowe who invented the game’s “bodily function” keys. To hear them, all you have to do is just press one of the unused function keys to hear a disgusting sound. Also like in many LucasArts adventures, you cannot die in LSL5, even when you get Larry to stick his fingers in the electrical socket, or do nothing when a plane is about to crash down on Earth.

This game has the best graphics, which is slightly detailed than the enhanced-VGA remake of LSL1. There is SB support, so you’ll be able to hear the excellent music. And you will be able to hear them all earlier in the game. The sounds are good as well, and like the music, you’ll be able to hear them all through a menu at the very end of the game.

The Bad

LSL5 lets you enter a password, so your friends, neighbors, or relatives can't access all the rude bits without entering your secret password first. Unfortunately, if you forget the password, you won't get further in LSL5. Furthermore, the game's copy-protection is activated when you have to punch in five symbols if you want to get a ticket. The symbols can be found in the manual that comes with the game. So you wouldn't want to lose this.

The Bottom Line

I enjoy games that allow you to control two characters, with their own objectives, and this is one of them. I suggest that you look out for a copy on Ebay. Any Larry fan won’t be disappointed with this one. *****