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For me, the new Larry became a guilty pleasure, and I am not very good at mini-games. So if I can bed Morgan, I am pretty sure most of you out there with at least some familiarity with pushing buttons can too. Just don't expect a true adventure game of old. Oh, and the game has a lot of fun with sex and sexy situations. If this type of thing makes you even the least bit uncomfortable – like if watching old Benny Hill reruns sends you to confessional – might I instead suggest to you something with a more Sid Meier flavor.
For people like myself, we grew up on slow PC’s, 8-bit videogame systems, and games that were 2D. Back in the days Sierra was one of those developers who were releasing hits after hits on the PC. Great titles like the great Space Quest series featuring Roger Wilco, to Police Quest series. One series really stood out. And that was the Leisure Suit Larry series. The original Leisure Suit Larry game followed the sexual misadventures of Larry Laffer. Leisure Suit Larry has made a long overdue return to the PC and now videogame consoles thanks to Sierra, Vivendi and High Voltage. Many years have passed and Larry Laffer has now passed on his stunning, sexual charms to his nephew Larry Lovage. I remember Mike Mullis and myself getting pretty excited about the release of this game.
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude isn't the best role-playing game or the best mini-game compilation, and it doesn't have the greatest visuals or dialogue, but all of its component parts come together to make up one hell of a "guy game." It definitely earns its "M" rating.
To be fair, it's rather questionable whether a real true-to-the-original LSL rendition would have had any real (commercial) success in this day and age, especially on the console. The developers of Magna Cum Laude made a calculated bet in reviving the series, and tried to give a facelift not only to the graphics, but also to the concept - trying, for what it was worth, to port the game to a younger generation of gamers. They ended up with a game that is probably more playable by the masses, but is not quite what fans of the original were waiting for. It's still funny, it's still naughty, and it's still Larry, but ultimately, it's no longer a game for adults - it's for teens. Then again, if gamer demographic studies can be trusted, Vivendi can probably live with that.
Many men in life are aroused by female breasts (those of us who are heterosexual, anyway). It's just human nature. An animal attraction, if you will. Our eyes calculate their formation, their odd-shaped roundness, and the way they jiggle and wiggle about so gracefully. They're harvested in ripeness for sizing. You can increase the bigness, or lessen it all together. They're filed under several names: hooters, jugs, tits, melons, knockers -- you name it, and you're going to have more than a hundred more to think about. Men are weak against their will. Like dogs, we obey their command.
Video games are for entertainment, first and foremost. They rarely aspire to Shakespearean profundity, so you have to take a game like Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude with a big, scantily dressed, grain of salt. This game will certainly not win any awards for innovation, or advance the cause of console gaming as a positive movement for society, but it never tries to be more than what it is. It’s ribaldry and bathroom humor told with tongue planted firmly in cheek or perhaps hand planted provocatively in pants – take your pick.
As a big fan of the series since its early days, I'm happy about where Larry is heading in this modern world. There is a lot of room for improvement, but the core of what makes these games so memorable is still there in full force - pretty girls, unspeakably embarrassing sexual acts, and an endearing dorkiness that makes the entire experience feel more charming and humorous than exploitative.
Das Game ist knuffig, spaßig, angemessen zotig (auch wenn Lovages Gefurze auf Dauer ungefähr so witzig ist wie ein 20-Stunden-Bud-Spencer-Filmmarathon), und es sieht auch noch gut aus! Witzige Dialoge mit wirklich gelungener Sprachausgabe, viel zu entdecken, verrückte Figuren – nur ein Adventure sollte man wirklich nicht erwarten! Larry ist eine Ansammlung von mehr oder weniger gelungenen Geschicklichkeitsgames, die mehr eure Reaktionsschnelligkeit als euer Gehirn beanspruchen. Und eure Geduld, denn die von zugegebenermaßen netten Bildern umrahmten Ladezeiten gingen mir schon nach kurzer Zeit gehörig auf den Senkel! Wenn ihr also die Erwartungen niedrig genug haltet und nicht allzu prüde seid, dann werdet ihr mit dem neuen Larry viel Spaß haben – die Abenteuer-Fraktion dürfte hier hingegen, genauso wie Verächter von gehäuft auftretenden Ladescreens, ziemlich fehl am Platze sein.
With a better variety of minigames and more precise controls, Larry could have been really been somebody. As it stands now, he's still just a likable loser.
Among those of us old enough to have played it, the Leisure Suit Larry series has been a real cherished memory. The well-loved adventure series stood out thanks to fantastic humor and "adult situations." Now, to the delight of kids over 17 everywhere (especially those whose parents don't have Cinemax), Vivendi and High Voltage have brought the series back in Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude.
If you can forgive its brain-dead gameplay and occasionally frustrating design, Magna Cum Laude is a hysterically entertaining romp through a world of wacky sexual hijinks.
While we continue to lament LucasArts' cruel and nonsensical cancellation of Sam & Max: Freelance Police while busy commissioning 49 Episode 3 titles (hey, make one of them an adventure you buffoons!), at least one old adventure game favourite has been resurrected with some success with Sierra's rebirth of Leisure Suit Larry. Except, hang on, didn't most vaguely non-retarded gamers find the whole Leisure Suit Larry series sad beyond belief? Full of juvenile humor (without the 'u') and ham fisted attempts to woo the ladies? We certainly recall the regular ferocious critical berating from the early days of PC Gamer and did the decent thing and stuck to playing LucasArts, Revolution and anyone else capable of spinning a decent puzzle-based, narrative-rich adventure. Honestly, if you had the Lucas games and a few others, why bother with the others?
Back in the day when text adventures were quite the popular genre on the PC, Sierra ruled supreme with incredible titles such as the King’s Quest series and Space Quest. Before the ESRB rating there were even mature-minded titles such as the violent Police Quest games and, of course, the naughty Leisure Suit Larry series. The Leisure Suit Larry series claim to fame was its risqué humor and adult situations that often resulted in some pretty hysterical outcomes of the American Pie variety. So it came as a surprise that Sierra not only released Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude on the PC but also on the PS2. Is this Larry still able to produce some decent laughs to make this the funniest game you’ll enjoy slipping into our favorite console?
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. Magna Cum Laude, however, is neither under the control of Al Lowe nor really all that charming.
All in all, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude is a game that I enjoyed playing immensely, but do I think it was a great game? No, average at best. Worth a try? Maybe. Worth a rent? Definitely, but only if you’re above 18. This game is definitely not for kids.
To make use of the smoking hot computer that I had acquired in the early '90s (complete with "Turbo" button), I ventured into gaming, playing titles such as Police Quest and King's Quest. It was also at this tender age that I was introduced to the hot pixelated babes of Leisure Suit Larry. As an indicator of the hardware improvements over the years, games have evolved from pixelated 2D titles to amazingly detailed 3D environments and character models. Vivendi's latest offering, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, capitalizes on these hardware and graphical advances, but how does this installment compare to the previous titles in the series?
Apesar de trazer algumas referência clássicas da série (como uma cópia do famoso bar Lefty's que apareceu na gênese do personagem), "Magna Cum Laude" definitivamente não foi feito para os fãs originais da série. Ainda existe muita coisa divertida para ser vista, mas a fórmula básica mais irrita do que diverte.
It's a shame that the new generation of gamers had to get their first taste of this raunchy franchise in this bastardized form. While it has the series' trademark snappy dialogue, sultry vixens, and more double entendres than a classic Rodney Dangerfield routine, it's missing one thing: the fun. The mini-games dragged after only a few hours, and getting through the game felt like a chore. Still, there's a good chance that the game will sell well, so hopefully the developers will be able to fix their mistakes, challenge our brains as much as our thumbs, and give us the game we deserve. Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude might be for grown-ups, but it needs to go back to school.
Voilà encore une vieille série qui ne passe pas le virage du 21ème siècle. Trop différent de son modèle originel, mais surtout trop creux dans son gameplay, ce Larry boit la tasse et se noie dans sa vulgarité excessive.
Don’t be fooled by all the wars, politics, and equal rights rhetoric - teen sexuality is a serious issue in America today. Many noble organizations try to thwart teen sex, but they’re getting beaten like gimps at an S&M show by all the lewdness on TV, and more than ever, video games.