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Yeah it’s insulting and what’s more it’s boring. I’m going to give three chickens because I did like the cinema location with the old movie playing on the screen behind you...that was clever.
It’s misogynistic, the assumption being that if you lie to women they’ll want to sleep with you, but this is all so poorly executed that it’s hard to get worked up over. The hideous quality of the writing is far more offensive than the endless references to ‘muffs’ and ‘tards’. Jokes about Katrina and the Holocaust come and go, mostly ignored because the game just threw you off a roof forcing you to repeat the last hideous 15 minutes of mindless idiocy. When you finish a challenge there’s a lingering grey screen that declares, “You Succeeded!” It never feels like you did.
Perhaps the greatest peril you'll face when playing Box Office Bust is that, after being so heavily bombarded with such repulsive dialogue, you might find yourself tempted to repeat some of the things Larry says to your friends or family. Don't. Keep your mouth shut and get rid of the game ASAP. Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust is a cesspool of foul language and ugly personalities. The terrible gameplay is stretched thin over hours and hours of redundant, repetitive quests, and the PlayStation 3 version costs $29.99, while the other versions are only $19.99 (do technical problems cost extra?). The one good thing you could say about Leisure Suit Larry is that it aims high: by relentlessly degrading men and women alike it transcends mere misogyny and insults us all equally and without prejudice.
With a process as complicated as game development, there's the potential for a lot of things to go wrong. With Box Office Bust, what went wrong turns out to be almost everything. The lowest rating numbers here at IGN are reserved for games with nearly no redeeming qualities or interesting ideas, with next to nothing enjoyable to offer players, and which under no circumstances should be purchased by anyone. Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust is, without a doubt, one of those games.
Dass das Spiel nichts mehr mit den früheren Teilen zu tun haben würde, war ja abzusehen, aber dass uns ein derart missratener und prüder GTA-Klon erwarten würde, hätte ich in meinen schlimmsten Träumen nicht erwartet. Was merkwürdig genug ist, denn der gut vier Jahre alte Vorgänger Magna Cum Laude war zwar nicht brillant, aber wenigstens unterhaltsam! Box Office Bust ist selbst an dem simpel scheinenden Ziel, wenigstens dieses Niveau zu halten, meilenweit vorbeigeschossen. Traurig, aber wahr: Sie haben Larry kaputt gemacht! Und zwar so gründlich, dass es schmerzt.
All I have to say is that Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust is both a disgrace and an insult to the cult franchise. Honestly, when Codemasters picked it up from Activision Blizzard, I had a little something inside telling me that these guys might be able to do something after the rather uninspiring Magna Cum Laude. I always try to find some positive beneath the negative. Unfortunately, Box Office Bust doesn’t deserve the try. It took away all the respect and love for the franchise I had left. Just like George Lucas tried to do with the Star Wars Holiday Classic, Codemasters should go out there, find all the copies, bury them in the darkest place known to man, leave it there and never speak of it again. Let’s hope that the rumored sequel is a joke.
The worst thing for me is that this is a game that could be held up as being intentionally made for an adult audience...after all Adults WANT games made for them, but if this is what this games developers think MIGHT appeal to grown-ups then they really need to be abducted by your alien space beam Bajo because I challenge anyone with a functioning brain cell to find much to amuse them here. I’m struggling to even give it one chicken.
A few times in the past, at Thunderbolt HQ we have discussed zero out of ten ratings, and whether they can and should be applied. There is a general consensus that if a game works in any capacity then it shouldn’t really be given what is technically a nonexistant score. Well, Box Office Bust works, but you wouldn’t want to play it because it really has nothing to offer except a template to show how games should not be made. In short, BOB has no redeeming qualities at all and I would not wish this on my worst enemy.
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust is zonder twijfel één van de slechtste games uit de geschiedenis die het daglicht heeft mogen zien. Werkelijk alles in de game zit enorm slecht in elkaar, waarbij vooral de besturing een ‘eervolle’ vermelding verdient. Onder geen enkel beding bestaat er ook maar een reden om deze game te kopen.