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Team17’s Unreal Engine3 powered Current-Generation vision of the infamous Leisure Suit Larry franchise has received a lot of criticism since it’ European launch back in March. While many may briefly spy the box art and assume it’s warranted, those in the know will be expecting more substance from the game than the critics currently suggest is available. And they’d be right. Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust may not be anything to write home about, but on a generation which has delivered the likes of Turning Point: Fall of Liberty and Jumper: Griffin’s Story, it’s far from being the worst game available on retail shelves.
La cantidad de problemas con el motor, sumado a la inclusión de las plataformas -que tanto desesperará a más de uno- y a lo insípido y monótono que pueden resultar los retos propuestos hacen que esta nueva entrega de Larry quede por debajo de sus predecesores. Por suerte ha llegado a precio reducido, tanto para videoconsola como para ordenador, uno de los pocos puntos a favor que ofrece la obra. Es por eso que los jugadores más seguidores de la serie tendrán que esperar para ver el verdadero renacer de Larry, que, esperamos, lo haga como mejor sabe hacer, con una aventura conversacional como las de antes.
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust is one of my most disappointing outing this year. Not only does it take away from what the original games did so well, it fails to execute even the simplest of gameplay necessities. The platform jumping is horrendous, the combat mechanics are atrocious and sitting through some of the dialogue is just plain painful. I was really looking forward to taking Larry for another journey down an adult road, but most of the comedy here is just plain infantile and not very funny. While there is certainly nothing else like it, there is very little reason to recommend Box Office Bust to anyone. There is a reason the game released at $19.99.
Box Office Bust is one of the poorest games I have played on the 360 to date and I've played X-Men! The broken jumping and fighting mechanics zap out any sort of enjoyment you start to get from the title and the subtle humour of the old Larry games is nowhere to be found. If you want to ogle at deformed pixelated bosoms and partake in some pretty crude humour, Box Office Bust is for you, but even then I would advise you to steer clear. It comes in at a cheap price and the achievements are fairly easy, but the old saying rings true here ... you get what you pay for.
While Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office or Bust does succeed in the execution and delivery of its smutty script, it fails on nearly every other account. More important to those who are thinking of purchasing Box Office or Bust for something fun to play is its numerous technical gaffs. If this version of Leisure Suit was a bit more polished on the technical side, it probably wouldn’t have been that bad. But add the tech anomalies in with the generic gameplay and lack of strong, sexual zest and you’d be better off getting your jollies from a National Geographic.
Box Office Bust is a very disappointing title which may not even have enough depth to please ardent fans of the series, but should we really have expected anything else?
What pains me the most is that I really wanted to like this game. From the time I put it into the tray until the time I took it out it absolutely pained me to watch it fail. If you think you can stomach horrible gameplay, and weird graphics…just try. If you’re a big fan of dirty jokes, and great innuendo then this is an absolutely funny game.
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To be completely honest and brutal, there is nothing to like about Box Office Bust. It is hard to find any game that is completely worthless, but this is thankfully one of a kind. The game wants to be offensively funny, but comes off as offensively bad instead. We can't come up with a single reason to recommend purchasing Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust other than the fact that it is a bit different from most other games out there, even so avoid with all costs.
Ce n'est pas Leisure Suit Larry : Box Office Bust qui permettra à la licence de redorer son blason. Soucieux de ne pas trop s'aventurer sur le terrain glissant et incertain de l'humour coquin et de la subversion, les développeurs de Team 17 ont pris le parti de couper la série de ses racines et d'en faire une sorte de GTA à Hollywood. Mais encore fallait-il assumer ce choix en dotant ce jeu centré sur l'action de missions intéressantes et d'une technique à toute épreuve, ce qui est loin d'être le cas. En dépit de son petit prix, Box Office Bust n'a donc pas la moindre chance de convaincre le joueur, qu'il soit fan de la série ou nouveau venu.
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No matter what this game will still be available for purchase. For the asking price you might (I stress this) find something good. Most gamers will find nothing good about this one; even trying to earn achievements is boring. The Leisure Suit Larry series either needs to die already or a whole new team needs to come aboard.
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 it's a bad purchase even at its discount price. 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.
I have played a lot of bad games in my day, and generally find something amusing or fun about them, and sometimes just being a bad game is enough. What separates fun bad games and this game is that, at the very least, the other games tried to, you know, be fun. It’s obvious that Team 17 and Codemasters put little to no effort in this game and seem to be content with disgracing the legacy of the series (whatever that legacy may be). Al Lowe, the original creator of the series as mentioned earlier, has even said the game is terrible and is glad he had nothing to do with the budget title. Oh, yeah, they’re selling this game for $20, but even that is a complete rip-off and a slap in the face to any fans of the series.
A horrible joke in and of itself, if you buy Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust the joke will be on you. We can think of a good number of other uses for your two hands; and we're using our to give this stinker two thumbs way down.
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.
With Laffer Studios acting as the world map, Larry runs around doing missions for actors and executives, delivering packages, completing races and playing minigames. It’s GTA down to being able to carjack the golf carts driven around the studio lot. It’s just not fun. Controls are sluggish, the camera is wonky and the game chugs along from one sexual innuendo to another.
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The worst offense Box Office Bust makes is giving Larry something resembling a plot other than trying to get in the pants of the opposite sex. Instead of the simplest plots devices, we get a convoluted story with weak gameplay that never truly delivers on the funny. It’s sad to say that this game would have benefited from either having the people behind the last National Lampoon movie help or a little bit of nudity, but looking at the character models, thank God there’s no nudity in the game. Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust should never be played, it should be used as a paperweight.
Let's review some of the words used in this article: hateful, toss, stupid, tedious, terrible, dreadful, pathetic. That about sums it up, but just to be clear: do not buy this game. You will not only want your money back, you will want reimbursement for the electricity consumed by your Xbox 360 in the six minutes it took to realise you had made a horrible mistake. It's impossible to understand why Codemasters plucked this from the rubble of the Vivendi-Activision merger, like a shellshocked Blitz victim retrieving the dead cat instead of the family jewels.
Sie haben Larry kaputt gemacht! Spielerisch und technisch ist Box Office Bust ein schlechter Witz.
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.
Codemasters was smart in one way when it came to publishing this game; they didn’t put their name on the cover. Instead, they published the game under their subsidiary, Funsta. I can’t blame them one bit, and I have a feeling that Funsta doesn’t really exist, and was created as a hiding place for this God-awful game. Awful controls, boring missions, a terrible camera, hideous characters, and juvenile, unfunny dialogue make Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust one of the worst games in recent memory, and, if there’s any justice in the world, will mark the end of this poor, abused franchise.
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.
One of the worst video games ever made - brutally unfunny and monotonously inept on every level.