Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude Reviews (Xbox)
|Al Lowe, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.||TheSmashingPenguin (52)|
|Heh, heh. Cum.||Tony Denis (506)|
Our Users Say
|Acting||The quality of the voice or video acting.||3.9|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work and the game plays.||3.0|
|Graphics||The visual quality of the game||3.3|
|Personal Slant||A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes||2.7|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.7|
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|Overall User Score (9 votes)||3.3|
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Game Chronicles (Nov 16, 2004)
Fans of the original Larry games should have no qualms about adding this to your Xbox collection. Larry makes the transition to next-gen console perfectly and creates his own little naughty slice of niche-genre pie. If you love to laugh you’ll love this game.
Game industry News (GiN) (2005)
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.
GameLemon (Nov 10, 2005)
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.
Gaming Target (Nov 02, 2004)
In a simple little story about a college loser who's on the hunt for romance (in any form he can take it), Leisure Suit Larry takes off its clothes and shows us an imaginative world full of sexually starved monkeys that can talk, chicks with dicks, and several other zany enticements that will have you so horny, you'll be licking the dust off your television screen (conditions of individual sets may apply, void where prohibited).
Game Informer Magazine (Nov, 2004)
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.
4Players.de (Dec 12, 2004)
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.
TeamXbox (Oct 05, 2004)
It’s difficult to truly classify Magna Cum Laude as an adventure game, because ultimately it is not. While the game does contain some exploration and adventure aspects, the core gameplay boils down to a never-ending series of mini games that become repetitive fairly quickly. Don’t get me wrong, if you don’t get offended easy then LSL is an absolutely hilarious game to play through or even watch someone else play through. Even with all the shocking dialogue and unlockables there really isn’t enough to give LSL legs. The overall length is moderate, but after all the load screens and the repetitive mini-games, a few players might find it difficult to keep going. Overall, an admirable job in reviving and old series, but it certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.
Game Informer Magazine (Nov, 2004)
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.
GameZone (Oct 18, 2004)
Gather around and I’ll tell you the tale of a loveable loser named Larry Laffer. Larry is what you might call an aging hipster, a ladies man that doesn’t quite score with the ladies because--let’s face it--John Travolta he’s not (some guys just know how to wear polyester suits) and those pick-up lines he uses are as cheesy as a jumbo nacho platter. Yet somehow Larry’s exploits have fascinated PC gamers for quite some time mostly because it’s fun to see a likeable loser hilariously crash and burn when it comes to wooing gorgeous ladies. Now Larry has taken a backseat and the spotlight now falls on his nephew, Larry Lovage, in Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude. Does this game bring the same semi-raunchy fun of the PC games of old? Like young Larry, let’s give it the old college try.
IGN (Oct 04, 2004)
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.
GameSpot (Oct 06, 2004)
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. 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. Now, more than half a decade after the last Leisure Suit Larry, VU Games and developer High Voltage have brought out Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, a total reenvisioning of the franchise both from a gameplay and content perspective.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Nov 05, 2004)
Trots att spelet inte är särskilt underhållande rent spelmässigt, sånär som på diverse minispel, har jag roligt i Larrys sällskap. Dialogen är helskön, brudarna knäppa och spelet sätter rekord i pinsamma situationer. Det må vara ytligt och egentligen ganska fånigt, men MTV-generationen kommer att älska det.
Game Over Online (Oct 12, 2004)
When all is said and done, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude isn’t that good of a game, that’s saved from being completely abysmal by a rather good, if not lowbrow sense of humor. In all honesty, people will still want to play it for one reason or another. Well, the two reasons are either nostalgia or the promise of seeing pixilated nudity, or both. Good for a few laughs, but not really worth the cost of admission.
Worth Playing (Oct 21, 2004)
After six years of inactivity, Leisure Suit Larry has returned, prepared to leave a bittersweet taste in our mouths, like the early morning reincarnation of last night's pizza. Back when I was just a fledgling video game addicted teenager, I spent many a day and night stumbling through the Leisure Suit Larry games. I could probably blame my previous dysfunctional relationships and my haphazard interactions with people on this series. In the past, the Larry games had been among the top of the adventure genre, a genre that seems to be long dead and gone. I was personally hoping to see Magna Cum Laude revive the genre and bring it back to its previous glory, but it seems my hopes were in vain.
1UP (Oct 13, 2004)
Once there was a man named Al Lowe, a former high-school music teacher who got his start in the game industry making educational software starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. This business wasn't enough to satisfy his creative urges, however, for he was secretly a dirty old man, the sort of person you wouldn't want your children be anywhere near during their formative years.
Just Adventure (Nov 19, 2004)
It’s still too early to tell if LCL:MCL is a success, though it was at the top of the rental charts for a few weeks, but I still have high hopes that if Larry spawns a new franchise, that Vivendi would then resurrect other classics such as Gabriel Knight or King’s Quest or….
X-Power (Dec 13, 2004)
Bij de meeste spellen kan ik meestal toch nog een doelgroep vinden die dit spel misschien nog enigszins leuk zou kunnen vinden, maar in dit geval zie ik echt niet in wie hier plezier aan kan beleven. Zelfs de bijgeleverde handleiding is behoorlijk waardeloos. Dit spel is ab-so-luut ongeschikt voor onder de kerstboom. Ik vrees dat zelfs de boom uit pure frustratie uit zijn pot springt op weg naar een snelle dood. Leisure suit Larry is mogelijk het grootste dieptepunt uit mijn gamecarriëre.
GameSpy (Oct 06, 2004)
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.
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 11, 2004)
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.
Netjak (Jan 08, 2005)
Overall, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude had a lot of potential. To begin with, MCL was a very fun game for the first twenty minutes or so. But as soon as the player begins to realize that the set-up is going to be the same for every single girl, the game really loses its appeal. The game bases itself on immense amounts of repetition, which is an absolute dealbreaker. There is absolutely no reason to even rent this game; it’s just not worth it.
MaXoE Games (2004)
On se retrouve donc avec un jeu franchement vulgaire, très répétitif et pas marrant pour un sous, vraiment aux antipodes de ce qu'était la série originale. Encore une adaptation ratée d'une des vieilles gloires du passé…A éviter!
Entertainment Depot, The (Nov 04, 2004)
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude is the equivalent to spending 8 hours in a highway rest area bathroom stall. For the moments that are good and for the first few stages when the mini games aren't so bad, and for the overall feel, it gets some credit, but not nearly enough to recommend a purchase - unless rectangular boobs and bukkake references do something for you.
Game Revolution (Oct, 2004)
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.