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Xbox / Review / Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
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Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Developer: High Voltage Software
Release Date: Available Now
ESRB Rating: Mature
Graphics: 2.5
Control: 2.5
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Review by: Clockwork Crow
Posted: 11/03/04 [view screens]

Although Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude is nowhere near the best game of 2004, it may rank among this year's biggest surprises. Despite being based on a long-dead PC game series, and for that matter not being much of a game at all, LSL succeeds in the one area it's always succeeded: it's funny. Really.

Your Lips Look Lonely...

The original Larry is too old to be chasing women around, so Magna Cum Laude stars his nephew Larry Lovage, a dorky college student trying to score with every chick on campus. The game itself is really a sprawling collection of minigames--to bag each girl, you'll wade through several conversations, a dance sequence or two, and perhaps a round of quarters, the classic drinking game.

Talking to the ladies (LSL's chief activity) involves controlling a little sperm around onscreen, dodging poor conversation choices (the red marks) and trying to hit the interesting topics (the green marks). Even if you screw up a conversation--and you'll want to, given how hilarious the results can get-ou're allowed essentially infinite tries to get it right again. In fact, this "do it over if you screw up" approach applies to nearly every facet of the game-if you suck at a certain mini-game, you have the option of playing at an easier skill level or even skipping it entirely if you have enough secret tokens.

...Would They Like To Meet Mine?

Doesn't sound like much of a game, does it? Well, it isn't--and the graphics aren't exactly what you'd call titillating, either. However, it is extremely funny, in a way that college humor-laden titles like The Guy Game aren't.

You'll end up talking to girls over and over again just to hear all of Larry's horrible pick-up lines, but the rest of his dialogue is frequently laugh-out-loud funny, too. This ribald comedy makes LSL a must if you're the right age to appreciate it--it's almost like they came up with the jokes first, then hastily built a game framework around it.

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