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Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust is a horrible piece of garbage.
TheSteelHelmet from Australia
17 October 2009
It is interesting that it is mainly people over the age of thirty that
are giving this title a high score (Team 17 and Codemasters employees
perhaps?) because this game is easily the worst title in the Leisure
Suit Larry franchise.
First of all, for a game revolving around the porn industry it is
pretty sex-less. The girls are interchangeable alien looking pods with
beach balls stuffed down their blouse - the most unappealing girls
since the original Softporn text adventure - and the gameplay is
infuriating with its tedious, boring missions such as... collect
something or other that's on a roof... Fun.
Now, I understand that the gaming industry believes "adventure is dead"
(The more accurate phrase would be "adventure games are expensive and
time consuming".) but this is hardly a good argument in defense of
making this series an action game because somewhere in the conversion
the designers forgot what Larry is all about.
The humour is lame... lacking the ironic execution of the old Larry's
cheesy one-liners and the narrator's gloriously sarcastic witticisms
and Larry Laffer is portrayed as an ugly old man in a gaudy pink
leisure suit. (How do you screw up the color of his leisure suit?) And
you are going to love what they do to Laffer... it's essentially an
interpretative dramatisation of what's happening to him in reality.
The graphics amazingly jitter and do not run smoothly at all - the
whole production is rushed and the final product looks cheap and that's
probably because all the money went to the celebrity voice talent. Do
teenagers still find the now middle-aged Carmen Electra sexy?
This is just another bastardisation of a great series as it moves more
and more away from its creator's intentions towards being a cheap
commodity barely surviving on its marquee value. Codemasters and Team
17 show us that the British game designers have no business working on
adaptations of good-natured, traditional Sierra titles.
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