" If you like the National Lampoon movies, American Pie, or anything with Rodney Dangerfield in it, pick up this game. If all that's too lowbrow for you…what are you doing at our website? "
Title: Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude by Vivendi
Format: Multi-platform Sex Crazed Adventure Game
Reviewing Monkey: Dungapult
The Hype: One of the oldest, and most beloved, franchises of all time gets a fresh new shot at debauchery, lascivious humor, and fart jokes. Definitely not one for the kiddies, Magna Cum Laude makes a valiant attempt at renewing a history of debauchery and crude humor. But with the last two titles universally meriting a "ho-hum" from gamers and after a long absence from the market, can a sex crazed lounge lizard really take on a new generation of gamers? Read on, my monkeys, and find out.
What This Monkey Thought...
Graphics: Like a lot of comedy-angled games, Magna Cum Laude (MCL) goes for a 3D cartoony look in a manner reminiscent of games like Simpsons: Road Rage. The effect is perfect and the design is spot on, though the sharp corners and huge clipping issues keep it from being graphically memorable. Still, its bright pastel colors, wonderfully disproportioned models, and kitschy animations are a fantastic foil for the games crude humor. 4 out of 5
Playability: Though billed as an adventure game, in truth MCL is just a collection of numerous mini-games wrapped inside one giant dirty joke. Borrowing from old hats like "Tapper", rhythm dance games, button mashers, etc., in general the concept is tried and true. Take as many old mini's as you can get, string them together as adventure game challenges, and repeat ad nausium. Which means that, if you're looking for any kind of innovative gameplay, you can keep right on searching past Larry. If, on the other hand, college humor and light challenges are your faire, MCL will have plenty to keep you busy. 3.75 out of 5
Story and Drama: Certainly the highlight of MCL, in this installment you play Larry Lovage, the nephew of the original Larry and heir apparent to all the sexual frustration and misadventures that have previously plagued his line. Essentially a geek in wussy clothing, Larry's sole purpose in life is to try and get laid, a task at which he has little luck. Thus your job, as the chapters of his life unfold, is to try your damndest to get him a piece of action. To do it you'll have to sweet talk the various ladies he encounters, get them drunk enough to put out by playing games of quarters, and finally seal the deal with various demeaning and degrading leg-humping activities…all of which are played out through the afore mentioned mini games. It's a fun combination of humor, angst, and silliness that is unquestionably good for a whole lotta laughs…as long as fart jokes, pixalized nudity, bizarre accessory-utilizing sex, and the idea of a nerd being repeatedly shut down are all funny to you. 5 out of 5
Multiplayer and Replayability: No multiplayer is to be found, though we quickly discovered that MCL is as much fun to watch as it is to play. So too with the replayability, given that the entire game is just the same half dozen mini-games over and over again, you won't want to go back and play it again but it's a good long time the first shot through. 3.5 out of 5
|All in all, Magna Cum Laude is a very fun, raunchy game that is good for laugh at all the right times. Though less than innovative, the mini-games are fun and well paced, the story is hysterical, and the debauchery is just about perfect.|
The Good: Pretty and hilarious
The Bad: A little dull through nothing but mini-game repetition.
The Overall Ugly: If you like the National Lampoon movies, American Pie, or anything with Rodney Dangerfield in it, pick up this game. If all that's too lowbrow for you…what are you doing at our website?
What it's Worth: Market, though a good rental might give you most of what the game offers.