Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude

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Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
PAL cover for the uncut Xbox version of Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
Cover art for Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
Developer(s) High Voltage Software
Publisher(s) Sierra Entertainment
Distributor(s) Vivendi Universal Games (2004–2006)
Vivendi Games (2006–2008)
Activision Blizzard
(2008, 2014–present)
Codemasters (2008–2014)
Series Leisure Suit Larry
Platform(s) Windows
PlayStation 2
Xbox
Release date(s) Windows
  • NA October 5, 2004
  • EU October 29, 2004
Uncut and Uncensored
  • NA October 26, 2004
PS2, Xbox
  • NA October 5, 2004
  • EU November 5, 2004
Uncut
  • EU November 5, 2004
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution CD-ROM, DVD-ROM (PS 2 & Xbox)

Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude is a 2004 video game, part of the Leisure Suit Larry series. The game introduces a new main character, 'Larry Lovage', as Larry Laffer's nephew. This is the 7th game in the series.

Gameplay[edit]

Like many other current games, Magna Cum Laude has a free exploration mode where Larry can walk about campus and interact with students and personnel on the premises. In this mode, Larry can search for hidden money or tokens, strike poses to impress girls, and take photos which can later be sold to collectors. At several locations on campus a minigame can be entered, usually by "activating" an object or a person (starting a conversation). The player must win most of the minigames in order to advance. Minigames started by a conversation usually increase the affection of one of the girls; other minigames can provide money or increase "confidence".

There are several different minigames, and variations on them:

  • Chat: the player must steer a sperm icon through a course of "hot spots." Green hot spots result in a good conversation, whereas red spots result in inappropriate and humiliating (but amusing) topics.
  • Dancing: a rhythm game similar to Dance Dance Revolution where the player must press the right buttons on time
  • Trampoline: a variation of dancing, where Larry is bouncing on a trampoline
  • Serve: a variation of the classic arcade game Tapper, where food or other items must be passed to each row before the queue reaches Larry
  • Quarters: a drinking game where coins must be tipped in a glass to get the other player drunk

Other minigames included are panty raids and evasion, where Larry must escape other people by running along a set course. Typically in order to "win" a girl, multiple of these games must be played in succession.

The game originally received an "Adults Only" rating from the ESRB and was subsequently edited to receive a more commercial "Mature" rating in the USA and Canada. In Europe, the game was released unedited on all three systems and featured a disclaimer on the packaging highlighting that it was "uncut". The unedited version was eventually released in North America under the title Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude—Uncut and Uncensored!. The major difference between the two North American releases is that the uncut and uncensored version contains full frontal nudity and sex scenes, although the latter contains very little and is mostly implied. Both versions were refused classification by the OFLC and effectively banned in Australia.

Plot[edit]

The main character, Larry Lovage, is a student at Walnut Log Community College whose purpose is to get on a dating TV show called "Swingles". Uma Yasmine, the hostess of the show won't allow Larry in the show until he will prove his seductive wits by obtaining "tokens of affection". Sixteen college girls will conveniently be at his disposal. His aging uncle, Larry Laffer, from the original games, provides brief advice and appears at a local bar. Larry also must outsmart a sorority house and a fraternity house, known as Dio, where they recite lines that are actually modified lyrics of Black Sabbath songs.

A brief subplot involves the college's arena football team going against a rival team known as the Maiming Maggots. However, the college's team name is a running gag because it is obscured by objects, only revealing it as Flaming Fa-. The final scene shows the team name is actually the Flaming Fantasticks after the Swingles van leaves the school.

Development[edit]

In 2003, a surprising announcement was made by Sierra Entertainment, now a division of Activision Blizzard: the Leisure Suit Larry franchise was being revived with an eighth game, called Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude. This is the first game in which Al Lowe is not involved in any way, as this game was created by game developer High Voltage Software, Inc. On his website, Lowe talks about how he was in talk with Sierra about working with them on the game, but they stopped contacting him, as they went into downsizing. Later he received a letter from a writer on the game, where it is revealed that the game had long since been written by the time he entered discussions with Sierra.[1]

The new Larry game does not star Larry Laffer, but a new character: his nephew, Larry Lovage. There are numerous homages to the earlier Larry games: Larry Laffer is the tutorial guide and giver of questionable advice for Larry Lovage; Larry's computer is playing Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies ("the best game of its time"); and secret tokens featuring the likeness of the Where's Dildo? character from Larry 7 can be collected. The loose storyline of the game is that Larry wants to appear on a dating TV show called Swingles, but he must prove his worth before he is allowed on air.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (Xbox) 63.58%[2]
(PS2) 63.37%[3]
(PC) 61.35%[4]
Metacritic (Xbox) 62/100[5]
(PS2) 60/100[6]
(PC) 59/100[7]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com (Xbox) C+[8]
(PS2) C[9]
(PC) D+[10]
ActionTrip 6.3/10[12]
AllGame 3/5 stars[11]
Computer and Video Games 5/10[13]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 2.5/10[14]
Eurogamer 7/10[15]
Game Informer 7.5/10[16]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[17]
Game Revolution D−[19]
GamesRadar 72%[18]
GameSpot 7.1/10[20][21]
GameSpy 2.5/5 stars[22][23]
GameZone (Xbox) 7.2/10[24]
(PS2) 7/10[25]
(PC) 6.1/10[26]
IGN 7.2/10[27]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 5/10[28]
Official Xbox Magazine UK 7/10[29]
PC Format 32%[30]
PC Gamer UK 3%[32]
PC Gamer US 39%[31]
PC Zone 6.5/10[33]
PlayStation Magazine 7/10[34]
TeamXbox 7.3/10[35]
X-Play 2/5 stars[36]

Reviews of the game were average or mixed, with some praising the game for its humor but panning it for its gameplay. Many critics also took the game to task for its sexual content and humor being too direct and obvious, citing that much of the charm of the series has been in its more subtle handling of the dirty jokes and sexual situations, focusing more on double entendres than actual foul words and hints at nudity rather than full-on bare breasts. Al Lowe denounced Magna Cum Laude vigorously, emphasizing on his website that he took no part of its creation after being promised a role in its creation.[37] The game is banned in Australia mostly likely due to its graphic sexual content and depictions of revolting content.

References[edit]

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  37. ^ A new Larry game?

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