Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded Review
Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded Box Art
System: PC
Dev: N-Fusion Interactive
Pub: Replay Games
Release: June 27, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

At some point, it feels like the game becomes a particularly contemptuous parody of itself. I mean, in 1987, Larry Laffer was a 40-something loser whose wardrobe and lack of tact proved that he had lost touch with the decade that he was living in. And now, 25 years later, Replay Games is releasing a title whose entire theme and sense of humor is so dated that its audience may not even exist anymore.

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded Screenshot

Plus, there are little things that make the entire experience feel clumsy. The animations, like I said, are often pretty awkward, but it's obvious that the development had a few additional stutter steps along the way. During the Kickstarter campaign, for example, one of the pledge packages included the opportunity to be featured as a character in the Lost Wages disco. These characters are so painfully out of place that they almost feel like someone simply pasted them into the game after the whole thing was complete.

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I'm not saying that the game is a lost cause; it does have a few enjoyable moments, and N-Fusion did an amazing job bringing Leisure Suit Larry into the modern era. But the original title was definitely a product of its time, and that was 25 years ago.

I'm just not convinced that the world needs Larry Laffer anymore. We've retired VHS tapes and Teddy Ruxpin. Would anyone, aside from Al Lowe, even notice if Leisure Suit Larry was next?

By
Josh Engen
News Director
Date: June 27, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.5
Graphics
Sometimes passable. Sometimes not.
3.0
Control
More immersive than the original text-based interface, but still not up to speed with modern titles
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Austin Wintory, is a Grammy-nominated composer. I’m not sure how they tricked him into scoring a Leisure Suit Larry title.
2.0
Play Value
Unimpressive and out of place in today’s market.
2.8
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Incredibly lush new high-res graphics! Explore all the seedy sights and sounds of Lost Wages, where fortunes and reputations go to die!
  • A brand new musical score by Grammy-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning composer Austin Wintory! Fresh from completing the musical score to Journey (available for download on the PS3), Austin composed the best music Leisure Suit Larry has ever heard!
  • Everything in the game was rebuilt from the ground up, including all hand-painted backgrounds, characters, and state-of-the-art 2D animation!
  • Thousands of hilarious new lines, gags, jokes, and dialogues, written by Al's old Sierra partner, Josh Mandel (aka the voice of King Graham from King's Quest)!
  • New characters, new locations, new puzzles, and a major new love interest for Larry!

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