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I realize that is a dumb question to ask in and of itself about a games series predicated on a genre that prides itself in being dumb, but, nevertheless, I still have to ask. Clocking in at a geriatric in video game years 22 years old, the Leisure Suit Larry franchise is one of the oldest series in video games. Yet its ancestry is even older than that.
Most forms of visual media have dabbled in softcore pornography, especially in their infancy.
Be it in the form of photography, film, or cave painting, the desire for man to capture the image of big breasts or a large penis for the sake of posterity or just the sake of some brief stimulation seems to be one that continues to emerge as imaging technology advances. Video games are certainly no different. Certainly, the Larry games are not the first forays into pornography by the video game industry, but they are certainly the best known early example of pixelated breasts being sold to a mainstream audience.
The premise of the Leisure Suit Larry games is based on the same conventions of such films. All of which makes the most recent game in the series, Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Busta bit of an oddity within the more titillating versions of this kind of comedy. This omission is a central problem for the game.
The audience has come to see flesh and experience it vicariously through the similarly lustful and desperate eyes of the protagonist. Like Larry or countless protagonists of this type of film, the audience fails to score, and the hope of actual sexual engagement being briefly dangled before them on the screen is as briefly stimulating as it is a present reminder of actual sex being denied the voyeur after all, pornography is a simulated and thus indirect version of sex itself. Such lack of motivation tends to derail the efforts of a game steeped in a tradition of evoking what is at least considered to be a most basic of masculine instinct, subjecting that which they desire to their own gaze.
It is largely unclear to me why Codemasters made the decision to avoid nudity in the game. Magna Cum Laudi in transitioning from a PC gaming experience to a console experience reimagined the series as a semi-adventure game that was largely driven, not by puzzles, but, instead some rather simplistic mini-games. While the game was not as terrible as some reviewers at the time felt, this change was met with charges of betrayal of the basic concept of the series.
If mini-games as a dominant gameplay element were insufficient for Larry fans let alone a broader audience to accept the series, does turning Larry into an open world platformer help in any way to make the series more palatable or does it just dumb an already dumb series albeit a series perfectly aware of Leisure suit larry box office bust nudity own dumbness down even more?
The answer to this is fairly simple after even a few minutes play of Box Office Bust. When executed this poorly? It is plagued by the worst things that a platformer can be plagued by, unresponsive controls and a terrible camera. It is also plagued by extremely slow mobility in the world slow running speeds and even slow vehicular speeds and a big, open world that feels empty because there is so little to do in it.
The game is set on the lot of Laffer Studios, a B-movie production company headed up by the now retired Larry Laffer of the PC versions of the series.
Thus, the player finds a very large and detailed studio lot to explore that unfortunately by the standards of the most recent open world games is certainly pretty enough in its cartoonish presentation but laughably barren of much else to do than run between or drive the interminably slow studio shuttles between mission points on that map.
Chock full of big breasted pedestrians that can be leered at but not interacted with, the map seems a lifeless and sterile zone of limited voyeurism. At that point, it is on to attempting to navigate this environment via wonky controls and suffering through jumping puzzles that are sometimes absurdly difficult not because they are challenging but because the controls and ability to view the environments the player needs to traverse are so limited. Despite the poorly executed controls, though, the only thing that saves the game from a rating of 1 or 2 is the script.
While the notion of comedy in Leisure Suit Larry games generally boils down to fart, penis, fart, big breast and fart jokes, crass can be funny. There are certainly a range of approaches to such crass humor as well. There is a difference between being cleverly crass, stupidly crass, and just plain crass crass. Box Office Bust offers all three variations and a philosophy of comedy that suggests that if you just keep slinging jokes out there at least one of them will hit. In this case, that is true enough.
While I am more partial to the cleverly crass than anything else, Box Office Bust was able to make me laugh at most every variety of crass humor possible despite myself. When it is clever too, it does tend to be very clever. The addition of the pretty good comic timing of Josh Wheton as Larry Lovage and the always amusing delivery of Patrick Warburton also helps some of the lines to really come off.
Ultimately though, I just wish I had more game with what really is just an interactive script. However, it still is a perfectly average piece of smut, which I guess for some fans of smut might just suffice.Leisure suit larry box office bust nudity
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