Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude PlayStation 2

Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 44
  2. Negative: 5 out of 44
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  1. Lewd, loud and incredibly funny, Magna Cum Laude is a game that works far better than it should. This is partly because there's very little 'game' there to speak of.
  2. Feels way too much like a rehash-by-committee of things that barely worked 15 years ago.
  3. 72
    As an adventure or puzzle game, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude falls short...The titillating moments certainly deserve some credit for helping maintain your interest here, but it's the game's humor that's the real star and, ultimately, the only reason to keep playing once the allure of polygonal boobies has worn thin.
  4. Is Leisure Suit Larry crass? Yes. Vulgar? You bet. Immature? Of course. Funny? Downright hilarious.
  5. Wear your morals round your ankles and keep your mind in the gutter, otherwise this crude comedy is shooting blank. [GamesMaster]
  6. If you're willing to forgive its brain-dead gameplay and occasionally frustrating design, Magna Cum Laude is a hysterically entertaining romp through the world of wacky sexual hijinks.
  7. Magna Cum Laude might become too repetitive way too quickly but for those looking for a funny look at the college life, this game will not fail to provide some truly genuine laughs.
  8. PSM Magazine
    70
    It's funny, sexy, and pretty damn entertaining. [Holiday 2004, p.86]
  9. The gags are often obscene, the women exaggerated in all of the important areas, and there were a few sexually explicit poses we had to look up in our well thumbed copy of the Karma Sutra.
  10. 70
    If you're a Larry fan from way back, Magna Cum Laude takes the series into a pleasing new direction. But it needs a greater variety of challenges to be more appealing.
  11. For the thick-skinned (preferably male) gamer looking for some fairly harmless stupidity to amuse themselves with, this resurrection of Leisure Suit Larry is surprisingly good fun, and a welcome change from the constant array of samey me-too sludge that's peppering the landscape this Christmas.
  12. If you are looking for a quick, cheap overnight gaming fling, then Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude is right up your testosterone alley.
  13. Simplistic gameplay aside, the game is honestly funny when it’s not being too lowbrow. Well, even when it’s lowbrow there are still quite a few amusing moments.
  14. Computer Games Magazine
    67
    While the mini-games are shallow and sometimes boring, Magna Cum Laude has an interseting adult humor element that is sure to keep one amused while playing. [Feb 2005, p.9]
  15. The PS2 version suffers from some absolutely brutal load times. Every time that you start to talk with a character you can expect a 30 second wait, and every time that you head to a new area, you can expect a 45-60 second wait. Not exactly a great way to keep people in the game.
  16. As a showcase for adolescent high-jinks and a censor-pushing barrage of four-letter words, Larry succeeds as well as the average episode of "Jackass;" as a video game, it's a lackluster sequel in a series that once relied more on innuendo than on crude references and penis jokes.
  17. It seemed like High Voltage gathered many good ideas that had been used by other companies and placed them into one game instead of coming up with hot new ideas of their own.
  18. It has to be said though – as a game, LSL is pretty thin. The mini-games are weak and become pretty repetitive. Happily though, the bawdy comedy that plays out while you’re going through the motions, especially during the conversations, do make it all worthwhile.
  19. Magna Cum Laude is a bore to play, repetitive mini-games, constant loading screens in-between locations and no challenge whatsoever makes this experience a very tiresome one indeed.
  20. Being a fan of the series it hurts to see the Leisure Suit Larry franchise brought up to date like this, a lot more thought and effort was needed instead of just relying on the boobs.
  21. A bit like a cross of "Parappa the Rapper" and the film "Animal House." The sleazy humor is fun for a while but gameplay can get repetitive.
  22. The one point of Magna Cum Laude that stands out is the fairly hysterical humor of the game. Borrowing pages from movies such as "Animal House," Magna Cum Laude has some of the funniest lines ever uttered in a video game. The characters and the dialog bring unprecedented humor to the consoles.
  23. The only reason to play Larry is because of the Quarters minigame and the humor. The comedy is absolutely side-splitting in most of the game, bringing back memories of "Road Trip" or "Old School."
  24. Fans of the series will probably gain the most enjoyment but its still not as good as the classic versions all those years ago. Everyone else should look elsewhere for their kicks I’m afraid.
  25. Because of the shallow gameplay, I can't imagine anyone playing through this game once, much less multiple times. It's a simplistic romp into gaming nostalgia that won't appeal to anyone but the most retro of the retro-gamers out there.
  26. GMR Magazine
    50
    It's this constant barrage of humor, both cliched and well written, that saves Larry from flunking out. [Dec 2004, p.122]
  27. Even though the mini-games are too common and unnecessarily repetitive, and the random cartoon nudity isn't worth the effort, the wonderfully insane dialogue and characters are worth taking a trip to Larry's collegiate adventure.
  28. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    50
    Ironically, MCL turns out to be a better boobtastic party game than "The Guy Game." [Dec 2004, p.118]
  29. 50
    While it has the series' trademark snappy dialogue, sultry vixens, and more double entendres than a classic Rodney Dangerfield routine, it's missing one thing: the fun. The mini-games dragged after only a few hours, and getting through the game felt like a chore.
  30. It's the sort of game you'll stick with to the end in spite of yourself, and you may even find yourself chuckling once or twice along the way too. [PSW]

Awards & Rankings

#98 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Duta
    Oct 24, 2004
    9
    F... those who says this game sucks. Man I'm not sure by myself what's so interesting in this game. But to tell you the truth, I F... those who says this game sucks. Man I'm not sure by myself what's so interesting in this game. But to tell you the truth, I cant stop playing it from 9 pm till 5am.. which make my ps2 goes to the service shop. Full Review »
  2. Jason
    Sep 16, 2004
    8
    Very creative and witty dialogue, but the gameplay gets repetitive after a while. Also when Larry is drunk the game is essentially Very creative and witty dialogue, but the gameplay gets repetitive after a while. Also when Larry is drunk the game is essentially impossible; rather than making things difficult to see, it forces you to have absolutely precise timing. Minor flaws, however, and the game is worth renting at the least. Full Review »
  3. Dec 11, 2012
    7
    I really enjoyed this game. While it does have it's flaws: Simplistic overall game design, needlessly long loading screens, but the humor isI really enjoyed this game. While it does have it's flaws: Simplistic overall game design, needlessly long loading screens, but the humor is top notch. While I get allot of the old time fans were upset about "new" Larry. The old Larry is a symbol of an age that really doesn't apply anymore. 70s referenses were funny in the 80s and 90s, but 2000+ and they do get a bit stale. New Larry follows in the shoes of his uncle perfectly, just minus the leisure suit. Full Review »