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Larry Vales II: Dead Girls are Easy
by Phil Reed
About this gameLarry Vales is about to endure the longest day of his life. His patrol car is about to break down. His girlfriend is about to be pushed out of a window at the Gates Motel. He is about to lose his job. A long-missing co-patrolman is about to be discovered. His sideburns are about to grow another quarter-inch. And Larry Vales himself will uncover a disturbing conspiracy against the town that will shake Stagnant, Tennessee to its core.
Or at least it would, if anybody paid any mind to the traffic division.
13 people commented on this game (newest first):
The first thing you'll notice about Larry Vales 2 is the graphics have been improved. The Larry sprite is bigger, more colourful and more attractive, as is much of his surroundings, but sadly this only means the cool Sierra feel of the first game is lost.
The game is in 4 acts and the first two are very enjoyable. The puzzles aren't half as annoying as in the original and the plot seems to be unfolding nicely. However, after this the game goes off the rails with ridiculous plot developments that come quite out of the blue (SPOILER: The boxing contest is particularly rubbish. You find out about it and take part in it in only a few minutes. That's if you're lucky. I stumbled across the boxing match before it had even been explained, something which completely confused me and added to the slap-dash feel of the latter half of the game).
The script is also lacking the wit of the first game. Apart from a couple more childish gay gags, its stuffed with lazy references to everything from The Simpsons to Red Dwarf. Sometimes its funny (I enjoyed the Glengarry Glenross reference) but most of the time it just feels like the author is showing off how much cool stuff he's into. It's the equivalent of the kid at school who can't think of his own jokes so he endlessly quotes TV and film lines. On top of all that, there's an idiotic deus ex machina ending that pushes the already reference heavy script over the edge.
Larry Vales 2 reeled me in with a great first half before crumbling before my eyes in the worst way possible. I didn't love the first game but I could see that it was a quality piece of work. The sequel is an unorganised, illogical, senseless mash.