Reviews for Bully: Scholarship Edition
One of the best games of all timeandymanmessiah | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all andymanmessiah's reviews »
A fantastic "GTA"-style game except without guns and violence and bloodshed and cars! Jimmy Hopkins is fifteen and stuck at the strict Bullworth Academy. Help him navigate the school hierarchy, pass classes and kiss girls (or boys) in order to become the king of Bullworth Academy.
Rocking original soundtrack composed by Shawn Lee!
A true Rockstar classic.FLD | Oct. 9, 2013 | See all FLD's reviews »
This game might not have been as big a deal as Grand Theft Auto but believe me, it's every bit as good. Bullworth Vale is as much fun to explore as any iteration of Liberty City. The cast of characters are memorable and hilarious. The story is what you'd expect from Rockstar. This game is a classic and since we're unlikely to be getting a sequel any time soon, you owe it to yourself to give the original a shot if you haven't yet.
Bully - A second chancevelkyr | Aug. 29, 2013 | See all velkyr's reviews »
Me and Bully have had a strange history. Back in 2007, I picked up the game, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Except I never got to finish it. Life got in the way, sold my consoles and games, and Bully was left unfinished. Then, the parents found out about the game, became outraged, and the Canadian government (Or at least my provincial one) decided that Bully was best left in the storage room, and not on display. Because of this, my local retailers stopped stocking a game that they couldn't display, as a good deal of games are impulse buys.
So, I went without, always wondering how it ended, never spoiling it for myself. When I saw the RockStar bundle, I knew it was fate. Bully was finally in my possession again, and I'm happy to say, I've finally finished. Was it worth the 6 year wait? Of course it was!
The graphics, while outdated by some of the more modern games, are still top grade in late 2013. While this is a standard "Here is your mission, go do it before X time" type of game, the unique story and setting immerses you in the action, and keeps you playing.
For those in a similar position, who wonder if Bully is worth getting again? Yes, yes it is. You won't be disappointed.
A good stereotyped gameMDuh | Aug. 21, 2013 | See all MDuh's reviews »
The game is developed by rockstar games and it was originally released in playstation 2 on october 2006 and was ported in the PC and xbox 2 years after and was renamed to bully: scholarship edition. The scholarship edition features improved graphics, added exclusive content that is not available for PS2 like more missions, more characters, more items and clothing and more classes to attend, yes, you can attend classes in this game.
Now that I finished introducing you the game, let's talk about the game itself. Bully is an action-adventure sandbox game focused in a school environment. At start, you are introduced to Jimmy hopkins, a vagrant student who has been kicked out numerous times due to a number of unthinkable offences. As a result, You find yourself being thrown at the worst possible school you can ever imagine filled with students just like you. Your primary objective in the game is basically start from scratch and needle yourself to the top as the one who holds the power and respect.
The game plays like a normal sandbox game, you search for missions or random jobs and finish them giving you certain rewards. Although if I compared this to GTA, you won’t get bored easily with the missions because of the unique and diverse NPC interactions in this game, you can lock to an NPC with a certain faction and it will reply to you with an appropriate dialogue and body language depending on the respect they have on you. Factions that hate you will actually aggressively attack you without any warning. You have the choice if you want to be a pacifist and apologize to them or either let them bully you by giving them money instead so they stay away with you, or you can do it the jimmy hopkins' way which is basically beating em’ up. There are a variety of items and long-range weapons that you can use in the game, but the combat heavily relies to hand-to-hand combat. The combat system is very well done so you don’t have to worry about it, there are tons of combos that you can do, and if you add taunts and the different humiliations you can do in the equation, the combat won’t be boring as it gives out a bit of challenge to at least time your blocks and special attacks. There’s a lot more that this game has to offer though apart from the main story, there are tons of optional things to do so this game will be a delight for completionists.
Let’s start with classes, since the game pretty much revolves in a school environment, adding and attending classes while playing just makes your experience of bully better. There are 8 different classes, and completing a specific class gives you special bonuses for your character. Each class asks you to play a mini-game which I will discuss with you in a moment. The mini-games aren’t that shabby and actually quite fun.
English makes your apology and taunts more effective, the mini-game is like a text-twist mini-game Geography unlocks collectible items in the map so you can easily get them, the mini-game for geography Is quite predictable. If you guessed that it is matching and determining countries and US states, then you are absolutely right. Math just unlocks outfits and some trophy displays in your room, the mini-game for math is incredibly easy, just basic arithmetic and common sense question like, that’s biggest, smalles, slowest or fastest. Art unlocks grants more health by kissing on a girl by giving a gift to them, and when you finished all art classes, all girls wouldn’t require a gift for a kiss. The objective for this mini-game is you want to uncover the most space in the square, you want to enclose the objects without hitting your square or yourself Shop, which is a bit weird to me as I didn’t experience taking this class while I was on high school. Basically you are fixing a bike, the mini-game is a bit simplistic, you just need to follow the command being shown in the screen. There’s a minimum time do it so you need to it fast and accurately. It unlocks new designs and stats upgrade for your bike. Photography, basically in this class, you go outside and take pictures of landmarks of people. The class unlocks the ability to save pictures on your camera, you being able to fill the yearbook of every student in the school and at the final class, earns you double tickets in the carnival. Music, this is my favorite class since the mini-game is a rhythm game. Although very easy, you need to press and time two buttons according to the music you are playing. Surprisingly the music is perfectly synced when I played it so it’s enjoyable at least. Music class unlocks Outfits Chemistry, in this class there will be a series of command that you will need to press chronologically in a small window, it’s a bit similar to music class but there are no rhythm to follow and more buttons to press. Chemistry unlocks weapons for you to easily make on your dorm. And lastly, Gym classes. There are 2 mini-games for gym, it’s either wrestling or dodgeball. You unlock fighting combos and weapon accuracy upon finishing the class.
Well that a long just to discuss classes. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, I won’t discuss them deeply and just enumerate the other extra things that you can do in bully.
Lockpicking Item Collectibles Bike races Mini-kart races Jobs Special errands Yearbooks Faction challenges Detention Food fights Seasonal changes (Halloween and winter days) Arcade mini-games Carnival mini-games Carnival unlocks Tagging territory Asylum
Adding all depth and all the content you can explore in the game plus the great combat system I’m gonna give the bull a gameplay score of
Gameplay score of 9.1/10
Graphics and Performance
Since the game is released @ 2006 and was just ported to the PC, I will be judging the game’s graphics based on 2006 but performance based on what I’ve experienced while playing the game. Textures are not that bad. Body language is quite good, synced with the game same with facial expression. But the lip sync is just bad, it’s almost non-existence. Grass textures are seriously laughable for a 2006 game, it’s just 2D sprites and 3D ones are just crossed patterns of 2D grass sprites.
Performance wise the game is ported really good, didn’t experience any graphical glitches, I only start feeling some lag after 5 hours of continuous playtime.
I used a controller all throughout the game though so I can’t comment if this game is playable on a keyboard
Graphics and performance score: 6.3/10
Sound and Dialogues
For background sound, I’m a bit quirked by it because it sounds like it was recorded in mono quality. But if you disregard the quality of it, The music really fits the game really well especially on specific scenarios. No complains on sound effects, but again, it feels like the game engine only uses mono sounds.
Dialogues are impressive, there’s a wide variety of dialogues that you will hear each different with each faction and depending on their status on you.
Sound and Dialogues score: 8.4/10
Final verdict and is it worth it?
Absolutely yes, for 15$, this game will last you over 15 hours just by doing the main story line and other extras that you might encounter. Game is more enjoyable if you used a controller as far as I’m concerned, no need for a mouse since there’s no accurate aiming that you must perform; the lock feature will do this job for you. I don’t see the game being more enjoyable if you tried to fps the shooting part.
For the final score, I will put a ratio of (60:20:20) since gameplay is seriously much needed for a sandbox game like this to keep the players continue to play the game and not get bored on it. Graphics isn’t that paid attention but getting the right atmosphere by setting the right dialogues and just the right scenery will make the game really well.
Final score: 8.4/10
Great,fun, open-world game with lots of humor and varietywdp1024 | Aug. 20, 2013 | See all wdp1024's reviews »
Bully is a pretty fun game. The main character is Jimmy Hopkins, a boy who's been sent to a school called Bullworth Academy which has lots of cool characters both students and adults. The game has been called a kid grand theft auto or GTA in school and I'd say that's a accurate comparison. It's made by Rockstar, the makers of GTA so there are lots of similarities. Just like GTA Jimmy will be asked to complete tasks from other characters and you can date and kiss other characters.
One cool thing is that all the character are unique and 1 of a kind so unlike other open world game there are no duplicate characters. The school itself is huge and you can go to different classes during the day and by going to those classes you earn upgrades. You don't have to go to class but teachers and other adults will try to catch you and make you go to class.
What really surprised me was there are areas and missions that take place outside of school so the game is open world. There are lots of fun mini games that you have to do and you have customization with clothes, hair, shoes and so on.
Bully is a fun game and if you're a fan of open world games, specifically the style, humor and mission structure of GTA then you'll be sure to like this.
GTA in school - Funny yet interestingbartinkopl2 | Aug. 12, 2013 | See all bartinkopl2's reviews »
Rockstar Games once again proves that it is one of the best game studios that were ever established. This game is simply a "GTA in school" so it's action packed, funny and interesting. It tells a story of a typical school boy which must pass the classes, kiss a girl and beat up these stupid nerds in library - cool! Story is long but interesting, you will love the missions. After few hours you will unlock the town - so you will be able to explore it with your bike. You can visit shops, change clothes, beat up other students and go to principal - isn't it awesome? For this price this is one of the best deals. Pranks, violence and life of typical 15-year guy - don't look any further, just buy it!
A deserved 100/100 - it couldnt be better for five years old game.
Fun gameiamkyo90 | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all iamkyo90's reviews »
A game in which the story and gameplay hooks you pearl Gameplay: I feel very good when you have skateboard, eggs, slingshot to make classes such as dissecting frogs or playing music and having also a city where you can go freely Technology: It's ok but there are times where you see people traversing or you can enter rooms of people having the door locked Graphics: very good and acceptable though to be the 2008 is not very good because if you compare with crysis (2007) and gTA IV (2008) although there are times when it seems that has graphics similar to sims 2 Sound: it seems very good but hearing the same all the time tiring slightly Innovation: gta Uff one school is great I think very innovative and with that I tell you all
Funnyysk1985 | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all ysk1985's reviews »
This game is funny, it's like a tame version of GTA but you are in high school playing as a bully, instead of playing as a killer going on hit mission and errand runs, you are bully around the school. This is one RockStar game to add to your collection. The graphics are pretty good for an old game, around the same as San Andreas but in a school environment. You get to do funny things such as hide inside garbage cans to escape from being told off.
It's something...08woodh1 | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all 08woodh1's reviews »
I played this game a long time ago on the Playstation 2, and when I played it recently, it was nice to go back to it, but I still hardly understand the game. The game is old, I admit, but some audio files sound like they were recorded by a toaster, and that's hardly an exaggeration. It's good for some people, just not for me.
Awesomedbhar | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all dbhar's reviews »
This game has delivered what it's promised. I just finished it last night and i loved every minute of it. From giving wedgies to just running around exploring. It's not as nonlinear as GTA but for what you can do, it's really fun.
One of Rockstars bestP1_2A_9B | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all P1_2A_9B's reviews »
For the price it is now on the rockstar sale I reccomend getting this and even if it isnt on sale id still get it if you have the cash. This game is both funny and fun. Every high school stereotype back then is in this game from the nerds to the jocks and so on. the classes in this game are also fun since you have these minigames to play and some are easy which some may be hard for everyone (english). This game has fun missions and some wierd interesting things going on. If you are a fan of rockstar games or just a gamer in general or someone who likes to have fun in games you best get this game also its a rockstar port so it may or may not have some glitches to it but i found none whatsoever so far
Fub gamespiken0 | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all spiken0's reviews »
Rockstar always delivers! Great game, little bit less serious than gta series and it is really funny! Bully was originally released on ps2 but did aged really well and rockstar didi really good job with porting it to the pc. It is a must have for every gta fan!
Be the bully you wanted to belok0812 | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »
This game have you play as Jimmy and allows you to do all sorts of bullying in school. Similar to any Rockstars open world games, the game have a moderate size open world for you to explore and mini games to play. While you are in school you finish objectives similar to missions around the school ground like fetching or beating people up. Storyline is pretty good as you get to carry out Jimmy's personality to the teachers and fellow students. With over dozens of NPCs each with their own personality to interact with. If you are tired of the always violent GTA from Rockstars, give this relaxing game a try and do all sort of pranks to the students and teachers that you always wanted to do.
Nice gamesimodeso | Aug. 5, 2013 | See all simodeso's reviews »
It's like a GTA but in Highschool and it's fantastic. The gameplay is awesome, story too and it's a very nice sandbox game ! It doesn't cost a lot, give it a try it is worth every cent. If you liked GTA this game is for you even if it is a bit old ( i played it on my playstation 2)
Back to schoolzipnox | Aug. 4, 2013 | See all zipnox's reviews »
Never before has education been this much fun. In Bully, you're just another student trying to get by, however as it turns out you'll take part in some major events at Bullworth Academy. Bully features an open world filled with side missions and mini-games to play through, some more fun than others but overall very enjoyable.
I think Rockstar did a great job in taking a different setting and making it fun and exciting, the story is great with plenty of memorable characters and moments. The music, sound and graphics are all fine, but the game does have a few fault; namely some poor optimization and a few bugs occurring every now and then.
Despite falling short on the optimization, it's still a game worth playing. Rockstar tried a new setting and they really nailed it.
Fun!GoldenSaint | Aug. 4, 2013 | See all GoldenSaint's reviews »
Really fun game and it is pretty addictive. The story is okay kind of weird but enjoyable. The graphics a not bad considering its an older game. It is open-world but not as open as you world think. You can decide when to take on missions and roam around the school but that's it the story is pretty linear.
Overall great game and at this price its a steal.
Really Great!Trollfaceyomama | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all Trollfaceyomama's reviews »
This was easily one of my favorite games on my Ps2, and i really enjoyed playing it on the PC as well. The Scholarship Edition adds a few new missions (Nothing major), some new school classes and improved graphics (As compared to the Ps2 version). I found the story enjoyable, and i loved the atmosphere surrounding the game. The game is best played with an Xbox 360 controller, but the Keyboard controls are fine as well.
The story, it has it all!notmyid | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all notmyid's reviews »
This game is a piece from my later childhood which I replayed again a few months ago. Damn, this game was epic, the characters are amazing, the whole world is so real, it takes you on the journey of being a real student in Bullworth academy. I enjoyed my trip there, and found the events and possibilities way too much fun. And I just might return again in a few years. :) And to be honest? I liked Bully WAY MORE than any of the GTAs (they were pretty fun, but the appeal this game brought to me was of a different kind).
GTA meets High Schoolspycid | Aug. 2, 2013 | See all spycid's reviews »
Bully is a refreshing take on high school in a sandbox mode. You play as an anti-hero, just like any other gta character where it is an open world environment, you can start any main story missions and spend as much time as you want by completing side missions. Overall it's a must play title for every gamer and sandbox lover.
Good game!backslashio | Aug. 2, 2013 | See all backslashio's reviews »
Whilst somewhat dated by today's standards it shows that Rockstar can make a mature themed game with the presence of a school yard. If you like GTA you'll enjoy this, there's a lot of fun to be had with plenty of sidemissions to keep you interested
Hopefully one day they'll announce a sequel for the next-gen era