Bully: Scholarship Edition
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"And what's the best way to gain power and prestige at a new school? Pranks and violence, of course!" - ign.com
"Bully is one of the better gameplay experiences in recent years, letting you break a drunken schoolteacher out of an asylum, help the lunch lady drug her date, steal panties from the girls' dorm, and take pictures of snotty kids sitting on the lap of a homeless Santa." - gamespot.com
Bully: Scholarship Edition takes place at the fictional New England boarding school, Bullworth Academy and tells the story of mischievous 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins as he goes through the hilarity and awkwardness of adolescence. Beat the jocks at dodge ball, play pranks on the preppies, save the nerds, kiss the girl and ultimately navigate the social hierarchy in the worst school around.
Story – Scholarship Edition brings together all of the clichés surrounding school, the cliques, the teachers, the pranks and creates an environment which is hilarious to play and interesting to explore.
Variety – With 82 missions, 45 lessons, loads of mini games and collectibles, Bully provides over 30 hours of entertainment.
Pranks – Spread the mischief. Use your slingshot to annoy the school mascot, give the preppies wedgies, leave a stink bomb in the cheerleader’s locker, trip the prefects on well placed marbles, drop firecrackers in the toilets and own the school.
Characters – Over 100 voiced characters to socially interact with among several social groups; jocks, nerds, preppies, greasers, teachers, townies, carnies and of course girls.
Choice – You’re in charge. Decide whether you have a positive or negative effect when interacting or accepting missions; you can say hello to fellow classmates or deliver mean wedgies. Even decide which girls you want to kiss or what classes to skip.
Music – Original score creates a dynamic atmosphere that compliments the schoolyard experience seamlessly.
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.