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.
Not an ordinary SandboxEvrad | April 30, 2013 | See all Evrad's reviews »
Bully - Scholarship Edition tells Jimmy Hopkins story, your story. It begins as always: You’re a boy, which is sent far away from home, who must fight against your fears and the established power if you want to be the leader. Even if the game is developed by Rockstar (GTA fathers), it’s not the typical sandbox in which you’re sent from A to B in every mission, it has a huge variety of situations that keeps your thoughts away from the idea of playing something boring. I would recommend this game to everyone who don’t appreciate sandbox games, because, thanks to “Bully” they’ll find a fresh and enjoyable game.
The only school I'd like to attend.TronLight | April 29, 2013 | See all TronLight's reviews »
I'm sure many people know this game as "GTA in a school". Well, you could probably say that, same way you can say that Red Dead Redemption is "GTA in the far west". But in both cases, you'd be wrong. Bully may take inspiration (and maybe a little more) by the GTA formula, but it's a completely indiependent game. The similarities are the big, fully explorable, very well detailed city, that you'll want to explore in order to discover secrets, find every collectibles and play minigames. The mission formula it's in the game too, you'll have different charcters that will give you missions. Many peoples dislike this aspect in GTA because they feel that every mission is kind of a more-of-the-same. Here, insted, every mission is pretty much unique, thanks to the new setting, so yoiu will not feel bored. The weapon system is obviously different. No guns, but a fun take on the school world equipent. Only sling-shots, firecrackers, stink-bombs and such. You won't be able to steal vehicles either, but you'll have your own bike that you can upgrade. Story-wise, the game it's the tale of a boy who want's to become the leader of the school. To do so he'll have to confront with nerds, jocks, outcasts, teacher and, of course, other bullies. The game is old, but the graphics are good because of its toon-like style. A few minor glitches on modern sistem (the worst it's the pop-up while running on the bike), but nothing that will make the game unplayable. Overall, Bully is a fantastic game and a successful experiment, witty and fun, charming in is own way, and pretty much every person that played it is waiting for a sequel. And probably you'll join this club soon.
GTA in schoolbarniman | March 28, 2013 | See all barniman's reviews »
Rockstar managed to creat another really innovative and unexpected titles, Bully can be best described as Grand Theft Auto in school. You have to go to classes, extra activities, get a girlfriend, pretty much anything you'd do in school. This obviously doesn't sound that interesting, but they created an interesting storyline and tons of quests (pantyraid!) for the game. The gameplay is also really varied, apart from the classes you can go outside the school and explore the town, you can go on dates, enter races, go boxing, play one of the many minigames or just goof around like you would in any GTA. So the gameplay is pretty much perfect, the only real drawback of the game is the PC port. The graphics look quite old (they did when the game was released, not just now) and the controls are...problematic, gamepad is recommended for this one.
It's alright...PM_DMNKLR | Jan. 30, 2013 | See all PM_DMNKLR's reviews »
I'll be honest with you, I've been a Rockstar Games fan for a long, LONG time, but there are some of their titles that just don't do it for me (Midnight Club series), and there are some that I still LOVE to this very day (GTA series). Then, in the middle, there's Bully. It's not horrible, but it's not epic either. Worth playing for sure, but honestly I don't see why it's still priced so high, and I mean that for everywhere you go. It's a fun to play game, but I'd recommend waiting for a good sale price on it, because quite frankly it's not the most awesome R* game out there and they have much better for the same price or lower.
Overall, it's good, but I wouldn't say it's awesome.
Calling It a "Teen Version of GTA" Doesn't Do Bully JusticeAkaRai | Jan. 5, 2013 | See all AkaRai's reviews »
While there are many obvious parallels to be drawn between Bully and Grand Theft Auto -such as the numerous morally dubious decisions you make and the various cliques in the school standing in for rival criminal organizations- Bully is by and large a different game.
Bully has a few RPG-like elements wherein you can improve your combat abilities and other stats by going to class and doing well -each unlocking abilities in different areas, like science helping you with some weapons, gym helping you with combat, and art basically helping you with girls- and completing quests.
Jimmy is kind of a troubled kid. At the start of the game, his apathetic mother and step-father are dumping him off at the unimaginatively named Bullworth Academy, as he's been expelled from numerous other schools. Bullworth is tightly divided between the school's various cliques. The nerds, the jocks, the greasers and the preps (and later on the townies.) Bullying is extremely common there, and all but encouraged by the staff. Jimmy may be a jerk, but he looks poorly on bullying, and rather than simply joining one of the cliques, works his way through them, bullying the bullies and earning their respect.
Personally, I think my favorite aspect of the game was the outstanding soundtrack, which made segments like Halloween night, sneaking into the girl's dorm on a panty raid, and fighting the football team in a stolen mascot's uniform all the more memorable. Bully offers an entertaining experience that you'll enjoy even if you're not a fan of the GTA series, as I personally am not.