|Bully: Scholarship Edition
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The Rockstar tradition of groundbreaking, original gameplay and humorous tongue-in-cheek storytelling invades an entirely new setting: the schoolyard.
As a mischievous schoolboy, you'll stand up to bullies, get picked on by teachers, play pranks, win or lose the girl, and ultimately learn to navigate the obstacles of the worst school around, Bullworth Academy - a corrupt and crumbling prep school with an uptight facade.
The story follows 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins, a teenager who's been expelled from every school he's ever attended. Left to fend for himself after his mother abandons him at New England boarding school of Bullworth Academy to go on her fifth honeymoon, Jimmy has a whole year at Bullworth ahead of him, working his way up the social ladder of this demented institution of supposed learning, standing up for what he thinks is right and taking on the liars, cheats and snobs who are the most popular members of the student body and faculty. If Jimmy can survive the school year and outsmart his rivals, he could rule the school.
Ready yourself for a hilarious return to campus living with Bully, the outrageously funny game title for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
Accept missions to earn all-new rewards and achievements; your choices can affect the outcome in positive or negative ways
Retaining the wit and deep gameplay of the previously released PS2 Bully title, Bully: Scholarship Edition takes place in the fictional New England boarding school of Bullworth Academy and tells the story of 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins as he experiences the highs and lows of adjusting to a new school. Capturing the hilarity and awkwardness of adolescence perfectly, Bully: Scholarship Edition pulls the player into its cinematic and engrossing world set in the most vile and sadistic setting yet in a Rockstar videogame: the schoolyard. Laugh and cringe as you stand up to bullies, get picked on by teachers, play pranks on malicious kids, win or lose the girl, and ultimately learn to navigate the obstacles of the fictitious Bullworth Academy.Bully: Scholarship Edition comes to the Xbox 360, boasting new content, next generation graphics, and two player mini-games that make this title appealing to previous Bully players and a whole new audience. New Content
8 new missions, 4 new classes, hilarious new characters, added two-player mode, new unlockables, new rewards and achievements. Variety
With 82 missions, 45 lessons, loads of mini games and collectibles, Bully provides over 30 hours of entertainment.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.Technological Upgrades:
- Use of next gen-graphical techniques including high resolution textures and dynamic lighting & shadow system.
- Faster frame speed makes the game smoother and more responsive.
- Recreated and updated over 3000 textures and character models by hand to bring up to next gen standards.
- Improved full screen effects, including dynamic glow FX, improved depth of field, and heat and fire FX.
- Textures uprezzed by 4x over the original Bully for PS2.
- More pedestrians and vehicles are able to load at once which improves the visual variety of the game.
- Mini-games, including classes are easily accessible through the menu system.
- Over 30 hours of content, including eight new missions, four new classes, 45 new lessons, 100 voiced characters, mini games, unlockables and collectibles
- Defend the weaker students by inflicting wedgies on their oppressors
- Keep your cool and make a good impression on the ladies
- Interact with jocks, nerds, preppies, greasers, teachers, townies and carnies
- Dominate the school with a friend in two-player mini games
- It's The Little Things...
Recently I took a break from playing Bully and visited an old acquaintance of mine. My ex-girlfriend, actually, but we're still an amiable terms together. She asked what game I was playing nowadays, to which I replied, "Bully," and she asked if I thought the game would be fun on the Wii, and after thinking about it for a moment I said that it would be a great game on the Wii. The reason for this statement was because Bully is comprised of loads of mini-games. Pretty much the entire game is nothing but mini-games from shooting galleries, racing, dodge ball, and dozens more. The diversity of the mini-games is enough for any Wii owner to get full use out of the stupid controller that elderly people seem to love so much. While the graphics aren't stellar and San Andreas is definitely bigger, it's the little things in Bully that make the game really fun. Not just the above mentioned mini-games, but also the fact the Bully wants you to find all of the hidden items. The game gives you the locations of these items on you map. All you have to do is pass Geography. It's the little touches like that that could've been used on any one of the Grand Theft Auto games. How many of us really found all of the statues on GTA without the use of a book or downloaded reference. I sure as heck didn't.
Unfortunately, while it's the little things that make Bully fun, it's also the little things that severely hurt the game, as well. Little things like say...NOT CRASHING would've made the game at least 42% better. It's not just the fact that it crashes, but that it crashes right after a big mission before I get a chance to save! Other little things could've been added to improve this title as well. like the ability to take off your helmet when not riding. I now you need a wardrobe to change clothes, but all I need are my hands to take off the helmet. If you want to be a law abiding citizen while on your moped, then be prepared for a lot of cut-scenes with Jimmy wearing full face protection. Maybe if they have a peanut shell helmet it would go over better, but unfortunately they don't. There are also a lot of cut scenes where the animation looks unfinished. Why does the drunken teacher's hand go through the bottle of booze instead of holding it? You see arm, bottle, and then fingers. It looks quite ridiculous. It's the little polishing touches that testers and QA people get paid to do, but are not so apparent with Bully.
Overall, the game is pretty fun. I would recommend renting it instead of buying it, though. Save your money for another day unless, of course, you own a Wii. Then I recommend you dip into that monthly Social Security check and splurge a little.
Controls: A- (probably an A+ on the Wii)
Story: A- (you see a lot of plot twists coming)
Graphics: B- (this is a next-gen game after all)
Polish: C (looks a little unfinished)
- Great game!
This has been among my favorites on the 360. Bully is very well designed, without too many significant glitches. My favorite part about this game though is how amazing the story goes. The main character, JImmy, goes to a new school that's full of bullys and cliques. Contrary to what the name suggests and everyone believes, Jimmy is an anti-bully. Yeah, there are fights and pranks, but the overall goal is to manipulate each clique to get them to stop bullying others. It's a genius storyline, with tons of missions that are interesting and a blast to play.
Besides the main story, there are so many things to its overwhelming. There are jobs to get money aside from the main missions, like paper routes and lawn mowing, there are bike races, errands to do for people, and shops to go to. One of the coolest parts is the carnival. There you can play regular carnival games, go on rides, go kart races, and even win yourself a moped.
Back at school, you have many classes you can go to, and they are actually somewhat challenging!! There is math, art, biology, chemistry, music, and geography. Passing these classes gets you benefits in the game like maps, the ability to make firecrackers and stuff like that.
For the 360, achievements are a lot of fun too and make the game even longer. You don't just get them by playing in Bully, you really have to work. For example, you have to get 20 guys to kiss you (you're a boy). There are 38 in all, worth 1000 points.
Overall, bully is an amazing game, that will keep you entertained for 30+ hours. I recommend it to anyone especially for the price....more info
- One in my collection of favorites
This game is fun in so many ways. I rented it for PS2 very early last year and I decided to buy it when I found out it was being released for the 360. I'm glad I did. It's GTA in a teen world, I say that because there is really no blood visible and no guns. There's much to do. You can go to class or skip it if you want, you always get infinite chances to complete the class you're on. For example, the class system is you do 5 classes of each subject. Let's say if you're on class 3 and you skip it, you have a chance to do it tomorrow (in-game time, of course) and the day after that, etc.
There is a carnival in this game where you can play different games to earn tickets to buy items like a Moped, posters, a clown outfit, and other things. There are 3 different sections of the whole map. One is a suburban neighborhood, the other is an 'industrial powerplant' area, grungy all around and sort of poor looking. That's where the townies are located. The last is an area where you can find various stores and the beach. The carnival is located there down a road through a tunnel.
Anyway, I think people interested in the RPG, free-roam, and adventure genres would enjoy this game. The fighting is great in my opinion, the way you can throw people in trash cans and give them swirlies. People of all ages, well obviously not parents, would like this and get at least SOME fun out of it. When you do the missions you need to do to progress in the game, sometimes you unlock outfits or items, depending on the mission (they're always the same no matter how many times you play it). The "Endless Summer" chapter you get after you beat the game is a great way to complete all the classes you didn't get to finish during the actual chapters, and also do all the side quests to get achievements and some extra cash for new hairstyles, clothes, etc. This has good replay value after you've beaten it for a while and are tired of playing the Endless Summer chapter AND want to relive the mission experiences. If you are totally unsure if you should buy this or not, go rent it and see if it's worth it. Hope this helped....more info
- Now it is safe to swim
Rockstar has now released a patch to fix our beloved bully. So now is the best time to buy.
Bull is exellent game that is extremely fun and full of witty dialoge and story. I personaly think its better than GTA but that's my opinion.
Dont buy unless you have internet access to download the new patches....more info
- PG GTA?
you take the characters from grand theft auto time travel back in time and put them in school. thats what you get from Bully, so if you like the GTA style games, you'll probually going to like this game. Im not even a GTA fan and I like this game. come on seriously when you where in high school I know you wanted to do some of the things you can do in this game. my only disapointment with this game is the "authority" figures. at least in grand theft auto you can kill the cops, I tried almost everything to take them down in bully, if you can get them down with three fire crackers something is wrong. Also when I try to run from them I end up walking in stead of running...busted LOL but seriously if your thinking about buying it, may as well its only [...] bucks....more info
- A Very Buggy Port
I played the PS2 version of Bully when it came out and it turned out to be one of my very favorite games, so needless to say I was looking forward to the expanded Xbox360 version. The game was obviously improved with more classes and missions and playing is as fun as it was in the original and even more challenging. My problem is that the game has proven to be a technical nightmare. Several of the missions and classes seem to have bugs in them and the game has completely frozen up my console half a dozen times in the three days I've been playing it. Executives at Rockstar Games have said that the problem is with older model Xbox360 consoles, but my system is an Xbox360 Pro Bundle that was only bought in Dec. '07. Obviously I made a mistake to order this game as soon as it came out, and I can only hope that Rockstar comes up with a satisfactory solution to these issues, either through a downloadable patch or a disc replacement, in short order. My advice on this game is to hold off getting it until these issues have been resolved....more info
- Bully! Not about bullying other kids!
Bully is an updated port from the PS2 version. The graphics are updated as well as the gameplay. Overall I would say this is an excellent port of an older video game. Gameplay mechanics are solid and it has a funny story. Don't believe the hype in the media about bully making kids bully and glorifying bullying. THAT'S WRONG AND IGNORANT!! It's about a kid taking back the school from bullies and you are penalized for being a bully. Beside most kids face far worse in the real world schools than in this videogame. This is a T for teen rated game so parents pay attention to what your kids are playing. But this game is a definite buy, especially for those who like rockstar's games....more info
- I love this game!!!!
I bought this game when it came out on PS2 and for some reason, I just couldn't get into it. Fast forward a couple years later. I decided to give this game another chance, and I'm glad I did. I had tons of fun playing this game. From the story to the humor, I did not want to put my controller down. It's not a perfect game, as the control can be a little wonky sometimes but the entire world that takes place offers so much exploration I didn't care about the flawed control. I highly recommend this game. I actually liked it more than GTA IV....more info
- Seems Ok
This Game seems like its ok to me it's alot like GTA. I like how you can opt to skip class Its like GTA is a teen world. It would be a nice litle game to come put before GTA and GTA is like the teens adult life now all rockstar needs to do is come out with a baby version and an old Man Version that'd be nice Thanks Rockstar you guys keep doing it!!!!!!!!...more info
- Great game, but....
This is really a great game. It is incredibly random and lots of fun. I do, however, have two problems with this game. The first are the frequent load times. Anytime you enter into a conversation with someone and enter or exit a building (which is approximately every minute), you have to endure the a loading period. The load times aren't overly long, but they are far to frequent. The second problem I have had is that the game does tend to freeze. I got it yesterday, and so far it has done it twice. Other than that, the game really is a good time....more info
- one of the best games from PS2 just got better!
first, please vote whether this helps or not. otherwise its kind of pointless writing these. yes/no buttons are right at the bottom of the review. thanks.
if you enjoyed this game on the PS2 half as much as me, you're going to love it on the 360. there's tons of new content including 8 new missions, 4 new classes, new characters, two-player classes/mini games, new unlockables, new rewards and achievements. in total you get 82 missions, 45 lessons, loads of mini games and collectibles. 30+ hours of gameplay.
its an open world sandbox game with deeper combat options than most, full of options to dispatch your enemies, including tackles, headbutts, and a few wresting grapples. the world is pretty massive, and will take some time to fully explore. maybe its just me, but the environments seem to be expanded pretty majorly from the PS2 version. theres a few vehicles you can use to explore the campus and the surrounding town including a skateboard, bicycles, go-carts, and scooters.
the graphics have been revamped significantly. an all new lighting/shadow system has been added, along with high resolution textures. it still doesnt compare to most xbox 360 games, but thats not the point, and thats probably a big part of its price.
this game has more general character and spirit than almost any other game ive played. everyone is a pretty believeable character in thier universe. playing this really takes you back. its like being in highschool all over again, but if you want to shove someone into a locker you can, you want to pinch your teachers behind as she walks past? go for it! you wanna watch the hall monitor(prefect) fall in your scattered marbles, only to be shot down by your bottle rockets when he chases after you?? no problem! there is great variety of people to interect with, each group with their own members and unique personalities:jocks, nerds, preppies, bullies, greasers, teachers, townies, carnies.
its the Grand Theft Auto of the schoolyard, complete with no killing, and the lack of anything too offensive. during its developement, this was quickly becomming one of the most controversial games in years. upon its release, all the soccer moms and political wives with nothing better to do than scapegoat video games were slapped in the face by a harmless romp down memory lane, with a few complimentary wedgies.
add a surprisingly good story full of twists that goes through the whole school year and a cast rivaled by very few games, and you have yourself the answer to your open-world thirst. next to GTA IV and Saints Row this is your best bet....more info
- Welcome to Bullworth Academy
If you haven't played Bully, let me say that you are in for a huge treat. First off, Rockstar was kind enough to lop ten bucks off the purchase price so this is being sold for fifty bucks, which is actually a steal, considering how much content this game has. Let me also dispel any notions of this being a "schoolyard GTA", in fact, the high school that I go to is worse than this game is. You don't kill people, there is no blood; the whole atmosphere is very tongue in cheek.
Bully is an open world game set in the fictitous Bullworth Academy and its neighboring town. While that may not sound like a huge world to explore, there is so much detail in everything that you will hardly notice this. You start out as Jimmy Hopkins, a fifteen year old delinquent dropped off by your mother and new stepdad at boarding school. Right away, you figure out that the teachers are corrupt, the students are all part of conformist cliques, the prefects are out to bust anyone for putting a toe over the line, and the only kid like you is a power-hungry jerk. Thanks, mom.
The gameplay is extremely solid. Combat is varied, with a number of ways you can take on the prefects, teachers, or townspeople. You can, of course, punch, kick, etc, but you can also throw eggs, use stink bombs, lob firecrackers...you get the picture. The number and sheer variety of missions is extraordinary. It took me well over 100 hours to achieve absolutely everything in the game and get all the Achievements (which are quite fun and varied as well). And believe me, you won't regret an hour spent playing. Even classroom activities are really enjoyable, offering up some unique minigames, which benefit your everyday skills (e.g., if you excel in Art, you will have more success with the ladies).
The plot is very well done, and humor is ever present. Jimmy needs to win over the groups of students: the Nerds, Jocks, Preps, Greasers, and Bullies. Along the way, you'll run into missions delving into calendar year functions, such as Halloween and Christmas. Everything you do is related to something else, which makes the whole game that much more enjoyable. (However, if you already played this on PS2, there isn't a ton of new content here, 8 missions, 4 classes, multiplayer, and Achievements are about it).
Here's to a sequel that hopefully will be coming soon! ...more info
- A Charming Mini Sandbox Adventure!
I originally purchased this on the wii and then decided to upgrade to xbox 360 version because of the high definition aspect of it, im glad i did too. Like other reviews have stated, this game is like a mini GTA with bikes and youngsters. This game has a certain appealing charm to it. There is always something to do, between going to class and your free time before curfew. I didn't really care for the "have to be to class on time" aspect of the game. I don't like feeling pressure to go to some animated video game class but this game manages to make you feel it. The classes themselves are just mini-games and if completed with a high grade you will be rewarded with different items to enhance your inner bully. I played this game for a few days and enjoyed it, but it didn't take long for the charm to wear off and i found myself wanting to move on to the next game. It would be a good rental in my opinion....more info
- Great game
I really enjoyed this. Lots of different things to do and not always the same thing over and over. 2 thumbs up!...more info
- A Fun Open World Game
I am a big fan of the Rockstar franchise and the sandbox games they produce. So Bully - Scholarship edition was a must have game for me.
The reviews did get me a bit apprehensive, but after playing through this game I would recommend this to anyone who has never explored such games before, and also people who love humour in their games.
The plus points about this game are a very immersive school crowd, brilliant story missions which never sound repetitive, and have their unique twists. If you do get bored of the missions or are stuck in one, you can do stuff like run errands, collect cards, rubber-bands, etc. Also, I never ever got frustrated with this game and enjoyed my play through. The characters and environments may not be graphically amazing but they are more than adequate and look good. Also, the voice acting is a bit over the top, and very humurous, but this is a game about school kids and their teachers, so you have to expect that!
The downsides of this game are occasional moments where people seem to get stuck on invisible barriers and graphical glitches. I did not find any major crashes, and I had heard that this game is extremely buggy, but I guess Rockstar has patched a few of these. So an update from XBOX Live should help.
All in all, I would recommend this game to anyone who wants to find out what the GTA series was all about, without any of the killing, and for folks who love GTA, Saints Row, etc...this is a game you must have in your collection. I wish I was back in school!!!...more info