Excerpt: Bully is the latest incarnation from the devilish minds of Rockstar Games, makers of the immortal and genre defining classic, Grand Theft Auto . This title strays from the path of car jacking, Mafioso madness, and extends into the juvenile realm of the Bullworth Academy boarding school, as one young...
Excerpt: Rockstar brought the sandbox genre to prominence with a surprising hit in GTA III, so it's only fitting that they'd revive it after years of stagnation caused by copycat games like True Crime that butchered the concept.
Excerpt: supports this surrealistic depiction of school life with its relatively freeform gameplay. I say 'relatively' because you can't just go around punching things. No, if Hopkins breaks any rules in Bullworth, as with any other school, he gets taken down and hauled to the principal's office, and is then...
Excerpt: Unlike the charismatic thugs, gangsters, and killers from games like “Manhunt,” “Grand Theft Auto,” and “The Warriors,” Jimmy Hopkins doesn’t have a rap sheet -- just a few red marks on his personal record.
Summary: Who needs a next generation console when there are games like Bully? Rockstar's newest game is easily one of the best games of the year, an adventure game that you should pick up ... regardless of what type of games you are into.
Conclusion: But it’s not just the location that makes Bully so great. Bullworth Academy is merely the setting; the subject is childhood. This is a game about how the world looks when you're growing up; when adults are inept at best and malicious at worst; when your room is your sanctuary; when you're free to do...
Pros: Vivid game setting; solid narrative; good use of humor.
Cons: Rough character models; some frame rate issues; long load times.
Summary: Life sure does suck for Jimmy Hopkins, the 15 year old protagonist in Bully. Poor Jimmy has been kicked out of a half dozen schools, he can't get along with his jerk step-dad, and it appears as though he may have some sort of anger management issues to get under control.
Excerpt: School is supposed to be a joyous time, where adorable boy and girls become strong men and women. It’s supposed to build character. To nurture the mind. To develop the skills and relationships that will follow you throughout life and ease you into the rigorous demands of society.