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 Jimmy Hopkins. Graphically, it looks quite similar to GTA , but with more of a cartoony overtone.
Conclusion: Bully is an above average game for the PS2 that has hit in the system’s twilight. It's also one of the more controversial games to come out since San Andreas . However, this isn’t the kid-on-kid kill-fest people want you to think it is. Instead, Rockstar delivered a light hearted mischievous romp that never takes itself too seriously. Is it schoolyard GTA? Maybe. However, this doesn’t change the fact the game is shockingly fun to play.
Pros: Light-hearted tone, Excellent soundtrack, Clever humor, Almost too much to do, Good art direction, Light-hearted tone, Excellent soundtrack, Clever humor, Almost too much to do, Good art direction
Cons: Dated graphics, Recycled game play from GTA series, Dated graphics, Recycled game play from GTA series
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 stripped of his expendable items.
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.
Excerpt: Despite Jack Thompson's claims, Bully is not a violent game. It is, however, very funny. Rockstar Games is the victim of bullying lately. Yes their games are pretty much over the top. Yes their games are very violent (especially after Manhunt and the GTA series,) but yes, they are also very fun and have a lot of stuff to do. Their latest game is simply called Bully, and it too has been the victim of bullying.
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. Don't make me twist your arm into picking it up, this is one game you won't soon forget Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
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 whatever you feel like doing until some chore or class comes up; when time is there to be frittered; when it's almost holy to wake up in the morning and see snow on the...
Pros: Vivid game setting; solid narrative; good use of humor.
Cons: Rough character models; some frame rate issues; long load times.
Excerpt: It's not odd for weaker individuals to be singled out by stronger individuals, made the butt of every joke, ostracized and degraded just because they're good in school or they know how to play chess or they know what ‘dilettante’ means. It's not odd for teachers to turn a blind eye on the torment, just because the tormenter happens to own a Varsity jacket. Money and lies, cliques and discrimination, scandals and extortion; school is a bitch and then you graduate.
Excerpt: Rockstar Vancouver's Bully is a game that has been deep in the shadow of the publisher's flagship series, Grand Theft Auto , ever since its announcement. Everyone from parental groups to gamers to frenzied rabid lunatic lawyers were expecting this game to be Grand Theft Auto in a school.