Excerpt: Somewhere hidden amongst the controversy surrounding Rockstar's Bully (officially titled Canis Canem Edit in the UK) is a game. You'd be forgiven for thinking Bully is much more than a game - something much more scandalous - but it's really just another free-roaming action title. The fact that it's from the creators of GTA and sports a title begging to be ripped apart by anyone opposed to video games as a form of entertainment has simply got people worked up over...
Excerpt: After garnering the attention and hatred of clearly clueless family groups and certain trouble-making, idiotic lawyers, Rockstar’s latest anticipated, uniquely atmospheric title has finally made its way to retail shelves. While the game’s premise feels refreshing and pleasingly unique, it carries the distinct Rockstar presentation and gameplay style.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Whilst the game doesn't stray very far from the GTA-inspired structure, it is a completely individual experience and is recommended even to those (heathens) that disliked the GTA series.
Conclusion: Those minor complaints aside, Canis Canem Edit is undoubtedly one of the most engaging, enjoyable and immersive experiences to hit console this year - if not longer. Blanketed in the sorts of polish that seem to escape the grasp of most other western developers, Rockstar has refined its open-world formula to the nth degree.
Conclusion: While the PS2 is showing its age now that the next generation is upon us, it’s still a great looking game with its nice looking environments, detailed and varied characters and the look of the school changes depending on the time of the year. The animation, especially in the cut scenes, is really good and each character seems to move in its own individual way.
Excerpt: Stand up to the bullys and try to run the school! Right lets get something out of the way. A lot of press has wasted a lot of time vilifying Bully (I can’t be bothered to call it Canis Canum Edit). It has been condemned for glorifying violence, promoting kids attacking bullies and for belittling the problem of bullying in schools. Well rubbish to all of the above. As a very long time victim of bullying at school I know what I am talking about here!
Pros: Great fun, engrossing story line, good characters and well realised environment.
Summary: While not quite up there with GTA size and scale, in many ways this title surpasses Rockstar's other efforts. There's a better story, better combat and much more humour. Canis Canem Edit (aka Bully) is certainly worth adding to your PS2 collection this Christmas.