Conclusion: It's by no means perfect, as there are certainly some areas in which Scholarship Edition could have been significantly improved, but I personally feel that this version of the game is superior to the version released two years prior. That said, while Scholarship Edition is a better game, the extra content and much-improved controls simply don't warrant a fifty-dollar purchase from somebody who's already played the PS2 version of Bully.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is an expansion of the original 2006 Bully game offered on newer platforms, and that it depicts antisocial behavior and violence within a school environment. At its heart it is a simulation about bullying behavior in a school setting and therefore -- given the sad state of school violence -- a hot-button topic for parents.
Excerpt: Jimmy Hopkins is not your standard video game hero. In Bully: Scholarship Edition, he breaks a drunken schoolteacher out of an asylum, helps the lunch lady drug her date, steals panties from the girls' dorm, and takes pictures of snotty kids sitting on a homeless Santa's lap. But this is not your typical game, and 15 months after its release on the PlayStation 2, Bully's gameplay stands tall and proud.
Pros: Matchless, amazingly crafted gameworld, Fantastic, funny dialogue, Great voice acting and overall sound design, Solid extra content
Cons: Frequent crashes, bugs, and glitches, Inconsistent frame rate and other minor annoyances
Excerpt: Bully: Scholarship Edition is a fantastic game that provides a great balance of action, story and fun. Some people will inevitably look at it as a years-old PS2 port and ignore it in preference to something newer and flashier, but to do so would mean missing one of the best games on the Wii. While the story is somewhat juvenile and the graphics very last-generation, the overall experience Bully provides is greater than the sum of its parts.
Excerpt: Thou art hero, Bully says. Enjoy the adoration of scantily clad schoolgirls and the respect of incontinent nerds. Thou art villain, Bully says. Have fun on the riding lawnmower doing penance for your many and varied crimes. In Bully , players get to be hero and villain, savior of the school and scourge of Bullworth Academy.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: A lovable game, Bully is now made even better with some thoughtful new additions. For anyone who missed the PS2 version, this scholarly game design is a pretty essential example of how a slightly more light-hearted, story-driven and mission-based adventure should be done.
Summary: Bully: Scholarship Edition tells the story of 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins as he experiences the highs and lows of adjusting to a new school. Eight new missions, four new school classes (biology, music, math and geography), new unlockable items and clothing, new two-player off-line minigames, new awards and Achievements.