Reviews and Problems with Bully: Scholarship Edition
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More bad behavior in expanded high school sim.
Common Sense Media
18 August 2008
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.
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.
Excerpt: is just about picking fights, either. The game actually has an engaging story, with voice actors and character models that bring it delightfully to life. It's easy to find yourself swept up in the cinematic experience.
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.
Excerpt: First released in 2006 on the PS2 , Bully was another controversial title from Rockstar Games where its content seemed to stir up nothing but problems. There were a lot of stores that threatened not to sell Bully because it allowed you to beat up teachers and little kids, supposedly promoting violence towards these groups. This really is not the case of Bully at all.
Excerpt: The big buzz when the game originally came out was about the fact that Jimmy could kiss boys, making the anti-homosexual groups come out and condemn the game, and teachers arguing that this game glorified the bully lifestyle. With the first “problem” you as a player can decide whether you want to kiss boys or not, it isn’t a requirement. The second problem is the usual type of outcry when something as creative as this game comes out.
Pros: The Wii controls for the most part, especially in Biology and Music class, The story is top notch, If you missed the game originally, you have another chance, The voicework is top notch
Cons: The nunchuck controls not registering consecutively when fighting, Aiming with the slingshot via the remote can be tough, The loading times are still annoying
Excerpt: Bully: Scholarship Edition is a “GTA” style game from the same makers; Rockstar. Instead of setting the main character as a hardened street criminal, you are a troublesome teen by the name of Jimmy Hopkins, trying to establish yourself at a new school. Apart from a different setting, the premise of the game is pretty much the same. Work your way through various missions offered from various groups/gangs.
Pros: New missions, classes etc, The alternation of attending class and missions, Concept of the game
Cons: Too easy to complete, Not enough variation in missions/quests, Not much replay value after completion
Excerpt: Bully, c'est un peu les origines du mal, le titre qui nous dévoile le profil type de l'adolescent qui commencera par voler des oranges pour finir par s'échapper d'une prison devenue sa résidence permanente. Rockstar ne cherche donc pas à surprendre outre mesure et se calque bien volontiers sur les bases de GTA mais les porte dans un univers frais et plein de vérité malgré la multiplication des caricatures. Laissez-vous charmer, ça passe tout seul.