This game by Rockstar is for over 16 year olds. It is set in a school, so you would think it would be aimed at children, but due to the violence, bullying and bad language it isn't really suitable for kids.
There are a lot of elements to the game and a lot to do so I will try to cover the main aspects of the game without going into too much detail.
You play the character Jimmy Hopkins, who has been dumped at Bullworth school, where he will attend lessons and lie while his mother and her new husband go on honeymoon for a year.
You will have to attend 2 lessons per day. One at 9am, and the other at 1pm. Of course you could always decide to skip classes, but if you are caught by one of the monitors and can't hide in a bin or locker or run away from them they will drag you back to class.
There are various subjects, each has 5 lessons to complete. If you complete all 5 lessons in a subject you are excused from attending future classes in that subject and will have more free time on your hands.
In English class you will have to unscramble letters to create so many words in a set amount of time. In gym class you will wrestle and play dodge ball. In biology you will perform dissections. In photography you will travel to locations on the map taking photographs of people and landmarks. Other classes such as chemistry and the shop require you to perform actions with your controller, following on screen prompts.
For completing all lessons you will earn rewards such as collection items being shown on the map, a chemistry set in your dorm to make your own weapons and unlocking interactions with others such as the ability to apologise and try to get yourself out of trouble.
When you are not in class there is plenty to do. You will need to collect rubber bands and cards which are located all over the town, some are in obvious places and others will require you to climb up buildings or jump over walls.
You can travel on foot, on your skateboard, a bike or a scooter to the shops to buy clothes, gifts to impress the girls, a drink or weapons such as eggs, stink bombs and fire crackers. You can also visit the carnival to play games to win tickets to exchange for prizes, try out the rides or check out the freak show.
Earn money deivering fast food or newspapers, accepting missions from classmates or people in the town, mow lawns and complete other mini tasks.
The yellow stars on the radar indicate the main missions which you need to complete to earn the respect of the various gangs (nerds, jocks and greaseballs) at schools to become popular and make your life at school easier.
Early missions are quite simple such as breaking into lockers, spray painting over tags and finding missing items. The missions get more complicated as you go along.
With all this to do, the game lasts quite a while but to be honest it does get a little tiresome after a while.
It is worth noting that you will need a nunchuk controller to be able to play the game. You can save at any time by going to your dorm or other locations which you unlock as you complete missions.
The radar on screen is enough for most tasks, but you can get a larger map up by pressing the '1' button. Pressing '2' will show your current objectives.
You should keep an eye on the time using the clock on screen, if you are still up and about at 2am you will pass out from tiredness, so it's not a good idea to start a mission near this time as you will wake up in your dorm and need to start it again.
Multiplayer is hardy worth a mention, you can't play online and offline you can't walk around the town or fight or anything. It is just competing against one another in the lessons, arcade games and fairground games.
I thought the game was good as I only paid around £5 for a used copy on Ebay. The map, radar, collection items and spray painting does remind me of the Grand Theft Auto games also by Rockstar but some parts of the game seem a bit pointless. For example if you could spray the same tag 100 times, it seems silly that your tag disappears and appears as one that you can do and doesn't seem to have any point in the game, whereas the tags in GTA are counted until you have done them all.
I think this is aimed at a small number of people, I think the theme of the game is more for teenagers, but with its 16+ age recommendation it doesn't make it suitable for all. Anyone older than teenagers would probably soon find it a bit dull. I got frustrated with going back and forwards from the town to the school and back again, you can catch a bus which is a faster than making your own way there but it was a bit silly. After a few hours I found I had run out of the smaller tasks to do, you can repeat the money earning tasks if you like but it gets a bit boring mowing the same patch of grass over and over for something to pass the time until your next lesson or bed time.
It is still an enjoyable game though, and even when I got a bit fed up of it I was determined to continue and reach the 100% completion. It's hard to rate this game as I think it is one aimed at a certain style of gamer. I personally quite like wandering around hunting for collection items, but if you are more interested in action and something a bit more fast paced this probably isn't for you.
Bully: Scholarship is an open-world game produced by Rockstar released in 2008.
Bully takes place in the fictional Bullworth Academy, a private boarding school. The story follows the adventures of Jimmy Hopkins, a troubled teenager who has been sent to the Academy by his mother. In the Academy Jimmy finds it hard to fit in due to the different stereotypical groups that exist so during the game he needs to befriend them and gain their support against the treacherous Gary Smith, the main antagonist of the game. In my opinion, the story is very fun and light hearted, owing to the games school theme. You really feel like you're being a bully at times, such as when beating up nerds and putting cherry bombs in lockers. It is very satisfying.
Bully is a sandbox game and thus you can go anywhere in the school campus and anywhere in Bullworth town at anytime. Bully mixes this formula up by letting the player engage in school subjects. Early in the morning, at lunchtime and at late afternoon Jimmy can go to a random class. There are a lot of subjects in Bully, for example Music and Chemistry. Music class is a guitar hero type game with the player matching notes and Chemistry involves you cutting up rats and toads. These minigames are very fun but some are pretty annoying, like Geography class where you have to match countries on a map. It gets pretty old and
repetitious after a while. The classes are worth doing though for the bonus clothes or perks they give you. A perk that's pretty funny is one that gives you health when you kiss a girl. I wonder what they were thinking of when they made that one....
After these classes Jimmy can complete missions or explore, like in Grand Theft Auto. The missions are very varied and teach Jimmy new combat techniques and supply him with new weapons, such as the wonderful spud gun, a gun that fires potatoes. After a number of missions you advance to a new chapter. Some of these chapters change the whole landscape, one changed the whole town to a winter wonderland. It's a nice touch and makes you feel like your travelling through a living, breathing town.
Bully has superb graphics for a Wii game. Textures seem very detailed and character models, if not a bit jaggy, are nicely animated. The colour scheme for Bully is mainly mahogany brown and blue. The colours really make you feel you're in an old fashioned boarding school.
The graphics for the game are more impressive when you consider it's a large sandbox game.
Bully has, quite possibly, the best soundtrack I have heard this generation. The eerie shrieks at night and the circus music when at school feel very appropriate and add to the tone of the game. All characters are voice acted in Bully, another great feat.
The controls let me down in Bully mainly due to the sensitive Wiimote controls. Aiming with the slingshot can get very frustrating because one movement of the hand can send the whole crosshair to the edge of the screen.
Other than that, the controls feel very well mapped and suited for the Wii's controls.
Rockstar attempted to tap into the teenage market with this school-based GTA, and in my opinion, it does not just succeed, it supplies the sandbox genre with new gameplay elements that should be used in future games. I cannot wait for a Bully 2.
Welcome to Bullworth academy, the New England boarding school set to become your latest home away from home. You play the belligerent 'new kid' Jimmy Hopkins, thrust into an unsettling world of jocks, nerds, preppies, bullies, townies and greasers.
Upon your arrival you meet the antagonistic Gary Smith, a sociopathic jibe-smacking misanthrope who slowly becomes your main rival in the game. To offset the balance, Pete Kowalski (or 'Petey' as he's nicknamed) is the closest thing you have to a best friend inside the walls of Bullworth; although not much of a fighter, Pete's brainpower more than makes up for it.
Over the course of six chapters, it's your mission to become the king of the school dealing with the misery of classes, performing tasks for fellow students and completing a cavalcade of preset errands along the way.
Every day at the academy follows a preset pattern. Upon waking your first stop is morning classes; then, following a short break for lunch, you're straight into afternoon lessons after which you're free to do whatever you like until bedtime.
Daily classes consist of a series of familiarly themed mini games. For example, 'Guitar Hero' fans will instantly recognise the sequence mimicking fun of music class, and fans of 'Trauma Center' can rest easy that their cutting skill will come in handy during biology. Similarly, Chemistry takes on a 'Space Channel 5' pattern follow-along feel whilst Art class is a direct rip-off of arcade favourite 'Qix'.
On the one hand, this familiarity makes the lessons instantly playable with little confusion over objectives. The identifiable gameplay gives players the opportunity to jump right in and grab themselves extra goodies right from the word 'go'.
However, the lack of originality means lessons are often an exercise in persistent drudgery. Okay, so it lends itself well to the rigid realism of educational monotony, but who honestly wants to simulate the authentic ennui of school in their leisure time?
Thankfully, you don't need to adhere to this strict lesson plan if you don't wish. Feel free to skip classes as and when you like - just be prepared to face the wrath of roaming hall monitors and overeager prefects if you decide to bunk off for the day.
It should come as no surprise to hear that the joy of free-roaming Bullworth's halls triumphs over the rigorous tedium of everyday classes. Over the course of each chapter, more and more environments become accessible, allowing you to investigate a greater area of Bullworth outside of the academy.
Although not as expansive and intricate as, say, 'Grand Theft Auto' (on which the 'Bully' game engine is directly based) there's enough 'going-on' to keep things interesting. Bored of missions? Why not perform a side quest. Don't like the thought of attending Chemistry? Break into a locker or three, or even search out a few collectables. There's never a reason to be bored in the world of 'Bully'.
Are there any negatives to be had with all this free-roaming space? Well, in the beginning, everything can get a little overwhelming: Learning button combos, finding out directions and remembering when classes start and finish can all be slightly bewildering.
But, just like any new school, you soon pick things up and even complex tasks become second nature. You quickly discover shortcuts over low-slung walls, pick up devastating weapons like super slingshots and commit to memory where each building entrance is located on the map.
Single player missions are the main thrust of the game and each assignment is clearly marked with a star on the HUD/map screen. Simply walk Jimmy over the top of a glowing disc and hit the Z button to begin the next story mission.
Each task is suitably different from the last, with a great range of quests to battle your way through. It's nice to see that each mission adds depth and interest to the overall storyline of the title. Cut sequences introduce and conclude each mission, and really flesh out the people that occupy the game world. Thanks to the joyfully cartoonish voice acting and delightfully contrived archetypes, you quickly fall in love with the quirky residents of Bullworth in much the same way you would characters from a good 'popcorn' movie or a light-hearted comic book.
It's not a shock to learn that it's the clever scripting and sadistic plotting that truly make the game a delight to play for extended periods of time. Seasonal plotting livens up the game design no end, with Halloween and Christmas both making mission-based appearances during the school year.
If anything, the real disappointment is that the experience is over a little too quickly with each of the chapters offering only a limited handful of gaming hours, even within this extended 'Scholarship Edition'.
Although undeniably 'last generation', the game looks remarkably good considering its age. The stuffy academy is littered with scholastic icons; from damaged, decaying lockers to dispirited 'coat of arms' - everything inside the boarding school is rightfully dour and grime-slicked.
The last-century architecture continues the visceral feel, with its counter-intuitive building design and disconnected, labyrinthine structure. 'Rockstar' have definitely delivered in this department.
The only minor graphical quibbles I have are limited to the ambient smearing that occurs during night sequences; it can be incredibly difficult to see what's going on when you're out in the evenings as the draw depth drops and light trails start to obscure the locales.
The real frustration of 'Bully' on the Wii is its controls. While many nice touches have been included thanks to the Nunchuck/Wiimote combination, it rarely provides a satisfying control dynamic.
The button layout feels forcibly clumsy, with sudden unwanted actions performed at regular intervals due to the poor arrangement; woe betide the player who unsteadies their hand at the wrong moment - you'll be entering into more accidental scrapes than I dare mention! Detention here we come...
Still, as with any game title, once you've learnt the idiosyncrasies, everything becomes pleasingly straightforward. Diehard accuracy is rarely called for, and can usually be wrangled for the short period it's required.
Naturally, before the game had even come to full fruition, parents and concerned citizens the world over had condemned the game as being a deplorable affair!
After all, it's a game about being a depraved tormenter, raining mayhem and destruction down around you, all the while glorifying and glamorising a demonic lifestyle, is it not?!
Of course, the reality is quite far removed from this. Instead, 'Bully' presents your character as the antidote to the very situation the game's said to induce; Jimmy's a 'Joe Everyman' who's here to crush the corrupt spirit that roams the school halls, restoring respect and a healthy sense of balance to the world around him (however ugly that process may be)!
In fact, the only note of controversy that could reasonably be levied at the game was somewhat overlooked. Some of the depictions of sexuality aren't the healthiest on the planet; for example, the mission 'Panty Raid' requires you to fuel the gym teacher's perversions by gathering up young ladies' underwear - a somewhat disturbing motif taken outside the sardonic context of the game.
Professional detractors aside, 'Bully' is a small gem lost against the backdrop of generic sandbox clones. Notwithstanding the telltale signs of digital aging, there's still a solid game underneath with bags to do and a darkly amusing plot to push things in the right direction.
So long as you can overcome the quirky control mechanics and repetitious lesson plans, you'll discover 'Bully: Scholarship Edition' for the Wii has a lot going for it and well worth a punt if you can grab a discounted copy from your nearest second-hand store.
Bully for the wii is such a brilliant game and is one of the only games for the wii that involves strategy if there is others please tell me. There is so much to do on it and there are also big missions that you have to compleate along with smaller missions that you do along the way. The lessons and missions that you can do if you want are challenging and it stops it from becoming boring and you can have fun on the game to that you don't need to do to compleate the game such as talking to the other pupils in the school just for fun. The last mission though isn't that difficult and the game dosn't officaly become compleate untill you finish all the smaller missions to, such as collecting all the tokens, blue bands and the lessons at the school so that could become tidious if you didn't have a walkthrough showing you were all are but there is a very good map in the game that is easy to follow.
Bully: Scholarship Edition for the Nintendo Wii is a welcomed adult category game for the small sweet often dubbed "kiddie" consol and is an incredibly addictive game. I always love massive world type map which you can wander around similarly to the Gran Theft Auto series, also By Bully creators- Rockstar. Rockstar usually being a X-box and PS3 exclusive game producer. In this game you play Jimmy- expelled from several schools and brought here to Bulworth has to climb the Playground ranks and gain respect and liaison with the powerful and popular. It bully or be bullied.
You go though the game just like in GTA completing missions on your map using a bullying and pranking tools in your inventory and collecting items and completing school lessons to unlock further gameplay or respect.
The game has a wonderful school feel to it and is designed with great attention to detail. The lessons are enjoyable and even a little challenging- a throwback to the real school days of math lessons and others. The Wii remote is handy here and a tool to further that experience. For instance the Art lessons require to draw- something you can sketch over with the remote.
The map overspills from the school in the local town and neighbourhood. There is even a funfair when you can actually participate in quite a few mini-games such as go-karting and viewing a freak show. The humour is also very good- from humorous posters on the wall to fat ginger nerds with their trouser zippers down. The controls are easy to use with the added Wii remote and numchuk and graphically the game is quite a solid one and feels at home on the Wii consol.
Bully Wii edition is a well worth buy for anyone with a Wii and a sense of mischief.
Review also on Ciao.co.uk under username- Pippylong
This game is like Grand Theft Auto, except without the cars, murder, prostitution and drugs. This is like Grand Theft Auto, but set in a private school, and its awesome!
You play as a red haired rough looking kid who gets sent to private school so his mother can go on an extended honeymoon; unfortunately, this kid doesnt fit in.
The game features you running around this private school, going to class, doing jobs for teachers and student, and generally having fun. While going to class may not seem fun; it actually is! In biology class, you have to disect a host of little critters, using the wii remote to follow lines to cut and use various instruments at your disposal. These classes can also be played in a separate mutliplayer game.
The story line of the game is interesting and i was very engaged and what the charcter to do well. Tasks can involve going into to town to buy things for teacher, stealing a diary back for a geek, or going and egging an enemy. All the while avoiding behaving badly infront of prefects, who are like the police in GTA.
Riding around on your bike or skateboard is fun, as is doing tricks. Pulling girls in the game is comical and fun, and the whole game seems light hearted.
I bought Bully for the Wii quite some time ago but I thought I would give a review from my point of view. After owning and completing Bully for the PS2 I was over the moon with the version for the Wii. There wasn't to much differences from the two platforms but with the Wii controller it was a whole lot better. Basically you are playing as this bad boy who got sent to a new boarding school. You have to complete missions to earn respect, money, weapons as well as complete in class. You try to own the school having fights with jocks, bullies and some times nerds in the process. After unlocking a whole new level you can go up town to buy stuff or get a job either cutting the lawn or a newspaper boy which you earn money from doing them. Along the way you will meet some girlfriends who you share love with exchanging kisses in the hallways. Look out for the prefects who will chase you and hunt you do if you step out of place.*To be completed* Overall I would rate this game so far 6 out of 10 or 3 out of 5. Not the greatest game but great if you are playing the Wii alone.
Another classic example of Rockstar making a huge game that keeps us entertained for days of entertainment. Bully, to me, is a toned down version of Grand Theft Auto for a slightly younger audience. Jimmy Hopkins is starting a new school, after being expelled from several already, and this new place is full of people out to destroy him.
You play Jimmy, going around the school and local villages your job is to complete challenges to help others to rise the ranks as it were, along the way you will have to take some people down a few pegs, but hey, that's what it's all about to be top of the school.
It's a large game with many levels and challenges of all styles. It often runs like a real school meaning if you're not in class in time you are classed as truant and if caught by the police (in town) or a prefect (in school) then you will be punished. A really clever theme and done in such a way that you can choose who you bully. Help the nerds or wedgie them, your choice.
A truly exceptional game in terms of gameplay and playbackability, shame about the graphics not being up to that of the 360's version but all in all it's a really good game (was just £9.99 on Play.com too!)
In the mid 1980s, I can remember a game called 'Skool Dayz' which I played on a ZX Spectrum. For a couple of weeks, I was distracted from Jet Set Willy by this blend of comedy and ultraviolence. Your character walked around a two dimensional environment, trying to steal things, knock teachers over with a catapult, avoid getting punishments and kiss girls.
Step forward in time twenty years and Bully arrives on the Wii. Simplifying Moore's Law, a game should be twice as good as its predecessor every eighteen months. This means Bully should be quite a lot better than Skool Dayz. Oh my, how much better it is!
The plot of the game is straight forward. You take on the role of 15-year-old student, Jimmy Hopkins, sent to a New England boarding school, called Bullworth Academy. While appearing to be something of a thug, Jimmy is actually more of a Robin Hood-type character, helping the nerds and misfits, as they are pummled by teachers, jocks, greasers and other knuckle-headed stereotypes.
The playing area is huge, taking in Bullworth Academy and its surroundings. It has a late 50's / early 60's feel, like Dead Poet's Society. This suits the mood of the game perfectly, creating the perfect nightmare of a boarding school. If you want to see this nightmare in action, watch the film 'If...' with Malcolm McDowell.
Bully was developed by Rockstar, the studio that gave us the Grand Theft Auto series. There are similarities in the format of the games. Bully provides you with a free-roaming landscape, peppered with objects and people you can interact with. There is a storyline which unfolds as you select and complete missions on your travels. You can choose to attend your classes or play truant - if you choose the latter, you have to be careful to avoid being caught.
There are enough missions to keep you going for hours and the scholarship edition contains even more for you to do. Simply exploring the environment (without getting caught) will take you a long time.
As someone still getting used to the Wii's unique controls, I'm still finding out what Jimmy is capable of. Certainly, the game makes full use of the Wii's versatility. It's no surprise that you require the numchuk controller in addition to the main one. The numchuk is held in one hand, while the main controller is held in the other. During fights, you hit your opponent by making a punching motion.
As you become more familiar and nimble, you can use other buttons while you punch to perform actions such as head-butting and taunting. You also develop an arsenal of stink-bombs, marbles and other trouble-making paraphenalia. Add to this walking, running, jumping, creeping, skateboarding and a host of other ways of travelling and Jimmy is so versatile he makes the original Lara Croft look like Pac-Man.
Bully has been given a '15' rating, and deserves it. It is violent and contains strong language. Attempts were made to ban the game, as they have been for years - Postal and Manhunt are two examples off the top of my head. That's a debate for another day, but keep children below 15 away from this game.
As an adult, I appreciated the irony of the game. To me the violence is cartoon-like, impressively animated and engaging. It's the same experience I had when I played Skool Dayz years ago and, as then, I don't feel a need to thump someone when I turn the game off. There's so much more to this game and once again I am impressed with the bug-free playability of a Rockstar title. I hope Ubisoft catch up with them.
This game is good fun. If you have played Grand Theft Auto, then you will be quite familiar with the gameplay in this, from the random rants of passing characters to the map and dealing with the authority.
You play a boy in a school which has a bullying problem that needs sorting which luckily for you is your job. It involves traveling around Bullworth academy and the surrounding areas (which slowly reveal themselves to you as you progress in the game alike GTA) where you complete tasks to gain popularity amongst the varying social groups.
Combat is good fun as you can learn different moves using the wiimote and use different combinations of punching using the wiimote and nunchuck and the buttons to get combo powers.
The tasks are good and there is alot of variety involved, including lots of interesting cutscenes which some of are quite funny.
I would recommend this game, it is a good fun game with a good amount of violence and a decent storyline.
Bully finally made it's way to the Wii if you did play the PS2 version of this classic game Canim Canis Edit your getting the same game if extras added to the game with a whole different control system. You would of never thought that Nintendo would license a game like this to be on there system but they did which is just brilliant.
Extras included in Bully Scholarship edition is eight new missions, four new school classes which are biology, music, math and geography, additional characters, new unlockable items and clothing there is also games for 2 players which i have not tried as i don't use my Wii for 2 players.
Now you know the extras let me tell you about the story. You play as Jimmy Hopkins a boy which is rude and can be nasty. Jimmy's mother is getting sick of him and his step father not liking him send Jimmy to a boarding school called Bullworth Academy. Jimmy's mother and stepfather leave him there while they go on a holiday for a year. As soon as you enter the school you meet the head of the school who gives a Jimmy a good old talk.
Bully has different people in the game you will meet and help Jocks they are sport type of guys cocky and will try and fight you, Nerds scared and most times will need Jimmy's help, Greasers they are a bit silly and full of themselves, Preppies these do boxing and are posh and will turn on you quickly, Townies you will meet these near the end of the game horrible people and scruffy and will start you for no reason oh i they don't go to school, Prefects these will try to send you to class, send you to bed they spend there time looking around for people doing wrong stuff, Police these will send you back to school or send you to the police station for nicking off etc.
The game features little games in bully you can go on arcade machines and play racing, you go in the carnival and play on some of the rides like the roller coaster, go karts, shooting targets there's a few more to and it has a freak show in the carnival too and a fun house which you will be only to play during one mission.
The game has weapons as you will find baseball bats, eggs, slingshot you may find others. It has transportation a school bus, Scooters (though the cops will catch you without a helmet, bikes, skateboard.
As for the map it's the same as the PS2 version and for the Wii this is fantastic and the game looks great on the system better graphics i recomment people to get the Wii version over the 360 version due to many faults. The Wii version plays good and not once had a problem with the game yet.
Now let me talk about the new classes in the game Biology will see you cutting into a frog, fish and others. Music will see you making music of course. Math will see you adding, taking away, multiplying, objects on what is faster, slower. Geography which i hate you have to get the flags and put them in the right place if you mess up it will take 5 seconds off your time limit.
The Wii control system does work very well with this game and does a fantastic job when it comes to doing boxing because it works more better then Wii Sports boxing and it's more enjoyable. It is great that the Wii control system has been worked on so well i have not noticed anything bad about it even with the classes it does great and makes mini games much easier then the PS2 version.
Bully is an easy game i finished the PS2 version in a few days but this game does keep you hooked to it and you will even come back to play it again because it is just that fun.
Bully is just like Grand Theft Auto just without the guns and puts you in a kids position which is really fun to see. If you only own the Wii this is the closest game of Grand Theft Auto you will come across. Rockstar games is one of the best games company's there is which proves it with this game this is a pure classic gem. The Wii version is the best you will find of this game. I am not going to go to in depth of the story as i don't want to spoil it for the people who have not play the game but check it out and enjoy it.