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Published by: Rockstar / Genre: Action / Release date: 2008-03-07 / Subcategory: /Adventure

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      24.09.2012 16:15

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      Well worth playing!

      This is a classic Rockstar game, and Rockstar games do not disapoint!
      It is set in an old-style school and the town around it and is immense fun! You can attend lessons such as art, science and music (fun mini-games) which teach you skills and eventually give you new items to use in the game. There are a whole range of missions from infiltrating the girls dorm to dunking geeks in trash cans and helping your teachers go on dates! You can travel around on bikes and skateboards and use your typical schoolyard pranks such as stink bombs and catapults. It is also very fun to let a prefect or policeman catch you out of lessons in school hours and try to get away from them. You can earn money by doing jobs including getting a paper round or cutting grass and there is even a degree of customisation as you can buy different clothes and haircuts, there is a lot of detail is this game, the seasons change and in winter it snows which affects how it feels to skateboard or ride your bike and at Halloween they have special missions. There are lots of mini-games inbetween the story like races, carnival games and a fun 'sumo computer game'.
      Overall i would say there is something for everyone in this game and it has a lovely nostalgic feel it.

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      21.09.2012 21:33
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      great game always enjoy rockstars games

      As this game is made by rockstar the creators of the fabled Grand Theft Auto series since the early 90's this game didnt disappoint, your are jimmy hopkins a 15 year old kid who has been expelled from numerous schools and who is sent to a private boarding school where it is very very strict to set him straight, the town is called bullworth and you can explore a whole lot now lets talk about missions and other activities.

      Completing the main missions of Bully (which tally a considerable number) earn or lose the respect of certain cliques. This changes how they treat you on and off school grounds. Beyond this, each individual character also has a personal reaction to Jimmy. So while the nerds in general may love Jimmy, some will love him more than others. In fact, if you play your cards right, there's a mouth full of braces waiting to kiss you (whether you prefer girls or boys).
      There are loads of distractions in the town of Bullworth. You can play Consumo, a sumo-eats-food-and-gets-fatter arcade game worthy of XBLA or check out the rides at the carnival or compete in a variety of BMX and go-kart races or hunt down collectible rubber bands and Grottos & Gremlins cards hidden throughout the world or hunt for and antagonize a ship-wrecked peg-legged pirate or tag insults across the walls of the entire city or get a tattoo or collect more than 250 pieces or clothing to wear or break into every locker in school or kick around a soccer ball for the hell of it or sneak into the girls' dorm and snap some steamy shower pics or assemble a Yearbook documenting every kid at school. There's a lot to do in Bully.

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      22.03.2011 15:56
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      Like Harry potter but with much more mischief

      I first saw my friend play this game and I thought that id wouldnt add up to much, but as I started to watch him play I got right into the game. A week later I bought it. The game was release on the playstation 2 originally not long before the xbox 360 came out, a while later this 360 came out. The game was developed by the notorious rockstar games and you certainly feel the Grand theft auto vibe...this similarities (other then the school concept) are obvious. Its a 15 cert but this is a bit much considering its fairly innocent backgorund. I mean modern warfare 2 was a 18 and you ow down a load of innocent civilians in an airport in that !

      The game starts with you being dropped off at the Bullworth boarding school by your rich dad, hes had enough of you flunking subjects and getting expelled form many academies and now hes sticking you in bullworth academy, which has a reputation for reforming the worst of the worst.

      As Jimmy Hopkins, you play a middle of the row bully in this school, there are kids smarter then you, and there are kids bigger and strnger then you. But ultimately you are the most versatile. Like the GTA games you travel around the academy and the surrounding town and complete up to 100 missions, whilst at the academy you complete tasks and various exams like chemistry where you push buttons with the right timing and in the right order.

      You can also just roam and give kids weggies, shove prefects into bins and toilets, or put on the latest clobber on and chat up the girls in the school for a snog- everything a 14 year old boy thinks about, but be sure your back at the school at 7 or you`ll be truant...and its little details that really make this game

      but the graphics are a bit square, the rendering an the textures are OK, but they are abit plain, even games of 2007 of that year have better graphics. The load times also takes ages and there are loads of them, even when you move from one area to another.

      The soundtrack is great though and I love the way you go through the seasons, I loved the autumn and xmas missions. Like all good GTA games you also get to ride different vehicles like a bike, a lawn mower, a go kart and a skateboard.

      Thsi game reminds me of max payne and GTA and teenagers or just older folks like me will relaly enjoy playing it

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      08.09.2009 21:28
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      Any sandbox style fan should give this a go

      Bully Scholorship Edition is the little brother of the GTA series made by the same developer. Although it has bene previously released as Bully for the PS2 the Scholorsip edition has improved graphics for the Xbox 360 and additional levels. The game as you playing as Jimmy a troublemaker who like all other main characters in GTA is loved after a while. For your schenanigans you are sent to bullworth academy where you quickly decide to take over the the nerds, jocks and other gangs in school.

      Gameplay is true sandbox style with you doing what you want in the school and later the adjacent town. Although this is not liberty city it is still impressive on the magnitude of the map. You start of with basic kicks and punches but upgrade it in later stages and the addition of projectile weapons like slingshots, eggs, firecrackers and stink bomb does help stick to the GTA formula which has worked in the past.

      The game missions has you running around creating trouble for teachers and students alike. Although you are too young to drive cars and helicopters the game does allow you to whip up your trusty skateboard and even use a bike in later stages which include races in true GTA style. A lot of side quests are included as well from attending classes and improving your grades, or buying roses and getting kisses from high school girls (or boys).

      Graphics wise its still last gen though its been improved still doesnt match todays games however the music and voice acting is great with some comedic lines which will have you chuckling.

      Bully scholorship edition is a classic example of just pure fun and if you want to give someone that digital wedgie heres your chance. Although not GTA it does have very similar gameplay and is a bundle of laughs when doing so. A definete recommend if you want a sandbox style game with a twist to it.

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      13.01.2009 17:19
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      There isn't really anything else quite like this on the Xbox 360

      When I was at school, there wasn't a single school-based game worth looking at - in fact, I don't think there were any. I would spend days drawing up my ideas in meticulous detail - 'Theme School', why not?

      So I was suitably annoyed when Bully was released. A bit late, I thought - I mean, could they not have come up with the brilliant-but-obvious concept of a decent school based game a few years earlier??

      Before I tried Bully: Scholarship edition, I had never played the original game. As such I didn't really know what to expect, and was a little bit worried that as the title indicates, the whole concept of the game was to Bully the other kids. Why not, I mean, Grand Theft Auto (also made by Rockstar) has you stealing cars, running over old ladies and throwing petrol bombs at the police!

      Somehow however there's something altogether more sinister about the school bully - bullying in schools is a serious issue that should not be trivialised, especially when it's often kids who have access to video games.

      Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised when I met Jimmy Hopkins, Bully's protagonist. Yes, he's a troublemaker - but he's not a bully, and he's more likely to fight against the bullies than join them.

      Bully is an open world sandbox style game - think Grand Theft Auto, except that it's set in a school and in the neighbouring town of Bullworth. The game is full of a variety of missions and minigames - it's truly extensive, and there are hours of play here ignoring any side-missions or free-roaming mischief you might get up to.

      An interesting part of the game is the schoolday structure - you are required to attend a series of lessons - completing these will give you lots of goodies and gizmos - however sometimes you just need to be somewhere else. So, put on your stealth head and you can creep around the corridors, skipping lessons like the very naughty boy that you are!

      The whole world of Bully is crafted wonderfully. The characters are distinct, memorable variations on the schoolyard stereotypes we know and love. The voice acting is surprisingly top-notch, and the escapades you find yourself involved with make this game at LEAST as good as a 20 hour long interactive episode of Grange Hill!

      The graphics are good looking, with a cartoony style, however I think it'd be fair to say that they don't fully meet Xbox standards. I also noticed that unlike most of my other games, Bully crashes an awful lot. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you haven't saved in a while - and you must remember to save when you have the chance!

      Overall, although it has flaws, Bully is a one of a kind game on the Xbox and I recommend it to anybody who has not played the series before who may fancy getting up to some nostalgic schoolyard mischief.

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        09.01.2009 13:05
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        I am enjoying playing it.

        I bought this the other day from Game for £12.98! I have wanted to buy it for a while but didnt as it was too expensive, but when I saw it for this price I bought it and it is so far a really great game.

        You play Jimmy Hopkins, a young boy who has been chucked out of many good private schools, and ends up at Bullworth Academy, one of the worst schools.

        Theres a fair bit of video at the beginning, which sets the scene really well, and also a lot of video as you work through the story mode.

        You have to complete missions like helping the geeks get to their locker and fighting bullys. You can talk to anyone, in a positive or negative way, then if you get into a fight, people from that social group eg geeks, preppies seem to help you.

        The controls are really easy to use, especially for someone like me who has trouble remembering what each button does.

        In the school you have to go to 2 classes a day, and you get marked on your efforts in class. The classes are a mini game, and the music one involves something a bit similar to rock band, clicking the buttons in time to the music.
        The other good mini game is biology, where you have to disect a frog, its all timed, so you are under pressure to complete it. You have to have a steady hand!

        There are a lot of Bullys in the school, and the main aim is not to become one, but to defeat them. A lot of the prefects will catch you if you are truant from class, and they will beat you up.

        The graphics in this game are great, and the story is quite funny at times.

        This game is sort of like a childs version grand theft auto, but it still has that sarcasm in the speech, and the violence, just not with guns!

        Its great for teenagers, as some parts relate well to boarding school life, but there is a lot of beating up people, so I wouldnt recommend it to younger teenagers.
        Also if you can get it in game at the moment for £12.98 I would say thats a bargain worth buying. I havent seen it cheaper anywhere else.

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          03.01.2009 12:20

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          Buy it - don't miss out, available at budget prices now!

          Basically, you start off as the new kid at Bullworth academy after being expelled from your previous school. You are the one who everyone now bullies but you won't stand for that. Like all 'Rockstar' games, this is a very good game to play which has many different things to do including school lessons, beating up nerds and bullies, missions or errands and many other things as you work up your reputation in the school; you may also make a few girlfriends along the way. 'Bully' is a great game which will keep anybody amused and interested throughout. I give a 5 out of 5 altogether, for its brilliant graphics, storyline, and overall sheer addictiveness. If you like other Rockstar games such as Grand Theft Auto, then you will love this game. I strongly recommend you buy this game. The nature of this game means it is not for the very young, and I would say a minimum age of 15 year olds is recommended.

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          31.12.2008 01:57

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          A great casual game

          This is one of the best casual games ever.

          There are LOADS of mini-games, and the plot is fantastic.

          There has been loads of bad press about the game crashing constantly, but this shouldn't be taken seriously, as it was fixed by a patch within a few days of the release date.

          The game is essentially the same as Bullworth Academy for the Sony Playstation 2, and doesn't really deviate from that too much.

          The main story line for the game is very good - and makes for some well spent hours sat playing it.

          The game has a tendency to get a little bit repetative at times, but that can be expected.

          Some of the things you can get up to are absolutely side splitting. You can use a variety of weapons to cause loads of trouble on campus, and you can even take your antics into the middle of town or the fair ground,

          A must have game for anyone.

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          04.09.2008 10:43
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          A really god fun sandbox game

          Bully is a fun sandbox style game similar to what you may be used to in the likes of Grand Theft Auto.

          You take the role of Jimmy Hopkin's and are dumped outside one of the roughest schools around after your mother and stepfather take off on a long vacation.

          From the get go being the new kid in school there always seems to be someone who wants to pick a fight with you. The main plot of the game is seperated into 5 different chapters with each one having many missions and goals. These will include such thing's as running errands or helping out fellow class mates.

          Doing missions is all fine and well but your in a school and the school has rules meaning you must actually attend classes. You are required to attend 2 classes each day which include English, math, Science, Art etc. When you get to class you will partake in a mini game. English gives you a scrambled word where you need to make as many words out of the letters as possible in the set time limit. Math gives you questions with several possible answers and you have to get as many correct as you can before the time runs out.

          Bully is a game that can keep you occupied for a good while. You do eventually get out of the school and your free to roam around the town on your bmx and interact with the locals.

          The graphics are pretty good but where the game excels in is the sound. The voice acting for this game is superb and very funny at times.

          Its a very good game and very well done so its worth checking out if you have never played it. Plenty of stuff to keep you occupied for a good while.

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            24.08.2008 17:00

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            Good game.

            Bully Scholarship Edition is a free roaming action title for the Microsoft Xbox 360 games console.

            This game is a game from the people that created The Grand Theft Auto series and you can tell it is. In the game you must play as a student at the school of Bullworth.

            In this game you must complete missions much like that of the grand theft auto series, except of course tone down to fit a school environment. You must help your fellow students by performing tasks like beating people up, sneaking around, and things like that.

            In this game you can also be a good student, by going to class. You don't really do work, you play fun minigames like opening a an animal in your science class.

            If you are a fan of the grand theft auto series you should give this game of chance, don't dismiss it because it has no excessive violence. You can purchase this for a round £20.00.

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            23.05.2008 17:26
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            A game that suffers from a lack of narrative but some people will love

            For a lot of people school is not the best of times. I remember thinking to myself at the time that if these truly were the days of my life then I have little to look forward to. However, as dull as I found school sometimes at least I was never really bullied. Having had an early growth spurt I found myself the tallest in my class only to spend the next few years being taken over by many people. Luckily I was able to get through school life unharmed and vaguely emotionally stable, some kids do not. So there is little wonder when Rockstar games planned a game called 'Bully' that there would be uproar. This is a company that created 'Grand Theft Auto' a series that revels in controversy. Would Rockstar be able to produce a game that pleased all camps?

            Gameplay

            There are many clones of 'GTA' around nowadays, but the closest has to be this game, which makes sense as its by the same company! 'Bully' is essentially a toned down version of the 'Grand Theft' games set in a modern boarding school in America. You play as Jimmy a boy sent to their by his parents and left to fend for himself. Whilst at the school you must balance the various group of kids so that you are as popular as possible.

            The game is broken into game days that last approx an hour or so. During core hours you can go to classes that take the form of various mini games including a 'Guitar Hero' clone and a 'Trauma Centre' clone. If you choose to avoid lessons you will be under threat of being caught by a teacher or prefect, you must use stealth and speed to get past them.

            The game advances when a yellow star appears on your map. These denote a mission and in them you must help a character in the game which moves the narrative on. You may be asked to steal something or sneak in somewhere, the levels are quite varied. As you advance in the game you go from only being able to access the school into having the entire town at your disposal! This is a big world to explore full of missions and side missions.

            The gameplay for me suffered from the repetitive nature that plagues 'GTA3' and its follow ups in 'Vice City' and 'San Andreas'. You are asked to do similar things and for me this soon grew tiresome. To make matters worse if you fail a mission you have to start all the way at the beginning; saves only being available in a few areas - not a good thing when your partner is demanding you switch the game off immediately. Finally I felt there was too much to do as the world was too big. Of these side missions I was aware of them but did not feel intrigued as they were often a little dull. These issues have always bothered me about open world titles and although Rockstar are the most successful exponents of the genre I feel that they suffer most from making games too wide and not structured enough. Some people will enjoy this anarchic style of play, I do not. (3 out of 5)




            Characters/Story

            As well as being too open in their games Rockstar have also proven that they are masters at creating a story and good characters and this is the case here. Jimmy as the hero is a more rounded creation than many games put together and you are interested to see how he progresses. Unlike the title suggests he is (and in turn you are) not a bully and spend a lot of the time protecting weaker kids from them. The story progresses throughout the game and makes the constant retries and retreads just worthwhile.

            As a bonus the game is also full of great comedic side characters. Throughout the game you will interact with all different types of people from geeks, jocks, greasers and teachers. Rockstar have created a wide cast that offers different types of conversation as you go along - very good. (5 out of 5)

            Longevity

            There is no way that you can say this game skimps on the longevity. Ignoring the side options the main games alone will take over 20 hours or so as you go through 5 or 6 major stages of the school year. Many people will spend as much time on the mini games as the story mode as the lessons are fun. To add even more gameplay value is a decent set of achievements that will make you work to get them all from kicking a ball 100 times to walking the equivalent of a marathon. (5 out of 5)

            Graphics

            During its first year of life the 360 was host to many titles that were ported over from the last generation. However, the majority of these games have run their course and are no longer seen. 'Bully' is perhaps the last and despite the improvements I still feel it looks ugly. The character models look cartoonish because that is the only way that Rockstar could fit them into the game. There were also a lot of jagged edges and glitches as Jimmy got stuck in walls etc. The issue was so bad for some people that their game would freeze and they would lose all their save info. This has since been fixed by Rockstar, but is an issue none the less. (3 out of 5)

            Level Design

            For me this is a major issue with the game, but one that some people may feel the direct opposite about. 'Bully' is set in a large open world, smaller than the recent 'GTA games', but still big enough to be annoying. I do not find it entertaining to have to travel from place to place across a giant map over and over again. This forced travel feels very outdated to me and very annoying. The sections within the world did not overly impress me either with the areas soon becoming a little dull. (2 out of 5)

            Sound

            The voice acting in 'Bully' is amongst the best on offer on the 360. It can be hard to find people who can play teenagers well, but there is no issue here as the cast is full of quality. The music is not quite as strong. Shunning the usual Rockstar musical playlist, 'Bully' has its own incidental music that I felt was a little weak. (4 out of 5)

            Summary

            Is 'Bully' a game worth playing? I for one did not believe so. It suffers from the old style 'Grand Theft Autoness' - too much peripheral stuff going on and too much open space between missions. However, despite my misgivings this style of play is extremely popular so I imagine that GTA fans who are looking for something a little lighter will love this. The sound effects and voice acting are great and the story does make the game worth playing through. Available at a decent price I think this game is a worthy buy; just avoid it if you do not like the 'GTA' games. (3 out of 5)


            Maker: Rockstar Games RRP £40
            Amazon uk £24.96
            Play.com £29.99

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              12.03.2008 09:43
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              Schoolboy fun and games

              After a 5 month wait from its original launch date and Bully: Scholarship Edition finally hits the shelves; and for me this is something I have been waiting on for a considerable time. You see I have my memories and those memories take me back to the 1980's nothing to do with being at school, but to my ZX Spectrum, and two computer games that in my mind were the best games ever made Skooldaze and Back To Skool. Both games allowed you to live the life of a schoolboy for a day, getting into trouble, beating up kids, and masterminding a major event. Bully sounded so similar from the description, I could not help but resist. The big question is was I pleased or disappointed by the game?

              I was thrilled when my game turned up a week before release, but sadly working so did not get chance to sit down and review before the games launch. I nearly exploded however when I could not even get the cellophane of the box, well until I got a knife (kids at home get your parents to do this, but furthermore what are you doing playing a 15 certificate game?). Seriously though, what a pain normally I can get into a case with a pen, but this would not do. Once I opened the case and got the disc in things were much smoother sailing.

              You play Jimmy Hopkins, a child so bad that he is sent to a boarding school known as Bullworth, a school that prides itself on the rehabilitation of disruptive kids. The story is fairly straight forward; carry out a series of tasks for different people and for own personal gain as well as pass all your exams at school.

              Sadly you don't really get much joy from being a bully, normally you get grabbed by the ever vigilant prefects (unless your quick and hide). Hitting kids, or giving them wedgies does however give you a certain satisfaction regardless of the outcome. If you get caught the prefects steal your stuff and either send you on to class, put you in the headmasters office, or chuck you in your bedroom when your best bet is to go to bed.

              Your missions vary from incredibly difficult to so easy you can practically do it with your eyes closed. There is no judgement in the allocation of these tasks though, usually with a game the tasks start easily and get harder as the game proceeds. Here they are kind of allocated off the cuff, some of the harder tasks I encountered near the start. Worse still the hard tasks suffer from glitches, the high detail and prolonged gameplay mean that its quite intense stuff three times after a 5 minute intense mission the game effectively crashed seconds before completion. I must add that on a fourth attempt I passed without issue. On the subject of glitching however there are further issues, people you need to communicate with often disappear or are no responsive as if they are not there, while they come back eventually this is quite annoying. I'm told that Xbox will shortly be sending out a patch to install via Xbox Live, but what if you don't have access to this service?

              Before I move onto the positive I'll stick with the negative, there is one last moment of annoyance and this is in the loading screens. Move into a different room (with a closed door) or a different building and your left with loading screens, even if you're in the middle of an action packed task, this is really annoying and due to the alternating load time often ends you in trouble when you emerge from the loading screen either faster or slower than you expected.

              There is no online gameplay, but there is a two player option should you have somebody to play with, sadly I'm far too grown up to even admit to playing games publically so I'll always be playing alone. I am however informed of future expansions available by download due towards the end of the year (at additional cost I must add).

              Now onto the positive, the game is really good and highly addictive; my "I'm off to play on the Xbox love!" comment to my other half ended up with me returning four hours later to grumpy looks. Also during time off from work that intended hour spreads to an unbelievably long time. The game is made by Rockstar games who bring the successful Grand Theft Auto games to the various consoles, as a result the all too familiar freeplay mode comes into place, you can either play as you should, or go off and do your own thing. This is quite a nice touch because I personally enjoy being able to go off and do my own thing, like beating up little kids.

              Romance weighs heavy on the schoolboys heart, this is a mixed sex school and there are a variety of young ladies around to try your luck on, from the school beauty queen, to the girl that nobody wants, but unsurprisingly wants you. But in order to seduce these ladies you'll need to make sure your looking as hot as you can be, and with a large increasing wardrobe this is easier than it sounds. You can walk round the dressed in a variety of outfits, including vest and tighty whities, though the purpose of that particular outfit eludes me.

              Bully is also mildly educational, it has brain training style missions built in where you might have to dissect an animal, by first identifying organs. Or you might have to try and make a variety of words using a combination of letters. And for those into music, there is even a music class.

              Detentions can be tedious with a rather pointless lawn mowing mission, as a way of paying for your crime; this gets harder but also more annoying as the game proceeds.

              The graphics are good, the interactions with other characters need a certain amount of care, and personally I felt this was a further weakness. But ultimately this is an incredibly enjoyable console game that will last for a considerable time, it's one of those games that you might return to well after completion. Although it does not in my opinion match up to the memory of my ZX Spectrum favourites it offers a very good second, addictive, fun and with a wicked sense of humour.

              Bully: Scholarship Edition is available now from play.com for £29.99

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