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Bully: Scholarship Edition

MobyRank MobyScore
Wii
82
3.7
Windows
72
3.5
Xbox 360
81
3.7

User Reviews

Some Things In Life Can't Be Learnt... Wii So Hai (338)
A good alternate title for Bully: Scholarship Edition would probably be Grand Theft Auto: High School Edition Xbox 360 J.D. Majors (17)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Wii 10 3.7
Windows 10 3.5
Xbox 360 16 3.7
Combined MobyScore 36 3.7


The Press Says

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100
WiiMaxim Magazine
Happy day. The Wii version involves some creative Wii-centric controls; the 360 version has some perverse Achievements for you to unlock. Bottom line: Buy it. Play it. Love it.
100
WiiGame Arena
If you own Canis Canem Edit on the PS2 it’s harder to say. It’s like a digitally remastered DVD of Star Wars. It’s still a fantastic movie, it looks a bit better and there are bonus features – so how much do you want to watch it again? If you want to see Bully in all its glory, get this game. After all, everyone’s seen Star Wars more than once, right?
91
Wii1UP
This port appears to be tailor-made for the Wii, transitioning smoothly to work with the Wii Remote/Nunchuk combo. All of the new classes and minigames play to the strengths that Wii control offers (pointing at items versus controlling cursors with the analog stick). Visually, the game compares favorably with its PS2 predecessor and suffers from none of the technical hiccups of the 360 version. Among the deluge of E-rated minigame collections targeted at the casual market, Bully provides a welcome breath of fresh air for a more hardcore Wii audience.
90
WiiN-Europe
And so to roundup Bully becomes a double-edged sword. A vast world of wedgies, catapult wielding fights and ludicrously exciting missions is hidden behind last-gen graphics, and slightly long loading times. But don’t let that put you off. This is one of the best written, action-packed games in years. With more fights than an episode of Eastenders, more jokes than all American Pie films combined and enough hidden easter-eggs to keep the most hardened gamer going, (including a simple two-player mode in which lessons can be played out) this is a title that caters to the angst-ridden teen in all of us. Mischievous, vulgar and ultimately unique. If you missed this the first time around, then a journey to Bullworth is certainly worth your time. Just don’t expect to enjoy the last gen makeup.
90
WiiGame Chronicles
I couldn’t be more pleased with Bully for the Wii. Or the first time since Galaxy, there is a reason to play my Wii for more than a half hour. The motion controls might be a bit gimmicky, and just about gave me a case of tennis elbow – but the storyline and characters make Bully one of the best games on the market.
90
WiiGBase - The Gamer's Base
Viel muss man eigentlich nicht sagen, Rockstar hat es geschafft, Bully sauber von der PlayStation 2 zu portieren und dabei noch einige weitere Minispiele hinzuzufügen, die euch wiederum neue Fähigkeiten bringen. Grafisch wird lediglich eine sehr dezente, kaum als Kaufargument geltende Verbesserung geboten. Dies wird aber locker durch die gute Integration der Bewegungssteuerung ausgeglichen, und insgesamt lässt sich sagen: Bully fetzt! Wer Godfather auf der Wii mochte und sich vorstellen kann, dass das Setting mit der Schule und dem Unterricht einem zusagt, der sollte unbedingt zuschlagen, zumal das Spiel vom Fleck weg als Budgetspiel erhältlich ist. Ein Schnäppchen für jeden, der das Original noch nicht kennt!
90
WiiGameSpy
Bully is a game that achieves in ways that few games have dared to try. Rockstar is at least partially responsible for the infamy and notoriety that the mainstream press lumps upon it, but it should be applauded for a game that what was one of the best of 2006 and remains a remarkable experience in 2008.
90
WiiPGNx Media
Bully: Scholarship Edition is definitely recommended if you missed the game the first time around. The polished graphics, new missions and classes, and multiplayer mode are all icing on the cake for a game that is genuinely funny and provides a rather unique experience. It's not any game that can make going to class fun, but Bully is that game.
90
Xbox 360PGNx Media
Bully: Scholarship Edition is definitely recommended if you missed the game the first time around. The polished graphics, new missions and classes, and multiplayer mode are all icing on the cake for a game that is genuinely funny and provides a rather unique experience. It's not any game that can make going to class fun, but Bully is that game.
90
Xbox 360GameSpy
Bully is a game that transcends the technical limitations of its programming, achieving despite its flaws in ways that few games have dared to try. Rockstar is at least partially responsible for the infamy and notoriety that the mainstream press lumps upon it, but it should be applauded for a game that what was one of the best of 2006 and remains a remarkable experience in 2008.
89
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
Bully's developers are obviously well schooled in creating masterpieces and thus are awarded an A for effort. Bully features a fitting assortment of music and although it doesn't push any boundaries visually it is still adequate enough to steal 20 hours or more of your life without blinking an eye, not to mention being priced lower than most games makes it a steal.
88
Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
If you haven’t experienced Rockstar’s Bully in the past, now is the time to enroll into the Bullworth Academy. Bully is a great game for any console owner on any of the platforms, even the old PS2 version can count. The extra content in the Scholarship Edition don’t really justify another purchase, however everyone else should spend some time schooling some Bullies at Bullworth. This unique look into student life through the eyes of the new kid in town is an inspiration for gaming. Bully showcases that you don’t have to make an alien space shooters or another racing game to remain interesting and cool. Rockstar Vancouver did an excellent job on Bully: SE and I’d love to see another adventure as the man on campus, Jimmy Hopkins. If you’re not convinced that Bully is that good, spend a few buck and rent this one out and you might just learn a few new pick up lines, insults, or even some geography with Bully: Scholarship Edition. Final Grade: A
88
WiiExtreme Gamer
If you haven’t experienced Rockstar’s Bully in the past, now is the time to enroll into the Bullworth Academy. Bully is a great game for any console owner on any of the platforms, even the old PS2 version can count. The extra content in the Scholarship Edition don’t really justify another purchase, however everyone else should spend some time schooling some Bullies at Bullworth. This unique look into student life through the eyes of the new kid in town is an inspiration for gaming. Bully showcases that you don’t have to make an alien space shooters or another racing game to remain interesting and cool. Rockstar Vancouver did an excellent job on Bully: SE and I’d love to see another adventure as the man on campus, Jimmy Hopkins. If you’re not convinced that Bully is that good, spend a few buck and rent this one out and you might just learn a few new pick up lines, insults, or even some geography with Bully: Scholarship Edition. Final Grade: A
87
Xbox 360IC-Games
f it is something to pass the time with until GTA IV comes out then look no further than Bully. But I do feel you will be serving the game a huge injustice. This is a top class game that deserves the credit and respect it has been getting. But you do get the feeling Rock Star have released this as a stop gap for GTA fans. If it had been released at any other time then it would have had a longer life. With GTA IV just around the corner, it won’t. But don’t let that stop you from buying this game. Quite simply, it’s a game your collection needs.
87
WiiIC-Games
f it is something to pass the time with until GTA IV comes out then look no further than Bully. But I do feel you will be serving the game a huge injustice. This is a top class game that deserves the credit and respect it has been getting. But you do get the feeling Rock Star have released this as a stop gap for GTA fans. If it had been released at any other time then it would have had a longer life. With GTA IV just around the corner, it won’t. But don’t let that stop you from buying this game. Quite simply, it’s a game your collection needs.
87
Xbox 360TalkXbox
If you missed Bully the first time around, scholarship edition is a great game to pick up. The only possible complaints to have with this game are the extremely unimpressive graphics, and the laughably simplistic difficulty setting, when compared to the rest of the package these complaints seem more like cherry picking rather than actual reasons not to play this game. If you’re looking for a fun, enjoyable, and hilarious sandbox game, Bully is very easy to recommend. The game is a joy to play, and probably one of the funniest games ever made. If you’re someone who likes having fun and laughing, buy Bully (For $49.99 USD).
87
Xbox 360IGN
Bully: Scholarship Edition is a solid translation of the original PS2 game. It gives a little extra, but is at its core the same game. Though it has some limitations, particularly in the lack of depth of the social structure, there are many other great aspects to enjoy. And really, there is no other game like Bully on 360. If you haven't figured it out yet, Bully is a great game. Go out and buy it (for a mere $50); you won't regret the purchase.
86
Xbox 360GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
All in all Bully: Scholarship Edition is an enjoyable, fun game. It doesn't really bring anything fresh to the table when compared with the original PS2 version, however the improved graphics and additional game elements enhance what was already a very solid and playable title from Rockstar.
85
Xbox 360The Review Busters
Bully: Scholarship Edition might have had a few problems when it first came out with all its glitches, but things are fixed (hopefully). This game is a real good game if you give it a chance. At first it might seem boring and a bit challenging, but after beating the first two missions you’ll start to enjoy the game a lot. Pick this game up; it really is one of the better games Rockstar has made in a long time.
85
Xbox 360Pelit
Täysin ongelmaton ei käännös uusille konsoleille kuitenkaan ole. Grafiikoissa esiintyy välillä pientä, muttei hirveän häiritsevää tekstuurien särinän kaltaista bugailua, ja jotkut pelaajat ovat valittaneet toimivuusongelmista, joita on kuitenkin patcheilla paikkailtu jo julkaisun jälkeen. Etenkin uusien minipelien kohdalla tuntuu hieman, että käännöksen tekijöillä on Xboxia enemmän mielessä ollut Wii, ja olisikin mielenkiintoista tietää, miten toimiva kontrollisysteemi on toteutettu Wiimotella. Palataan siihen tarvittaessa myöhemmin.
85
Windows4Players.de
Die überwältigende Liebe zum Detail, die tolle Inszenierung, der tiefschwarze Cartoon-Humor, die brillanten Dialoge, die groovyfunkyrocknrolly Musik - all das und mehr machen Bully zu einem einzigartigen Spiel, das einen ganz speziellen Charakter entfaltet, den es weder in Liberty City noch in San Andreas gibt. Eine Art Mini-GTA, ganz ohne die fiese Brutalität, Knarren, Blut, Autos und Helikopter, dafür mit vielen frischen Ideen und noch mehr Zynismus - eine schöne Abwechslung! Allerdings ist es viel zu einfach (es gab nur eine Hand voll Missionen, die ich nicht beim ersten Anlauf gepackt hätte) und der Mehrspielermodus zwar eine nette Ergänzung, aber immer noch weit von den Möglichkeiten entfernt, die das Spielkonzept geboten hätte. Alles in allem also nach wie vor ein exzellentes, ungewöhnliches und durchdachtes Spiel, das dieses Mal hoffentlich ein breiteres Publikum erreicht - und genau zum richtigen Zeitpunkt erscheint, stimmt es doch optimal auf GTA 4 ein.
85
WiiGame Informer Magazine
Bully was a fantastic release late in the life of the PS2, and I'm pumped that the folks I know who've become gamers this generation now have a chance to experience it for themselves. For those of us who've already had our fun the first time, I'm not sure a second run at high school is really in order.
85
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
Bully was a fantastic release late in the life of the PS2, and I'm pumped that the folks I know who've become gamers this generation now have a chance to experience it for themselves. For those of us who've already had our fun the first time, I'm not sure a second run at high school is really in order.
85
Xbox 360TTGamer
Gamers who have already played Bully from the PS2 won't find much value here, but Bully: Scholarship Edition is still a nice addition to the collection for 360 gamers who may have missed out the first time around, offering a variety of gameplay styles in a unique setting, all while retaining that classic open world Rockstar Games touch. It is a tad disappointing this 360 version wasn't a little more optimized and visually stimulating, but what Bully: Scholarship Edition lacks in eye candy it makes up for in charm and sheer play-ability. At the very least, this is a nice distraction that should keep you occupied as the countdown for GTA IV approaches weeks and not months.
85
WiiGameZone
Even though the motion controls are a lot of fun to play with, there is still something about a Rockstar game that makes fighting and indoor exploration cumbersome. While attacks with the slingshot have been tweaked to automatically target when fired, it’s very easy to get lost in the confusion of battle. Sometimes I found myself swinging the Wii Remote madly to attack and not getting a solid response. Generally though, the control is tight, and I think most people will enjoy it. Uses like the scoped-slingshot (just like a sniper-rifle) or the first-person camera mode use the Wii’s IR flawlessly. But when running around inside areas like the school, even while the buildings are slightly oversized, the gameplay still feels clunky.
85
WiiGameswelt
Streber gegen Sportler, Intelligenz gegen Schönheit, Armut gegen Reichtum – 'Bully: Die Ehrenrunde' ist ein Spiel der Kontraste. Die Fassung für Nintendos Wii kann mich genauso begeistern wie die PS2- und X360-Pendants. Sie kann zwar ebenfalls nicht durch eine zeitgemäße Optik punkten, sorgt aber durch die überaus gelungene Steuerung dafür, dass ich Wiimote und Nunchuk nur ungern aus den Händen gebe. Klasse! Einige kleine Mängel stören den Schulalltag noch, doch wer sich mit denen abfinden kann, der bekommt mit Rockstars Schulhofsimulation ein umfangreiches Action-Adventure mit viel Witz, abwechslungsreichen Missionen und unglaublich schrulligen Charakteren.
85
Xbox 360GBase - The Gamer's Base
Das Konzept von Bully hatte mich bereits vor mehr als einem Jahr für die PlayStation 2 vollends überzeugt. Die geniale Mischung aus GTA und englischer Privatschule zog mich für Wochen in ihren Bann und löschte vorerst meinen Durst nach spielerischer Innovation. Die vorliegende Erweiterung ist ebenfalls allen ans Herz zu legen, welche sich nur im Geringsten für Spiele in freier Umgebung mit vielseitigen Missionen interessieren. Die spielerische Abwechslung ist nur schwer zu toppen und sorgt durchwegs für eine hohe Langzeitmotivation. Einzig die technische Seite hinterlässt einen etwas faden Eindruck: Die kleinen, aber spürbaren Ruckler, die vielen Ladezeiten und die teils hässlichen Texturen sind der Xbox 360 nicht wirklich würdig. Trotzdem lautet mein Fazit für diejenigen Spieler, welche die PlayStation 2-Version noch nicht exzessiv gespielt haben: Kaufen!
85
Xbox 360GameZone
If you missed it the first time around on the PlayStation 2, Bully: Scholarship Edition for the Xbox 360 is still an enjoyable and now complete package worth the money. It’s a very original and unique game that is a rare gaming treat that shouldn’t be missed by anyone.
84
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Wenn Sie mal jemand fragt, warum Spiele Kulturgut sein könnten, zeigen Sie ihm Bully. Rockstar Vancouver hat das spielerisch grundsolide GTA-Konzept liebevoll und mit der üblichen Portion Mediensatire auf das Leben eines Teenagers heruntergebrochen. Das Ergebnis ist ein vielschichtiges, ungeheuer abwechslungsreiches, charmant witziges Ausnahmespiel, das trotz der offenen und in sich schlüssigen Kleinstadtwelt ohne viel Leerlauf auskommt. Das veraltete Technikgerüst ist mir daher völlig egal.
84
Xbox 360Gamers.at
Bully: Die Ehrenrunde versprüht den gewohnten GTA-Charme und greift auf ein erfrischend unverbrauchtes Setting zurück. Spielerisch solltet ihr euch als Kenner ähnlicher Open-World-Titel keine allzu großen Überraschungen erwarten, dennoch ist Bully sicherlich einer der besten Vertreter dieses Genres. Abgedrehte Charaktere und ebenso verrückte Missionen werden euch sehr lange vor eure Konsolen fesseln – vorausgesetzt, ihr habt die PS2-Version noch nicht gespielt, denn dann werdet ihr von den spärlich gesäten Neuerungen wohl eher enttäuscht als begeistert sein. Wer die PS2-Version von Bully aber verpasst hat, oder eine XBox360 sein Eigen nennt und sich die Wartezeit auf GTA IV etwas verkürzen möchte, macht mit Bully: Die Ehrenrunde definitiv nichts falsch.
84
WiiCheat Code Central
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. But if you haven't, and you're looking for a fun, engaging, and lengthy Wii gaming experience, it's certainly tough to go wrong with Bully: Scholarship Edition.
83
WiiRetroage
Po ukończeniu gry stwierdziłem, że chętnie spędzę jeszcze trochę czasu z Bully, a może nawet usiądę do niego po raz kolejny? Tego nie można powiedzieć o większości obecnie wydawanych gier, które nie dość, że są o wiele krótsze to jeszcze nie wraca się do nich ponownie. Bully: Scholarship Edition to solidna gierka. Dla posiadaczy Wii będzie taką namiastką GTA, którego wciąż się nie doczekali na swojej konsoli. Dla innych będzie to doskonała odskocznia od większości gier, bo innowacji i pomysłowości twórcom Bully odmówić nie można z całą pewnością. Może i nie da się rozwalić pół miasta z kałacha (a tego czasem mi brakowało) i nie da się przeszmuglować samolotem kilkunastu kilogramów kokainy, a nawet nie da się pojeździć głupim samochodem, ale to z całą pewnością świetna i godna polecenia gra.
83
Xbox 360Gamesmania
Meine Schulzeit ist nun fast auf den Tag genau auch schon 10 Jahre vorbei und mit solchen Rowdys wie auf der Bullworth Academy hatte ich gottlob auch nie zu kämpfen, dennoch kann ich mich in den Teenager Jimmy Hopkins und seine Probleme gut hineinversetze - Rockstar hat bei den Charakteren wieder ganze Arbeit geleistet! Zudem stimmt auch der Humor, wenn die Köchin in ihre Suppe spuckt und einen lockeren Spruch ablässt, bleibt jedenfalls kein Auge trocken. Spielerisch erreicht das Spiel auf Dauer nicht ganz den Abwechslungsreichtum eines GTA, viele Aufträge bestehen dafür aus zu simplen Minispielen, die sich wiederholen. Auch technisch sind weder die Xbox360- noch die Wii-Umsetzung wirklich gelungen. Eine Empfehlung ist Bully – Die Ehrenrunde aber dennoch wert. Für das Geld wird euch ein enormer Umfang geboten und selten war der Schulalltag derart spannend. Da drehen wir doch gerne eine Ehrenrunde und hoffen auf eine Fortsetzung mit der GTA IV-Technik.
83
WiiGamesmania
Meine Schulzeit ist nun fast auf den Tag genau auch schon 10 Jahre vorbei und mit solchen Rowdys wie auf der Bullworth Academy hatte ich gottlob auch nie zu kämpfen, dennoch kann ich mich in den Teenager Jimmy Hopkins und seine Probleme gut hineinversetze - Rockstar hat bei den Charakteren wieder ganze Arbeit geleistet! Zudem stimmt auch der Humor, wenn die Köchin in ihre Suppe spuckt und einen lockeren Spruch ablässt, bleibt jedenfalls kein Auge trocken. Spielerisch erreicht das Spiel auf Dauer nicht ganz den Abwechslungsreichtum eines GTA, viele Aufträge bestehen dafür aus zu simplen Minispielen, die sich wiederholen. Auch technisch sind weder die Xbox360- noch die Wii-Umsetzung wirklich gelungen. Eine Empfehlung ist Bully – Die Ehrenrunde aber dennoch wert. Für das Geld wird euch ein enormer Umfang geboten und selten war der Schulalltag derart spannend. Da drehen wir doch gerne eine Ehrenrunde und hoffen auf eine Fortsetzung mit der GTA IV-Technik.
83
WindowsGamezone (Germany)
"Bully" ebenso wie damals "Canis Canem Edit" überzeugt aufgrund eines harmonierenden und abwechslungsreichen Spielsystems. Änderungen am spaßigen Gameplay gibt es im Vergleich der beiden Spiele aber kaum welche, denn die Erweiterungen beziehen sich hauptsächlich auf neue Missionen, Schulfächer und freischaltbare Objekte. Warum nun eine PC-Portierung des Titels so lange gebraucht hat, scheint daher unverständlich. Geschmälert wird der Spaß dadurch aber nicht. Dabei geht man bei Rockstar weiterhin den schwierigen bzw. für manch einen fragwürdigen Weg und bietet dem Spieler durchaus Möglichkeiten, seine bösartige Ader auszuleben, doch geschieht dies mal frei von jeglicher Brutalität eines GTA. Zudem zeigt Jimmy Hopkins ein gutes Herz und nimmt sich den Schwachen an, verteidigt diese allzu gerne gegen aufbrausende Muskelberge.
83
WiiNZGamer
While not every element of the game is on the same level of polish, the overall package gives you so much to do that you could conceivably be running around Bullworth for several dozen hours. Beyond the core missions, there are a ton of side quests, arcade games, and more to occupy your time. There are also a few two player modes, but they serve as more of a distraction rather than anything substantial. Still, if you’re looking for something on the Wii to really sink your teeth into, Bully: Scholarship Edition may be just your thing. It’s not perfect, but it’s a heck of a lot of fun.
83
WiiVicioJuegos.com
Bully: Scholarship Edition es un gran juego que debe de ser jugado por todo amante de los GTA-like y por todo jugador que se precie. Para todos aquellos que disfrutaron de Canis Canem Edit esta nueva versión -a pesar de sus novedades- no supone una experiencia de juego nueva, por lo que su compra puede quedar relegada a un segundo plano a no ser que queramos volver a embarcarnos en una historia adolescente sin igual con los mandos de Wii como principal arma de de combate. Si Peter Pan viniera...
83
Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
The bottom line is that Bully: Scholarship Edition is one of those games that you have an extremely hard time putting down and allows the mischievous kid in all of us to come out. It is engaging, fun to play and downright additive at times. There are some flaws that can’t be overlooked, but all in all it is worth buying and spending the time exploring the Bullworth virtual World.
83
Xbox 360Worth Playing
Bully: Scholarship Edition manages to rise to the head of the class, warts and all, in delivering another wedgie to the childish categorization against which games continue to struggle. Bully lets you take part in the life of one student going against the odds with a slingshot in one hand and a stink bomb in the other as he tries to clean up a school that is a lot more troubled than he is. Xbox 360 owners and newcomers who have never experienced any of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto titles might find Bully's introductory course to be a good manner of getting their feet wet, while Rockstar loyalists will enjoy the kind of free-roaming gameplay that they've come to expect from the studio.
83
Xbox 360Gameswelt
Streber gegen Sportler, Intelligenz gegen Schönheit, Armut gegen Reichtum – 'Bully: Die Ehrenrunde' ist ein Spiel der Kontraste. Leider scheint sich dieses Credo auch die Abteilung der Grafiker auf die Stirn geschrieben zu haben. Obwohl mich der optische Stil des Spiels begeistern kann, ich die vielen versteckten Details sehr zu schätzen weiß, nerven mich die zahllosen Grafikfehler immens. Wer sich damit aber abfinden kann, der findet in Rockstars Schulhofsimulation ein umfangreiches Action-Adventure mit viel Witz, abwechslungsreichen Missionen und unglaublich schrulligen Charakteren.
82
WiiPower Unlimited
Ik kan niet herinneren wanneer ik voor ‘t laatst zo hard heb gelachen bij een videogame als bij Bully. Bully is in één woord geweldig!
82
WiiGame Freaks 365
The biggest downside with Bully however is the length. You really will only get about 20 hours of solid gameplay out of it. I clocked in at about 13 hours when I finished all of the missions, but there are many side quests and collectibles to find that will keep you busy a while longer. Bully is a fantastic port of the classic PS2 game and a welcome addition to your gaming collection. It really does not add too much to the original, but there is still a lot of fun to be had for those that have not played it yet. If you have not tried Bully before, I highly recommend you pick this one up. I promise you will not regret it.
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Xbox 360Console Monster
Despite all of the great moments in Bully: Scholarship Edition, the game does contain a lot of bugs such as people walking into walls and the odd unexpected freeze. The graphics look horrible compared to some of the outstanding graphics seen in games recently also. Players who have finished Canis Canem Edit on the PlayStation 2 will not find this game much different at all.The extra missions are barely noticeable and the multiplayer is very poor as it consists of challenging each other at the lessons playable in single-player.Other than that, Rockstar have done a good job of porting the game from the PlayStation 2 to one of the most entertaining XBOX 360 titles available.
82
Xbox 360Game Freaks 365
The biggest downside with Bully however is the length. You really will only get about 20 hours of solid gameplay out of it. I clocked in at about 13 hours when I finished all of the missions, but there are many side quests and collectibles to find that will keep you busy a while longer. Bully is a fantastic port of the classic PS2 game and a welcome addition to your gaming collection. It really does not add too much to the original, but there is still a lot of fun to be had for those that have not played it yet. If you have not tried Bully before, I highly recommend you pick this one up. I promise you will not regret it.
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Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Bully hat es seid langem mal wieder geschafft mich nachts vor der Fernseher zu fesseln. Das haben zuletzt nur Gears of War und GTA geschafft. Trotzdem möchte ich Bully nicht zu den Top Titeln zählen. Es fehlt einfach einige auf der technischen Seite. Trotz alledem gibt es an dieser Stelle eine 8.2, weil es selten ein Spiel gibt, bei dem man an jeder Ecke sieht, wie viel Liebe für die Details geopfert wurde.
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Wii4Players.de
Ein Revival dieser Art macht dem faulen Redakteur das Leben leicht, kann er doch Teile seines damaligen Fazits einfach recyceln, die heute nichts an Wahrheit verloren haben: Die überwältigende Liebe zum Detail, die tolle Inszenierung, der tiefschwarze Cartoon-Humor, die brillanten Dialoge, die groovyfunkyrocknrolly Musik - all das und mehr machen Bully zu einem einzigartigen Spiel, das einen ganz speziellen Charakter entfaltet, den es weder in Liberty City noch in San Andreas gibt. Eine Art Mini-GTA, ganz ohne die fiese Brutalität, Knarren, Blut, Autos und Helikopter, dafür mit vielen frischen Ideen und noch mehr Zynismus - eine schöne Abwechslung! Allerdings ist es viel zu einfach (es gab nur eine Hand voll Missionen, die ich nicht beim ersten Anlauf gepackt hätte) und der Mehrspielermodus zwar eine nette Ergänzung, aber immer noch weit von den Möglichkeiten entfernt, die das Spielkonzept geboten hätte.
81
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Bully: Die Ehrenrunde hat mich immer wieder laut auflachen lassen. Und das ist angesichts vieler staubtrockener Titel Gold wert. Gerade der abgedrehte Humor und die abwechslungsreichen Missionen sind der Grund, weshalb ich über die kleinen Fehler dieses Spiels hinwegsehe. Trotzdem wäre mehr für Bully drin gewesen. So hatte ich eher das Gefühl, die PC-Umsetzung wurde nicht so recht ernst genommen. Schade um eine Perle des Geschichtenerzählens!
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WiiNintendojo
Bully: Scholarship Edition is the best sandbox title available on Wii. The sheer number of missions, side tasks and abilities will keep gamers busy for hours upon hours. While the graphics do showcase flaws like jaggies and long load times, the cinematics pack a punch each time with gorgeous cinematography. The Wii controls do add a level of immersion, especially the IR pointing, but a few timing issues for fighting combos are frustrating. For people who passed on Bully initially, this a prime package to pick up. The added features, however, do not add enough to validate a second purchase. Ultimately, like Jimmy, the rough edges of the game smooth out over time to reveal a gem of a title with great personality.
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Xbox 360ActionTrip
Then again, if you're prepared to stomach the glitches, this game is going to provide hours and hours of top-notch entertainment. It can also be a good way to warm up before GTA IV arrives. The gameplay never gets old and you are likely to keep on playing until you've completed the entire game. If you've already played Bully on the PS2, it's safe to say you'll find all the new elements a rather cool addition to the game.
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WiiGaming since 198x
Un peu dubitatif après deux heures de jeu, c'est finalement sous le charme que je terminai Bully, spin-off réussi de la franchise phare de Rockstar, presque déçu de ne plus avoir de bourges à tabasser, de karts à piloter, de cours de dessin à réussir ou de meufs à emballer. Malgré quelques défauts comme un rythme parfois haché et surtout des gros bugs, devenir un caïd des bacs à sable procure un fun indiscutable.
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Xbox 360Gaming since 198x
Un peu dubitatif après deux heures de jeu, c'est finalement sous le charme que je terminai Bully, spin-off réussi de la franchise phare de Rockstar, presque déçu de ne plus avoir de bourges à tabasser, de karts à piloter, de cours de dessin à réussir ou de meufs à emballer. Malgré quelques défauts comme un rythme parfois haché et surtout des gros bugs, devenir un caïd des bacs à sable procure un fun indiscutable.
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WindowsGaming since 198x
Un peu dubitatif après deux heures de jeu, c'est finalement sous le charme que je terminai Bully, spin-off réussi de la franchise phare de Rockstar, presque déçu de ne plus avoir de bourges à tabasser, de karts à piloter, de cours de dessin à réussir ou de meufs à emballer. Malgré quelques défauts comme un rythme parfois haché et surtout des gros bugs, devenir un caïd des bacs à sable procure un fun indiscutable.
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WiiJeuxvideo.com
Bully Scholarship Edition exploite le genre avec panache et habileté, nous donnant l'impression d'évoluer avec le neveu de l'un des personnages de GTA. La surenchère de langage grossier et de violence gratuite parvient à rester digeste grâce à une vraie exploitation de la personnalité des nombreux personnages que Jimmy rencontre au fil de l'aventure. Celle-ci se vit donc intensément et saura ravir les amateurs du travail de Rockstar. Le développeur a su conserver sa patte, parfois maladroite certes, sans pour autant nous servir du réchauffé. Et ça, c'est un plus non négligeable.
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Xbox 360Play.tm
But, all the problems aside it's still great fun when it works and for that reason, had it been released bug free, we'd be looking at a score in the 90's. As it is the painfully obvious nature of those bugs make it impossible to ignore them entirely however much you may want to. If, or when, Rockstar patch the game to the quality we should be able to expect from a finished game then I'd heartily recommend picking up a copy as there's a real gem of a game here to enjoy. In its released state however, before or after the first patch, it's a game that if not ruined is certainly hampered by some glaring problems that really shouldn't be acceptable in this day and age.
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Xbox 360Gamestyle
If you missed out on Bully first time round then this is the perfect opportunity to catch up. The addition of some new classes and missions makes the package all the more sweeter. Here’s hoping that once GTA4 has been done and dusted they can return to the world of Jimmy Hopkins. Bully: The College Years, anyone?
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WiiKombo.com
If you never played Bully on PlayStation 2, you should consider checking out Bully: Scholarship Edition. Between the Xbox 360 and Wii versions, the 360 build is the superior game. However, both versions are well-done remakes/ports of Bully. It's not exactly Grand Theft Auto caliber, but Bully: Scholarship Edition is still an entertaining open-world romp through Bullworth Academy.
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Xbox 360Avid Gamer
Even with its niggles, outdated graphics and repetitive mission structure, Bully feels like it deserves a place in the Xbox360’s catalogue. There is a very robust storyline, but then again what else have we have come to expect from Rockstar. In true typical fashion there are some seriously memorable characters. It's difficult to write much more, as they aren't any multiplayer components. Bully is a chief example of where the good outweighs the bad. Hopefully Bully can really make it to the top of the class second time around and get the A that it deserves.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Bully Scholarship Edition exploite le genre avec panache et habileté, nous donnant l'impression d'évoluer avec le neveu de l'un des personnages de GTA. La surenchère de langage grossier et de violence gratuite parvient à rester digeste grâce à une vraie exploitation de la personnalité des nombreux personnages que Jimmy rencontre au fil de l'aventure. Celle-ci se vit donc intensément et saura ravir les amateurs du travail de Rockstar. Le développeur a su conserver sa patte, parfois maladroite certes, sans pour autant nous servir du réchauffé. Et ça, c'est un plus non négligeable.
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WiiGameDaily
Yes, there are a few additional missions, classes and a new two-player mode that amounts to little more than an idle time-waster, but none are likely worth picking up a second copy of the game, as they serve as minimal enhancements. The game is still a lengthy, compelling high school adventure that is unlike anything else available. This Scholarship Edition exists for those who perhaps absentmindedly passed over Bully the first time. There is one heck of an experience awaiting them.
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WiiZTGameDomain
If you have never experienced Rockstar’s academic offering there has never been a better time to jump in. This “late-to-the-party” edition is chock full of enough extra content to make the wait worthwhile, and if you have already seen all Bullworth has to offer on the PS2 there is enough here to at least warrant a rental. The game has a charming quality that most other games lack thanks to it’s incredibly well written dialogue and a cast of intriguing characters. If you are a fan of open-world games Bully is among the best the genre has to offer and now with a Wii and 360 version on the market there is no excuse to pass up on this amazing experience.
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WiiGemakei (formerly Zentendo)
Bully: Scholarship Edition adds some new content from the PS2 version -- maybe not enough for fans to go through it all over again. It tries some new things with the Wiimote, but these are mostly bland and uninspired. The title also suffers from a general lack of sheen all over, but when compared to many other games, it's more than tolerable. What Bully doesn't do perfectly it makes up for by doing so much all at once and connecting it all cohesively into an entertaining world that rewards players for almost everything they decide to take the time to do. If you haven't given it a try, Bully: Scholarship Edition is definitely worth a look. Fans of sandbox games should find it to be a good time full of humor and parody.
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WiiGames Radar
Even without all the improvements, though, the underlying game has held up surprisingly well since its 2006 release. Bully's still a captivating, cartoonish adventure that packs a ton of activity into its deceptively small world, and it's still a lot of fun to run around dodging prefects and thwacking preppies with a slingshot. There's enough new stuff here to make it worth a look for fans who've already played it on PS2, but if you didn't catch it the first time, Bully: Scholarship Edition is an excellent way to find out what you've been missing.
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WiiSnackbar-Games.com
Bully: Scholarship Edition is by no means good enough for Bully owners to buy it again. However, for older Wii owners who missed the 2006 original, it should help make the wait for GTA 4 a bit easier.
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WiiVideo Games Daily
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. If you already played and enjoyed the PS2 version, this could be worth playing through again for Achievements and the new material, although with so many good games out right now it would only really make sense to strongly recommend the game to those who are new to Bully. If that's you, check it out.
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WiiPAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Bully: Scholarship Edition for both the Wii and Xbox 360 is for players who never got around to the original game on the PS2, without the uninformed media fuss. If you have already played through the game, there’s little reason for you to come back. The Wii version is slightly better looking and has motion controls that are reasonably well implemented, as is the extra content. That’s on top of the already present unique blend of open-ended gaming and schoolyard shenanigans. So while the game hasn’t been explicitly improved over the last year and a bit, it’s definitely worth checking out, as there isn’t a single game on either system that comes close to offering what Bully: Scholarship Edition does. Not to mention, it's nicely priced as well.
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WiiGamestyle
These issues aside, we have fallen in love with this game all over again. For those who missed out first time around, this is a great opportunity to catch up, and the extra additions and the nicely-done Wii controls make for an even better package. We would love to see a return to Jimmy’s world someday, and we hope Rockstar aren’t too distracted by GTA games to give the concept another shot. Those alarmists can now go stand in the corner and wear the dunce’s cap; Bully deserves to be top of the class.
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WiiNintendoWorldReport
Bully: Scholarship Edition is a good game that features fun gameplay, an entertaining story, an interesting gameplay environment, and plenty of places to explore. You’ll enjoy it if you like exploring a world that feels alive. Its greatest flaw is its sub-par graphics. If you're a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series and didn't play Bully on the PS2, the Scholarship Edition is worth a shot; however, if you've already played Bully there simply isn't enough new material here to make it worth your time or money.
80
WiiGame Valor
If you have not already played Bully, then Scholarship Edition deserves a perfect score. But with so little added to this title, players might get bored before they unearth new content.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Bully Scholarship Edition exploite le genre avec panache et habileté, nous donnant l'impression d'évoluer avec le neveu de l'un des personnages de GTA. La surenchère de langage grossier et de violence gratuite parvient à rester digeste grâce à une vraie exploitation de la personnalité des nombreux personnages que Jimmy rencontre au fil de l'aventure. Celle-ci se vit donc intensément et saura ravir les amateurs du travail de Rockstar. Le développeur a su conserver sa patte, parfois maladroite certes, sans pour autant nous servir du réchauffé. Et ça, c'est un plus non négligeable.
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WiiHonestGamers
Don't think for a minute that Bully 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. Rockstar has proven here that it can venture outside of Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas without leaving behind the sandbox nature and production values that made those environments so addictive in the Grand Theft Auto games. Bullworth Academy is irresistibly awful. Jimmy Hopkins might not be pleased with the wretched place, but gamers certainly will be!
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Xbox 360Game Over Online
When it first came out, I thought that Bully would have benefited greatly from an increase in hardware, and I’m surprised to say that Bully fared better as an overachieving PS2 game than as an underachieving 360 game. Due to the SE’s problems even with the update, and overall lack of improvement, especially given how much more powerful the 360 is than the PS2, I‘m very disappointed at how poor this “Scholarship Edition” turned out to be. The high price tag of $50 compared to the PS2 original’s present one of $20 doesn‘t help either, as too little has been added to justify the increased cost.
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Xbox 360Xbox World Australia (XWA)
Scoring Bully: Scholarship Edition as it was released is a tough call – the game is undeniably buggy as it stands, but the extent of that depends a lot on your hardware and other mysterious variables it would seem. For some, Bully has a few minor glitches and hitches, for others, the game is virtually unplayable and broken. But if you're lucky enough to only get a mild dose of this, Bully's view of the world through a child's eyes will amuse and entertain you for hours. The gameplay is fantastic fun and ever-changing, the visuals are much improved over the PS2, and the new content adds a lot to the experience. The dialogue and voice-acting are hilarious, the characters are perfect, and it all comes together to make Bully one of the most enjoyable adventures on the Xbox 360 today.
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WiiGameSpot
If you've played Bully already on the PlayStation 2, the extras in the Scholarship Edition may amuse you, but they don't justify purchasing the game all over again. On the other hand, if you skipped it the first time around, this is a great excuse to catch up on what you missed. Bully offers plenty of memorable moments and crafts an adolescent world that is both surreal and painfully truthful, so don't be surprised if it causes you to relive portions of your own painful youth.
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Xbox 360Kombo.com
If you never played Bully on PlayStation 2, you should consider checking out Bully: Scholarship Edition. Between the Xbox 360 and Wii versions, the 360 build is the superior game. However, both versions are well-done remakes/ports of Bully. It's not exactly Grand Theft Auto caliber, but Bully: Scholarship Edition is still an entertaining open-world romp through Bullworth Academy.
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
This is definitely an excellent new edition of an already exquisite game. But unfortunately, that is where the problem lies in the Scholarship Edition. If you never got a chance to play the original Bully, you are really missing out and should pick up a copy of the superior Scholarship Edition as soon as possible. However, if you have already played Bully on the PS2, there really aren't a lot of compelling reasons to play through this version. While it does add a few new missions, new classes, new characters, better graphics, and a limited multiplayer mode, it is still basically the same game as before. None of the new additions really make this game worth buying again or even going out of your way to play through it (about 30 hours) a second time. Still, for anyone who missed the first version of Bully, first of all shame on you, and secondly, you should certainly play through the revamped Scholarship Edition.
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WiiEurogamer.net (UK)
If you've already played Canis Canem Edit, then four new mini-games and new combat controls, however great, probably won't make you buy it again. But set in the context of the Wii game library, Bully stands out more than ever. It's far removed from everything else on the system, and still just as mischievous and entertaining as it was a year ago. The dialogue is full of life, the missions make you laugh out loud and the whole thing is infused with wayward, playful charm. One day, hopefully, all Wii ports will be this good.
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Xbox 360Gamer.nl
Bully is een uiterst vermakelijk spel met een een typische Rockstarsfeer en -humor, daarom is het jammer dat Bully het lelijkste jongentje in de klas is. De vastlopers en framerate op de Xbox 360-versie waren in mijn geval redelijk rampzalig, maar volgens Rockstar wordt dit nog deze week gepatched. Ondanks deze minpunten blijft Bully: Scholarship Edition toch de ultieme kans om kennis te maken met de verborgen pestkop die in ons allen schuilt. Class Dismissed!
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WiiGamer.nl
Bully is een uiterst vermakelijk spel met een een typische Rockstarsfeer en -humor, daarom is het jammer dat Bully het lelijkste jongentje in de klas is. De vastlopers en framerate op de Xbox 360-versie waren in mijn geval redelijk rampzalig, maar volgens Rockstar wordt dit nog deze week gepatched. Ondanks deze minpunten blijft Bully: Scholarship Edition toch de ultieme kans om kennis te maken met de verborgen pestkop die in ons allen schuilt. Class Dismissed!
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Xbox 360Digital Spy
For Xbox 360 gamers looking for something a little different to the plethora of first-person shooters on offer, this game will be a real breath of fresh air. Its Grange Hill-style schoolboy humour, coupled with plenty of mischief and a diverse range of missions, make it a compelling and original experience. If, however, you already own the PS2 title then give this a miss as the extra eight missions and multiplayer modes cannot truly justify the £30 asking price
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Xbox 360TeamXbox
If you can get around the somewhat outdated look of the game, there’s a lot of enjoyment to be found in Bully: Scholarship Edition. The original game was a fun romp around the schoolyard, and this new edition takes that experience and adds some extra credit to the assignment. Sure, the content isn’t exactly tailor made for an afterschool special, but it’s a great exaggeration of the hijinks and hard times that just about anyone can relate to. And thanks to Rockstar’s decision to give fans continuing education by expanding the game’s content, there’s plenty in place to please both Bullworth freshmen and alumni alike.
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WiiIGN
If you’ve already taken Bully for a spin on PS2, Scholarship Edition isn’t going to be worth the extra $50 you’d plop down for motion control and new missions. About 95% of the content is identical, and Rockstar is packaging this one to both Wii and 360 as a perfect product for those that are late to the party, and have yet to experience what Bully has to offer. For those that haven’t made the rounds at Bullworth Academy, you’re missing out, as Bully is a charming, entertaining experience, and far more lighthearted than it has been made out to be. Mini-games and classes are actually educational and fun, the T rating ensures that it’s toned down in the language department, but Bully still has an overwhelming amount of entertaining content, and Scholarship Edition is another step above what we saw on PS2.
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WiiGamigo
Bully: Die Ehrenrunde kann einen schon leicht an GTA in der Schule erinnern. Denn die Geschichte ist witzig aufgebaut, es gibt verschiedene Fraktionen, ihr müsst euch Respekt verdienen, könnt mit Schulschwänzen und anderen Dingen das Auge der Gerechten auf euch ziehen und habt neben der Hauptgeschichte eine relativ große Welt die ihr frei erkunden könnt. Diese besitzt zwar nicht den Umfang der GTA Städte, dennoch kann man die Spielzeit leicht verdoppeln, wenn man sich an all den Automaten und Co. in der Stadt vergnügen möchte. Wer auf ungewöhnliche Actionspiele steht wird mit Bully: Die Ehrenrunde auf jeden Fall seinen Spaß haben!
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WindowsIGN
Uninspired classroom minigames and PC-specific porting and performance problems continue to frustrate our experience with the game, but never so much that we weren't willing to load it back up again to uncover the next chapter of the story. Still, the fact that we're wrestling with these issues years after the game was originally released on the PS2 prompt us to ask what Rockstar has been doing with the game in the meantime.
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Xbox 360Gamer 2.0
So the verdict is simple: If you’ve never played it, buy it; just don’t expect an engrossing experience. Simply expect to be entertained with a few genuine laughs.
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WiiGamer 2.0
So the verdict is simple: If you’ve never played it, buy it; just don’t expect an engrossing experience. Simply expect to be entertained with a few genuine laughs.
75
WiiGamingTrend
The game isn't so much about gratuitous violence as it is about Imperialism. The point of the game is not to spend all your time fighting and running from the hall monitors as it is about conquering the groups and reigning over the campus. Sometimes this is done with violence, and sometimes it is done with a smile, a handshake, and your fingers crossed behind your back.
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Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
The stiff character faces reveal the game's PS2 origins, but the stately brick buildings and their lavish interiors still look terrific. The excellent soundtrack strikes an irreverent tone, and the professional voice acting is quite convincing. My issues with Bully are similar to those I have with GTA games in general. The missions are fun at first but start to feel like errands after a while. Once the scope of the game extends to a nearby town, the fun factor takes a hit. The basic storyline is very linear, so until you complete a critical mission you're forced to keep replaying it. Bully never achieves true greatness, but with an original concept, clever design, and high production values, it comes admirably close.
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Xbox 360Xbox Gazette
Déjà excellent sur PS2, Bully l'est tout autant sur Xbox 360. Son ambiance particulière, sa mise en scène, sa richesse et sa durée de vie (comptez facilement 20 à 30 heures) en font sans contestation un hit. Et comme souvent avec les productions de Rockstar, le plaisir éclipse rapidement les nombreux soucis techniques. Ceux qui n'ont pas goûtés aux aventures de Jimmy Hopkins sur PS2 auraient donc tord de s'en priver.
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Xbox 360MS Xbox World
Bully is a pretty decent game, although I can't comment on how much different the experience is if you've already played the PS2 version to death many moons ago. If like me you are new to the fold, then Bully is a highly entertaining tongue firmly in cheek look at modern day school life with a twist of old fashioned tomfoolery thrown in for good measure. Everything seems to work nicely and there's always something to sink your teeth into, should you tire of one activity. The game's graphics might disappoint the graphics whores, but I found that once you look beyond the rather dull textures, and focus on the gameplay, it feels passable as an Xbox 360 game...just. The only real issue that plagues the game are the sometimes frequent lock ups which really does let down the experience, especially as there isn't a save anywhere option.
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WiiComputer Bild Spiele
"Bully" sticht aus der Masse interaktiver Video-Unterhaltung heraus. An jeder Ecke des Schulgeländes und angesichts der vielen Aufgabenstellungen merken Sie, dass die Spielentwickler mit viel Liebe zum Detail bei der Sache waren. Angefangen beim kantigen, aber letztlich doch liebenswürdigen Hauptdarsteller über viele witzige Personen, bis hin zu den lustigen, spannenden und wirklich abwechslungsreichen Zwischenzielen, die Sie erreichen müssen - Bully macht einfach Laune.
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Xbox 360Computer Bild Spiele
"Bully" sticht aus der Masse interaktiver Video-Unterhaltung heraus. An jeder Ecke des Schulgeländes und angesichts der vielen Aufgabenstellungen merken Sie, dass die Spielentwickler mit viel Liebe zum Detail bei der Sache waren. Angefangen beim kantigen, aber letztlich doch liebenswürdigen Hauptdarsteller über viele witzige Personen, bis hin zu den lustigen, spannenden und wirklich abwechslungsreichen Zwischenzielen, die Sie erreichen müssen - Bully macht einfach Laune.
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WindowsFragland.net
If you can choose then go for the console version. Attaching a controller on your PC could also be a solution for the disastrous controls though.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Bully is een leuk spel met een uniek thema maar is jammer genoeg slordig naar de PC gebracht.
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Xbox 360Immoral Gamers
It’s well worth buying if you don’t already own it, and it’s probably not worth buying if you’ve already played it.
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Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
Overall, Bully is an enjoyable title, albeit with its share of issues. It seems like this game could have been delayed a little bit in order to iron out these glitches and random occurrences that you face throughout the game. With that being said I kept coming back for more and I was always curious as to what would happen next. Bully in no way reinvents the open world genre or really does anything particularly innovative. What it does do however is provide you with a fun world to play around in and serves as a great game to pass the time until Grand Theft Auto IV is released in April.
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Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
What it is, however, is a game worth bragging about in its own right. Despite its shortcomings – even the game-stopper bugs – it simulates almost perfectly the experiences of a typical schoolchild, despite being ridiculously over-the-top in almost every manner. It’s the characterization and interactions that give the game realism, and Bully should be lauded for immersing the player in an artistic, unique world. ‘Games are Art’ players rejoice: you have a new game to play.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
If you've played Bully already on the PlayStation 2, the extras in the Scholarship Edition may amuse you, but they don't justify purchasing the game all over again. On the other hand, if you skipped it the first time around, this is a great excuse to catch up on what you missed. Bully offers plenty of memorable moments and crafts an adolescent world that is both surreal and painfully truthful, so don't be surprised if it causes you to relive portions of your own painful youth. Xbox 360 technical issues and other peculiarities aside, this is a fun and boisterous game that will ring true for anyone who has endured the unique adventures of student life.
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Xbox 360GamePro (US)
Also troubling are the game's controls. The left thumbstick, for instance, moves Jimmy at inconsistent speeds. Sometimes he runs when pressed all the way forward and other times he walks. This is particularly frustrating when trying to outrun a school official only to get caught because the game registers your input as walking, not running. Flaws like this make you feel as though the game is bullying you instead of the other way around. It's disappointing really because Bully offers incredibly entertaining gameplay that's worthwhile, but the improvements that should have come with the jump to the more powerful Xbox 360 hardware just don't pan out. Maybe a true new-gen sequel will get things right and graduate at the top of the class
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WiiThe Video Game Critic
The two-player mini-games might seem like an afterthought, but if you give them a chance you'll have a ball! At its core, Bully is just as playable on the Wii, but I'd have to give a slight edge to the 360 version for aesthetic reasons.
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Xbox 360Gaming Age
Bully is a great game that suffers from technical issues. The atmosphere, story and freedom of choice for the player is set on an impressive foundation of character that will either remind you of your misspent youth or childhood traumas long suppressed. It can be funny and disturbing while being challenging and clever. It's just too bad more care wasn't taken in making it available on a new platform.
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Xbox 3601UP
But despite the interesting narrative and excellent sandbox experience, the 360 package is somewhat spoiled by the less-than-stellar performance of the graphics engine itself.
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WiiWorth Playing
It is unfortunate that the makers of Bully have decided to so severely limit the scope of the title. While some of the missions are entertaining enough for a quick diversion, the game's overall quality is lacking, with uncharismatic and unengaging characters everywhere you turn, tired clichés, and sloppy gameplay. If you're utterly devoted to the notion of a sandbox, keep in mind that this is more like kitty litter; you may be able to play as a bully, but if you pay more than $20 for this title, the real victim here is you.
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WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Als je Bully (of Canis Canem Edit) nog niet gespeeld hebt, moet je zeker je achterstand inhalen als je wil weten waarover al die heisa eigenlijk ging. Maar dan wel niet met deze pc-versie. Het spel bevat een heleboel memorabele momenten in een adolescente spelwereld die enerzijds surrealistisch, maar anderzijds soms beangstigend echt is. De slechte overzetting naar pc zorgt wel voor een groot aantal obstakels die een leuke spelervaring in de weg zitten. Zowel het spelplatform als het originele spel zelf verdienen beter.
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WindowsKrawall Gaming Network
Ein klasse Spiel, das nur durch den schlampigen und viel zu späten PC-Port in mittelmäßige Wertungsregionen abrutscht. Wer kann, greift zur Wii-, PS2- oder Xbox-360-Fassung. Wer muss, kann sich die PC-Version zulegen, muss aber leiden.
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WindowsGameSpot
If you skipped Bully the first time around, you should definitely catch up on what you missed--but you shouldn't do it with the PC version. The game offers plenty of memorable moments and crafts an adolescent world that is both surreal and painfully truthful, but a poor job of porting means that you need to overcome a number of obstacles to get the most out of it. The platform--and the game--deserve more respect than this.
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WiiEmpireOnline.com
However, compared to other adventure games that have hit the shelves since Bully’s debut, the Scholarship Edition feels shallow, the repetitive side quests amounting to little more than collecting items or fighting rivals, a routine that becomes wearing after a few hours. Interacting with the computer-controlled characters can also be unrewarding as the students and teachers follow the plot arc despite how you interact with them in earlier sequences, and the safe, teen movie take on the best days of your life will alienate players looking for a darker depiction of life on campus.
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Windows1UP
But maybe that isn't the fault of the developers. Bully's biggest problem is that it's a shoddy port job, rife with technical missteps that wouldn't warrant comment if they weren't so profoundly damaging to the game. Forget to enable vertical sync, and you can forget completing most classes: In some areas, the game runs at rocket speed, making timed button presses all but impossible. Turn the feature on, however, and prepare for framerate drops that make NASDAQ look stable. These problems, coupled with frequent crashes and a persistent drifting mouse bug (remember what used to happen when you'd hold down a control stick while booting up a game?) make just playing Bully a frustrating chore.