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Bully (PlayStation 2)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
86
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Description

Bully is a story of one Jimmy Hopkins, whose academic success hasn't been anything spectacular as he's been expelled from various schools. His parents have a grand idea of sending him to Bullworth Academy which -- despite its grand name -- houses lots of other kids like Jimmy. This is the place where future dictators, murderers, and mad scientists reside. With a help of a few friends, some wits and hard-as-a-rock fists, Jimmy has to survive through one year in Bullworth Academy.

Often described as "GTA in high school", the game indeed has many similarities with the famous car-hijacking series. It features a "sandbox" environment, which encompasses not only the vast high school grounds, but also the nearby town of Bullworth. As in GTA games, the player can choose to complete missions in different order, or simply roam the game world, interacting with the environment and the characters.

Naturally, much of the typical GTA-like content has been changed to fit the high school setting. The violence is still present: Jimmy can punch and kick anyone he encounters, as well as use a variety of (non-lethal) weapons such as slingshots, fire crackers, and even self-made guns. It is not possible to hijack cars, but Jimmy is able to steal and ride bicycles. The missions include a variety of gameplay styles: chases, races, shooter-like sequences, escort missions, spying, random acts of vandalism, and many more.

Bully features a plethora of activities and mini-games that can be accessed outside of the missions. Jimmy can simply attend classes and study. Each class is built like a mini-game: for example, language lesson involves composing as many words as possible out of a few given letters within a time limit. It is possible to find, buy, and wear different outfits, get jobs and earn money, and even date schoolmates and buy presents for them.

Screenshots

Bully PlayStation 2 One of the several available mini-games - shoot those suckers for money!
Bully PlayStation 2 In what other game you can dress up as Elvis, have the nerds build a futuristic gun for you, jump on top of a car, and scare a grown-up passerby?
Bully PlayStation 2 In the graveyard, I found something shiny - one of the game's many collectibles. I jump with joy while holding a camera!
Bully PlayStation 2 An even poorer neighborhood. Good thing you brought your spray paint!

Alternate Titles

  • "Canis Canem Edit" -- European title

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User Reviews

Exhilarating high school freedom אולג 小奥 (169544) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Parents ought to play it. St. Martyne (3562) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Literal definition of GTA for kids. Bob the Stickman (290) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Cute Melody (119) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars

The Press Says

UOL Jogos Oct 27, 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Futuregamez.net Nov 04, 2006 91 out of 100 91
Eurogamer.de Oct 27, 2006 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Oct 17, 2006 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Cheat Code Central 2006 4.5 out of 5 90
Gaming Target Nov 21, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
Factornews Nov 05, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 09, 2006 8 out of 10 80
JustPressPlay Nov 18, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Retrogaming History Mar 07, 2008 7 out of 10 70

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Scholarship Edition 10 WildKard (12149)
Aug 04, 2007
Such a sweet game! 62 Guy Chapman (1744)
Jul 20, 2007

Trivia

1001 Video Games

The PS2 version of Bully appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled Xbox version

There was an Xbox version planned, but cancelled for undisclosed reasons.

Controversy

Through Rockstar's "bad boy" marketing, the first announcement of the game, along with the title, hinted at gameplay where you would take on the role of a bully. This caused controversy, and it was only later revealed that the protagonist would take on the bullies himself. Attempts in the US (with lawyer Jack Thompson), UK and Belgium were made to ban the game or to prevents its release. The actual game content was hardly offensive and the rating organizations provided reasonable ratings.

Manual

The manual, written as a memo from the academy's principal, states, among other things, that "Mastery of the English language is highly impotent in the world of business". One can only guess if this mistake is deliberate, occasional, or no mistake at all.

Title

The name change for the European release to Canis Canem Edit (Latin for Dog Eat Dog), was announced in September 2006 for undisclosed reasons. Prior to that, it was already used as the motto of the Bullworth Academy where the events of the game take place.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2006 – #3 Best Action-Adventure of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – #9 Console Game of the Year
    • 2006 – #5 PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2006 – The "No, You Can Really Do Everything!" Award (PS2)
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Evilhead (1049) added Bully (PlayStation 2) on Dec 08, 2006
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