DescriptionBully 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.
- "Canis Canem Edit" -- European title
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- Bully versions
- Gameplay feature: Photography
- Genre: Sports - Dodgeball
- Graphics Engine: RenderWare
- PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits releases
- PlayStation 2 Platinum Range releases
- QIX variants
- Theme: School
|Exhilarating high school freedom||Unicorn Lynx (174029)|
|Parents ought to play it.||St. Martyne (3539)|
|Literal definition of GTA for kids.||Bob the Stickman (290)|
|IGN UK||Oct 24, 2006||9.4 out of 10||94|
|GameSpy||Oct 17, 2006||90|
|Softpedia||Dec 12, 2006||9 out of 10||90|
|Eurogamer.de||Oct 27, 2006||9 out of 10||90|
|4Players.de||Oct 25, 2006||87 out of 100||87|
|GameAlmighty.com||Dec 05, 2006||8.7 out of 10||87|
|FZ||Nov 27, 2006||80|
|JustPressPlay||Nov 18, 2006||8 out of 10||80|
|Thunderbolt Games||Jul 03, 2007||8 out of 10||80|
|411mania.com||Nov 13, 2006||7.4 out of 10||74|
|Topic||# Posts||Last Post|
|Scholarship Edition||10||WildKard (12122)
Aug 04, 2007
|Such a sweet game!||62||Guy Chapman (1742)
Jul 20, 2007
1001 Video GamesThe PS2 version of Bully appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Cancelled Xbox versionThere was an Xbox version planned, but cancelled for undisclosed reasons.
ControversyThrough 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.
ManualThe 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.
TitleThe 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.
- 2006 – #3 Best Action-Adventure of the Year
- 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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