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Bully (PlayStation 2)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
86
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.2
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Simply wonderful אולג 小奥 (168604) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.1
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.4
Overall MobyScore (36 votes) 4.2


The Press Says

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100
UOL Jogos
"Bully" é menos grandioso que "GTA", mas definitivamente tem suas próprias qualidades. Trata-se de uma obra mais "amigável" para novatos, sem detrimento da experiência de jogo, além de ter uma cota de escândalos bem mais leve. Com um roteiro de primeira linha, a vida escolar nunca foi tão divertida como na Academia Bullworth.
94
VGPub
In closing, I think that if Rockstar were to treat this like the Grand Theft Auto series they would have yet another very successful franchise on their hands. Bully is a masterpiece in all aspects of the word and in my book, fully worth of at least one sequel. I would love to see Bully 2 coming to my Xbox 360.
94
IGN UK
Canis Canem Edit is undoubtedly one of the most engaging, enjoyable and immersive experiences to hit console this year - if not longer. Blanketed in the sorts of polish that seem to escape the grasp of most other western developers, Rockstar has refined its open-world formula to the nth degree. There isn't an inch of wasted space in Bullworth Academy and beyond - and every encounter, objective or activity simply serves to deepen an already impressively realised world. By ditching the increasingly hackneyed juvenile gangsta schtick of the Grand Theft Auto games and returning to its roots in the most literal sense imaginable, Canis Canem Edit manages to be the culmination of Rockstar's previous achievements, becoming - ironically enough - the company's most mature game to date.
94
ActionTrip
I admire what Rockstar has done with Bully. They've taken the same formula they've made millions of dollars with, and they've refined it so that it fits a totally different setting. If there is anything that can be learned from Bully, it is how a good RPG should be designed. It captures an atmosphere, gives you characters you can approach with some emotion, and manages to contain itself, while not limiting itself, to a point where the game is acceptable for kids. I know most parents probably don't want to encourage violence, but anyone with a superego is going to be well adjusted enough to play this game and not go punch their friends in the mouth afterwards. Bravo, Rockstar, you've filled an untapped niche brilliantly, and in the way that only your studio could.
93
Game Over Online
I'm surprised by just how much controversy there was behind Bully, since it's so tame compared to the stuff you'd see in a GTA. Bully is definitely deserving of every accolade it gets, but many of the complaints against its content seem absurd after playing it. There's no graphic violence, and much of the fighting is done out of either self defense or in defense of someone weaker than their attacker. Needless violence is punished in the game, so there's even a moral lesson to be learned from it. Hopefully time allows people to forget about the pre-release complaints, and instead focus on the enjoyable gaming experience Bully provides.
92
Defunct Games
Bully is an extremely easy game to recommend, it's a lengthy adventure (clocking in at over 30 hours) full of memorable characters and exciting missions. It's the type of game that will no doubt remind you of everything you loved and hated about high school, all while keeping you engrossed in one of the best stories of the year. With all of these next generation consoles hitting the market it's easy to forget about some of the PlayStation 2 games, but Bully is not something you should pass over. Rockstar's newest game is easily one of the best games I have played all year, an adventure game that will stick with you long after you've finished your final class and graduated from Bullworth Academy.
91
Futuregamez.net
While not quite up there with GTA size and scale, in many ways this title surpasses Rockstar's other efforts. There's a better story, better combat and much more humour. Canis Canem Edit (aka Bully) is certainly worth adding to your PS2 collection this Christmas.
90
GameSpy
With that said, Bully's charm lies not in originality of gameplay, which is a mishmash of Rockstar's best innovations in five years of reign on PlayStation 2. It doesn't lie within the game's visuals, which while good, aren't really anything to call home about. It's about the experience. Just when the game gets a little annoying, just when it's irritating to find a classroom and dodge a group of white-shirted hoodlums, there's a sudden breakthrough, and after that, the game goes on to become one of the year's best, because it diverts from GTA's hyper-violent barrage of social satire and genital jokes to be something more subtle, but equally meaningful. Young people might not appreciate it as much because they're still living it. For that reason, don't buy Bully for your younger relatives. Buy it for yourself.
90
Softpedia
Rockstar has already made millions with Grand Theft Auto, so we can't say that they have thrown us, the gamers, another piece of meat to feast on. Actually, they took everything they had ever created so far and recycled it adding tons of new stuff and concepts that lacked from previous games. Is this a flawless game? No, but only because there is no such thing as perfect games. If there was such a game out there, that would be Bully.
90
TTGamer
Canis Canem Edit somewhat came out of no where although during its early development stages Rockstar was pushing this one quite hard. It's come about a year after it was expected but this is one game that you can say was helped by its extended development. It may not be GTA and it doesn't reach the heady heights of San Andreas in terms of crazy missions but for those who want the next GTA clone which is fun, look no further and swap your leather jacket for a school uniform.
90
Eurogamer.de
Wenn man Canis Canem Edit spielt, muss man sich eine Sache vor sein Next-Gen-verwöhntes Auge halten: Das Action-Adventure ist ein PS2-Spiel, aber dafür macht es eine verdammt gute Figur! Die Entwickler haben alles aus dem Kasten geholt, was zu holen geht. Fertig. Was die Technik angeht, gibt es dennoch einen Kritikpunkt: Ladepausen. Immer wenn Jimmy ein Gebäude betritt oder verlässt, wird nachgeladen. Und das ist relativ oft der Fall. Ansonsten gibt es aber nichts zu bemängeln.
90
Lawrence
Bully is a wonderfully unique title that offers many hours of entertaining gameplay. Rockstar once again takes gaming to uncharted territory, and it has paid off. If you’ve ever enjoyed a GTA game or The Warriors, this is a title that shares their level of quality while remaining entirely original.
90
Cheat Code Central
Bully is filled with entertaining and diverse gameplay. It’s got a great story with lots of humor and emotion – and just enough violence to satiate all you little bastards out there.
90
Deeko
Bully fires on all cylinders from start to finish. Rockstar has done it again. They've taken a simple idea and have expanded it into a world that just may still continue to function even after you shut the game down. When you look at your watch and wonder where the last four hours went, then you know you're part of something memorable. It's a guarantee that gamers we'll be talking about this game for many years to come.
90
Bit-Tech
Despite these small niggles, the game is an absolute blast to play. I enjoy the fact that is Canis Canem is fairly simple and not to difficult, Canis Canem Edit provided and 'easy-gaming' experience, that wasn't ever really too difficult to make me frustrated. The game flows well in terms of storyline with a plot that is simplistic but well made. Canis Canem Edit also has a great sound track. Rockstar has done an even better job in this game than in previous GTA outings and the comedy, although painfully simple and childish, will bring a smile to everyone's face.
90
Daily Game
Like the Grand Theft Auto games, Bully succeeds not because of a compelling main storyline, but because of the sheer amount of things to do. Jimmy's story is interesting, but its only part of what makes the game great. There's so much to do and since all of it is entertaining, you constantly feel indecisive about what to do next. Classes, carnival rides, hidden rubber bands, secret challenges, go kart races - almost anything you can think of that a fifteen year-old boy would want to do is packed into the game. You can even make out with girls should you desire (or select boys). All of this content, combined with a stellar visual presentation, ensures that you'll be playing for hours.
90
3DAvenue
Canis Canem Edit somewhat came out of no where although during its early development stages Rockstar was pushing this one quite hard. It's come about a year after it was expected but this is one game that you can say was helped by its extended development. It may not be GTA and it doesn't reach the heady heights of San Andreas in terms of crazy missions but for those who want the next GTA clone which is fun, look no further and swap your leather jacket for a school uniform.
89
Game Freaks 365
Bullworth is a tough school, but Jimmy is a tough kid. Bully is the story of a troubled young person that tries to survive life in some rough conditions. His parents dumped him off at a school foreign to him, with malevolent students and faculty. As Jimmy struggles to become accepted, he keeps fighting on. This isn't the violent school shooting simulator that we were all expecting. I actually wonder if Take-Two intentionally released a milder game with an edgy topic to see the media's reaction to their punt fake. Bully is likely Rockstar's final major release on PlayStation 2, and as such, a worthy conclusion to the generation.
89
Gamernode
Coming off of a long session of playing Bully, you could easily feel like that time was spent with a GTA title. But whereas the countless knockoffs have simply tried to recreate that experience, Bully has taken the genre and used it in a completely different mold; it's this extremely fresh take on things that makes it so much fun. Whether you're tired of the formula or not, Bully deserves a look.
89
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
Overall, try as I might, I can’t find a single negative thing to say about Bully. The graphics are where we expect them to be, the story and voice acting is top-notch, the gameplay is interesting and exciting. Bully is a game that fires on all cylinders, offers something of a social message (or at least a comment on the high school experience), and is just plain fun. It may well be one of the best games released this year.
89
IGN
Bully is an interesting game. Bully is a great, well-crafted action game that has one of the best senses of humor around and dozens and dozens of hours of fun.
87
4Players.de
Canis Canem Edit (Teufel auch - werde ich mich je an den Namen gewöhnen?) ist verdammt gut designt - so einfach ist das. Es ist thematisch ein überaus originelles Spiel, seine spielerischen Wurzeln sind allerdings für jeden überdeutlich erkennbar, der mal eines der bekannteren Rockstar-Games gezockt hat. Und dennoch: Die überwältigende Liebe zum Detail, die tolle Inszenierung, der tiefschwarze Cartoon-Humor, die brillanten Dialoge, die groovyfunkyrocknrolly Musik - all das und mehr machen CCE 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 recht kurz, meines Erachtens viel zu einfach (es gab nur eine Hand voll Missionen, die ich nicht beim ersten Anlauf gepackt hätte) und trägt einige nervende Bugs in sich.
87
GameAlmighty.com
While the morality issue here may be a dangerous minefield of a gray area, the game as a whole is certainly not. It does have low points, but they’re more than outweighed by the fun and innovative elements. If you had any fun with GTA whatsoever, or enjoy the game play of a sandbox type game but long for tamer content, you’ll have a great time with this one. Whether you loved high school or hated it, this game will make you want to give it another shot. If you’re still in high school, well you had better ask your parents if it’s OK first, especially if your dad happens to be a crazy lawyer...
87
GameSpot
Bully isn't a very difficult game, and it's likely that you'll be able to get through the storyline and see its somewhat predictable conclusion in about 15 hours or so. If you're a completist, there are plenty of hidden objects to collect, clothing items to purchase, and side missions (like bike races) to take on, and you can go back and do those things after finishing the main game. Overall, it's interesting from start to finish and most definitely well worth playing.
85
GamingExcellence
In general Bully is quite fun to play. There are a few control problems and loading times can sometimes be a pain, but otherwise it's just an enjoyable game. Despite all the negative press, the game still deserves its T rating, as there's nary an f-bomb or a sign of real weapon violence (guns, etc). This one hits right on the dot, and is a must have for any fan of the GTA series.
85
PSX Extreme
You can be one of the titular bruisers in Bully if you want - toss eggs and shoot bottle rockets at people all day long if you want - but you can't truly progress in the game unless you come to understand anti-hero Jimmy's actions. He may use his fists to solve problems and he may have gotten kicked out of several different schools on his way to Bullworth Academy, but that's because he fundamentally rejects what's rotten in our world - selfish, moralizing adults who are worse at following their own platitudes than those that they force them on and a dog-eat-dog social structure that rewards those with unbridled ambition and "manliness" over people who have real talent and compassion for others.
84
Gaming Target
In the end, Bully was a satisfying experience, and I would recommend it to someone looking for a nice GTA-type game.
80
Gaming 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.
80
Factornews
Ca en deviendrait presque lassant, de devoir systématiquement encenser les jeux Rockstar. Mais comment faire autrerment quand on se retrouve avec un titre de la qualité de ce Canis.Canem.Edit, presque irréprochable à tous points de vue : l'histoire est prenante et magnifiquement amenée par un excellent travail d'écriture, le gameplay est fignolé à l'extrême et d'une richesse incroyable, et même la réalisation, d'habitude le talon d'achille des jeux Rockstar, se pare ici de ses plus beaux atours et d'une finition quasi-impeccable. Non vraiment, à part une difficulté toute relative, il n'y a presque rien à reprocher à ce jeu, et Rockstar nous prouve une fois de plus qu'il n'y a qu'eux pour maîtriser à la perfection le genre qu'ils ont créé.
80
Video Game Talk
Any fan of the GTA series needs to pick up Bully. Outside of the murder and hookers in GTA, Bully has it all and because it takes place in an academy, Rockstar had to come up with other ways to be deviant. I think most people can think of a few pretty wild stories from your school days. There really isn't any content in this game that should worry parents unless of course they aren't even teenagers yet. Bully comes highly recommended.
80
JustPressPlay
In the end, Bully is a game about getting rid of bullying as muchas it will let you bully. You could compare Jimmy to the guy who unitedChina, while it may be done by force; it wasn’t all his choice to crushthem until they worked with him. The cast is colorful and varied,especially the hobo that teaches you to fight out back. It is a fungame that is unique enough to avoid being tossed in the same bin as theGTA games. Being young and with no hip hop gangs to worry about is anoddly rewarding experience.
80
Jeuxvideo.com
Mettez un soupçon de mini-jeux, une pointe de missions libres, un bouquet de graphismes travaillés, une pincée de scénario collègien et vous obtiendrez Canis Canem Edit, un petit GTA-like nouvellement créé et pouvant obtenir son certificat dans quelques années. Pour l'heure, le jeu n'arrive pas encore à la cheville de ses aînées mais avec quelques cours supplémentaires, le retard sera vite rattrapé. Véritable ôde aux 400 coups de notre enfance, vous vivrez une longue aventure dans un univers réel semblable à celui du célébre sorcier britannique et balafré. Remettez-vous à travailler vos anciens cours et installez-vous sans sourciller sur les bancs de la Bullworth Academy.
80
GameCell UK
Overall while playing Canis Canem Edit you do wonder where all the fuss about the game has come from, the complainers have obviously never played the game because it’s a light-hearted fictional school world with about as much violence as Power Rangers – your average Harry Potter story contains more violence. It’s a typical Rockstar quality game, great story, decent looks, cool sound and a great play too.
80
Thunderbolt Games
In summary, Canis Canem Edit takes the well-trodden city-based 'sandbox' path, adds plenty of it's own style and originality and comes out with a pleasing, well-rounded and well-developed game. Although it can't always shake the feeling that it is a GTA-lite game, and it is probably forever fated to live in the shadow of bigger games in the genre, it is possibly the best example since San Andreas and well worth a try for fans of similar games. Let's hope to see a sequel which will hopefully break free of comparisons and establish CCE as a quality series in it's own right.
80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
There are almost no complaints in terms of gameplay. It has a lot of Rockstar’s trademark annoying, agonizing (but in a good way) obsessive searching for objects (i.e. rubber bands, trading cards, transistors, etc.). You fight but never kill, play pranks that are malicious but not truly injurious, pick locks, unlock map areas and vehicles like skateboards and bicycles and… lots of other neat stuff that one should really experience for oneself. Graphics are very good, but not great. Controls and camera angles are very user friendly. Play mechanics are superb. Sound is mediocre – the only area where Bully does not make the grade, but it detracts little from the enjoyment overall. Highly recommended. What else is there to say?
80
FZ
Men det som gör att man blir så svag för Canis Canem Edit är att man känner igen sig själv så mycket. Man känner igen mobbningen, de helt oförstående lärarna och tjejernas toalettsnack så oerhört mycket från högstadiet. Rockstar har verkligen lyckats få fram känslan av högstadium och unga tonåring på ett härligt sätt. Det är bra våldsamt, men alltihop är i sin naturliga miljö; vilsna, ensamma pojkar vill visa sig tuffa.
70
Retrogaming History
Nonostante l’eccessiva somiglianza con i restanti “sandbox” a marchio Rockstar, CCE resta un’esperienza appagante e ricca di sfumature, che non mancherà di divertire i tanti estimatori del genere. Facendo leva su di un marcato senso dell’umorismo ed un’ambientazione assai poco sfruttata, quest’ennesima fatica della controversa software house non fallisce nell’inserire alcune significative novità all’interno di uno schema tutt’altro che originale.
70
GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
In the end, Bully is a rather humorous and satirical take on high school that incorporates the entire prospect of choice during school life. Jimmy Hopkins is hardly a model student, but the game rewards the right choices and progresses in a way where Jimmy gets ahead by not breaking the rules. Whether this game is taken as social commentary, mere satire, or both is up to the player. All in all, though, Bully is a solid game, if a bit monotonous, that doesn't take itself too seriously - leave rational thinking at the door and bring your sense of humor when playing this game, and you'll have a great time.
60
EL33TONLINE
This game will entertain you, especially if you like action/adventure/GTA styled games, but with loose game play like this it’s hard to tell whether you’re doing well or not, or even what your ultimate goal is. It definitely won’t be featuring in my collection, but you shouldn’t totally ignore it either.