Written by  :  J.D. Majors (17)
Written on  :  Jun 04, 2009
Platform  :  Xbox 360
Rating  :  3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars

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A good alternate title for Bully: Scholarship Edition would probably be Grand Theft Auto: High School Edition

The Good

Bully: Scholarship Edition (essentially an expansion of Bully) offers new classes, missions and other things not found in the original Bully. The gameplay bares more than a passing resemblance to Grand Theft Auto, another great game. Its simulation of high school is incredibly realistic (at times, too realistic). Thankfully, you're able to collect weapons to fight back against those pesky jocks and bullies. The character designs are also unique. No two students are alike (unlike the Grand Theft Auto games). Some of the classes are actually educational and the player might actually learn something from them. The characters' dialogue is often humorous.

The Bad

As I said, the game's simulation of high school is, at times, too realistic. It brought back memories that I'd been trying to repress, which I didn't like. My main complaint is the music class. It is essentially a simple rhythm game, but the buttons are often unresponsive, leading to me failing the class. I also dislike the detention feature because it is excruciating and agonizing, quite like real detention.

The Bottom Line

Overall, Bully: Scholarship Edition isn't the best game I've ever played, but it's still a pretty good game.