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Bully: Scholarship Edition

aka: Bully, Bully: Anniversary Edition, Bully: Die Ehrenrunde

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Maxim Magazine ( ) (100%)

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.

Mar 4th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Game Arena (10 out of 10) (100%)

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?

Mar 8th, 2008 · Wii · read review

1UP (A-) (91%)

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.

Mar 5th, 2008 · Wii · read review

N-Europe (9 out of 10) (90%)

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.

Mar 26th, 2008 · Wii · read review

GBase - The Gamer's Base (9 out of 10) (90%)

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!

Mar 22nd, 2008 · Wii · read review

PGNx Media (9 out of 10) (90%)

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.

Mar 5th, 2008 · Wii · read review

GameSpy ( ) (90%)

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.

Mar 5th, 2008 · Wii · read review

CanardPC (9 out of 10) (90%)

Difficile de faire le tour d'un jeu aussi riche en une seule page. Sous ses faux airs de mini-GTA, Bully - Scolarship Edition est en fait un concentré de ce que Rockstar sait faire de mieux : un jeu profond, attachant, provocant, foutrement addictif dont on ne sort pas indemne. L'ambiance est extrêmement originale, le gameplay impeccable et cette nouvelle édition adaptée à la Wii est un must-have pour tous les possesseurs de la petite console blanche.

Apr 30th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Game Chronicles (9 out of 10) (90%)

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.

Apr 2nd, 2008 · Wii · read review

Extreme Gamer (8.8 out of 10) (88%)

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

Mar 28th, 2008 · Wii · read review

IC-Games (87 out of 100) (87%)

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.

Mar 31st, 2008 · Wii · read review

Game Informer Magazine (8.5 out of 10) (85%)

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.

Apr 2008 · Wii

Gameswelt (85 out of 100) (85%)

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.

Mar 26th, 2008 · Wii · read review

GameZone (8.5 out of 10) (85%)

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.

Mar 28th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Nintendo Power (8.5 out of 10) (85%)

Although the open-world framework is everywhere in games these days, the interesting narrative, clever writing, and unique setting yield a game truly unlike anything else. Bully has its flaws—the camera can be a problem, there's occasional graphical pop-up, and the controls sometimes seem like a poor fit for the remote and nunchuk (pressing Z and down on the Control Pad simultaneously to crouch, for example)— but nothing that significantly detracts from the game. School often doesn't leave people with the fondest of memories, but Bully: Scholarship Edition is well worth attending.

Apr 2008 · Wii · read review

Cheat Code Central (4.2 out of 5) (84%)

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.

Mar 2008 · Wii · read review

VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com (83 out of 100) (83%)

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...

Mar 17th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Retroage (8.3 out of 10) (83%)

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.

Apr 13th, 2011 · Wii · read review

Gamesmania.de (83 out of 100) (83%)

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.

Mar 15th, 2008 · Wii · read review

NZGamer (8.3 out of 10) (83%)

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.

Mar 24th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Game Freaks 365 (8.2 out of 10) (82%)

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.

2008 · Wii · read review

4Players.de (82 out of 100) (82%)

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.

Mar 6th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Power Unlimited (82 out of 100) (82%)

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!

Apr 7th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Nintendojo (8.1 out of 10) (81%)

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.

2008 · Wii · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) (8 out of 10) (80%)

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.

Mar 11th, 2008 · Wii · read review

IGN (8 out of 10) (80%)

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.

Feb 29th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (16 out of 20) (80%)

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.

Mar 11th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Gaming since 198x (4 out of 5) (80%)

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.

Jul 11th, 2012 · Wii · read review

Gamer.nl (8 out of 10) (80%)

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!

Mar 9th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Gameblog.fr (8 out of 10) (80%)

En revanche, côté wiimote, on hérite d'un gameplay obligatoirement revu, que je trouve, hélas, un tantinet inégal. Nunchuk et wiimote ont de la peine à fournir une ergonomie aussi performante que la classique manette pour certains trucs (le contrôle de la caméra notamment), mais offrent une alternative carrément géniale pour d'autres, comme le combat à mains nues récurrent, pour lequel on agitera poing droit et gauche avec énergie, ou certains mini-jeux très bien repensés. Plus en accord techniquement avec les capacités de la wii que ne l'est son pendant 360, Bully est un excellent jeu, globalement très bien réadapté sur Wii - et offrant une expérience ludique d'un style beaucoup trop rare sur la console de Nintendo. Défoulant, fun, atypique par son univers et l'équilibre réussi de sa formule, riche et sans reproche majeur... Passez l'uniforme de Bullworth, vous ne le regretterez pas.

Mar 19th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Snackbar-Games.com (4 out of 5) (80%)

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.

Mar 21st, 2008 · Wii · read review

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (8 out of 10) (80%)

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!

Apr 1st, 2008 · Wii · read review

GamesRadar (8 out of 10) (80%)

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.

Mar 4th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Gemakei (formerly Zentendo) (8 out of 10) (80%)

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.

Apr 12th, 2008 · Wii · read review

ZTGameDomain (8 out of 10) (80%)

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.

2008 · Wii · read review

GameDaily (8 out of 10) (80%)

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.

Mar 13th, 2008 · Wii · read review

NintendoWorldReport (8 out of 10) (80%)

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.

Mar 30th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Gamestyle (8 out of 10) (80%)

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.

Mar 27th, 2008 · Wii · read review

PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (8 out of 10) (80%)

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.

Mar 29th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Video Games Daily (8 out of 10) (80%)

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.

Mar 25th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Game Valor ( ) (80%)

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.

Aug 18th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Kombo.com (8 out of 10) (80%)

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.

Mar 11th, 2008 · Wii · read review

GameSpot (8 out of 10) (80%)

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.

Mar 10th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Gamigo (7.9 out of 10) (79%)

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!

Mar 15th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Gamer 2.0 (7.7 out of 10) (77%)

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.

Mar 11th, 2008 · Wii · read review

GamingTrend (452 out of 600) (75%)

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.

Mar 2008 · Wii · read review

Computer Bild Spiele (2.28 out of 6) (74%)

"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.

Apr 2nd, 2008 · Wii

Video Game Critic, The (B-) (67%)

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.

Mar 24th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Worth Playing (6.5 out of 10) (65%)

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.

Mar 24th, 2008 · Wii · read review

EmpireOnline.com ( ) (60%)

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.

2008 · Wii · read review

Player Reviews

Some Things In Life Can't Be Learnt...

The Good
A semi-negligent mother is your first of many enemies in this game. She, along with her new boyfriend or step-dad seem to take pleasure in dumping you at the notorious “Bullworth Academy” for what will be a long time indeed.. This scene is played out over the credits of the game, (it’s reminiscent of a tele-movie), and your character “Jimmy” doesn’t hesitate to express his feelings about this from the back seat of the sedan. The feeling is similar to that of being taken to prison – (not being a private school student, I can only imagine the feelings of betrayal and disappointment this guy must feel!)

You play as Jimmy, a fairly troubled guy who has had a patchy academic record at best. He’s often referring to his list of suspensions and expulsions to other students, and from his appearance you find these stories fairly convincing. His skin-head, burly figure and defensive body language are all there for anyone to read. Does a sensitive and intelligent character lurk under this exterior? To some degree, Rockstar let the player decide that. At first, you find Jimmy’s character quite impenetrable.

In a complete reference to their own back catalogue, Rockstar developed (to the best of the technology’s ability) a living, breathing and dynamic urban landscape, the hub of which is initially the Academy itself. We see that the school is fairly dilapidated, and lacks the prestige and traditionalism that many other institutions may have. It’s probably where the regions lower-middle class send their kids! We see sprinklings of graffiti, general carelessness and pretty confronting and impulsive behaviour by many of the students. The brilliantly programmed campus sees kids beating up others, fire-crackers going off and eggs being pelted all of the non-playable characters’ own accord. This gives the game the crucial feeling that the town is alive and that this is really happening now.

The game-play itself asks players to keep Jimmy alive (and even excel academically!) in this disordered environment. So how do you do that? Well, there are heaps of activities to take care of. Firstly, each day you can attend two classes (remember them?), and you are required to fulfil certain requirement or meet a standard. Sounds boring and too much like real school right? Well it’s not. Biology asks players to dissect frogs, rats and other freshly killed vermin with precise and speedy motion controls, geography is a flag-dropping exercise performed over a given part of the world (tricky), and gym makes use of the infamous game of dodge-ball, among others. These are no means the majority of the game, but they allow you to take a break from your missions, as well as unlock useful (and not-so-useful) items for your schoolboy.

The missions that you’re faced with are wide and varied. Some are trivial, some are funny, and some are plain criminal. But they’re mostly fun. Using the motion controls to punch, kick and combo works well, and the fighting that you have to do is never really a chore. Even if it were, the range of alternatives available means that you never have to throw a punch if you don’t feel like it. Try a stink-bomb, fire-cracker, slingshot, bottle-rocket or even a soccer-ball if you want. Luckily, the auto-targeting makes these things quick and easy to use, and I find that this is a good way to weaken your fellow pupil, prefect or civilian before getting close.

The cast and crew of Bullworth and the surrounding area are pretty well done too. The voice-acting (although hardly convincing) is well done and suitable. The characterisations are pretty well done, and some of the characters do draw the right emotion from you. Gary particularly gets my goat, while the shy and unconfident Pete does drum up some sympathy. Let’s just say that stuffing him into a garbage can was less fun.

The Bad
Control-wise, this game is a little shaky. Some times your targeting (initiated by the silly “C” button) skips a beat and you’re looking at the wrong dude. Other times the camera is put-off by your erratic but necessary movements, and sometimes (especially with the sling-shot) the IR detection plain fails. There is one mission in particular where you’re sitting in a tree trying to snipe students. Crucial seconds pass by while you’re waiting for the software to “detect” that you’re actually pointing at the right place. Meanwhile, these schoolboy thugs have already dished out some ultra-violence on the lunch-lady (not that she didn’t deserve just a little). There is also some amount of frame-skipping happening, but this is somewhat inevitable when playing in an open-area world such as this - or is it?

As you’re a teenager, car-jacking, firearms and most adult activity is not featured in this game. However, the petty pranks and juvenile vandalisms, as well as the displays of disrespect make up for this. Egging people while on your BMX, or ollieing over an SUV or even baseball batting a port-a-loo seems stupid to do, but it turns out that this stuff is pretty fun. It brings out the delinquent tendencies in all of us. Sigh.

Bully isn’t perfect. I find some of the missions fragmented and unfulfilling, and some of the environments decidedly non-interactive. Also, I don’t find Jimmy Hopkins a particularly likeable character. He’s not too intelligent, and is completely humourless. I can’t get into characters that take themselves so seriously, such as Master Chief or Gordon Freeman. Musically the game varies too. Sometimes the tempo and textures reflect the urgency suitably, but other times, the vibraphone-soaked quasi-spy theme that circles endlessly hurt the experience. And don’t get me started on music class.

The Bottom Line
This game has its merits in the originality of concept. The schoolyard is the biggest battlefield of our lives (well, for those of us that stay out of prison), and Bully draws on this environment well. The “Lord of the Flies” parallels make for some good game-play and opportunity for struggle, conflict and survival of the Bulliest.

by So Hai (261) on May 8th, 2008 · Wii

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