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  • Summary: (Known as "Canis Canem Edit" in the UK/EU) Bully, the brutally funny debut title from Rockstar Vancouver, takes the Rockstar tradition of groundbreaking, innovative, original gameplay and humorous tongue-in-cheek storytelling to an entirely new setting: the schoolyard. As a troublesome(Known as "Canis Canem Edit" in the UK/EU) Bully, the brutally funny debut title from Rockstar Vancouver, takes the Rockstar tradition of groundbreaking, innovative, original gameplay and humorous tongue-in-cheek storytelling to an entirely new setting: the schoolyard. As a troublesome schoolboy, you'll laugh and cringe as you stand up to bullies, get picked on by teachers, play pranks on malicious kids, win or lose the girl, and ultimately learn to navigate the obstacles of the fictitious reform school, Bullworth Academy. [Rockstar Games] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. 100
    Years from now, Bully will stand up on any ‘best of PS2 list’, Jimmy Hopkins will still reign as the coolest kid in school, and hopefully one day soon I will finally find all 76 hidden rubber bands.
  2. 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.
  3. Sure, there’s some slowdown in places, and graphically everything looks as current-gen as it possibly could, but the gameplay mechanic and the sheer fun you’ll be having reliving your school days will make you completely oblivious to any of these problems.
  4. 89
    A great, well-crafted action game that has one of the best senses of humor around and dozens and dozens of hours of fun.
  5. Play UK
    87
    A damn enjoyable game. The characters grow on you after a while and it's not long before you feel as though you're starting to fit in at Bullworth Academy. [Issue # 146, p.72]
  6. I think most high-school kids would get a kick out of this game, regardless of whether they can play GTA or not.
  7. Bully is the same product I’ve already consumed four-plus times before, and an interesting thematic twist isn’t enough reason to sing its praises.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 70
  2. Negative: 1 out of 70
  1. AkramA.
    Dec 30, 2007
    10
    One of the most enjoyable original PS2 games ever... Excellent soundtrack... and a game worth playing for years!
  2. Feb 13, 2017
    10
    The well known game “Bully” was a PS2 game made in October 17, 2006, formatted for

    xbox on March 4, 2008. You played as a young boy named
    The well known game “Bully” was a PS2 game made in October 17, 2006, formatted for

    xbox on March 4, 2008. You played as a young boy named Jimmy Hopkins whose parents force

    him to go to a private school. There you learn the school is overrun by rich brats and menacing

    bullies. You rise through the ranks of the school and fight a hidden enemy who is much closer to

    you than you think.

    Jimmy Hopkins is a troubled boy who picks fights, and often crushes his opponents.

    Once coming to the open world fiction town known as Bullworth, there are four groups he needs

    to worry about: the preppies, the jocks, the greasers, and the nerds. They make the open world

    action lots of fun. Each group has weapons or skills in which can make you jam the sprint button

    by fear.

    The overall game play of “Bully” was mind-blowing for its time. Made by rockstar games

    (the same company who made GTA) Jimmy Hopkins and his town have made a big mark in

    gaming history. Easily known as one of the best games formatted for xbox and very close to the

    best PS2 game in history. Although the game has all of these feats there are some minor

    dislikes. After a while of playing the game may get tedious or boring, the plot makes up for the

    small problems though. The idea of using weapons such as a firework launcher or a potato gun

    to scare away bullies still makes me jump and down ready to put the game in my dusty PS2.

    The game was obviously meant for older kids and contains inappropriate language use

    and may have some other items like use of drugs and partial nudity.People who also like GTA

    and action adventure games would love this game for it’s easy combos and very well put

    together battles. Overall my personal opinion is 5/5 and most editors are 4/5, however most fans

    of the amazing game agree with 4.5/5. The well made, open-world, and fictional world known as

    Bullworth will always make me laugh and have fun in the small and exciting Bullworth Academy.
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  3. MichaelJ.
    Dec 26, 2006
    10
    The best video game I have ever played in my life! Great game play, sound, graphics, all work together to give you an awesome expeirience! I LOVE IT!
  4. Jun 12, 2016
    10
    one of the best games ive ever played, great story, excellent soundtrack, memorable missions and character, fun minigames and gameplay as wellone of the best games ive ever played, great story, excellent soundtrack, memorable missions and character, fun minigames and gameplay as well as a great artstyle, seriously addictive. best game on ps2! Expand
  5. Jul 4, 2014
    9
    Still an incredible game as we wait for a possible sequel. There's nothing I can write that hasn't already been written. If you haven't playedStill an incredible game as we wait for a possible sequel. There's nothing I can write that hasn't already been written. If you haven't played Bully yet, what are you doing with your life? Expand
  6. Oct 29, 2013
    9
    In a nutshell, this is "GTA Jr."
    Instead of a city setting, it takes place at a large school campus. Instead of controlling a thug or
    In a nutshell, this is "GTA Jr."
    Instead of a city setting, it takes place at a large school campus. Instead of controlling a thug or gangster, you play a troubled teen. Instead of rival gangs, you have rival "cliques" like the jocks, nerds, preps, bullies, and greasers. Police presence is replaced by campus security and faculty, and cars are replaced by bikes, skateboards, and mopeds.
    Rockstar did an amazing job turning this into an amazing alternative to their GTA genre.
    I hope to see more of Jimmy Hopkins.
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  7. Nov 22, 2011
    0
    Horrible graphics, lacking plot line, bad character developement is what makes this horrible game an outcast of all Rockstars products. AndHorrible graphics, lacking plot line, bad character developement is what makes this horrible game an outcast of all Rockstars products. And whats sad, is i heard number 2 is coming. OH GOD NO! Please do not buy this trash of a game. Use the money on obscure 1 or 2, gta IV, or something decent. Expand

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