Bully PlayStation 2

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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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  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 69
  2. Negative: 1 out of 69
  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. AlexO.
    Mar 11, 2007
    10
    I thought this game was revolutionary the story line was the best school pranking pranks I ever saw.
  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. Oct 3, 2015
    9
    Este juego me lo he pasado como 6 veces y las disfrute como si fuese mi primera partida del juego . Es uno de los mejores que he jugado en miEste juego me lo he pasado como 6 veces y las disfrute como si fuese mi primera partida del juego . Es uno de los mejores que he jugado en mi vida y es que la historia, la jugabilidad y su innovación me marcaron junto a el inolvidable James Hapkins (Jimmy) y su colega Pete y su enemigo principal Gary . En definitiva, este juego es de lo mejor de PS2 Expand
  6. Jul 12, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Summary
    +Great levels of originality, making it much better than a “San Andreas without guns” as some have claimed the game is.
    +Excellent variety of characters weapons, clothes, vehicles, activities etc.
    +Good voice acting giving the characters depth.
    +Great levels of humour making Bully one of the most enjoyable games Rockstar has made.
    +Interesting story involving great interactions with MPC from different fractions, with each character feeling individual.
    -Story while good ends on a non-ground-breaking note.
    -The game is too easy, as the enemy A.I isn’t that smart and the use of upgrades and weapons, help make combat a bit of a breeze.
    -Weak graphics by modern standards, but that is to be expected from a game this old.

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    One the great things that you will notice about Bully is how the RPG like elements help to make Jimmy(your character) feel more alive, as he progresses gaining skills as the story progresses. This is particularly true after completing individual classes, e.g. in gym class you can unlock new attacks like head-butt etc. Speaking of classes on the great things is how all of them are unique requiring different skills. The only class I found to be particularly difficult is that of English, because I suck at speaking England. Other activities that provide unlocks etc. is that of racing which eventually led you to unlock a go cart which activities also help you earn money you can use to buy clothes, haircuts ,tattoos (on the last section of the map). Unfortunately you can only date girls in the game once, but it’s not major issue as they remain present within various sections of the story. Such activities help to make Bully feel more special than just a “p***y version of San Andreas”.

    The next great thing about Bully is the funny elements of the game. It is so satisfying to get prefects (who are the police of the school) and dunk them in toilets and dump them in garbage bags. My personal felt thing to do is too walk behind them and crank them in the back of the head with a baseball bat, (I am normal honestly). However unlike other games with such humour, Bully mixes in features that help remind you that you are not un-punishable e.g. detention. Such features help maintain a beautiful balances between humour and realism.

    The next great thing about Bully is that of levels of variety. This can be seen by how each student MPC is unique and differently voiced helping them feel like different characters rather than simple copies of each other. This is especially true of MPCs within the story, e.g. Russell, Gary etc. Other variety includes how the environment, while small compared to other open world games, is full of detail and interesting locations, e.g. the mental asylum, the fair ground, the slaughter house etc.

    As far as I can see there are only two sources of concern within the game.

    The first is the combat. This is a really fun feature of the game, with the use of unlocking new moves and weapons e.g. the rocket launcher (not that good due to accuracy issues); help to enhance combat make it feel fresh. What is also good is how the comical nature of the game helps to provide a nice contrast with the really violent nature of the game. There are however two major issues. The first is that the melee combat is too simple, as most moves require pressing square multiple times and holding it. The second issue is how the combat is too easy because the enemy A.I isn’t too sharp, meaning in the whole game I never once got knocked out (in GTA terms “died”). Such features remove tension in battle.

    The second possible issue is that of story. The story is by no means a bad story, as you gradually progress via chapters, in which you fight the leader of each fraction and gradually climb the ladder of popularity. While at first this seems repetitive, it actually proves no to be so, because within each chapter Jimmy takes a different approach to beating each fraction, e.g. in the 4th (Spoiler) he uses the nerds to help beat the jocks. This is lack of repetitiveness, is helped by the variety of characters, missions, but mainly because of Jimmy himself being portrayed as the only sane character in an otherwise insanity filled school. Unfortunately though the ending is not cinematic enough, because while it provides a nice completed ending with no unanswered questions, it is very predictable and the final boss battle, in many ways is worse than the fights with the faction’s leaders.

    Nevertheless these issues are not enough to prevent Bully being one of the greatest games Rockstar has ever made. If you can I would advise getting the ps2 version, because unfortunately the XBOX 360 version has few bugs, not many improvements in graphics, and not enough added in other than 4 new classes (that are mostly pointless) to make it a superior version. Nevertheless the XBOX version will still have great value.

    Let’s hope Bully 2 is going to be just as awesome.
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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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#6 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#4 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006