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  • Summary: Bully: Scholarship Edition takes place in the fictional New England boarding school of Bullworth Academy and tells the story of 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins as he experiences the highs and lows of adjusting to a new school. Capturing the hilarity and awkwardness of adolescence perfectly, Bully:Bully: Scholarship Edition takes place in the fictional New England boarding school of Bullworth Academy and tells the story of 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins as he experiences the highs and lows of adjusting to a new school. Capturing the hilarity and awkwardness of adolescence perfectly, Bully: Scholarship Edition pulls the player into its cinematic and engrossing world. [Rockstar Games] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Welcome to Bullworth Academy, a melting pot of high school stereotypes. Outsiders are making plans to rule the world, teachers terrorize their pupils, sports aces and rock 'n rollers try to impress the girls while the posh students wrinkle their nose. While the GTA-style game itself is well done, the technical conversion to the PC is a bit sloppy. Should you ever be asked why video games are a cultural asset, show them Bully.
  2. Gamers.at
    82
    This game isn’t just for gamers who were (or still are) playing truant – it’s an all-round enjoyable romp through satirical American high school-life, barring the many errors in portation from console to PC. [Issue#17]
  3. Play (Poland)
    80
    While Rockstar keep adding features to their GTA clones, the team decided to cut back on key elements, put the action into the surprising high school setting and created an immensely playable game. [Dec 2008]
  4. PC Gamer UK
    78
    A great game, badly ported. [Christmas 2008, p.88]
  5. Bully offers a wide and open world in which you can roam freely. Ad some freaky characters and a one of a kind feel and you'll get bully. Too bad the game lost some of its powers over the last two years and that the overal look and gameplay of Bully feels a little outdated. If you've never played Bully you'll probably will have a blast, otherwise it's best to save some of that money for one of the other hundred or so titles that will be released this winter.
  6. There's nothing new to see here and given the effort that Rockstar seems to have put into this title it seems that it knows it.
  7. 42
    Bully's biggest problem is that it's a shoddy port job, rife with technical missteps that wouldn't warrant comment if they weren't so profoundly damaging to the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 84
  2. Negative: 13 out of 84
  1. Mar 6, 2012
    10
    MOST UNDERRATED GAME EVER!!!!!!

    I just dont get how can people dislike this game.. It AMAZING! The story is really, the characters are
    MOST UNDERRATED GAME EVER!!!!!!

    I just dont get how can people dislike this game.. It AMAZING! The story is really, the characters are really likeable, and the game is FUN,, i recommend this game to EVERYONE!
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  2. Oct 31, 2014
    10
    Rockstar games are just unbelievable cool !!! This is such a great game and it took me 5 years to find it, i did not know about this gameRockstar games are just unbelievable cool !!! This is such a great game and it took me 5 years to find it, i did not know about this game before. Truly great !!! ROCKSTAR RULES !!! Expand
  3. Jan 3, 2014
    9
    One of the most underrated games It's got an great story awesome gameplay and a big world
    Only problem is PC optimization on newer systems
    One of the most underrated games It's got an great story awesome gameplay and a big world
    Only problem is PC optimization on newer systems which was chaotic until the patch
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  4. Dec 19, 2020
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game changed my life. The reason I gave this game such a high rating is because I cannot even start to define the excellence provided by Rockstar. I first played this game when I was 9. I saw my friend play it, and he let me borrow his CD. at first I was unsure about the quality, but it blew my mind. The story is unbelievably convincing. The characters are so colorful and interesting. Seriously. If you play a GTA game, you will not know or remember any of the non-storyline NPCs. But even the non-storyline NPCs are memorable and interesting. Everyone has something to do, everyone has a name, everyone feels like a real person. This game is compared to GTA a lot, which should not be done. This game might have an open world and comes from the same studio, but they are very different. In my opinion, Bully is better than any GTA game out there. You can even learn new things because of the class feature. They have Geography, Chemistry, Math, Art, Photography, Gym, Auto-shop and more to learn than GTA could ever offer. It also introduces things I never new could work so well in a game. It introduces the idea of cliques in a high- school setting. Never has a game ever put high schools at such a high level as Bully. You can explore different factions, beat their leaders, become a leader, and view their lifestyle from a newcomers point of view. This brings me to my favorite part of the game, the protagonist and the antagonists. This games protagonist, Jimmy Hopkins is the most relatable person ever. He tries his best to stop bullying and keeps getting sucked into the American high school social life and ends up as the worst student and a teacher's nightmare, which is such a simple, but amazing concept. The antagonist, Gary Smith is my favorite character in the whole game. You only see him in chapters one and five. He is a well written villain and is brilliantly voice acted. He is not some giant scary monster who wants to destroy the human race, he is just a sociopath kid with a lot of mental issues, who needs help. Now we come to the most underrated part of Bully. THE MUSIC!!! I LOVED the soundtrack. Shawn Lee did an amazing job of capturing the mood of the game. The soundtracks vary from place to place, clique to clique and door to door. It is genius and simple. It plays in the background 24/7 and it never gets annoying. I have never heard anyone complain about the soundtrack of this game. You might be thinking, "If you love this game so much, why don't you give it a 10. Because no game is perfect. This game has it's fair share of flaws. Firstly, the PC version (the one I have played) is not as good as the PS2 version. Yeah, the graphics might be better, but I'm someone who can overlook graphics. PC has useless and redundant missions with a few exceptions. The PC version doesn't really brings anything new to the table. I also don't like how buggy it can be sometimes. the controls can be a nightmare and certain cutscenes just look un natural. Even after all this, I can keep going for hours. I love Bully and it is my favorite game of all time. It is a must play and Bravo! Rockstar for making this masterpiece. Expand
  5. Feb 22, 2013
    7
    It's a really fun game, The keyboard controls are a bit awkward but you can change them I really had fun with this one. although the classroomIt's a really fun game, The keyboard controls are a bit awkward but you can change them I really had fun with this one. although the classroom mini games are a bit repetitive same with some of the missions but it is still a wonderful game. Expand
  6. Jul 19, 2013
    6
    first things first: I DO love this game!

    ...but, it IS an EXTREMELY BAD port from console to PC. it really is a shame if this game
    first things first: I DO love this game!

    ...but,

    it IS an EXTREMELY BAD port from console to PC.
    it really is a shame if this game would have better controlls and tweakable graphics, it would be one of rockstars very best games!

    but the bad port quite ruins it, I'll have to admit that.

    - controls: clunky and overall bad.
    without an original pre-mapped xbox 360 controller, this game is literally UNPLAYABLE and I don't mean "too hard to learn", I mean literally unplayable!

    - graphics: ugly textures that looked bad on consoles and haven't been changed.
    also it looks (and FEELS!) like it is locked at 30 FPS.

    I would say this game were a solid 8 or even a 9, if it weren't for these two very negative points!

    apart from lousy graphics and a sub-par port, I enjoyed this game a lot.

    lessons are annoying mini-games, which isn't as bad as it sounds and gym-class is funny all the way.
    characters are caricatures all seen millions of times, but these clichees are what made this game so charming for me, I really enjoyed it kind of like a "Ferris Bueler(?)/Parker Lewis" simulator.
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  7. May 15, 2020
    0
    Probaly one of WORST GAME of rockstar. Unfair and full of bugs and glitches doesnt deserve a continuation. Rockstar, throw this game on limbo.

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