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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. Negative: 2 out of 125
  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. Oct 27, 2020
    10
    One of the best games of the PS2. The gameplay is super fun, the soundtrack is amazing and very markable, the story is weird and funny and theOne of the best games of the PS2. The gameplay is super fun, the soundtrack is amazing and very markable, the story is weird and funny and the graphics are very good. One of the most fun games I've ever played. Expand
  3. Sep 15, 2011
    10
    Awesome game with great dialogue, characters and gameplay. The school setting of the game is very unique and should be used more in games.Awesome game with great dialogue, characters and gameplay. The school setting of the game is very unique and should be used more in games. One more thing is that when I first heard about this game I couldn't believe that people were complaining about a game that no one knew anything about. Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2013
    10
    This is the BEST Rockstar game. And Yes, I write this in 2013. Developers extremely clearly bring the School Spirit in this game. And this isThis is the BEST Rockstar game. And Yes, I write this in 2013. Developers extremely clearly bring the School Spirit in this game. And this is one of the best PS2 games. Expand
  5. Sep 10, 2018
    9
    Rockstar's standard of quality was not broken in Bully, although game not being the producer's best. But it's very immersive, with quite funnyRockstar's standard of quality was not broken in Bully, although game not being the producer's best. But it's very immersive, with quite funny sidequests, amazing story and charismatic characters. Expand
  6. ApocalypseB.
    Jan 4, 2008
    9
    Its not as big or expansive as San Andreas, but I enjoyed this almost as much as Vice City, and both games I enjoyed far more than SA. This Its not as big or expansive as San Andreas, but I enjoyed this almost as much as Vice City, and both games I enjoyed far more than SA. This game virtually has it all for an Sandbox game: Constant humour, excellent fighting system, well scripted storyline, a fully interactive and enjoyably assessable world and of course, the prefects/police. This game is so enjoyable, anyone who had a good childhood at School will derive their own memories of rebellious behaviour and naughty pranks while carrying out our young Jimmy own experiences. There is so much to tell, so I'll just say go out and play this masterpiece! But there are faults, like the classes you attend get very boring, and are ultimately pointless. But there are things where, if you are smart enough to get away truanting, you don't have to go through, giving it that extra special feeling. Brilliant! Expand
  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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#3 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
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#5 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006