|System: X360, Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Rockstar Vancouver||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Rockstar Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 4, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Another new addition to the Scholarship Edition is the inclusion of a multiplayer mode. Anyone looking to bully students cooperatively with a friend may be extremely disappointed by this mode. Instead of allowing two players to tackle Bullworth Academy's endless hordes of bullies, the multiplayer mode just allows you to compete head-to-head in the game's mini-games. You can choose to play first to three, six or nine victories, with the loser getting to choose the next mini-game type. While this mode can be entertaining for a brief period of time, it really lacks longevity. The mini-games will continue to change slightly, having you dissect different animals or matching countries and flags in different areas, but you will still tire of most of these mini-games within one to two hours of competition.
With its leap to the next generation of consoles, Bully also got a nice new coat of paint. The Scholarship Edition, as a whole, does look quite a bit better than the original, but its PS2 roots are still clearly visible. Character models look much better and move more realistically then they did in the original. The environments, while still looking a little dated, are crisper and more detailed than before. Perhaps the best upgrade that Bully received visually is in its lighting. The lighting effects are beautiful and immediately apparent. Having accurate shadows and lighting on the game's characters and environments surprisingly makes this game look quite a bit prettier than its last generation brother.
This is definitely an excellent new edition of an already exquisite game. But unfortunately, that is where the problem lies in the Scholarship Edition. If you never got a chance to play the original Bully, you are really missing out and should pick up a copy of the superior Scholarship Edition as soon as possible. However, if you have already played Bully on the PS2, there really aren't a lot of compelling reasons to play through this version. While it does add a few new missions, new classes, new characters, better graphics, and a limited multiplayer mode, it is still basically the same game as before. None of the new additions really make this game worth buying again or even going out of your way to play through it (about 30 hours) a second time. Still, for anyone who missed the first version of Bully, first of all shame on you, and secondly, you should certainly play through the revamped Scholarship Edition.
CCC Freelance Writer