Bully: Scholarship Edition Review
Xbox 360 | Wii
Bully: Scholarship Edition box art
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.

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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.

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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.

By Adam Brown
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.1
Graphics
While the graphics are certainly a vast improvement over the original version's, some texture popping and framerate issues keep it from the head of the class.
3.5
Control
The camera and lock on controls continue to cause problems just like in the original.
4.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Excellent music and voice work throughout make this game sound fantastic.
3.9
Play Value
This game is extremely fun and will keep you playing for a long time to come. The only problem is that there isn't enough new content to appease anyone who has already played through the original.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Intriguing storyline: Bully: Scholarship Edition brings together all of the clichés surrounding school - the cliques, the teachers, the pranks - and creates an environment which is hilarious to play and interesting to explore.
  • New content: For its Xbox debut, the game provides eight new missions, four new school classes, new characters, added multiplayer mode, new unlockables, online features, and a grading system.
  • Huge variety of fun: With 82 missions, 45 lessons, loads of mini-games and collectibles, Bully provides over 30 hours of entertainment.
  • Pranks galore: Spread the mischief. Use your slingshot to annoy the school mascot, give the preppies wedgies, leave a stink bomb in the cheerleader's locker, trip the prefects on well-placed marbles, drop firecrackers in the toilets, and own the school.
  • The school experience: Over 100 voiced characters to socially interact with among several social groups: jocks, nerds, preppies, greasers, teachers, townies, carnies, and of course, girls.
  • Your choice: You're in charge. Decide whether you have a positive or negative effect when interacting or accepting missions. Say hello to fellow classmates or deliver mean wedgies. Decide which girls you want to kiss or what classes to skip.


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