[2 Minute Review] Bully: Scholarship Edition

Can an ape work his way to the top of the school social pyramid?

Yes, and the journey is satisfying.

DO: Crack heads, kiss girls and uh…well, attend classes, and run from authority figures to be the big man on campus

TYPE: Third-person sandbox

PLATFORM: 360 (reviewed here) and Wii

PRICE: $29.99

MEAT: You play as Jimmy Hopkins—misfit, intellectual, romantic, mascot, leader, and above all, bully. There are four cliques in the school and they all hate each other. Your job is to unite the geeks, preps, greasers, and jocks under one banner—Jimmy’s. All the while, you have to go to classes and perform mini-games for clothing and skills upgrades. You can skip them as well. However, skipping and not being in dress code will land you a beatdown by the school’s prefects if caught. You’ll eventually get to wander all over the town that surrounds the school and be able to perform numerous missions and side quests in order to be the guy in charge of it all. Of course, someone else has the same idea. This has all been done before in 2006 on the PS2. Yep, this is a port with a couple of additions, including new game stopping glitches.

PERKS: excellent style and presentation, well paced, some great achievements for the whores, 20+ hours of play; mini-games are not lame—well, most are not; stellar voice acting (best I’ve ever seen, er, heard), excellent motion capture; superb dialogue; numerous LOL moments

SCREAMS: to have been better tested—the second time around (360 version—there is a patch, thankfully); some achievements are silly repetitive time sinks that you would not do in the general order of play; to have better controls in the mini games—timing is brutal on some; to have had an online or, better yet, co-op component; the main villain is a downer; buttonmashing traverses Billy faster but it offers no benefit the faster you mash; to have an auto-save feature (don’t ask)

VERDICT: Buy. Get it if you’ve never played the PS2 version.

I find it funny most professional reviewers don’t do this, but here’s my gamercard to show I completed the game.


  1. You know I had never considered the gamer card issue, but you are of course perfectly right.

    I suspect I’d be shocked by how little some games get played before they are reviewed if it ever happened.

  2. Well, it’s something I intend to do if I can. Credibility comes to mind. Especially in light of the Too Human reviews. If it’s so bad, why are all my closest online friends saying it’s good. (This will probably make another post. Heh.)

  3. Nat, you are laying the smack down on game reviewers! The throwing down of the gauntlet (the gamercard link) made me smile.

  4. Yeah, you know, after playing Too Human and liking it, it really reached a boiling point with me. I don’t think that the recent 10 scores on games were all that justified. Are anyone playing them anymore? Uh…yeah, perfect 10s–a month later.

    I want more accountability. I want trusted reviews. I don’t want to see ads all over them. But, alas, it’ll all never happen.

    Which is why I’m giving up on professional reviews for a while–a long while.


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