Today we look at a game that was originally made for Playstation 2 as one name and then went onto systems such as XBox 360 with the words Scholarship Edition added to the end and then re-released again in 2016 for the Playstation 4. Today we look at the world of Bully.
Bully was an action adventure computer game that was released in 2006, produced by Jeronimo Barrera and Steve Martin and Published by Rockstar Games. The game follows the character James ‘Jimmy’ Hopkins as he tries to rise through the ranks at the school system in the fictional town of Bullworth. The school is filled with lots of bullies and the aim of the game is to try and bring peace to the world.
The game is sort of styled in an ‘open world’ dynamic and throughout the game you meet a number of people and you work yourself through the ranks of different social groups such as the Nerds, the Preppies, the Greasers and the Jocks. In the game you have to complete different objectives to develop through the game, there is also abilities to gain different weapons to help you such as marbles, stink bombs and cannons. There are also different vehicles you can ride throughout the game as well such as skateboard, scooters and go-karts. When you are not performing the missions there is a free-play ability where you can attend lessons, set up fictional relationships and much more.
The game did however have a controversy surrounding it, the main part of it being the content that the game included was glorifying bullying. It also upset people in regards to its approach to homosexuality as well – it was banned in some countries and the classification was raised in others.
Despite the fact there was a controversial strand around the game it still was welcomed with a lot of positive reviews and the Playstation 2 version sold over 1.5 million copies. Since the original release it has been released on different platforms including the Playstation 4.