The same can’t be said about the tons of mini games you simply have to complete. Being in a school, you must go to classes too (even though you could skip them, you should attend to them since passing them offer you all sorts of goodies) and they all involve mini-games. They do vary from class to class (a simple rhythm game here, a puzzle there) but generally offer no real challenge and, due to their repetitive nature, they become quite annoying. I know it drove me mad to keep breaking into lockers, but I kept doing it. Don’t ask me why.

Throughout the game, controlling Jimmy will not prove to be a challenge, but since the mouse is only used to move the camera (and for fighting), the movement arrows prove to be a bit too unresponsive every now and then, making Jimmy look like a robot that only knows to move left, right, back and forth and nowhere in between. And that’s not the only porting issue of Bully: Scholarship Edition.

I mean – come on! Two years after the original was released, I was expecting a flawless PC game, and not a rushed out port. Because that’s the feeling it offers, from interface problems to “hidden” triggers in missions and, generally, a poor use of the most responsive PC game controller: the mouse.

The visuals are pretty dated too: there are only a few individuals that look different from the rest. Generally, the looks of a character tell you exactly what his statute in the school is: from the scared nerds to the beautiful cheerleaders, you’ll get bored of seeing the same rugged faces. Probably I would’ve been impressed two years ago – the school and nearby town are created with special attention for detail, but the poor quality of the visuals tends to be more visible than Rockstar’s incredible work to offer, as always, a very solid game world.

The sound, on the other hand is OK and, even though it doesn’t flow very naturally during cutscenes and the Bullworth students say the same things over and over again, it will probably never bother you.

Conclusion

Bully: Scholarship Edition for PC is a solid quality game, but it was released a bit too late. It gets very repetitive, it’s very linear and scripted and the visuals are dated. However, the main story offers a huge amount of play time, challenging, quick and fun to play missions which make you forget (or at least forgive) most of the issues. It’s a title that allows you to be the bad boy in a bad boy’s school and do all sorts of crazy things I truly hope no sane person would do in real life: for that and not only, Bully is really worth a go. I doubt you’ll regret it.

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