It’s disappointing that I think a lot of people overlooked Rockstar’s Bully on the PlayStation 2. For anyone who dismissed it as “Grand Theft Auto in a private school,” I have news for you — you’re close. But Bully was an impressively polished game, with enough variation in gameplay to keep it interesting, and some clever writing pulling it all together.
On March 4, Rockstar will be releasing Bully: Scholarship Edition for the Wii and Xbox 360, and I’m going to have to insist that anyone who missed it the first time around picks it up. Scholarship Edition contains eight new missions, four new classics (including what appears to be a pigeon dissecting mini-game on the Wii), new items, and two-player offline mini-games. The 360 version will, of course, contain achievements, so it’s just a matter of deciding whether or not that’s more important than pigeon dissection.
It’s disappointing that (based on the screens) the Xbox 360 version hasn’t received more of a graphical overhaul, but the price is about right — both versions of the game will retail for $49.99.