RockStar games had created one of the most fun and relatable games in the video game industry, Bully. When fans gave this game a try they instantly fell in love. The game was simply relatable to every player. In Bully you take the role of a boy who has misbehaved so badly that he is being left on the campus of the only school around that he hadn’t been expelled from, Bullworth Academy. This game offered everything for players, an entertaining story, great gameplay and endless activities that wrapped the player up for hours. Bully provided players with a light hearted game while remaining interesting and above all relatable to everyone’s lives which is rare among the other games in the industry.
One of the strong suits about Bully was its story. Jimmy Hopkins, protagonist, was the definition of a juvenile delinquent and had a history of being expelled from nearly every school he attended. Being the last draw, his mother wanted to get rid of him so she could be with her new husband leaving her son at a private boarding school. Jimmy ends up getting involved with a slew of different odd jobs at school while taking out all the clicks around the campus. The great part about the story was that the player gets to know nearly every kid on that campus and has most likely ran into a kid just like each and every one of them throughout their own school years. This gave the game a new sense of familiarity and somehow will undoubtedly make the player reflect on their own life throughout childhood as they are playing through the life of Jimmy Hopkins. Instead of killing your enemy you are walking down the school halls giving kids wedgies and spitting in food; it is light-hearted, interesting and fun.
On top of captivating players with the interesting story this game also provided players with a ton of side missions in an open-world setting. These activities captured different reasons to play the game, providing players with hours of extra gameplay. There were endless possibilities to what you can do with the game and everything that could be done was simple. It wasn’t complex with menus and such it was simply doing a ton of different things to work towards 100 percent completion. There were odd jobs around town like mowing the lawn or doing paper routes while random pedestrians and students would approach you asking for favors. The town was full of things to do like break garden gnomes, collect rubber bands, play through carnival games or get to the last level of arcade games; just to name a few. Each part of the game was different; it never got boring because the player was always able to do something different.
The open-world setting was perfect for the game. Even as the player progressed through the story and lived through the days and nights the seasons would change. It was every last detail of the game that made players love it. It has been years since the release of Bully and the remake of Xbox 360 and Wii, Bully Scholarship Edition, but players are still asking will we ever see a Bully 2? After a few problems with the development team of the first installment there is still a chance that the wish of Bully 2 may come true. As of now it is just a hope and dream for many players but that doesn’t mean that dream won’t come true!