Bully tells the story of mischievous 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins as he goes through the hilarity and awkwardness of adolescence. Beat the jocks at dodge ball, play pranks on the preppies, save the nerds, kiss the girl and navigate the social hierarchy in the worst school around.
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Release Date: Oct 21, 2008

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Bully: Scholarship Edition takes place at the fictional New England boarding school, Bullworth Academy, and tells the story of mischievous 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins as he goes through the hilarity and awkwardness of adolescence. Beat the jocks at dodge ball, play pranks on the preppies, save the nerds, kiss the girl and ultimately navigate the social hierarchy in the worst school around.

Includes the complete soundtrack, featuring 26 original tracks.
After purchase and download you can locate the soundtrack in your Steam folder here:
[Steam\steamapps\common\bully scholarship edition\Bully Original Soundtrack].
The Steam folder is typically found under C:\Program Files\Steam

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 (3+ GHZ) / AMD Athlon 3000+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c Shader 3.0 supported, Nvidia 6800 or 7300 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4.7 GB free space
    • Sound Card: DX9-compatible
    • Input: Keyboard, Mouse, Xbox 360 Controller supported
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Ok. Bully. Where do I start with this game... particulary the Scholarship Edition.
Well for starters, Bully (also known as Canis Canem Edit) was first released in October 17th 2006. Damn, the game is almost 10 years old... anyway, it was released on that date and at the time, only for the Playstation 2. It was published by Rockstar Games and developed by Rockstar Games Vancouver. 2 years later, an updated version of this game was released, in March 4th 2008, with the title "Bully: Scholarship Edition". It was an updated re-release that pretty much corrected a few bugs in the game and added new content and characters.
I'll start with the story, here. The game puts you in the shoes of a 15 year-old boy named Jimmy Hopkins, who has been expelled from a lot of other schools in the United States for many reasons. We're talking about stuff like foul language, disrespecting staff, violence, etc. And as a result, Jimmy's mother and his new stepfather (whom we never really learn much about in the game) drop him at Bullworth Academy, while they go away on their honeymoon. Now, Bullworth Academy is probably the toughest school in the US, as it is full of bullies. And not just the students. Being aware of this, Jimmy prepares himself for the worst as soon as he sets foot inside the academy's grounds. From that point, you start meeting the rest of the game's character who... honestly are pretty good characters. Whether they're relevant to the story or not, you can interact with everybody. From fellow students to prefects to teachers. How you approach every single character is entirely up to you. The first three story relevant characters Jimmy meets are two fellow students named Petey and Gary, which are like... the opposite of each other. Petey's a bit of a shy kid while Gary's pretty much a sociopathic bully who wants to take over the school. The third character, who is like the very first you meet is Dr. Crabblesnitch, who is the principal at Bullworth.
Like I said before, the academy's full of bullies and the students aren't the only bullies in there. So expect crap from everyone. Even from the nerds.
Now, onto the gameplay. It's nothing different from almost every other sandbox game. Although Bully has its own unique features. But it's pretty much a huge world to explore both inside and eventually outside school grounds. Like I said, Jimmy can interact with pretty much every other NPC in the game. How do you approach people is entirely up to you. You can either try to be nice or be straight up nasty and show people who's boss.
Since this is pretty much GTA inside a school, you obviously have classes to attend to. 4 of them are part of the Scolarship Edition. There's English, Chemistry, Biology, Music, Art, Photography, Math, Shop, Geography and Gym. And some of these classes are worth attending to, for some good upgrades. I don't recommend them all, unless you're trying to go for 100% completion.
You also have lots of different collectibles spread throughout the academy and Bullworth Town, which once again you can try getting for 100% completion. I believe some of these collectibles reward you with stuff, too.
The game is also long as there are plenty of missions and side activities to do. I did a mix of both story missions and a few side activities, which caused me to have like 29 hours put into the game. But you can probably register a lot more if you complete every single side activity, attend to every single class and pass and look for every single collectible.
Last but not least, the graphics. Safe to say they did improve with the Scholarship edition, compared to the original release, back on the PS2. I personally think they look good enough for a 2008 re-release. That's all I can really say. Unfortunately I can't play the game with everything maxed out. And I'll soon explain why.
Despite Bully being a great game, the PC port has a few flaws, which can make it a little unstable. First of all, I don't think it's possible for the game to run at 60 FPS in any computer. I've seen it on my computer and on a friend's. Both decent PCs. Second, the game constantly crashes on you, making you lose progress if you haven't saved in a while or if you're in the middle of a mission or a side activity. Third, I strongly recommend playing the game with a controller, if you have one at your disposal. The game... works well with mouse and keyboard, but the controls feel a little weird. So if you can, use a controller.
Now while I may have mentioned a lot of pros about this game, the few cons I pointed out make it difficult for me to recommend this game for the PC. Since the game runs a lot more smoothly on the Xbox 360 and probably on the Wii, too. It's also available on PS3 and PS4, but it's Bully, not Bully: Scholarship Edition. So if you can, get it on console. If you're not able to, go with the PC version and do your best to be patient with the game.
And with all of that pointed out, I say it's time for the final score. I personally give Bully: Scholarship Edition a 7/10. It's a great game with a great story, great characters, plenty of stuff for you to do and a big world for you to get lost in. But it doesn't get a higher score due to its problems on PC. If it wasn't for that, I would gladly give this game an 8 or a 9.
So with that, I say go look for Bully. Hell's it's right here on Steam and it's not too expensive of a game! So go look for it, buy it and enjoy it. And don't let yourself be fooled by the title. While the game's title may sound like it's a bullying simulator, it's totally the opposite!
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
1. Find the bully .exe under steam, steam apps, common, Bully Scholarship Edition.
2. Right click and and go to properties
3. Go to "compatibility" tab, and check the box under compatibility mode
4. Change the mode to Windows XP (Service Pack 3) and apply. :)
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Bully is an excellent game and the ways to have fun are endless. However, this port does not work well if your OS is Windows 10. On Windows 10, you have to run it using compatibility mode by using the options Windows XP or Vista, which is fine. But even with running with campatibility mode, the game still crashes frequently to the point where you have to save after every mission just to be extra cautious in case if your game crashes. I honestly wish that Rockstar would fix this issue to make it work better for the people who have Windows 10 because a lot of people (like myself) have been having the same problem.

I highly doubt the developer is going to make a patch though because this game has been out for years and they are too busy with GTA V. This review is not about the game, but it is about the PC port itself. Once you get past the crashes, Bully is very enjoyable and one of my favorite games. I highly recommend playing the original version on the PS2 or getting the Wii version of the Scholarship Edition. Those two releases run the best, in my opinion and I had very little issues with them.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Great game, crashes abit. The audio can get abit ♥♥♥♥ed after a while
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
82.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Bully is GTA's PG-13 younger cousin, and contains the kind of content you'd expect. You can go to class (or not), have a girlfriend (or boyfriend?), get a part time job and contribute to juvenile delinquency. My only issue is that, like most Rockstar PC ports, the controls suck and it's generally unstable.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
54.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Actually pretty great. Shoddy PC port, but if you use an Xbox controller its all good
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
84.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
10 year's later and its still a 10
I would love to sey an anniverdsry edition !
four Windows 10 with achievement's added
plus a ceequal.

here's to you Ms. Philips
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
You're not going to take it anymore. From edgy publisher Rockstar's Vancouver development team comes this dark comedy set in the most vile and sadistic setting yet in a Rockstar videogame: the schoolyard. As a troublesome schoolboy, you'll laugh and cringe as you stand up to bullies, get picked on by teachers, play pranks on malicious kids, win or lose the girl, and ultimately learn to navigate the obstacles of the fictitious reform school, Bullworth Academy.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
70.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5

Crashes often and randomly after 30-120 minutes of gameplay

I search for solutions, i tried 3 of them even a patch from Rockstar Page, still crashes

It isnt unplayable but its annoying to lose your progress...
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Mr. Tophat
0.8 hrs
Posted: October 26
"After 5 years on the east coast, It was finally time to go home"
- Jimmy Hopkins
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2.0 hrs
Posted: October 26
I love this game dearly and it is so good for a 10 year old game, but this game (for me) seems to crash every so often and if you don't save regularly you'll have to do missions all over again.

The reason I am reccomending this is that I may be one of a few who experience this (even will all the settings disabled) and it doesn't happen every 10 seconds.
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374.9 hrs
Posted: October 25
Ive probably beaten this Game 50 times (NO JOKE) across ps2 xbox 360 and pc
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1.1 hrs
Posted: October 25
Very much enjoyed this game due to all the content that is in it. And ofcourse a Rockstar Games classic that is bound to get your fingers clicking.

It is very packed with content and is full of side quests as well as main quests for you to do, it is more of a like "A day in the life of a college student/school student type game" which is more my style and I like shooters and the sling shot helps with that!
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29.2 hrs
Posted: October 23
Had the same WIndows 10 issues as everyone else, but changing the compatibility mode is simple, and it fixed the issue. The game is yet another great sandbox game by Rockstar. And skateboarding around the school, and town is way too much fun.
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19.7 hrs
Posted: October 23
I remember spending entire days playing this game with my friend on ps2.
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18.0 hrs
Posted: October 22
DISCLAIMER: This is a full review, and NOT a first impressions review like all my other reviews, if you want a better full review, then please read better reviews then mine

Bully: Scholarship Edition is a game developed and published by Rockstar Games, the same people behind the Grand Theft Auto series, Max Payne series, Manhunt series, L.A. Noire and many other games. The Scholarship Edition is an improved version from the original Playstation 2 version of Bully including updated graphics and sound and exclusive missions only found on the Scholarship Edition of the game

Bully takes place in the ficitional school known as Bullworth Academy, an academy that helps troubled children. Many people speculate that this takes place in the same universe as the Grand Theft Auto series which I highly agree on. Jimmy Hopkins is a troubled child that has been kicked out of too many schools and his only choice is now to go to Bullworth Academy which seemingly fixes troubled children like Jimmy, however something is brewing underneath the hallowed halls of this academy and a revolution may take place in this once esteemed academy

As many previous Rockstar Games, the PC version for me personally is the weakest of the bunch, however before all that, a history lesson! I love Rockstar Games and their games (whenever they get ported onto the blasted PC and are good ports!) and I love the mature controversial aspect of the games. I've played Grand Theft Auto V, I've played the Max Payne series, I've played L.A. Noire, I've tried the Manhunt series and I so desperately want Red Dead Redemption on PC (YOU BETTER PORT IT ONTO THE PC ALONG WITH ITS SEQUEL!)

So when I discovered Bully: Scholarship Edition on my friend's Nintendo Wii, I so desperately wanted a copy, originally wanting it on the Wii I moved onto the PC and now I can say that I own Bully: Scholarship Edition on the PC

The game works as a regular school/academy would work. You wake up, you go and do lessons such as English, Geography and Biology then you have enough free time to do the story missions (or extra missions however they are not forced upon you), after a select number of missions, you go onto the next chapter which usually also changes the season and opens up new parts of the school and even later on the town where Bullworth Academy is also opens up for you to explore

The missions are okay nothing special and the class too are nothing special, some are fun such as the Biology class, although you need a strong stomach to disect all the poor animals and some are really annoying such as the English and Geography class

The graphics are okay and have aged pretty well for a 2006 game and the lip syncing is some of the best I have seen from a 2006 game of the time. The music is good and I am happy that the soundtrack comes for free with the purchase of the game as I enjoy listening to them once in a while

The only issue I have is the PC port. The game is locked to 30FPS, why? You can easily unlock the game's framerate and leave it running at 60FPS with a modified version of the game, however, the game crashed so many times and I had to repeat the missions time and time again because obviously there is no autosaving, you literally have to go and find a save point and save your game manually, if your game crashes, you will have to start all the way from your last save, which can be quite a way away

Also playing the game at 30FPS made the game crash countless times and I couldn't understand as the game run perfectly fine then all of a sudden, it just crashes which made me mad as hell and not want to continue and for the length the game is I had to struggle and save often in case of a crash. Be wary especially on Windows 10!

I don't know how many times I had to tweak the controls to make them at least playable, you can easily tell that this was lazily ported from the console version, as the default controls are annoying and awkward

However, if you enjoy Rockstar Games or enjoyed the original Bully and want to play an updated version, then Bully: Scholarship Edition is the game for you, just be careful of the countless crashes!

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Diamond Arcana
5.2 hrs
Posted: October 21
One of Rockstar's golden gems that, sadly, has seemed to fall through the cracks.
While not as grand in scope as Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead Redemption, Bully was certainly as detailed for its time, and the PC version omits none of the finer touches. Although the interface is subpar, it is easily dealt with, and a minor hindrance at best. The combat, so to speak, is somewhat of a middle ground between Rockstar's earlier work, such as Vice City and San Andreas, and its latter work, namely Grand Theft Auto IV; while serviceable, it's not very inventive in its mechanics, per se, but rather with the imaginative weapons it puts at your disposal. Bags of marbles and stink bombs are more memorable than, say, an assault rifle and a shotgun, if purely for the novelty of their use.
To a large extent, that philosophy explains the charm of this game. While not rare for any media to take a satirical look on American schooling, Rockstar pulls it off in such a way that the plot, although unsurprising, is laced with charm. It's unique to watch a frankly idiotic protagonist emerge as a flawed hero through less-than-cliche means, and mostly for his own benefit, instead of some altruistic need to help his schoolmates. As always, the writing is truly where Rockstar shines.
I wish this game had gotten a sequel, but, as we pass the ten year anniversary of its release, that looks less and less likely. As such, Bully will have to stand on its own as a memorable critique of the farce that is the American education system.
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aihlof 👌 👽
58.9 hrs
Posted: October 21
at least on this game i can finish school
10/10 would fail on 2º grade for the 4º time
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sp00ky Tree Fiddy
66.6 hrs
Posted: October 21
ok, this is becoming a huge problem. Of course it works fine on windows 7, but we NEED windows 10 support. I am honstly surprised I made it past the entire game. Too bad I had to save every 10 seconds so I wouldn't lose my data. Bully is an amazing game, which is why I bought it, but rockstar needs to improve their PC ports and steam needs to pay attention to old games and their problems. A simple update to fix this issue would be just fine. I want to play this constantly, and I do, but I hate havoing to re open steam, click on Bully, wait for it to load only to be greeted by the re occuring "Bully.exe has stoped working" It sucks even more when you get past a hard mission or class and almost make it to the save location and the constant error pops up, stopping you in your tracks. I've gotten very far, and I don't want to restart, so please for the love of the community add windows 10 support.

-love, everyone with a windows 10 computer.
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