Parents' Guide to


By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intimidation game in a high school setting.

Game PlayStation 2 2006
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 13+

Title says it all

So you play a bad kid in a bad school and the point is to be the bully. I found it to be dull and not worth wasting more than 30mins to feel it out. As far as a Rockstar game it is tame, compared to GTA or even later Red revolvers. The problem is there is very little in the way of options and it gives kids a bad perspective about bullying. I would not let my kids play this when they are 13. Far as I got it pretty much plays out like a PG 13 movie nothing to bad language wise or gory violence.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

One of the best games I have ever played

This game is made by Rockstar Games the creators of Red dead Redemption and the Grand Theft Auto series. Know some of you parents might think I should not get this game for my child because it is a Rockstar game but this one is actually rated Teen and it has its rough spots like language and sex talk but it can be turned off just with a click of the button.

This title has:

Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (62 ):

Hoopla aside, Bully is an extremely well-produced debut title from Rockstar Vancouver, but one main issue is the frequent and sometimes lengthy load times. This, however, is likely due to the technical limits of the aging PlayStation 2 platform.

Overall, Bully is a fun, fresh, and lengthy single-player adventure for older teenagers and adults. This "Teen"-rated game does contain some violence, as well as foul language and crude humor -- so it's not for young children -- but those overly concerned about this PlayStation 2 game need not be. While the game isn't as controversial as many feared it would be, it will still push a few buttons for its rebellious attitude. But, after all, this is what Rockstar Games does -- and does well at that.

Game Details

  • Platform: PlayStation 2
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Release date: October 27, 2006
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for crude humor, language, sexual themes, use of alcohol and tobacco, violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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