A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Most violence in game is sparked by others (such as bullies); but there's quite a bit of mischief, too.
Violence & Scariness
Mainly fistfights, but you can also use weapons such as a slingshot, baseball bat, fire extinguisher. There is no blood or killing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendos and remarks, kissing, homosexual kiss -- but nothing graphic.
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Some occasional swearing, lots of taunting, but not gratuitious.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters, such as a homeless man, are inebriated in the game.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is about bullying behavior in a school setting. There is plenty of psychological brutality and physical violence. Weapons include a baseball bat, garbage can lid, and fire extinguisher but there are no guns, blood, or gore. The game contains some sexual remarks and alcohol references; depending on the path taken, the main character can kiss another boy. The game does include consequences for misdeeds.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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