Game: Bully ("Canis Canem Edit" in PAL)
Made By: Rockstar Vancouver
Published By: Rockstar Games
Platform: PS2, Xbox 360, Wii, Windows, PS3
What is it? An open world, action adventure game.
Should you play it? Depends on how much you like Rockstar games, but probably yes.
What's in the box?
This one gets the typical Rockstar treatment ( I mean the publisher, not an actual rockstar). It comes with a manual and a map, both of which are fantastic! These are the sort of manuals you could read in the car on the way home after your parents got the game for you. Here's hoping that wasn't the case as the game was not for children.
The manual has all the important bits along with some great extras such as a "note from the principal", a comic and an advertisement for the school cafeteria. As usual it is bright, colourful and themed towards the style of the game. Rockstar have also included a highly detailed map with a poster on the back.
The game itself is a lot of fun, it plays like Grand Theft Auto as it was built around the same time as Vice City from the same company. This resulted in solid mechanics, a fun story and an environment filled with things to do.
It is a much more light-hearted game than the title suggests and was a bold move for Rockstar at the time. They had already published controversial games before (see State of Emergency), but this game was based around the issue of Bullying. As a result, it copped a fair amount of criticisms even before release. This resulted in a name change in PAL regions to "Canis Canem Edit", which translates to "dog eats dog" in Latin.
History aside, it's a fun game to play that is loaded with Rockstar's charm, go indulge in some nostalgia.