After finishing my playthrough of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, I myself found thinking back on the PS2 library of games. Over the past while I’ve done more than just a small share of hammering home the point of how valuable I feel it is to be able to access old games and with Red Dead Redemption 2 rapidly approaching. I thought I’d take the time to talk about another game created by Rockstar, and probably my favorite among their entire library, the 2006 video game Bully. This was a game that I myself had not originally played on the PS2, instead having my original experience coming from the updated Scholarship Edition on the Xbox 360 which released in 2008. While there are differences between both the original and Scholarship Edition of Bully, in the form of updated graphics as well as more content added to an already superb game. There is no denying that Bully is still a fantastic game no matter which version you have access to.
I’ve always had felt that there was no other game like Bully, everything in the game’s design had always stood out to me as just a perfect mesh right down to the core. From the setting of Bullsworth, to the interesting characters, as well as that traditional open world Rockstar gameplay thrown in a high school setting. All of this just seemed to work incredibly well for the world Rockstar had created in Bully and as great as I feel Red Dead Redemption was, to me, Bully was more of a culmination of Rockstar perfecting their art of game making as a developer. See while there is no denying that Rockstar titles like Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto 5 are amazing games in their own right, there really is nothing even remotely similar to Bully. Where Grand Theft Auto had its Saint Row competition for a few years, and Red Dead Redemption being basically a far superior form of the Neversoft developed video game Gun, Bully never got the shake of a budget variation. Being a unique game itself, that all just makes a game like Bully feel a lot more special to someone like myself.
With Red Dead Redemption 2 coming next month and Rockstar Games having a 5 year gap between Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2, with us having the potential of seeing Rockstar milk Red Dead Redemption 2’s online, as they found great success doing so with Grand Theft Auto Online. I find myself wondering when, if ever, will we see a follow-up to Bully? It certainly merited enough to deserve a sequel being one of the better games of its time, but with live services providing more value and the thought how the bigger companies seem to be swaying away from a rich single player experience verse something they can bank on for years, it leaves me to wonder. I am a huge fan of Rockstar and I’ll definitely be one of the many picking up Red Dead Redemption 2, but I’ll always have that thought of wishing for a Bully sequel someday in the back of my mind. Make it happen Rockstar!