Bully. A game that few people talk about nowadays, and a game that's constantly losing it's aura despite still being in the back of many lucky gamer's minds who were able to experience the magic that was Bully aka Canis Canem Edit. While now considered an aged classic in it's own right, the game remains on par with it's Grand theft Auto cousin in terms of playability and charismatic charm. Bully is in dire need of a sequel..
|Jimmy Hopkins in Bully|
The stand-alone-title was first released on the PlayStation 2 back in 2006 and since that period there hasn't been any sequels or spin-offs although Xbox 360 and Wii owners were invited to the clubhouse in 2008 with the remastered Bully: Scholarship Edition. Playstation owners wasn't missing much aside from a couple new exclusive missions. While there's been some loose words and hints thrown around, nothing has been officially confirmed to this day.
|Hopkins getting acquainted with music class|
For those of you that ain't familiar with the backstory of Bully, the main protagonist Jimmy Hopkins is a troubled child with a tough lifestyle. After getting excluded from his previous school, he is emitted into the confines of Bullworth Academy. Bullworth is a private secondary school consisting of an array of different cliques and a strict headmaster. Jocks, nerds, preppies and bullies are just some of the crazy characters you'll encounter on your way up the high school social hierarchy. This means doing favours and eventually befriending the different social groups, wandering around Bullworth and it's nearby town, whilst getting dragged into all kinds of random and hilarious carnage.
Bully is perfect for Rockstar's open-world formula, whether you're defending a nerd from several bullies, evading police on a BMX or smooching lips with a fellow classmate. The antagonist of the game Gary is an annoying sworn in the side of Jimmy, who's main goal is to ruin Hopkin's reputation and the other characters around the world truly help capture the essence of a private boarding school.
|Meet your principal|
Majority of it's fanbase already know what we want in the next game so apart from the obvious choices - new school, larger world, better classes - the sequel should implement more recent advances in the genre. Like a large list of side goals, more solid interactions with the support cast and tons of character customization options.
Jimmy Hopkins has already been thrown in the spotlight so now it's time for a new student to take the helm or better yet, Bully could take a leaf out of GTA V's book and cast multiple playable characters. It would even be cool to start out as a freshman with real life events including a few love interests, falling out with friends, summer jobs and so forth. Starting out as a 9th grader and owning the school as a 12 grader provides the 'rise to power' story arc. If the sequel was were to implement these elements while retaining the freedom and sarcastic humour that made the original, then Rockstar would undoubtedly have another hit on their hands.
|Run Hopkins Run|
Although the Bully hype has simmered down during the years, there's still hope for all those holding out for a sequel. In an recent interview with Polygon, the lead writer behind Grand Theft Auto V Dan Houser has said he would love to see a sequel to the controversial title.
"I know I want to," Houser said. "Well, hopefully, you never know. There's a lot of directions I could go with that one, it's funny." - Dan HouserDo you agree?