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Bully: Scholarship Edition

Now the controversy's died down it's safe to go back to school...

2006's Bully (or Canis Canem Edit if you got the renamed UK version) is arguably Rockstar's most underrated game to date.

Despite the needless controversy surrounding its content (or what the mainstream press thought was in it, anyway), the house of GTA's schoolyard romp proved to be more Grange Hill than The Sopranos, and definitely one of Rockstar's most enjoyable and charming games of the last few years.

It's good news for everyone then, that it's decided to bring the slightly overlooked classic (the PS2 version did come out just as the next-gen consoles were in swing) to more recent hardware - and with its original name, too.

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It comes complete with new content, shinier visuals and Achievements (!) for those who'd happily play through it again (and we just might).

Mind the PWiifects
In case you missed it though, you play as young hoodlum Jimmy Hopkins, who's managed to get himself expelled from every school he's ever attended. Dumped at shifty boarding school, Bullworth Academy, by his honey-mooning mother and stepfather, Jimmy is left to fend against the bullies, nerds and teachers stalking the halls.

The structure is similar to GTA, although less open-ended. You're free to run around campus and get up to whatever mischief you like, but you might have to bunk off class and do a Metal Gear Solid around school prefects along the way.

The game does a great job of creating a believable school environment. Everything you'd expect is there; the dorms, playground, football field, cafeteria and toilets that'd make you rather fill your trousers than use.

The Wii version takes the PS2's already well-shaped world (which is looking slightly better on Nintendo's hardware) and focuses on taking the interactivity up a notch - something the original lacked slightly.

Bully on Wii has been given a similar treatment to the console's own version of Manhunt 2 in the control stand front.

Combat is the main focus of the Wii Remote, which lets you mimic the on-screen actions of the original just like with Manhunt's violent killing moves - though this time you're copying Chinese burns rather than decapitations.

Using the Nunchuk and Wii Remote, you now 'box' with school bullies to get Jimmy's arms swinging in the air. Combos can be performed by alternating the Nunchuk and Remote and yep, the embarrassing finishing moves are also incorporated in your controller-waving, so you're actually Chinese burning someone with the Wii or slapping them with their own hands.

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Outside of combat you can sneak behind students and perform a wedgie by pulling upwards with the controllers. In a similar sneak approach, you can also use the A and B buttons to 'pinch' girls' bottoms - and slingshot aiming is naturally far more intuitive with the assistance of Wii pointer controls.

If anything, the new controls make the original just that little bit more immersive. But if you're not interested in the controller-waving antics there's new content on top of the already great original, including four new lessons and a two-player multiplayer mode - which the Wii version in particular excels at.

It's a head-to-head Jimmy Vs. Gary setup in one of Bully's many lessons, including the new ones, Maths, Geography, Biology and Music.

Music and Biology are straight-off (but well-made) Guitar Hero and Trauma Center clones, with the latter tasking you with dissecting the organs of pigeons, frogs and even aliens. Maths is a (occasionally embarrassing) quick fire test of your times table skills, asking numeracy questions on the left side of the screen and various answers on the right.

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