Posted on March 6, 2008,

Bully Acting Up Quite a Bit on 360; Rockstar “Horrified”


One of this week’s new game releases was Bully: Scholarship Edition, a game I was absolutely looking forward to. It was a solid game back on PlayStation 2, and with some extra content, I was excited to give it another play through. But the ever vigilant members of NeoGAF noticed an inordinate number of people complaining about the game freezing up and crashing, which has drawn quite a bit of attention.

In addition to freezes, players were complaining about audio problems and a poor framerate – this is absolutely inexcusable, especially when you consider that this is essentially a port of a PlayStation 2 game.

1UP’s review made a brief mention of the lockups, stating, “Perhaps worst of all, we had several instances where the game froze midmission, and since you can’t save at any moment it sometimes necessitated replaying a significant amount of the game.”

Rockstar’s Sam Houser issued a comment on the situation to Kotaku, which reads:

We have just become aware of the issues people are having with Bully Scholarship Edition on Xbox 360. It appears that some older 360s are experiencing framerate issues, freezes and other problems. You have our word that we never experienced any of this in QA – in any of our offices or at Microsoft. I am horrified, and we are now working around the clock to rectify this situation. Thanks to Neo-Gaf for bringing this matter to our attention. We love our games and put a huge amount of energy and care into making them all that they can be. We would never shove anything out the door – we never have and never will. We apologise to everyone affected for the inconvenience. Respectfully, Sam Houser

Until this is rectified or we get further details on this, a purchase is definitely on the backburner for the time being. We’ll keep you posted on any further developments.

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7 Comments on Bully Acting Up Quite a Bit on 360; Rockstar “Horrified”


On March 6, 2008 at 1:49 pm

At least they’re admitting the problem from the get-go. This can only be good if they keep treating it this way, instead of denying the obvious.


On March 6, 2008 at 1:58 pm

they could never see this coming and its great they are going to fix this asap


On March 6, 2008 at 2:27 pm


Yeah I hope the same problem is addressed by 2k8 MLB… nothing worse then a game that ends in the 5th inning !!! Q/A – I bet it didn’t happen they get the best machines from Mircosoft and I would bet they aren’t stock units !!!


On March 6, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Not sure how you miss a show stopper like that during testing.


On March 6, 2008 at 3:01 pm

That’s great that Rockstar is acknowledging the problem so openly. I really do expect a fix – unlike I would from certain other companies.


On March 6, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Yes, the game froze completely on me last night as I was playing. I’m also surprised that the “improved graphics” are still very much PS2. A bit disappointed, but at least the game was $10 less than the regular price point.


On March 6, 2008 at 9:32 pm


“It appears that some older 360s are experiencing framerate issues, freezes and other problems.”

Well, that says something about either:
A:) Microsoft
B:) Rockstar

I say this because i got my 360 back from R3 (red ring repair) exactly 1 week before bully came out. and it was a different console they sent me.

Geez people, take credit for a simple “oopsie” that a mere update will fix >:\