Bully: Scholarship Edition

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Bully: Scholarship Edition
Bully: Scholarship Edition cover
Developers
Rockstar Vancouver
Windows Rockstar New England
Publishers
Rockstar Games
Russia 1C-SoftClub
Engines
Gamebryo
Release dates
Windows October 21, 2008
Reception
Metacritic 72
IGDB 80
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Mini-games, Open world
Vehicles Bicycle
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Bully: Scholarship Edition on HowLongToBeat
Bully: Scholarship Edition on IGDB
Bully: Scholarship Edition guide on StrategyWiki
Bully: Scholarship Edition on MobyGames
Bully: Scholarship Edition on Wikipedia

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS. See High frame rate.
Features enhanced graphics and audio. With additional missions and classes not included in the original game etc.[1][2]
Multiplayer mini-games from console versions are not present.[3]

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Windows
Publisher website
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Windows
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
Amazon.com (unavailable)
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Windows
Amazon.co.uk (unavailable)
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Windows
GamersGate (unavailable)
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Windows
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the --skipMoviesASAP command line argument[5]
Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to Movies in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename RockStar.wmv.
You can save around 500 MB of space by removing the attract videos in <path-to-game>\Movies\. AttractMode.wmv is the English version, the rest are localizations.

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.2 fixes several issues related to modern operating systems.
Already included in Steam version.

SilentPatch[edit]

Adds option to unlock the framerate within an .ini file. See High frame rate for potential issues.
Fixes crashes for Windows 10 users.
Improves framerate pacing issues.
In-game V-Sync must be enabled to achieve proper frame-pacing while utilizing the SilentPatch FPS cap, otherwise intermittent micro-stutter may occur every few seconds.
Extract the contents of SilentPatchBully.zip to <path-to-game>[6]

4K Upscaled Opening Credits & Rockstar Logo Pre-Rendered Cutscenes[edit]

Upscales the Opening Credits Pre-Rendered Cutscene and Rockstar logo to 4K.

Steam Guide[7]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Rockstar Games\Bully Scholarship Edition\A0\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12200/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Bully Scholarship Edition\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12200/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphic settings.
Graphic settings.
Display settings.
Display settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Vert-.[8] Use Bully Widescreen Fix.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Stretched.[9] Use Bully Widescreen Fix.
4K Ultra HD
Vert-.[8] Use Bully Widescreen Fix.
Field of view (FOV)
Use Bully Widescreen Fix.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS by default; see High frame rate.
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS by default; see High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed mode[10]
  1. Install Bully Widescreen Fix.
  2. Create a blank wndmode.ini file in the installation folder.
  3. The game will now run borderless by default.
To enable the border, close the game, open wndmode.ini, and change Border=0 to Border=1.

High frame rate[edit]

SilentPatch[11]
  1. Download and install SilentPatch
  2. Open SilentPatchBully.ini and edit the FPSLimit=30 value to your desired one

Notes

Five missions - Character Sheets in Chapter 1, Weed Killer in Chapter 2, Balls of Snow in Chapter 3, The Gym Is Burning in Chapter 5, and Finding Johnny Vincent in Chapter 5 - may break or become glitched. For those missions, temporarily limit the FPS to 30.
Some cutscenes might not properly play out if the FPS exceeds 60. If the game goes above 120 FPS, it may appear to be running at double-speed.

Input[edit]

Controls list.
Controls list.

Audio[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output.[12]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
If you experience very loud audio with no volume roll-off or no surround sound functionality when surround is selected, see the Loud Audio fix below.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
New translation (MixMods) - download. Extract inside game folder.
Russian
Official localization by «Logrus». Follow this guide.
Spanish
Turkish
Fan translation, download.

Issues fixed[edit]

Save Failed[edit]

Delete save folder[13]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\
  2. Delete the Bully Scholarship Edition folder.

Controller/Controls Unresponsive[edit]

Delete ControllerSettings file[14]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Bully Scholarship Edition
  2. Delete the ControllerSettings file.

Loud Audio[edit]

Bully: Scholarship Edition may not properly control audio volumes if you don't manually configure your audio device to match the game's audio configuration. If you have stereo speakers or headphones, ensure that your audio output device is configured as a stereo device via the Windows Sound properties and then set the in-game sound setting to stereo; if you wish to play the game in surround sound, set your audio device to 5.1 via Windows Sound properties and then set the in-game setting to surround.
Use IndirectSound to fix incorrect surround levels[15]
Change Windows Speaker Configuration[citation needed]
  1. Open the Start Screen/Start Menu, type mmsys.cpl and press Enter.
  2. In the Playback tab, right-click on the Default Device (marked with a tick True icon.svg) and choose "Configure Speakers" from the menu.
  3. Select 5.1 Surround or Stereo.
  4. Click through the remaining steps and click the Finish button in the last screen.
You absolutely must select 5.1 Surround if you want surround to function properly in the game, selecting 4.0 or 7.1 will prevent surround sound from functioning properly.
This option may not be available for some USB headsets.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
Console versions only.[3]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Mods[edit]

Upscaled Logo & Intro Cutscenes (4K)[16][17][edit]

AI Upscales 720p rendered cutscenes to 4K.

PlayStation 2/3 Button Prompts[edit]

Changes Xbox 360 button graphics to PlayStation 2/3 buttons.

Mobile Timecycle[edit]

Anniversary Edition Timecycle of the iOS & Android versions.

Soundtrack[edit]

Soundtrack is located in MP3 format in <path-to-game>\Bully Original Soundtrack.[18]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 3000+ 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800 or 7300
ATI Radeon X1300
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/12200/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (12200) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References