By NorthernFredz 4 Comments
Two flawed games.
I have just finished trying to play Mercenaries 2 and Bully: Scholarship Edition on my 360 and my god, both of those games are terrible. I knew what I was getting myself into with Mercenaries but after enjoying the first one I thought I owed it to Pandemic, God rest their souls, to give it a shot. Got to say, glad they got closed down. Actually I will refrain from sticking to that comment until I have got my hands on The Saboteur which is looking quite promising, but then again, so was Mercs 2. For as bad as Mercs 2 looks, it plays worse. The AI was a poor excuse for "last-gen" AI let alone trying to compete with the big boys. The animation was shoddy and the voice acting was like being spoon fed last Christmas' turkey's entrails. All together it was a painful experience and last no longer than 40 minutes.
The second game, Bully, is one that is dear to my heart as I loved it when I completed it on the PS2 when it was first released. I was pleased a few years ago to hear that it was coming to the 360 and even more pleased that I caught it on the PS2 when I heard that it was a buggy excuse for a game. I believed, and still did till a few days ago, that these were all minor bugs and things that Rockstar could easily patch to make right. I eventually learned the hard way. Bully: Scholarship Edition is a piss poor attempt of a port from Rockstar still riddled with bugs. After putting a few hours into it, I managed to switch it off and salvage a few of those fond memories which I have hidden deep within myself, away from the parts of my brain which have registered that I have played the 360 version. Not only does it look extremely dated, as most Rockstar games some time after release do, it's buggy flickering lines of missing code ruined what I can remember as an engrossing and humorous story through a different but strangely GTA familiar setting. It is such a shame to see this game like this and it appears that the Bully has finally been caught with his pants down ready to take his lashing from the cold belt that is the ever more expectant video gamer.