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Oct. 24, 2006
Canis Canem Edit (aka Bully) - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
27/10/2006Rockstar GamesRockstar Vancouver1$99.95
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One of the many cut scenes.
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Hiding in the cupboard!
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Yep, she deserves flowers...

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Disaster in the science lab.
Rockstar. The developers are household names primarily due to one series - Grand Theft Auto. Of course they have several other games as well including the Midnight Club titles, The Warriors and the now-banned Manhunt. Indeed there's a bit of a trend in their games - violence, and lots of it. This new game Canis Canem Edit has also been stirring up a fair share of contraversy prior to release, primarily due to the original name Bully (which is being kept for the American release strangely). Indeed family groups were up in arms about this game as soon as it was announced - and that was before we'd seen anything of it, let alone managed to play the game! Just proving how wrong people could be the game has passed the Australian OFLC and been awarded an M rating while in the UK the BBFC has awarded the game a 15 rating. So what's it all about then?

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Lining up a food fight!
Canis Canem Edit takes place at ficticious Bullworth Academy, a corrupt and crumbling cross between a boarding school for rich kids and a reform school for delinquents. As a troublesome schoolboy Jimmy Hopkins, you’ll stand up to bullies, get picked on by teachers, play pranks on malicious kids, win or lose the girl, and ultimately learn to navigate the obstacles of the fictitious reform school, Bullworth Academy. Developed at Rockstar Vancouver this game has a sprawling campus environment to support a deep and humorous storyline.

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Looks like the mascot is in trouble.
Running of the same third person perspective engine that powers Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series it will come as little surprise to hear that the game has a very familiar feel to it. That's not saying it's the same mind you as Rockstar Vancouver have made this a much more humorous game with plenty of amusing settings. The game is based around a school and small town with approximately 100 NPC's you can interact with. One of the key elements to this game is the wide range of things which you can do - basically anything which any teenager would do. Picking up girls, getting a job, playing arcade games, entering bike races or skateboarding are just some of the things available. Oh, you'll also have to attend class!

One thing is certain too. Although the original name Bully made the game sound like a title based solely around bullying schoolkids this isn't the case at all - don't expect Manhunt styled violence and blood set in a schoolyard. It's far from that.

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The trusty slingshot.
From what we've seen of the game to date Canis Canem Edit looks like a solid title graphically. While it may not have the visual effects of Capcom's Devil May Cry, or the stunning detail of Resident Evil 4 it does have a wonderful open world and some of the most artistically impressive levels and locations seen in a video game. The developers have done a wonderful job in creating the high school and its surrounding areas. In terms of audio Rockstar have recorded over 39,000 lines of dialogue for the game, certainly a number that should reduce repitition.

With Rockstar's recent history there's little doubt that Canis Canem Edit should be a very good title. The question remains, will it be brilliant? Expect a release in late October.