Classic games from Rockstar return in HD for PlayStation 4
Bully, is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar Vancouver and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 17 October 2006 for the PlayStation 2. A remaster of the game, subtitled Scholarship Edition, was developed by Rockstar New England and released on 4 March 2008 for the Xbox 360 and Wii, and on 21 October 2008 for Microsoft Windows. Set within the fictional town of Bullworth, the story follows a student and his efforts to rise through the ranks of the school system. The open world design lets players freely roam Bullworth, which includes a number of towns.
At release, Bully received generally positive reviews, with praise directed at the game’s narrative and characters. Prior to release, the game received controversy for its expected violence, and bisexual content. The original version of Bully sold over 1.5 million copies, and received multiple year-end accolades.
Manhunt is a stealth-based survival horror video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released in North America on November 18, 2003, for the PlayStation 2 and on April 20, 2004, for Xbox and PC, and in Europe on November 21 for the PS2 and on April 23 for the Xbox and PC. The game was released for PlayStation 3 on May 14, 2013 via the PlayStation Network. The game’s story follows a supposedly executed death row inmate who is forced to participate in a series of snuff films for a former film producer and now underground snuff director, Lionel Starkweather.
Although it received positive reviews by critics, Manhunt is well known for controversy, due to the level of graphic violence in the game. It was banned in several countries, and implicated in a murder by the UK media, although this implication was later rejected by the police and courts. A sequel Manhunt 2 was released in October 2007. As of March 26, 2008, the Manhunt series has sold 1.7 million copies worldwide. At the 7th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, the game was nominated for “Console Action Adventure Game of the Year”.
Both games are available to download for £11.99 in Europe. Upscaled to 1080p and given a full list of trophies, the games are now genuinely accessible in the new generation of PlayStation.
For now it seems the two games are only available to European Union players, but it seems likely they will come to other territories.