The problem with this is there literally aren't 5 good school games so the first two will be for shits and giggles but the other three, you can bet your ass they'll be great! Also before we start I'd like to advertise the amazing "Video-Game High School" by Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch and recommend it to any gamer that can stand a fair amount of teenage awkwardness. And on that note let's begin:
5. The Harry Potter series
One of the best examples of why movies and video-games don't mix, The Harry Potter video game series fails to capture any of the enchantment and wonder the original offered! Not only are they bland and shallow, short and boring and lacking any originality in any way shape or form, but they just do a bad job of representing the world of the books and movies. So let me just give you a quick rundown of them:
The sorcerer's stone: Terrible controls, lifeless world, makes me feel dead inside, made by EA
The Chamber of Secrets: Not as bad and doesn't feel as bland (even though it came out a year before the first one), but isn't anything worth mentioning, still pretty depressing, made by EA
The prisoner of Azkaban: Bad AI, lifeless and made by EA
The Goblet of Fire: Short, repetitive, horrible mechanic and made by EA
The Order of the Phoenix: it's a sandbox and isn't as lifeless but the activities are terrible, glitchy, bad controls made by - you guessed it... EA
The Half-blood prince & The Deathly Hallows: : Made by EA Both of them are short, repetitive and lifeless!
So you might ask why I included them... Well it's because I'm an evil bastard that likes to prey on shitty f#%king games. Stay away from each and every one of these assholes!
What to say about ObsCure? No really, this game is so "OBSCURE" that it's hard to find... And with reason, it's mediocre in every way shape and form but I felt obligated to put it on here simply because it's the only horror video-game set entirely in a school (at least the only intentional one see image above) kind of like real life. Really I would compare say it's Silent Hill the high school years. It shares the same gameplay mechanics, the same type of creepy atmosphere and the same type of dark... oh so dark lighting. But where ObsCure fails is in it's writing, characters and overall co-ordination of the mechanics making it an extremely mediocre game. But if you have ever wanted the scary ass school section from the original Silent Hill to be a whole game, In which case you're a delusional masochist this is the game for you!
3. Star Wars: Jedi Academy
Oh yeah, still counts as a school game. You take the role of a new student in the Jedi Academy and let me tell you, this is one screwed up Academy because you'll be fighting for your life with guns, lightsabers and the force alike. And while yes it has issues such as weird controls and lacking graphics it still offers a pretty cool take on the star wars universe. It's fully customizable and leaves you wishing you could live in that world training to be one of the Jedi in a pretty extreme fashion.It also offers a multiplayer option where players can battle against one another. It's no Battlefront but it's still pretty entertaining. Really being a Jedi is awesome, and I'm not talking about one of those weird ass religions. And seeing a new part of that universe that doesn't suck but with it's fare share of problems is always pretty cool. Therefore Star Wars: Jedi Academy is probably the first fun game on the list!
2. Lollipop Chainsaw
Lollipop Chainsaw is F#$%ING AMAZING! It's a tribute to every one of the bad teenage horror flicks,every one of the terrible high school comics, every one of the Saved by the Bell episodes. No scratch that, it's a f#%king love letter in the form of tits, gore and dark comedy. Now I'm an extreme horror movie fan and my personal favorite are the B-Movie exploitation flicks from the 80s like Chopping Mall and Killer Klowns from outer space. Most of them featured laughable dialogue, random nudity, gallons of gore and big titted dumb blondes! This game perfectly realizes it and involves it in it's game. Everything from the characters, visuals, gameplay aspects, the humor is spot on! On top of that the game is just AMAZING FUN! It is frustrating at times and the leveling is pretty linear but even with those problems the game is hellar fun! Chainsaws, decapitated boyfriends and sexist humor what more do you need?
No game deserves the title of the best high school video game more than Bully. Now that Grand Theft Auto 5 is coming out soon and everyone is obviously super excited about it and everyone knows that Rockstar is great at making Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. You take control of a troubled young man who is just dropped of at his new academy. And from there on do whatever the hell you want while following missions like creating a stink bomb, humiliating mascots etc. It perfectly depicts all of the pranks, friendships, classes and the school life in general. Let's think of it as GTA except you're doing the criminal activity on a minor scale. On top of that it has an amazing sense of humor and character depth like every other Rockstar game. So if you've played every GTA game and RDR in anticipation for GTA 5, and for some sick reason you'd want to think of school more so than you already are this is the exact game you're looking for. Bully definitely offers the best school experience, or at least the most realistic one! Have fun!