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GamelogoBy Australian Ninja

Remnants & Relics. Buttonhole *Special* Feature

Welcome dear reader to Remnants & Relics, the first in an ongoing series of features looking back at various aspects of yesterday's video games. This series is one that I'd hoped to kick off many months ago, but I just haven't had the time to do it justice, until now. So consider this your opportunity to put on your best pair or rose-tinted glasses, open up a luke-warm can of clichés and prepare to hop aboard the way-back-machine.... It came from beyond two dimensions! -A Look Back at Isometric Gaming-

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

ACMI Day Tripper

Welcome Buttonhole readers to another feature that is so choc-full of goodness that I've divided it into several sections. The top half is about the Indy video games showcased at ACMI. The bottom half is about the Pixar exhibit. It's ridiculously long and all terribly interesting to read, so you may as well read it in two halves, or just the parts that interest you. After reading about the ACMI exhibits on their website and getting more than a little excited, I decided to make the perilous trek to inner Melbourne. With time on my side and money stuffed in my pocket I ventured forth to the train station. Once on board I passed the time by staring out the window, reading a volume of Dark Horse's Concrete and snacking on tasty fruit. Arriving at Flinders St, I wandered around until inevitably finding my way out of the rat-maze like station.

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Classic Comic-book Review. Kraven's Last Hunt

"Here lies Spider-Man - Slain by the Hunter" So reads the grave of one of histories greatest superheros. "But he's not dead, is he? What happened to everyone's favourite web-slinger? Spidey seems to be alive and well now, what with his three movie deal and a string of monthly Marvel comic-book titles to his name, so why was he buried six feet under? The year is 1987. The company is Marvel. The character is Sergei Kravinov also known as 'Kraven the Hunter.' Back in the 60's Stan and Steve (Lee and Ditko, respectively) churned out a heap of cool villains for the title "Amazing Spider-Man." Doctor Octopus, The Cham

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Nintendo Wii PR logo1Hands on with the Nintendo Wii
Ladies and gentlemen, Wii have a winner!

by Special K
Having passed through the pain that was staring at my Christmas stocking knowing full well there was a Wii in there, the 25th of December rolled around and the Wii was unleashed. In hindsight I did the right thing in buying the console and second controller including the Wii Play game. Now in late January 2007, there are virtually no consoles left and even fewer accessories! To make matters worse, the consensus is that we will not have a new shipment of Wii accessories until mid February! In spite of the bad news, I'm really happy to see Nintendo have an immensely successful launch with the Wii and proving themselves to be a big player in the Next-Gen console wars. Honey I shrunk the console! My first impressions of the console were "Shit that's small". To give you an idea, my old... Read On
Winback 2: Project Poseidon. PS2 Review
Bring it back, Sing it back to me

by Australian Ninja
If you want to win at this game, you'll need to recall Patches O' Houlihan's sage like advice: "Just remember the five D's of dodgeball: Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and...Dodge." Winback 2 - it's the sequel that wants to be better than the original, but it's not. Truthfully I got more enjoyment from the first Winback on N64. The first Winback was a decent game for it's time. A third person action shooter game that required you to run around killing terrorists with occasional puzzles and boss fights.... Read On
Massive News - Game Legend for G03. Press Release
The legendary Hideo Kojima is coming to GO3!

by Hillelman
Massive News - Game Legend for G03 Legendary video game designer and producer, Hideo Kojima, is coming to GO3! Mr Kojima who heads game development studio Kojima Productions (part of Konami Computer Entertainment, Japan) will be one of the exciting guest speakers at the G03 conference.... Read On
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Smackdown Vs. Raw 2007. PS2/Xbox Review
Our Wrestling Section Lead gets back in the ring

by The Gimmick
To be perfectly honest, I hadn't heard a lot about Smackdown Vs Raw 2007 until right before it was released, and surprisingly what I heard was mixed. It wasn't until I got a copy that I realized what they were talking about. I was intrigued before hand, being a massive fan of last year's release, on whether or not THQ and Yukes could do what they had done for so many years - that is, improve on their preceding title - this time around. And also what else could be done to this genre to make people want to go and pick up this game one more time. What does the Gimmick think? Read on.... Read On
Call Of Duty 3. Xbox 360 Review
Jason scores a hat trick

by Jason
Some people don't like sequels. After the second or third addition to a popular franchise they just wash their hands of the whole affair and write the whole thing off as a cash in. Eventually these poor narrow minded people will learn, for the most part, sequels get better with each new addition to the series, which brings us to where we are now - reviewing Call of Duty 3.... Read On
Sammy's Wii thoughts. You say you want a Revolution?
Well, you know, Wii all want to change the world.

by Hillelman
I've been having a lot of fun with the Nintendo Wii. It really is quite an amazing system. It is a trip and just so unique. I'm not going to give a standard review of the console though. This is just me shooting the breeze about the Wii and Nintendo and things of that nature. More or less, I just felt like crapping on about the various things it got me thinking about.... Read On
Enchanted Arms. Xbox 360 Review
Jason is always enchanting. He's also always armed.

by Jason
Well "Enchantment Breaking Arms" would be a title closer to the mark, but we'll get to that shortly. It seems Ubisoft have taken a brief break from their ever growing catalogue of Tom Clancy games and knocked up an RPG. Is it any good? Well read on.... Read On
Guitar Hero 2. PlayStation 2 Review
I wanna rock 'n' roll, no matter how long it is to the top!

by Hillelman
This may come as a shock, Buttonholers but I am, as always, telling the truth: Not all of my friends/acquaintances are as geeky as me. In fact, a few of them wouldn't even qualify as geeks at all. Some of them rarely, if ever, even play videogames! I don't know what is wrong with them, but I guess nobody is perfect. However, occasionally there have been games that not only enthral me and my 'hardcore gamer' brothers & sisters, but also manage to capture the attention and affection of my generally 'non-gaming' mates. Guitar Hero 2 is just such a game. ... Read On
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja for PS2 from Atari. Press Release
Popular Anime now in fighting game form!

by Hillelman
Authentic, Action-packed Anime Fighter from NAMCO BANDAI Games Available Now at Retailers Across Australia and New Zealand Friday November 17th 2006 - Atari, one of Australia's leading sources of interactive entertainment announced the launch of ninja fighting title Naruto: Ultimate Ninja from BANDAI NAMCO Games for PlayStation2, available now at retailers across Australia and New Zealand. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is based on the hit anime TV series and is more than ready to take on other PS2 fighters with its good looks, brilliant gameplay touches and furious ninja battling.... Read On
Xbox 360 HD DVD Player - Launch Details. Press Release
Swanky upgrade device set to head down under in ealry 2007!

by Hillelman
of competing products, including stand-alone high definition movie players and other games consoles." Microsoft chose HD DVD as the format for high definition content on Xbox 360 because it offers a compelling consumer experience and delivers superior picture quality and interactive features. Globally, HD DVD is streaking ahead by not only selling in greater quantities and scoring great reviews but also in its vast array of available content, now and in the future.... Read On
Info on Iron Man game & Sonic for 360. Press Release
A bit of news on 2 Sega titles that are likely to rock

by Hillelman
Here is some news Sega sent out recently, regarding two games I think will be highly anticapted by many Buttonholers. Firstly, any games and movies based on comic book characters will always attract plenty of attention from Buttonhole and our readers. So I'm sure you'll be happy to have a read of Sega's Press Release about the upcomming Iron Man game, based on the film adaptation. Below that is the Press Release about the new Sonic The Hedgehog game, for the Xbox 360. I have learned by now, through the emails I've receieved about the subject, that many of you folks share my love for Sonic. His Xbox 360 title looks like a real return to form too. Check it out!... Read On
Sammy's Capcom Retro Mania Triple Review
1 PS2 game. 2 PSP games. With titles too long to fit here!

by Hillelman
Ah, Capcom - few game company's names will bring a smile to a long term gamer's face as quickly as theirs. Want to know why (if you don't already)? Well, there are dozens of reasons I could give you, but right now how about I just give you the following three? Read on and I hope that'll do the trick for ya.... Read On
Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires. Xbox 360 Review
Jason hacks up hundreds of people. Then plays this game.

by Jason
KOEI Ltdare obviously firm believers in the "if it aint broke don't fix it" philosophy, as evidenced by this game, which is the latest in a series that has graced just about every game playing device known to man. At first the premise was simple; beat the living shit out of the controller to cut down vast hordes of blokes that all look the same.... Read On
More Wii info from Nintendo. Press Release
Console set to go Wii, wii, wii all the way to Australia!

by Hillelman
As I have said a few times now, I am very excited about the upcomming Wii console from Nintendo. I know many other Buttonholers are as well. Here are 3 Press Release articles Ninty sent out recently, with more details about the system's Australian launch and plenty of additional juicy info. Enjoy!... Read On
Q&A with David Kazim from GO3
This Aussie 'electronic entertainment expo' sounds awesome!

by Hillelman
I am really excited about the upcoming event called GO3. I believe it is fantastic to see Australia getting a huge game and eletronics show of this nature and I'm sure everyone who reads Buttonhole would feel the same way. Recently the Event Coordinator of GO3, Mr. David Kazim, took the time to provide us with some very interesting information about the show. Thanks David! I hope you all enjoy the Q&A.... Read On
Sonic Riders. PS2/Gamecube/Xbox Review
Aussie Ninja becomes a rider on the storm

by Australian Ninja
Sometimes I wonder just how many people watched Back to the Future Part Two. I mean did they invent hover boards in that movie, or did hover boards predate the film? I don't know. Maybe hover boards have been around since the time of the Dinosaurs until they all died of a horrific and foolish accident in the first 'Extreme Downhill Dinosaur Hoverboard X-Game Championships'. ... Read On
Sammy's PlayStation 2 Retrospective (and Max Drive review)
Make what you will of my inane ramblings

by Hillelman
Buttonhole's friends at Realgamer sent me a lovely little device for the PlayStation 2 called Max Drive (which I shall discuss in more detail towards the end of this article). That cool little gadget actually wound up breathing some new life into some of my favourite PS2 titles. In turn, it got me thinking about the PlayStation 2 in general and all the good times I have had with the system. Since the PS2 has now reached the later stages of its lifespan, I figured this would be a fine time to take a look back at the old girl and reflect on some of the fun she's provided me with.... Read On
Madden NFL 06. Xbox 360 Review
Jason won't pretend to know, or like, anything about the NFL

by Jason
American football is a subject I claim complete ignorance of. I know it involves large men in larger padding occasionally hitting each other and another not quite so large bloke that comes on to the filed every now and then to actually kick the ball. But that's about the extent of my knowledge. So the NFL fans (they must exist or there would be little point to EA Games punching out this title on a yearly basis) will have to excuse me if I say something stupid.... Read On
Sammy's Xbox 360 Software Buyer's Guide Spectacular #1
1st half of my super-late look at every 360 game I've played

by Hillelman
My Xbox 360 coverage got off to a bad start and things just continued to go wrong from there. My reviews for the system's software kept getting stuck on the backburner, while I was dealing with other things (some of those things were good, others...not so much). Anyway, I have now amassed a decent little library of 360 games; all of which are way, way, waaaay overdue for review here at Buttonhole. ... Read On
Nintendo Wii Launch Date Announced
Wii set to hit our shores just in time for Christmas!

by Special K
Kris's Comment Now it gets interesting Nintendo announce the Wii release date! The Wii will hit our shelves on 7th of December 2006, and with a retail price of $399.95 - about the same as a PSP, a free disk of Wii sports games - there's a lot to be happy about! I know I'm not the only member of the Buttonhole family who is keen to get their hands on the new Nintendo hardware and with the Playstation 3 release pushed back to March 2007, it will be interesting to watch the next gen console wars heat up!... Read On
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ToonlogoGames Quote of the Month

"And Kratos cast himself from the highest mountain in all of Greece. After ten years of suffering, ten years of endless nightmares, it would finally come to an end, death, would be his escape from madness. But it had not always been this way, Kratos had once been a champion of the Gods..."

-The Narrator from God of War

Which of the following game genres do you like the most?
Role Playing
First Person Shooters
Adventure/Action (includes platformers)
Racing/Driving
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Toons
ToonlogoBy Borgieman

Manifest '07 Report

Ninja's note: Once again, it's time for another Buttonhole report on the Melbourne Anime Festival, otherwise known as Manifest 2007. If you missed Ichibod's feature on a previous Manifest, check it out here. This Manifest coverage comes to you courtesy of forum regular and newest Buttonhole contributor Borgieman, a cool guy who knows his Anime and has been known to play a video game or two. So read on true believers! A Day at Manifest 2007

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Only Yesterday. Anime Review

The problem with having favourite films is that every time I watch another Studio Ghibli film it becomes my new favourite. It kind of renders the word 'favourite' meaningless when every Studio Ghibli film takes my breath away. Still, I can't complain about being thoroughly entertained by this whimsical and insightful film, "Only Yesterday". This gem was directed by Isao Takahata, well known for his anime film Grave of the Fireflies. Although Only Yesterday is a light hearted film that ambles along at a leisurely pace, it still manages to explore themes such as love, work, family relationship struggles, following your dreams and country versus city living. In the film, the main character Taeko decides to take a working vacation in the country, getting away from her office bound job and unexpectedly starts t

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Jason

Speed Grapher V1. Anime Review

Well, "I don't like it" was my initial feeling when viewing this Anime for the first time. Subsequent viewings haven't changed my views a great deal. Nothing really stands out as being absolute shit but it seems that this series tries too hard. It's almost like they were more interested in creating something 'edgy' and confronting but sadly forgot to include an even remotely palatable story. The hero of this particular piece is a bloke called Tatsumi Saiga. Tatsumi is a photographer and a veteran war journalist for whom taking photos has become somewhat of a fetish. Although he seems to have become jaded - nothing is worth wasting his film on - that is, at least until he stumbles across an exclusive club for the mega rich

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