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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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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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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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Hyper Magazine LogoHyper Magazine Preview - October 2006
Cam Shea gives us a sneak peek at Hyper 156

by Special K
Kris's intro: It's that time again - the new Hyper mag has hit the streets! Hyper 156 - on sale September 6 Another month, another issue of Hyper is let loose into the world. I mentioned in last month's preview blurb that we were working on one of the biggest sets of features in Hyper history, and in a few days time you'll be able to check out what we came up with. The basic concept was to highlight the individuals, teams and companies that we think are going to be vital to moving videogames forward as a medium. Leading the charge is Ubisoft Montreal. Ubisoft as a company have gone from being also rans to one of the most trusted developers in the industry in only a few short years, and Ubisoft Montreal are one of the main reasons why. It's now one of the largest developm... Read On
Q&A With Malcolm Campbell From Hyper Magazine
Come and see how good their Art Director looks!

by Hillelman
As a large percentage of you Buttonholer's already know, Hyper magazine provides excellent reading every month. It is also very pleasing to the peepers. For that aesthetic sweetness, we can thank the mag's Art Director, Malcolm Campbell. Malky (as Mr. Campbell is also known) was generous enough to take some time out of his exceptionaly busy schedule to do this Q&A article for us, allowing us to find out a little more about the job he does and the man himself.... Read On
The Movies: Stunts & Effects Expansion Pack. PC Review
Jason aims for an Oscar. Or a Logie, at least.

by Jason
If there was one thing the original edition of The Movies was lacking, it was some action. Obviously (developers) Lionhead Studios have looked very hard and listened to their game's community of players to come up with an expansion pack that delivers new content and features, as well as giving the end product (i.e. your "movie") some real spice. ... Read On
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SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy Seals. PlayStation 2 Review
Aussie Ninja reckons most seals look good in navy

by Australian Ninja
Still more shooting and making things go 'boom.' Sounds like my kind of challenge. Socom 3 is a third person action adventure game. Modern squad based warfare [a team of four] is the order of the day. Online and offline it is a well executed game with a wide selection of weapons and some surprisingly fun to drive vehicles. ... Read On
Tenchu: Time of the Assassins. PSP Review
Jason tries some ninjitsu on the go

by Jason
The Tenchu series has been, in my opinion, one of the often overlooked gems of the PlayStation line-up. The launches of new titles in the series never seem to attract major attention and the licence itself seems to sneak silently from development team to development team, much like the ninjas it portrays. Supposedly, it was only a matter of time before the series graced the PSP, while learning from the mistakes of others (Kojima can claim Metal Gear Acid was a hit all he wants to), they seem to have encountered a whole new realm of problems. It is a pity they couldn't solve them before releasing this game.... Read On
Cam Shea's 1st Monthly Hyper Magazine Preview
Here's what'll be in the next issue, from the Editor himself

by Hillelman
Sammy's Intro: Many of Buttonhole's readers are also fans of Hyper - Australia's leading multi-format gaming magazine. For all the Hyper lovers, the Editor of the mag, Cam Shea, has decided to write a monthly preview article for each upcoming issue. Along with being posted on the Hyperactive Forums, you will also be able to read Cam's previews right here at Planet Buttonhole. Cross promotion, baby, it is a beautiful thing! Hyper and Buttonhole make for a great mix, for one very simple reason; we both rock. So, read on to see what Mr. Shea has to say about Hyper 155, in his very first (Buttonhole posted) preview column! ... Read On
Ape Escape 3. PlayStation 2 Review
That Aussie Ninja is one cheeky monkey

by Australian Ninja
In the tradition of "Hail to the Chimp" and "Chocolate Ape Goes Bananas" comes another classic Simian caper. The timeless tale of a girl, a boy, a nutty professor, and more monkeys than you can shake a banana shaped stick at.... Read On
Mike Kerry discusses Cybershack TV. Interview/Information
Sammy asks Mike a bunch of questions about the new show

by Hillelman
Cybershack TV will be going to air on Channel 10 on the 1st of August. I recently had the chance to have a bit of a chat with one of the presenters, and producers, of the show - Mike Kerry. He provided me with plenty of interesting information. So right here and right now, for the eyes and brains of all you beautiful Buttonholers, are the main things Mike told me during the interview. ... Read On
Cybershack TV coming to Channel Ten. Press Release
Some info on the upcomming TV show + interview on the way!

by Hillelman
Hey Buttonholers, I hope you are all well and happy. Below you can read the Press Release information regarding the upcomming television program called CYBERSHACK TV. It sounds to me like a fun show and the kind of thing our readers would really dig. We'll have an interview with one of the show's hosts, Mike Kerry (whose picture I've included in this article) coming soon - likely late next week. Keep checking back at planet Buttonhole for that beauty, so you can learn more about CYBERSHACK TV and see what Mike has to say for himself. I'm looking forward to that myself, should be cool.... Read On
Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble. PSP Review
Jason gets ready to rumble

by Jason
Taking a minor departure from the previous efforts in the Viewtiful Joe series, Red Hot Rumble dumps the platform/action style for something more reminiscent of smash bros.Somewhere in the world (somewhere a considerable distance from me) Viewtiful Joe is a phenomenon,I personally don't know which came first, the games or the cartoon series, and at this stage it probably doesn't really make a difference, but for both to exist somebody must be watching/playing. Sammy's note: The games came first, in case anyone cares.... Read On
Atelier Iris Eternal Mana PlayStation 2 Review
Ninja fights blobs, ninja loses

by Australian Ninja
It was about time for another grand adventure into a two-dimensional world - just don't turn sideways when the wind blows. Welcome to yet another Japanese RPG with strange monsters, strange humour and some cutesy characters living in a magical house on lollypop lane. Eternal Mana plays like most traditional turn based RPGs. The game is rather easy overall but with a few challenging bosses. When I say challenging the first hard boss I came ... Read On
Final Fight: Streetwise. PlayStation 2 Review
Aussie Ninja is wise on and off the street

by Australian Ninja
Final Fight: Streetwise is a three dimensional beat 'em up in the style of the old arcade games. Except that instead of stages you have one continuos almost free roaming game world. Best thing I can say this early is that you won't fall in love with this game, but then it won't break your heart either. If you have any interest in smashing people in the face with baseball bats then read on and give this game a chance. ... Read On
GUN. Xbox 360 Review
Hey Jason, where you going with that gun in your hand?

by Jason
And here we have yet another game from the previous generation of consoles getting a tart-up in the graphics department and being released for the mighty Xbox 360. This was one game I had always meant to check out, but never actually got to, however the hand of god (or the hand of Sammy) has reached down from above and presented me with this "grand theft auto wild west" if you will. Is it a poker hand of five aces, or the contents of the spittoon in the saloon? Read on!... Read On
Ubisoft to bring Kingdom Hearts II down under. Press Release
It's a small world after all

by Hillelman
What the hell is Goofy? Well, for one thing, he's a character in an RPG from Square Enix. The first Kingdom Hearts definitely gained some fans (hello Illusion). This sequel should please those fans to no end and will probably also garner even more gamer's appreciation. In the Australasian territories Ubisoft have recently become the RPG pimps and, therefore, one of my favourite publishers. ... Read On
Sega celebrates Sonic the Hedgehog's 15th Anniversary!
Press Release: Heaps of sweet Sonic action on the way

by Hillelman
Most you Buttonholer's would know by now that old Sammy is something of a Sonic fan - especially if you read my second Old Games That Sure Don't Suck (Part 3 coming soon) column, which was dedicated to the Rise and Fall of Sonic. There's plenty of good news for those who share my fondness for Sega's blue speed demon of a mascot. He may not be back to the world beating shape he once was in, but he's certainly looking the healthiest he has in a long while. This year mark's Sonic's 15th Birthday & Sega is intending to celebrate it by announcing (and/or releasing) some excellent (hopefully!) Sonic the Hedgehog titles for several formats. Here's the Press Release from Sega with more info:... Read On
PSP Platform Game Double Review
Ape Escape: On the Loose & Daxter

by Hillelman
Another Multi-review article from old Sammy. Only the 2 games this time though, rather than 4 like I did with the last one. These two beauties for PSP are both published by Sony themselves. Ready, set, Go!... Read On
Football Mangager Handheld. PSP Review
Jason is immune to World Cup Fever

by Jason
With the world in a state of world cup fever, it is probably not a coincidence that I have before me Football manager for the PSP. First off, I would like to state that I have never played Football (herein referred to as Soccer to avoid confusing rugby and AFL fans), so the chances of anyone asking me to manage a club are not only slim to none, they are microscopic to quantum particle sized. However, this is exactly what the game requires you to do, manage a soccer club on its path to glory, or in my case, the wooden spoon.... Read On
Dragon Quest: Journey of the Cursed King. PS2 Review: Part 2
The second half of my DQ love fest!

by Hillelman
In the first part of this 2 part review, I covered the graphics and sounds of Journey of the Cursed King. The presentation doesn't amount to much with a game, however, if it isn't any fun to play. That's a huge cliché in game reviews, but that's because it is also a matter of fact and therefore somewhat unnavoidable. Dragon Quest's style of play is not going to maintain every gamer's rapture. Frankly, not even all RPG fans will love this game as much as me. This is a "traditional Japanese style console RPG" through and through, which uses a "back to basics" approach to the genre (there's a couple more unavoidable clichés, when it comes to describing this one). Essentially, it is the usual RPG drill that most gamers have been through many times before:... Read On
Dragon Quest: Journey of the Cursed King. PS2 Review: Part 1
1st of a 2 part review. This game has my full geek love!

by Hillelman
So, I've mostly put my new Xbox 360 system and the review titles for it on the sidelines for a while. I hope to get back into it/them in a huge way real soon though. There are many reasons for that (I won't bore you with all of 'em), one of which is because I've been spending so much of my gaming time playing Dragon Quest on PS2. As I said in one of my Editorials, any title that can make you ignore a shiny new "next gen" system (especially after it wound up being such a hassle to get hold of to begin with!) must be pretty special. Yeah, Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King is something special indeed.... Read On
24: The Game. PlayStation 2 Review
Time is on Australian Ninja's side

by Australian Ninja
The following takes place between my lunch break and my afternoon nap. Welcome to 24: The Review. During your stay you'll be pleased to know that terrorists will frequently fire guns at your head, bombs will explode all around you [unless you defuse them quickly] and soon your ear will be bleeding from loud mouthed CTU agents who are addicted to calling you every ten seconds on your high pitched mobile phone.... 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)

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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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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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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