Jason takes to the skies in a blaze of glory
One type of games I normally steer clear of are flight Sims, as I have a nasty habit of losing track of the large flat solid object more commonly known as the ground and having a close meeting with it, usually at high speed resulting in a fiery mess. However Blazing Angels has a very arcade feel and, while being challenging, doesn't require a commercial pilot's license to play.
You start the game as a rookie pilot and after the obligatory training mission where you do all the things you would expect i.e.: taking off (the starting of the engine is a nice little detail, you rotate your right analogue stick to spin the propeller),making turns, shooting balloons and practicing bombing runs by dropping leaflets on a church. Eventually you will progress to an air ace in command of your own s... Read On
|Sammy's PSP Multi-Review Bonanza|
4 PSP games reviewed in the 1 easy to open article!
Thanks to those idiots who caused our site to crash and my ongoing health problems, I'm even more stupidly behind with things than usual. To try and catch up a little I'll be posting a few articles in which I group a bunch of reviews together. Starting with this one; which includes four different titles for the Sony PSP. ... Read On
|X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse. PSP Review|
Jason plays with portable mutants
The X-Men, where to begin? Once a humble comic, now a massive multimedia machine encompassing cartoons, movies and, of course, games. There have been a quite a few X-Men games over the years, some have been good, while others didn't deserve to even be burnt onto a disc. Finally somebody has it right, after beat-em-ups and platoons of platformers, the action RPG style really works for the property. And it is now portable, finally giving you the opportunity for an x-fix on the move.... Read On
|G1 Jockey 4. PlayStation 2 Review|
Australian Ninja trades his kingdom for a horse
by Australian Ninja
Coming up on the inside its Smell Mafinger, still in the lead is Tipsy Fallover, but what's this - Always Last has stolen third place but wait Anita Dick is running hard against Gluestick, with Explosive Baby trailing at the back of the pack, still in second is Cyril's Hangover, it's an exciting race as Tipsy Fallover has knocked herself out of the race taking down Lusty Desire on the way and bringing Gypsy's Curse into fifth place, Mc Useless is racing backwards again and it's looks like, yes it's Gluestick, Gluestick, Gluestick all the way, all the way for the win and to the factory.... Read On
|Xbox 360. Hardware Review|
For a while there, it felt like they were trying to stop me!
It is funny, at times, how life works. F*#king hilarious, really. On a daily basis, I severely split both my sides, slap my knees into a mass of bruises and shed a medium sized ocean's worth of tears, due to the sheer hilarity of it all. Honestly though, the Lord (or Karma, or whatever it is you choose to invest some faith into), can indeed work in some oddly amusing ways. One such example is how I came to get my Xbox 360, far later than I'd hoped and expected to (if you've not already, you can read the reasons behind that in the little bitch session I posted earlier). Well, that delay may actually have helped somewhat in bringing about this highly positive Xbox 360 review of mine.... Read On
|Nintendo DS Lite Australian Launch. Press Release|
lighter - brighter - slimmer
Nintendo DS. I love it. Soon, I might just love it even more. This new updated and remodelled version, called DS Lite, looks pretty funky to me. It is much more streamlined, far less heavy and features sharper picture quality from those lovely improved screens. The price is pretty good too (relatively, that is). Mind you, if the big N happen to feel like sending me one - to give some coverage here at Buttonhole - I'd certainly not refuse such an offer. Hey, stranger things have been know to happen!
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|The Tragic Tale of Sammy's Xbox 360 Delays of Doom!|
Whinging Drama Queen Brigade: Can't beat 'em? Join 'em
I finally got the damn thing. In my most recent Editorial, I told you that I'd explain the bothersome issues I had with obtaining my Xbox 360 console (along with its launch in general). I also said that "some heads might just roll". Well, I will come clean now and admit that, while some feathers probably will be a little ruffled, I was being intentionally melodramatic when I made those proclamations. I basically said that in order to try and grab your full attention. I figured it was about time for me to pull that particular card out of my sleeve. I mean, every bastard seems to use that tactic on me all the time. I reckon I'm entitled to my turn at it.... Read On
|Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis. First Look|
A few preview screens & some info on the upcoming 360 title
Not since Forrest Gump has Table Tennis been this exciting (hardly an original joke, I know, but I'm tired - so give me a break okay?)! You know, when I first heard that Rockstar was making a table tennis game for the Xbox 360, I figured that - unless you could beat your opponent to death with that little paddle thing -I wouldn't be interested. Well, I was wrong (yeah, I found that shocking too!) because I can now say that I can't wait to give this bad boy some playing time.... Read On
|Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories|
The GTA franchise blasts its way onto the PSP
by Special K
Here's a tasty PSP recipe. Take a genre bending game; in this case Grand Theft Auto 3. Add a dash of features from GTA San Andreas and GTA Vice City. Proceed to squash all this down to fit on a UMD. You now have a wonderful mix of top-notch gaming known as Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
In the PSP packaging you get a copy of the Liberty Tree - a Liberty City publication that doubles as the game's manual. Plenty of puns and laughs in the Liberty Tree. You also get a fold-out map of Liberty City (with a GTA centrefold poster on the back!)... Read On
|Introducing...Wii. Press Release|
Nintendo officially names their next console
Introducing ... Wii.
As in "we."
While the code-name "Revolution" expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer.
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|Activision announce Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. Press Release|
Over 140 Marvel Characters to be featured!
"Marvel: Ultimate Alliance delivers a new twist on action/RPGs where players' actions and choices ultimately determine what happens to the Marvel universe," states Will Kassoy, Vice President of Global Brand Management for Activision. "This coupled with the game's enormous character roster will deliver an action-packed experience that comic book fans have been waiting for."... Read On
|Tony Hawk's American Wasteland. Xbox 360 Review|
Jason gets same great Tony taste, with an all new 360 smell
And here we have the fifth game in the Tony Hawk series. For anyone who has been living in a box for the last five years, the aforementioned Mr. Hawk is one of the best skateboarders on the planet, having invented many tricks and being one of - if not the only person - to land a 900 degree spin, and having a line of videogames bearing his name. First I have to say I wasn't overly impressed with the last Tony Hawk game (Tony Hawks Underground 2) as the very heavy MTV's Jackass influence kind of took away from the point of the series, which should be skateboarding, not frigging about in wheel chairs, Segway scooters or mechanical bulls. ... Read On
|Outrun 2006 Coast 2 Coast. PlayStation 2 Review|
Aussie Ninja is a drifter
by Australian Ninja
Let's go away, let's go away, Daaaayyytoooooonnnaaa! Whoops, wrong game. I'm from Canada, they think I'm slow, eh?
Outrun2006 features the SEGA arcade game Outrun2 with some added console gameplay modes and content. The game cover boasts Net Play, 30 Tracks, Outrun Miles, PSP Connectivity and 13 licensed Ferrari cars. Yes, all Ferraris because red cars go faster.... Read On
|Makai Kingdom. PS2 Import Review|
US NTSC version of the Strat RPG. Cheers Realgamer!
I'm late, as usual, with this one. That is the story of my life. I'm likely never going to fully catch up either, so you can probably expect it to remain that way. I've had the US NTSC version of Makai Kingdom for a long while now. It was supplied to Buttonhole by those lovely people at Realgamer.... Read On
|All Star Cast for Superman Returns game. Press Release|
Actors from the film to provide voices for the game
SYDNEY.--April 19, 2006--Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS) and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today they have secured an all-star cast for the voices in SUPERMAN RETURNS(TM): THE VIDEOGAME. The game will feature the voice and likeness of Brandon Routh (Superman/Clark Kent) as well as the voices of Kevin Spacey (Lex Luthor), Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane), Parker Posey (Kitty Kowalski) and Sam Huntington (Jimmy Olsen), all reprising their roles from the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film directed by Bryan Singer.... Read On
|X-Men III: Official Game of the Movie. Press Release|
Game info and sexy trailers to please your peepers
To go along with Buttonhole's coverage of X-Men: The Last Stand thanks to our friends at 20th Century Fox, we're also going to be covering the game based on the movie. This is courtesy of our friends at Activison. See how many friends Buttonhole has? Aren't we just the lucky ducks?! ... Read On
|Shadow of the Colossus. PlayStation 2 Review|
Far more impressive than "Shadow of the Pygmy"
Wow, this game rocks. I don't believe I'd be able to get away with leaving it at that, so on with the show. This late in the PS2's life, they're really getting some excellent results out of the hardware. Shadow of the Colossus has some gorgeous visuals and is also a whole heap of fun.... Read On
|Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow|
Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announce that it has reached an agreement with Bethesda SoftworksÂ® to publish Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrowz, a pirate-themed action game for the Sony PlaystationÂ®2 and PC. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow is developed by 7 Studios and will be available in PAL territories in July 2006.... Read On
|Old Games That Sure Don't Suck. Platform Games: Part Two|
The rise and fall of Sonic
The first time I played Sonic the Hedgehog, it had only just come out (to surprisingly little fanfare, initially, here in Australia). I rented it for the weekend from my local video shop, as I was wont to do back then. Upon first viewing I found Sonic's graphics to be, quite simply, astounding. At that stage most platform games (and games in general) tended to look very blocky, almost like they were made out of Lego.... Read On
|Onimusha Dawn of Dreams. PlayStation 2 Review|
In Japan, they call him "Hatchy the Hatchet".
It's a known fact that when most games get to version four in their evolution it becomes harder to attract newcomers to the series. No matter how good they are the prospect of having to invest in the previous games seems like not only a waste of time, but a drain on finances too. Capcom, perhaps sensing the limited marketing appeal, have worked hard to produce an entirely new game with Dawn of Dreams. For people like myself, who never had more than a passing interest in the previous three versions, this can only be a good thing. It's still set in medieval Japan of course (some traditions are sacred) but with a new plot, new characters, upgraded fighting moves and numerous other enhancements it is bound to appeal to a much wider audience than ever before.... Read On
|Games 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