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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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Blazing Angels Xbox 360 boxBlazing Angels: Squadrons of WW2. Xbox 360 Review
Jason takes to the skies in a blaze of glory

by Jason
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!

by Hillelman
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

by Jason
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
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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!

by Hillelman
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

by Hillelman
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! ... Read On
The Tragic Tale of Sammy's Xbox 360 Delays of Doom!
Whinging Drama Queen Brigade: Can't beat 'em? Join 'em

by Hillelman
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

by Hillelman
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

by Hillelman
Introducing ... Wii. As in "we." While the code-name "Revolution" expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer. ... Read On
Activision announce Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. Press Release
Over 140 Marvel Characters to be featured!

by Hillelman
"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

by Jason
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!

by Hillelman
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

by Hillelman
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

by Hillelman
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"

by Hillelman
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
Press Release

by Hillelman
Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announce that it has reached an agreement with Bethesda Softworks® to publish Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrowz, a pirate-themed action game for the Sony Playstation®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

by Hillelman
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".

by Hatchy
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
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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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