Start busting those piggy banks
Sydney, 20 January 2006 â Australian gamers will be able to trial the Xbox 360 for the first time when more than 1000 demonstration consoles are distributed to participating retail stores.
In February, consumers will get up close with the Xbox 360, including being able to play a range of next-generation games on high definition television screens.
Xbox 360 ushers in a whole new generation of gaming. Game characters and environments can appear just like the real world, or as fantastic as the imagination can dream up.
Game titles for the demonstration units will include Project Gotham RacingÂ® 3, KameoÂ®: Elements of PowerÂ®, Peter Jackson's King Kong The Official Game of the Movie, and NBA Live 06. A large selection of video game trailers will also be shown on high definition S... Read On
|Super Dual Box Pro. USB Adaptor Review|
Our game loving martial arts master has some Realgamer fun!
by Australian Ninja
"Super Dual Box Pro". The words straight from the outer shell of the adapter itself. I could not - even on my best day - invent such a wonderfully ridiculous name for a product. I like the "Super Dual Box Pro" USB controller adapter. I like it a whole lot. If I were not already planning to marry Claire Danes then I might have married the "Super Dual Box Pro" instead. Wait, did I say that out loud? Let's not mention this to anyone, okay?... Read On
|Ubisoft announce new Tom Clancy console title. Press Release|
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Critical Hour coming to PS2 & Xbox
Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announces that it will release Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Critical Hourâ¢ for the XboxÂ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system in Autumn 2006. In Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Critical Hour, Ubisoft's Quebec studio blends the finest elements of Tom Clancy's Rainbow SixÂ® series to create the most complete chapter to date. This latest chapter marks the return to the franchise's roots by reintroducing the deeply strategic and tactical gameplay synonymous with the Rainbow Six name, while incorporating classic in-game elements such as vintage maps and weapons, all rebuilt using today's technology offered at an attractive price. This will bring an exciting new seven-mission single-player campaign and 16 multiplayer levels to gamers who want more gameplay from one of the most popular franchises on Xbox LiveÂ® online gaming service and ubi.comâ¢.... Read On
|USB Control Pad Adaptors Review|
The time has come to take control
It is probably a really bad idea for me to admit to this here, but I love emulators. I was trying to think up a subtle way of talking about it, but I was unable to do so. Therefore, I'll just come right out and say it: I play classic game ROMs on my PC all the time. I don't mean current titles; I'm talking about games from the 8 and 16 Bit eras. ... Read On
|Talkman on its way to Sony PSP. Press Release|
Hey... don't be misunderstood! Learn to TalkManβ’
TalkMan is PSP's multilingual interactive phrase book & language tutor. Make new friends, break down barriers, promote world peace...and travel with a multilingual bird called Max!... Read On
|EA Announces Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takover for PSP.|
Press Release. Officially liscensed hip-hop fighting game.
SYDNEY. --Jan. 12, 2006--Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS), the world's leading independent videogame publisher, and Def Jam Enterprises, LLC, a media and marketing affiliate of Rush Communications, announced today that Def Jam(R) Fight For NY(TM): The Takeover will ship to retail outlets nationwide this fall on the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system. Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takeover, the prequel to the award-winning Def Jam Vendetta, lets you experience the ultimate hip hop fighting game anywhere you go.... Read On
|The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Xbox/PS2/Gamecube|
I, for one, actually do like him when he's angry
Most of you are probably well aware that this game has already been out for quite a while now. Vivendi Universal Games hadn't yet become one of Buttonhole's treasured support publishers when Hulk was released, so we didn't get to cover it at that time. I thought it would be a very fitting game for us to review, because it matches well with our content, style and the kind of readers we have. So, when VU joined us, I requested a copy and they were generous enough to oblige. Lovely! I'd also heard and read that Hulk was a great game. I was not disappointed.... Read On
|Vivendi Universal Games Aquires High Moon Studios.|
SYDNEY â January 9, 2006 â Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced that it has completed the purchase of leading independent developer, High Moon Studios. Under the agreement, VU Games will retain High Moon's team of more than 100 development professionals, as well as rights to the studio's intellectual properties. John Rowe, president and CEO of High Moon, will continue to manage the studio from its state-of-the-art facility located in Carlsbad, CA. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.... Read On
|The Movies. PC Review|
Jason is a movie monster
Every so often a game comes along that doesn't fit into any of the pre determined genres, some fade into obscurity, while others define genres all on their own (Grand Theft Auto 3 for example). The Movies is one of these games, the closest comparison I could make is to something like the Sims, or possibly Playboy the Mansion. But, comparisons aside, The Movies is certainly something special.... Read On
|Nintendo Connection Tour '06. Press Release|
Nintendo brings the world of touch screen gaming to you!
Australia, Melbourne, December 21st 2005 - This is what you've been waiting for â The Nintendo DS Connection Tour '06! Play new games, compete in great competitions, win prizes, share the Nintendogsâ¢ experience with other owners and download game samples to your very own Nintendo DS.... Read On
|THQ publishes AFL Premiership for Xbox & PC. Press Release|
Exclusive publishing deal secured.
Melbourne, Australia, 22nd December, 2005 - THQ Asia Pacific Pty Ltd., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), today announced an exclusive publishing deal for AFL Premiership, on the XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft and AFL Premiership 2005 for the Windows PC platforms.... Read On
|Call Of Duty 2 DVD Collectors Edition. PC Review|
Jason goes to war on PC in first person.
I did have the opportunity to play quite a bit of the first Call of Duty and enjoyed its efforts to stand out from the almost overwhelming horde of World War 2 first person shooters. The passable attempt to make you feel like part of a squad, and its efforts in the direction of a plot made it stand out from others in the genre.... Read On
|Gun. Xbox/PS2/PC/Gamecube Review|
Aimed at you, Aussie Ninja is the cowboy from hell
by Australian Ninja
"He was a cowboy, mister, and he loved the land. He loved it so much he made a woman out of dirt and married her. But when he kissed her, she disintegrated. Later, at the funeral, when the preacher said, "Dust to dust," some people laughed and the cowboy shot them. At his hanging, he told the others,
"I'll be waiting for you in heaven -- with a gun."
-Jack Handy... Read On
|Ricky Ponting International Cricket 2005. PS2 Review|
The Gimmick hits a six while wearing his wrestling mask
by The Gimmick
Ok, now I know this review may seem a bit out of place here on planet Buttonhole, but to tell you the truth as refined and as sophisticated as I am now (hahahaha I just said fist!) I still have a lot of "Yob Shite" in me which is probably why I love my Aussie sport so much. Now I'm not saying that I'm so far Yob that I'm a fan of Jimmy Barnes but I am a sports fan which means I love my Footy, I love my Cricket, I love my Midget tossing, No not that kind, the non filthy one - You sick freaks! Anyway because of my love of sports and my love of games it seems reasonable to be a fan of the sports games genre on home consoles. Now back in 1999-2000 Codemasters released a cricket game for the PSOne called Shane Warne Cricket and it blew my mind. The overall package was phenomenal and is still today one of those rare games I go back and play over and over again, even with the better looking games on my PS2. Well now my prayers have been answered because Codemasters and Swordfish Studios along with Atari have released the newest cricket game for the PS2 entitled: Ricky Ponting International Cricket 2005.... Read On
|Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood. Xbox Review.|
Wage war (again) on Xbox. Also available for PC & PS2
by Australian Ninja
"Brothers in Arms" - I thought this was going to be a game about the band "Dire Straights." But I was wrong.
But what if it was? You could run around attacking people with an electric guitar and throwing those glow stick things at people. Fire out musical notes at enemies. Pass the level and be awarded the "Most Rockingest Guitar Hero" Medal. Yeah okay, a game like that would blow chunks.
Chunks of Rock 'n Roll that is. I can almost hear one person laughing at that comment. "On with the review you lunatic" I hear you yell at the computer screen. All-righty then.... Read On
|Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. Xbox Review|
Aussie Ninja's duty? Play a bunch of games for Buttonhole.
by Australian Ninja
War -huh- what is it good for? Absolutely brilliant gaming - that's what. Call of Duty 2: Big Red One [COD2] surprised the hell out of me. I was not looking forward to playing it after the frustration I experienced playing Call of Duty: Finest Hour.
... Read On
|Far Cry Instincts. Xbox Review|
Far Crying out loud, just buy it! (yep, another lame gag)
Whether you wanted to be or not, I'm sure you're well aware that Christmas is only a matter of days away. Since you are reading this, you're probably a gamer and therefore will be hoping to find at least one videogame under the tree on Chrissie morn. ... Read On
|Capcom Classics Collection. PS2/Xbox Review|
All true classics will never die.
by Australian Ninja
Capcom rocks my world. How many awesome games have they made over the years? Capcom Classics Collection (CCC) is one of the most fantastic ass kickingly brilliant retro collections you could possibly buy. Look, there are two retro collections that rock hard and are worth the bling bling. Capcom Classics and Sonic Mega Collection. I have the joy of owning both and I say that they kick the combined asses of the Atari, Activision, Midway and Williams retro collections. ... Read On
|Shrek Super Slam. PS2/Xbox/Gamecube/PC Review|
An unimpressive liscened game. As expected.
by Australian Ninja
Shrek Super Slam [Triple S] is the kind of game that makes you want to pack up your home and move far far away just so you never have to see it again.... Read On
|Smackdown Vs. Raw 2006. PlayStation 2 Review|
Wrestling Game Title Bout: PS2 Vs. The Gimmick!
by The Gimmick
After playing the hell out of the last Smackdown Vs Raw game for the PS2, I was hanging for this new release like an international drug smuggler caught at the airport. The last installment in the WWE game franchise was considered a let down, I guess in comparison to the one previous to that one. But I never had the chance to play that, so I walked straight into the last release and was pleasantly surprised. Then, when I heard that SD Vs Raw 2006 could be the best wrestling game ever, I couldn't wait. And I wasn't let down.... 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