Want to be sure to get one at lauch?
Sydney, 1 December 2005 â€“ Participating leading retailers will officially begin taking Australian pre-orders for the Xbox 360 from December 8, it was announced today.
The program will allow customers to be among the first in Australia to own an Xbox 360, subject to availability at participating retailers. The Xbox 360 sold out on its US debut day last week and similar enthusiasm for the next-generation console is expected when it is released at one minute past midnight on March 2, 2006 in Australia.
Pre-orders for Xbox 360 (RRP*$649.95) will be taken at leading participating Australian retailers.
David McLean, Regional Director, Xbox Australia said he was excited that both retailers and consumers are putting the Xbox 360 at the top of their wish list. "We will be working close... Read On
|Getting Up & Test Drive Unlimited. Press Release|
These two Atari titles are shaping up very nicely
These two upcomming titles from Atari are looking great. Get Up has some excellent concepts and looks pretty incredible graphically. For some real graphical power though, check out Test Drive Unlimited for Xbox 360. Wow. It seems that racing/driving game fans are in for some rockin' times when old Bill's new console reaches our shores.... Read On
|Win an exclusive Nintendo "Fanboy 01" jacket.|
Win one of these suckas (then give it to me)
Just look at that pimpin' jacket. I want one. If you want one too, why not try and win one of the bastards?
Head on over to the Australian Nintendo website and have a crack at it.
Competition Deadline: Thu the 15th of Dec 2005
Nintendo Australia are giving away the ultimate prize for a true Nintendo Fan, 20 exclusive Nintendo Fanboy 01 Jackets!
Tell us in 25 words or less: What makes you a true Nintendo Fanboy? ... Read On
|Resident Evil 4. PlayStation 2 Review|
So good, it's scary (yeah, that was lame).
In this month's Hyper magazine (which everyone should buy because, for one thing, there's a Buttonhole ad in there) Resident Evil 4 (aka RE 4, or Resi 4) came second on their "readers' top 50 games of all time" list. That tells me a few things. Firstly (and most obviously) it shows how popular and highly regarded the game is. Secondly, since we have a pretty similar audience to Hyper in various ways, it leads me to believe that most Buttonhole readers would also rank Resi 4 as a big favourite. And finally, as a result of those other two things I just mentioned, it means that I'm probably not selling this game to many people. Rather, I'm probably just preaching to the converted. ... Read On
|Without Warning. PS2/Xbox Review|
Beware! Jason's amount of warning is distinctly lacking!
Without warning is exactly how I happened across this game, hiding in the mailbox (thanks Sam). Upon firing it up, I discovered this is a game that is suffering of something of an identity crisis; it doesn't appear to know if it is a stealth type action game in a similar vane to a Metal Gear or a Splinter Cell. Or a first person shooter similar to Medal Of Honor, or Call Of Duty.... Read On
|Burnout Legends. PSP Review.|
Car crashing goodness in the palm of your hand!
by Special K
Crashing cars. Always something I have excelled at with video games. Earliest memories extend back to Test Drive and the dreaded crack in the windscreen in all it's CGA 4-colour glory. (sigh) I digress. I have been playing Burnout Legends on the PSP for a fair few weeks now and I'm loving it. From a glimpse of the game on the X-Box, it caught my attention as an ideal title for the PSP.... Read On
|Press Release: Xbox 360 begins Australian countdown|
Powerhouse console to go on sale in Australia March 2, 2006
Sydney November 22, 2005 - It's only ninety-nine sleeps until Australians can get their hands on the world's most powerful games console, the Xbox 360.... Read On
|Crash Tag Team Racing. PS2/Xbox/Gamecube Review|
Aussie Ninja, did you say wacky doodle?
by Australian Ninja
Sometimes I need a little Crashahol.
That most peculiar of video-game mascots is back in another kart racing game. But don't be fooled into thinking Crash Tag Team Racing (CTTR) is merely another kart game. It's not. It's more of a variety game that happens to feature racing.... Read On
|Darkwatch. PS2/Xbox Review|
Australian Ninja battles vampires in the wild west.
by Australian Ninja
Are you ready to fight the legions of undead with the rootingest, tootingest, meanest sumbitch of a cowboy vampire outlaw this side of Dodge City? I reckon you better be ready or I'll blow some chunks out of you with old shottie.... Read On
|Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil. Xbox Review|
Will those pesky demons never learn?
This review will be a fairly brief one, my apologies if it seems a little rushed. I'm going away for a few days and I wanted to get this posted before that. Besides, we've covered Doom quite a bit already with Mugwai's Doom 3 Xbox review and mine for the original PC version.... Read On
|Tony Hawk's American Wasteland. PS2/Xbox/Gamecube Review|
Fazz drops in with the PS2 version of the latest Hawk title
So, it's time for another release from Neversoft and Activision's enormously popular "Tony Hawk Pro Skater" series. One many of us have been waiting with a certain amount of apprehension for. Sure, we at Buttonhole HQ love our skateboarding games, but is there more to this new release than we've seen before?... Read On
|Quake 4. PC Review|
Quake 4 Sammy 4 Eva
I was one of those whinging bastards who thought Doom 3 wasn't all it was cracked up to be. While I wouldn't go as far as the deluded few who claim it sucks, I do feel the game's state of the art looks were let down by gameplay that was a bit of a backwards step for the First Person Shooter genre. Well, now the latest instalment of id's other blockbuster FPS franchise has arrived and I'm a happy little vegemite, because Quake 4 is the kind of game I really wanted Doom 3 to be.
... Read On
|Dungeon Siege II. PC Review|
A nerd's nirvana!
Do you like Elves and Half-Giants and all those kinds of things? To be honest, I've had more than my fill of them in recent times. As The Office's Ricky Gervais (who, by the way, is much funnier than any one man has a right to be) said "If you've seen one Orc, you've seen them all". But I managed to enjoy Dungeon Siege II a great deal regardless. So, if that's your bag, you'll likely be stoked with this one. ... Read On
|X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse. PS2/Xbox/PC Review|
Mutants are always welcome at Buttonhole
by Australian Ninja
I may not be the best there is at what I do, but when it comes to quality comic-book based video-games I am someone to listen to as I know what I'm blabbing on about, most of the time. X-Men Legends 2 is a great game. It's not a clunker like Fantastic Four, that game sucked. X2 is solid fun. In fact it is one of the BEST uses of the X-Men license in a game by far. Read on if you dare.... Read On
|Ultimate Spider-Man. PS2 Review|
Vastly superior to Penultimate Spider-Man
Along with Batman, Spidey is probably my favourite comic book character. He's easy to relate to, quite a humorous fellow and has an awesome look. The "Ultimate" version of the Spider-Man comics is a back to basics approach from Marvel that essentially relaunched the character with a fresh start and "modernized" the setting. Many Spider-Man fans love the Ultimate version, while others don't particularly care for it and prefer to stick with the classic line of comics. I do enjoy the Ultimate Spider-man books myself, so I had been eagerly anticipating this game. If you are unfamiliar with Ultimate Spider-Man's story, it follows the original comics fairly closely (and resembles the recent movies strongly as well) but has made some (relatively) mild changes to things and differences to how it portrays some of the characters.... Read On
|Beatdown: Fists of Vengeance. PS2/Xbox Review|
You can find some brutal stuff involving fists on the 'net.
This game reaches back into the far reaches of time, to simpler times, when games were all about points and 20 cent pieces or dollar coins. Hopefully some of you will be old enough to remember games called final fight, double dragon, vendetta, the premise was simple, beat the living crap out of anybody silly enough to stand in your way.... Read On
|Ridge Racer. PSP Review|
A must-have PSP title!
by Special K
OK. I thought I'd start this review with OK because the announcer insists on letting me know constantly throughout the game that everything's OK. Now that's out of the way it's onto the review OK?
As you may or may not know, I'm one of those people who doesn't own a PS2 or an X Box. The PSP caught my eye because of its size and appeal for the long trips to work on the train. That and the fact that it has the single best LCD screen I have ever seen.... Read On
|Resident Evil Outbreak: File #2. PS2 Review|
Who doesn't like to have a good old #2?
by Australian Ninja
Plagues of zombie pimps and the smell of hot lead in the morning, count me in! Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 is a unique game that throws the franchise into the world of online team based game-play. Sounds exciting - team up and shoot those zombie bitches with your mates - Why not? Well, I didn't get to play any online stuff, so that means my AI partners (two of them) in the game acted like, uh, AI partners. You know what I mean - total morons. Running around in circles saying the same piece of speech repeatedly until you mute the volume. Oh how I wish I could have shot that good-natured but simple-minded AI partner. Lucky for *name censored* I was unable to shoot him or I would have, repeatedly.... Read On
|Activision PSP Double Review|
Spider-Man 2 & Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade
Spider-Man 2 was, and still is, a fantastic movie. This PSP game is more or less based on the film and does a reasonable job of capturing the fun and excitement of taking control of the web-slinger. If it hadn't been such a short experience I would have called it one of the better launch games for the system. As it is, there's just not enough here to keep most gamers playing for more than a week (at most). Even so, it is plenty of fun while it lasts and certainly well worth a look for Spidey lovers. ... Read On
|Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix|
Tony Hawk launches on the PSP!
by Special K
Ok. Before we go any further with this review, I'll fill you in on my history with the Tony Hawk series. I am familiar with Tony Hawk and Tony Hawk 2 on the Nintendo 64 and have memories of playing the game on PC a few times â€“ and that's all. If you are after a review from someone who can pull-off 1,000,000 point + combos, please refer to Mugwai's review of THUG2 on the Xbox.... Read On