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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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Xbox 360 LogoPre-orders for Xbox 360 have begun. Press Release
Want to be sure to get one at lauch?

by Hillelman
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

by Hillelman
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)

by Hillelman
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
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Resident Evil 4. PlayStation 2 Review
So good, it's scary (yeah, that was lame).

by Hillelman
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!

by Jason
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

by Hillelman
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?

by Hillelman
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

by Fazz
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

by Hillelman
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!

by Hillelman
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

by Hillelman
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.

by Jason
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

by Hillelman
Spider-Man 2 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
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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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