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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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Ace Combat 5 - PS2 Cover First look at Ace Combat: Squadron Leader

#5 in the series is heading our way and looking good

Wed, 16 February 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Ace Combat: Squadron Leader is set to land on Australian shores on Thursday 24th February courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment Australia and Namco. So go ahead and give your flight goggles a bit of a spit and polish and prepare for take off (yeah I know, that was lame) with this promising new addition to the great series of “flight combat” games on the PS2.

Probably the most immediately noticable thing about Squadron Leader is its impressive graphics. Flying through the clouds has never looked better or more realistic. There are plenty of exciting special effects included and a high level of detail. One thing the screenshots cannot show you is that the game’s frame rate remains smooth and steady at all times. There’s no doubting that this is one of the best looking PlayStation 2 games around.

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As most gamers should know by now, the Ace Combat games are not intended as serious, complicated, in depth flight simulators. They are more action packed, arcade-style games. That’s not to say that they are overly simplistic, or that they are lacking in depth to the gameplay. Far from it, there are a huge amount of different planes to get to grips with and they do each have slight differences in how they handle. You just won’t need to be able to pilot a plane in real life to be able to use the ones in this game, for that kind of thing you’re better off sticking with a PC.

Some extra tactical aspects have been included for this instalment, the most obvious of which is the addition of wingmen. You can issue commands to these wingman which they’ll carry out whilst in battle. All up the gameplay looks to stick quite closely to the last game in the series, while adding enough improvements to make it an even more enjoyable experience.

The sound of the game is also of an excellent standard. With fitting music, realistic sound effects and decent quality voice acting especially considering the huge amount of in-mission chatter.

It has been a long time now since us Aussies saw a new Ace Combat game in and I’m sure the series’ many fans are looking forward to this one anxiously. It seems pretty likely that they will not be disappointed when Squadron Leader hits the shelves. It might even attract some brand new fans with its slick and striking visuals. I, for one am really looking forward to playing the final product.

SCEA also sent us the Aussie press release for the game, so I’ve included that for you below. Enjoy!

Ace Combat 5 screenshot 3

Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCE Aust.)are pleased to announce the PAL title for the 5th instalment in the Ace Combat series will launch in Australia on Thursday 24th February 2005. Exclusive to PlayStation 2: Ace Combat: Squadron Leader is a highly anticipated aerial combat game.

Ace Combat: Squadron Leader combines the adrenaline rush of high-altitude dogfights with the tactical dimension of squadron command and real-life graphics to deliver the most complete aerial combat experience on PlayStation®2.

Featuring a detailed storyline with more than 30 missions and over 50 licensed planes, players are consistently challenged with air-to-air combat, air-to-ground fighting, air-to-sea assaults, rescue and recon sorties and more. With the addition of Wingman Command, players can issue mid-mission directives to three wingmen and carry out coordinated group attacks. In-game radio communications add further depth, strategy and realism to the game’s dynamic battle sequences.

To promote this game Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Namco have developed an official Ace Combat: Squadron Leader website The website showcases the title’s stunning in-game graphics, the extensive array of licensed planes featured in the game and details regarding the campaign mode, all this in an online environment that is representative of the game experience

The physics applied in the development of Ace Combat: Squadron Leader provide a realistic flying experience – allowing gamers to soar to new heights in over 50 of the world’s most advanced fighters - licensed from leading manufacturers including Boeing.

Ace Combat: Squadron Leader ‘launches’ on Thursday 24 February 2005.

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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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