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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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Far Cry Instincts screen 1 Far Cry Instincts First Look

More Far Cry action on the way, this time for the consoles.

Publisher: Ubisoft

Wed, 13 April 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Far Cry on the PC was a brilliant game. The upcomming Far Cry Instincts for the consoles looks like it will be equally as great, if not even greater! The PC version is still one of the nicest looking games around and the graphics of Instincts look like they will be able to match those standards. Given the relatively weaker processing power of the console systems this is a remarkable achievment. Experimentation and exploration will also be expanded upon, which should be awesome since the first game was no slouch in that department. All up this is one game I can hardly wait for. Check out the press release from Ubisoft below, along with a few screenshots of the game.

The award-winning PC game, Far Cry®, is re-imagined
for consoles

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Check out the awesome water effects!
Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, announce that Far Cry Instincts™ will ship for consoles in September 2005. Based on Far Cry®, the worldwide acclaimed tropical PC shooter released by Ubisoft in 2004, Far Cry Instincts™ is a technically advanced gaming experience built from the ground up using the kind of cutting-edge technology that Far Cry® fans will recognize from the award-winning PC title. A hands-on demo of Far Cry Instincts™ will be present at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) May 18th – May 20th in Los Angeles, California.

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Jungle Boogie
Just as Far Cry® redefined the First-Person Shooter genre for the PC, Far Cry Instincts™ will take things a step even further with its wide open environments and unique immersive gameplay elements. Developed by Ubisoft’s renowned Montreal studio, Far Cry Instincts™ takes the PC version's signature locations, Full-Action Response A.I. (F.A.R. concept), and unprecedented view-distance, and combines them with improved gameplay scenarios that will challenge players to utilize an even broader range of strategies and survival tactics to uncover the many secrets within the beautiful, but deadly islands.

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Arnie Pie: "Tell my wife I love her!"
“Ubisoft is blending the winning formula of Far Cry® for the PC with the hardware capabilities of the consoles. The result – an intense action-packed gameplay experience that will raise the bar for the First-Person Shooter Survival genre,” said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing for Ubisoft. “In Far Cry Instincts™, players will become the Ultimate Predator, as they are forced to outlast the wilderness hell and unleash every imaginable survival tactic and skill.”

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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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