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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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Beat Down FoV PS2 box Beatdown: Fists of Vengeance. PS2/Xbox Review

You can find some brutal stuff involving fists on the 'net.

Publisher: Capcom/THQ Australia

Mon, 17 October 2005

Jason Vorhees image 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.

This is only my humble opinion, but I feel this game is the spiritual successor to final fight; it takes the above principle and updates it with shiny new graphics and effects
(The bruising and blooded noses look great) and several new and not so new ideas.

The game has 2 modes, a story mode if you will and a couple of fairly standard Vs modes that are probably okay for a while with a few mates, but it's the story mode that will probably make anybody stick around. You begin with your choice of one of five mafia who have been framed by their boss; all of witch have the requisite different looks, different attributes and fighting styles.

Beat Down FoV PS2 screenshot 1
You know that jacket makes you look gay right? Not that there's anything wrong with that.
The fighting is not overly complicated with a punch button, a kick button a block button and a context sensitive button (what it does varies depending on the circumstances) which one of these people you chose doesn't seem to make a great deal of difference to the game with the object of the story being a big steaming plate of revenge, heavily garnished with a good old fashioned ass kicking.

A few new tricks have been employed to try and retain your attention and most of these revolve around what happens after a fight, fights in the game come in two flavors, one a fairly basic free for all beat em up against one or many opponents and utilizing anything that comes to hand to deliver some serious damage and usually ending with some experience gained and two, a closer focus one on one battle that makes use of a second energy bar below the usual health bar. Once this bar is depleted a quick press of the circle button leads to a cutscene and a menu with several options.

The first option is to recruit your opponent to your gang (most will be happy to join you and can be added to your party with a phone call), or you could rob them reliving them of all their cash, interrogate them for possibly useful (more likely useless) information or just finish administering the almighty beating you started, leaving your opponent with a face resembling fresh roadkill. While this isn't a bad game it gives the impression of been there done that bought the bloody t shirt, okay you can change clothes, get different hairstyles and even get plastic surgery all of witch supposedly contribute to lowering the two "wanted" meters in the top left of your screen(blatant nod to the GTA series there). In practice these meters make very little difference to game play as it is often easier to just bash anybody in your way rather than make a long detour to a clothes shop or barber.

Beat Down FoV PS2 screenshot 2
A zoot suit riot!
The music is well suited but will very rapidly get annoyingly repetitive, the sound effects are of a high quality with fists and feet applied to faces sounding satisfying enough, but overall this game has very little long lasting appeal, more of one of those that you pull out for a quick bout of mindless violence after a night at the pub and then forget just as quickly.

by: Jason

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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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