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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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Toons
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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Toons
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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Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil Xbox box Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil. Xbox Review

Will those pesky demons never learn?

Publisher: Activision

Mon, 14 November 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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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.

It still impresses me greatly how well they got the game to run on Xbox. I'm glad they did too because, to my mind, Doom 3 works better as a console game. It is ideal for kicking back on the couch with the lights off. What's more I found Ressurection of Evil (which is really just an expansion pack, so don't go expecting a full blown sequel) to be a definite improvement gameplay wise. The action is more furious now, there are some cool new weapons and the level of interactivity has been increased.

Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil Xbox screenshot 1
Does anyone know where I can get one of these? Maybe I should check Ebay.
You've now got this funky thing called "The Artifact" which you can use to do some pretty wild stuff. It slows down time (which, essentially, is yet another variant on "bullet-time" but it is cool all the same) so that you can get passed fast moving booby traps and things like that. Later on it can give you massive power too; it is a whole lot of fun to punch straight through any demon that gets in your way while that's going on.

You also have a Levitator gun, or "The Grabber" which is something Half Life 2 fans will feel at home with. These two devices are implemented well into the game as several puzzle like situations call for you to use them in some clever ways. A fun way to add a bit more depth to it all.

The pistol has a flashlight attached to it now, which I think is much better (though some folks liked having to switch from gun to torch). The double barrel shotgun makes a welcome return too and who doesn't love that thing?

There a couple of new demons in the game as well. But what's better to me is that there seems to always be more beasties running around here than in Doom 3. It really feels much more like the old-school Doom games now.

Graphically the game is as impressive as ever, a remarkable proximity to the PC version. Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil is easily one of the best looking Xbox games available.

As this is an expansion pack, the fun is short lived compared to the original Doom 3. If you played it flat out you could probably go through the game in a couple of days, or even less. You might give it another run though as there are a few bits worth seeing more than once. The boss fights in particular are very well done.

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He's a rocket man
In order to make up for the game's short lifespan there are some bonus goodies on offer. The classics Ultimate Doom, Doom II and Master Levels for Doom II are all included on the disc. I love that kind of thing myself and wish there was more of it.

The old Doom games are still awesome fun too. Once you get used to seeing all those pixels (remember when those graphics were the best thing going?!) the gameplay kicks in and it's on. I got sucked in all over again reliving some of the old levels (I was amazed how some of the layouts were still tucked away in my memory) and had great time. In fact, I probably spent more time on those than the actual new gameā€¦I dunno if that's due to nostalgia or that I genuinely do still prefer the older versions.

The bottom line for Xbox owners; if you didn't like Doom 3 at all, you won't like it now either. If you loved Doom 3 you ought to give Resurrection of Evil a shot without doubt. If you've never tried Doom 3, this version is better in my opinion, but also a lot shorter, so you're probably still better off getting the original.


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Resurrection of Evil improves the gameplay of Doom 3 nicely. It isn't really a stand alone game and is thus too short. Well worth a look though. If you dig the old-school Doom games, and want to play them on your xbox, snap it up.

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Toons
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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Toons
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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Toons
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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