Here's what'll be in the next issue, from the Editor himself
Sat, 5 August 2006
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Sammy's Intro: Many of Buttonhole's readers are also fans of Hyper - Australia's leading multi-format gaming magazine. For all the Hyper lovers, the Editor of the mag, Cam Shea, has decided to write a monthly preview article for each upcoming issue. Along with being posted on the Hyperactive Forums, you will also be able to read Cam's previews right here at Planet Buttonhole. Cross promotion, baby, it is a beautiful thing! Hyper and Buttonhole make for a great mix, for one very simple reason; we both rock. So, read on to see what Mr. Shea has to say about Hyper 155, in his very first (Buttonhole posted) preview column! Hyper 155 - on sale August 9
Well, another month has passed and another issue of Hyper has been forged in the crucible of gaming journalism that is Next Media.
Issue 155 sees LucasArts throw down the next gen gauntlet, giving the classic Indiana Jones license a serious makeover. We're talking George Lucas supervising the script, effects being pulled across from ILM (both ILM and LucasArts work out of the same campus in San Francisco now), and truly next gen middleware technology being incorporated into the engine. It really does look slick - and part of a concerted effort by LucasArts to be leaders on next gen platforms, so check out the feature for the lowdown.
This month we've also had a chat to Ubisoft Paris about Red Steel and how they're enjoying developing for Nintendo's Wii (surprise surprise they like it!), we've taken a more detailed look at Haze, the next gen game from Free Radical (yes, the TimeSplitters guys), where you're so hepped up on 'Nectar', a drug pumped straight into your system on the battlefield, that you can't be sure what's real and what's your altered state. We've gone hands on with TimeShift, Saint's Row and Dark Messiah, which is shaping up to be one hell of a fantasy playground, and we've talked to the guys from Bohemia about Armed Assault, their "don't call it a" sequel to Operation Flashpoint, among other previews.
Microsoft's Peter Moore and the head of Xbox Japan, Takahashi Sensui both drop by for a chat about where they see Xbox 360 going from here, and of course Peter Moore takes the opportunity to have a go at Sony. Some things never change.
We've expanded the Net Trawlin' section this month, previewing a couple of cool looking MMOs from NCSoft, ElBastardo continues to run wild in WoW, Kosta works on his standup material in Links and we've run our first Indie game review of Bone 2 - we'll be doing one every month from here on in.
Pressing on - Makoto Oskai from AM2 tells us about Virtua Fighter 5, we take an affectionate look back at Burning Rangers on Saturn and our Japanese Correspondent kicks off his "Land of the Rising Fun" spread. Super happy good times all round.
Last but not least, we've put together a surprisingly deep review section this month too. Okami, Yakuza, Prey, Kingdom Hearts II, Tekken: Dark Resurrection, Gangs of London and Civ IV Warlords all get the review treatment, plus plenty more.
Sorry to hit you with what largely amounts to a list, but it's a big issue, and there's still plenty of stuff I haven't mentioned. I guess if these updates ever get too florid, you'll know there's less going on in the mag ;)
So yeah, it's done, dusted and heading out the door now. Subscribers should be getting it very soon, while everyone else will have to wait until the 9th. Enjoy!
Adventures in Hyperland
But what else has Team Hyper been up to? Well, Activision held their Activate Asia day on the 31st, disappointingly in Sydney, not Hong Kong as it has been for the last few years. Still, they flew the likes of the head of Red Octane in to take us through Guitar Hero II (rhythm + bass + lead guitar = awesome!), Tim Willits from id to demo Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (definitely the highlight of the Activision content - this game is going to be a blast) and now that they're distributing LucasArts, a couple of LucasArts-ians were on hand giving real-time demos of Indiana Jones and their DMM tech - but we'd already got the scoop on that stuff for 155. Still, they're incredible demos.
Coming up, Wilks is going to a huge Dark Messiah LAN for local game journos today, we'll both be hitting Pioneer's launch of the first 1080p plasma screen in the country (just in time for PS3!) next week, and Daniel Staines is jetting off to Vegas to live the high rolling life. And possibly see some games.
For the last month or two we've also been frantically organising interviews with some of the leading lights in the industry for the October issue. We're doing one of the biggest sets of features EVER in Hyper history, focusing on the 25 development teams/individuals that are actually moving gaming forward as a medium. It's going to be huge.
Anyway, it's time to get in that first coffee for the day and kick into some more Dead Rising. Later!
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