Some of our friends across the pond may have bought Hitman: Blood Money on Xbox Live’s direct download. However, there is a problem if you are trying to play it on HDMI. The problem is the same problem that existed back in 2009. Players will have their 360 setup with a HDMI cable to their TV. They will go to play the game but be told that the game does not support PAL-60 and to change it in their settings. Problem is that, when they go to the display settings, a setting for PAL is not found. One lucky YouTuber fixed their problem way back in 2009. The solution is fairly simple, but requires that you have composite cables and the ability to plug them in your TV. It looks like he leaves the HDMI plugged in as well and switches over to the composite video channel on the TV. From there, the PAL setting is now available in the menu. He switches it to PAL-50, exits out and switches the TV back over to HDMI. Suddenly he is able to play Hitman: Blood Money. Success! I hope this helps anybody that was recently enticed to buy this game or has this issue with other games. See the video below if you need more info.
Starting today you’ll be able to get your fix of nutty and batty gaming. Today Gotham City Impostors is live for both Xbox Live and PSN following yesterdays release on the PC market. Gotham City Impostors allows average everyday citizens the chance to step up and fill the shoes of the local vigilante or villain. I’m not quite sure what happened to Batman or Joker, perhaps they are locked in battle somewhere. What I do know is that Gotham is free for the taking, for both sides. Whether you are playing as one of the Bats or one of the Jokerz, you’ll employ an unusual arsenal of weapons and devices to help your team control the game map.
If you hadn’t had a chance to get in on beta game-play, here is what you can be expecting. You’ll have your choice of guns, no need to be ethical here or you’ll be shot. While Batman and Joker usually have their own cash flow that provides them with tools and toys, you’ll have to make due with whatever you have. You can grapple your way across the map, roller-blade, or even hang glide. You’d better watch out for bear traps or other cleverly placed devices and don’t be surprised by a pipe bomb or two. This isn’t just all out death-match either. You’ll have to play nicely with your team and help capture objectives. Either you’ll be going after gas points that will eventually spew forth delicious death to your enemies, or transport a battery to a demoralizing device. Of course, be sure to kill everyone you meet in between those spots. Although there is no singing, this is still the most epic battle I’ve seen since the Sharks and Jets. It should run you about $15, I don’t know if anyone needs to hear about MSP anymore though.
Gaming Claw, a term which I am only able to find references of it on Urban Dictionary and spattering of it in reference to XtendPlay, is foretold to us as a bane to the gamer’s existence. Perhaps you’ve heard of it and maybe even experienced it? It’s “The sensation one feels in their hand or hands after extensive play on video games. The hand feels cramped and strained and jokingly takes on the appearance of a claw.” As with any item our hands use, our hands will eventually become fatigued. However, Xwerx has created a new accessory to help gamers combat this form of repetitive stress during your extended gaming sessions. Their invention is a molded foam holder for both the Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers.
Let’s start with the negatives. The “humor” – and I use the term humor loosely – is based completely around poking fun at rednecks. I’m all down for this, believe me. However, it isn’t done in a way that’s clever or in the slightest bit amusing. In fact, the result is hair rippingly bad anytime the developers attempt to be funny. It’s a bit like having your friend tell you the same joke over and over and botch it each time.
Pushing the bad comedy aside, we’re left with a game that’s actually a fantastic value. For 80 Microsoft Points ( or $1.00 USD ), you get ten levels to work your way through. There are also mini-games and boss battles built into these levels to keep things varied and they do break up the monotony of shooting, keeping the game fresh as you play. As you play, you accumulate money which can be spent at the Gun-Mart, allowing you to make your redneck into Rambo incarnate with a whole host of lethal things at your disposal.
The gameplay itself provides a nice challenge, which can be lacking in some shooting games. I recommend playing Bird Assassin at the normal difficulty since dropping it down to easy makes it nearly impossible to die unless you outright hurl yourself onto some thorns. Still, grinding through this is both satisfying and fun. For 80MSP, Bird Assassin packs a great value … if you can tolerate lousy jokes.
RATING: Violence=3/3, Sex=1/3, Mature Content=2/3.
PRICE: 80MSP/$1.00 USD.
DEVELOPER: Social Loner Studios.
[Article By Vira Gunn]