Daily Gaming: November 2nd 2010

With the Kinect for Xbox 360 embargoes ending later today, expect a whole load of Kinect based news on here tomorrow. But, in the meantime, we have some stories that may catch your eye, from Crackdown on Windows Phone 7 to the news that Splatterhouse is now gold!

General Gaming

Nicole Scherzinger to do Goldeneye 007 Theme

Nicole Scherzinger has been asked to do the the Goldeneye 007 Theme. The grammy-nomintated singer will take on a new rendition of Tina Turner's original Goldeneye song. Goldeneye 007 is a remake of the Nintendo 64 original and will this time have Daniel Craig taking part as James Bond in place of Pierce Brosnan.

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Dead Rising 2 Skills Pack later today

Today sees the release of the final Skills Pack for Dead Rising 2. This pack allows the main character Chuck to enter stealth mode as a Ninja. The skills pack will allow you to be harder to detect and harder to get hold of during the game, while many of the sword based weapons will have increased damage.

The Ninja Skills Pack is available today for 360 owners at 160 Microsoft Points and from tomorrow on the European PlayStation Store for €1.99/£1.59.

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Splatterhouse goes red

Yes, Splatterhouse has gone gold for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and will be released later this month. The game is once again a remake of the arcade classic that was released over 20 years ago, and if you have played it you will know just how bloody it can be at times. Expect more of the same this time round.

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iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad News

Dragon's Lair HD Released

An old school classic has made its return. Dragon's Lair has been released on the iPad in all its HD glory. The game is a 554MB download so is packed full of high quality FMV. We will be covering this in a review pretty soon but in the meantime here are the details on the iPad update:

For the first time ever, you can experience Don Bluth's classic arcade game Dragon's Lair, on your iPad in glorious HD!

Immerse yourself in the visually stunning world of hand-drawn animation adapted from the original game. Prepare yourself for an authentic arcade experience and an unforgettable adventure!

Simply press on the direction pad to guide Dirk the Daring in the right direction and use your sword to take on all that the Evil Wizard Mordroc throws at you!

7th Guest to make a return

Trilobyte games, who made the original 7th Guest and 11th Hour games for CD-Roms years ago, are planning on making a return to the gaming scene. They are doing an official port of 7th Guest for the iPhone, no more details have been released on the game other than to say that it should be released before the end of the year.

Rage on iPhone is "Actually possible"

Once again, John Carmack of ID Software has stated that he believes a version of Rage can be made for the iPhone. However, he said that "it would be a hopelessly bad idea." While he previewed what some people thought was a version of Rage on the iPhone a few months back, it has actually turned out to be a game called "Mutant Bash TV," a game show based in the Rage world. You can read more on the Bethesda blog.

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Xbox 360 News

"Crackdown 2" "Deluge" Game Add-on Unleashes Explosive New Co-op and Competitive Content, Coming this November

November 16 is the date that Crackdown fans will want to put on their calendar. The Deluge add-on pack will be released and comes with a new co-op arcade mode called “Deluge." This mode has you up against four other players as more and more enemies start to take you on. Next, we have the new Capture the Orb mode, which has you hurtling buildings and dodging rockets as you race to score as many captures as possible, as well as several updates for “Crackdown 2” affecting weapons, vehicles and more.

The good news is that the Deluge pack will be released in both a trial and premium version. The trail version comes with a full sixteen-player Capture the orb mode alongside a sample version of the deluge co-operative mode that will only run in single player. The full version includes all of the extra content as well as the new achievements and more.

A big boost for Windows Phone 7 is also coming for fans of the game. For the first time, the Deluge pack will tie in achievements and the game's activities from the Windows Phone 7 game called "Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst" with the Xbox title. The Windows Phone 7 game is a tower defense game and will allow you to use Bing Maps to choose you fighting place on the battlefield.

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Microsoft searching for next Project Gotham developers

No real surprise here, but it is believed that Microsoft is now on the lookout for an European developer to take on their popular Project Gotham franchise that was previously in the hands of Bizarre Creations until Activision signed them up. As soon as we hear more we will let you know.

Windows News

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Update

A big beast of an update for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War has been released. Here is a run down of the change log.

  • Breath of Nurgle heal increased from 140 to 190 for the Plaguemarine Champion and 45 to 55 for nearby allies
    Chaos Lord
  • Blood sacrifice duration increased from 10s to 25s
    Chaos Predator Tank
  • Speed increased from 5.7 to 6.0

    Space Marines
    Predator Tank
  • Speed increased from 5.7 to 6.0

    Eldar
    Wraithlord
  • Shuriken cannon upgrade cost lowered from 100/40 to 100/25
  • Brightlance upgrade damage increased from 60 to 80
    Fire Prism
  • Speed increased from 5.0 to 5.5

    Orks
    Kommando Nob
  • Extra equipment health regeneration rate increase lowered from 0.5 to 0.3
    Mek
  • Waaagh! banner cost increased from 75 to 75/10
    Shootas
  • Big Shoota damage decreased from 37 to 33
  • Shoota Nob shoota damage increased from 36 to 40
    Looted Tank
  • Speed increased from 5.5 to 6
    Nobs
  • Nobs are no longer immune to knockback under the effect of Frenzy
  • Frenzy cost increased from 50 to 75 Waaagh!

    Tyranids
    Zoanthrope
  • Damage increased from 60 to 75
  • Blast radius damage modifier increased from 0.4 to 0.6 at the edge of the radius

    Bug Fixes
  • Fixed several issues where units would wind up in a stance inappropriate to their current weapon
  • Fixed an issue that would cause commanders to get stuck in retreat mode while at their base
  • Fixed an issue that would require the Ork Mekboy to setup before teleporting when he was equipped with a beamy Deffgun or a Dakka Dakka Dakka
  • Fixed an issue that caused units to stop displaying their energy bars after being upgraded with a sergeant
  • Fixed several issues that would prevent units from cancelling the setup process

    Updates
  • Now saving rank and Last Stand data to the Steam cloud

Playstation 3 News

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood to get exclusive launch DLC

Fans of Assassin’s Creed will be pleased to hear that the release of Brotherhood on the PlayStation 3 later this month will come with a free piece of DLC that will only be available for the PlayStation. The add-on will be called "Copernicus Conspiracy" and will be out to download on launch day.

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