Dave Shackleton

About Dave Shackleton

I am a 30 year old gamer. Trying to balance my hobby with my family. I enjoy all genres of games but mainly play MOBA's these days.

Dirty Bomb Closed Beta: What you need to know.

The last closed beta for Dirty bomb is less than 7 days away. If you have just received a key and you are looking forward to trying it, here is a quick guide to get you straight into the action. Dirty Bomb is a class and objective based shooter. You can take three mercs into battle with you, each with unique loadouts and specific roles. Though all mercs can do everything to some degree, a medic for example can obviously heal better than an ammo dealer. The shooting mechanics are slightly old school, Read more [...]

When is a release, not a release?

I am, what is known as a seasoned gamer, i.e. old, I come from a time when DLC didn't exist and micro transaction hadn't even been invented. Games had a release date, and apart from a few minor delays they generally came on on time, and they worked! I know a lot of you are reading this and nodding in agreement, but there are a bunch of people who can only imagine what it is like to buy a complete, working, game that requires no further investment.   This isnt a piece that criticises the free to Read more [...]

Diablo 3 Patch 2.01

You may remember that Diablo 3 didnt have the best start, complaints about the Real Money Auction House and always online aspect were two of the main complaints. The other was the loot, it was easier to purchase your loot in the auction house than find it in New Tristram. Despite these things Diablo went on to sell 12 million copies in 2012 and was the best selling game that year. I too was one of the 3.5 million people that purchased the game in the first 24 hours. Since then I have chopped, vaporised, Read more [...]

Community Driven Gaming

Peeling off the cellophane wrapper the box opens with a reassuring click. Inside are several CD-ROM's and a manual that has yet to be touched. The box smells of newness, you know the smell, a one time kind of smell, so you breathe it in and savour the moment. You put the CD into the cup holder shaped drive and ease the drive back into position. The drive gives off a calming hum as it reads the disc. As the game installs you pour over every word in the manual, reading the health and safety guide twice Read more [...]

Lost On The Loading Screen

There is a somewhat popular game played by a few people doing the rounds at the moment called League of Legends, you may of heard of it? Apparently 32 Million (active) players have! To put that in some kind of prospective, there are 204 countries and dependant territories (thanks Wikipedia) with a smaller population that the LoL player base. Wow! I could talk about many aspects of the game, the intricate teamwork involved to succeed, the complex balance of champion skills and item selection, Read more [...]

It is What you Mech of it

Titanfall is an upcoming FPS from Respawn Entertainment, the makers of Call of Duty due for release on March 14th in Europe. There has been a great deal of excitement and hype around the release and after playing the recent beta I am here to give my thoughts. The basic setup is two teams of six face off in various game modes, most of which we have seen in one iteration or another. Attrition is a team deathmatch mode that gives players points for kills, Hardpoint is a capture and hold and Last Read more [...]

Should FPS Games Look to their Past?

I spent most of my Friday night hungover, not from the effects of alcohol, but trying to find a game that could cure the itch the Titanfall Beta has given me. With three weeks left until launch I knew I didn't want to play the bug ridden (still) battlefield 4, with its poor netcode and over emphasis on vehicles.  A few games of League of Legends later and I knew my rage meter was full. It was getting late and nothing in my 165 games on steam (yes I have a problem) was reaching out to me. Then Read more [...]