The Bard

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About The Bard

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    N-Europe Forum Aficionado
  • Birthday 04/05/89

Personal Information

  • Location
  • Interests
    Reading, Listening to and writing music of all kinds, videogames, especially fighters, and Scrubs!
  • Occupation
    Don't have one, mainly because I might come across as condescending at times :p


  • Nintendo Systems Owned
    Snes, DS, GC, N64, GBA, GBC, GB, Wii
  • Other Systems Owned
    Ps2, Pc, Ps1, 360
  • Favourite Game?
    Chrono Trigger, Metroid Prime 1,2 and 3. Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Metroid, Gears of War, FEAR.
  • Favourite Video Game Character?
    Ken, Samus, Marth, Snake, Crono, Dante, Prince (of Persia)...
  • Gender

Game Info

  • Switch Friend Code
  • Wii Console Number
    6001 0241 5104 3629
  • Nintendo Wi-Fi Friend Codes
    1460 8891 3364 (Mario Kart)
    1160 2373 7713 (Tony Hawks)
    2749 4938 5665 (MP: Hunters)
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    Teh Bard
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  1. Genshin Impact

    Yo people, what's the happy haps? Anyone playing this on PC/Mobile. Figure I'd ask if anyone wants to coop because I'm balls deep in this game and I can't stop. Also I've done literally everything until the December update, so I figure it'd be cool to chill and help people out with bosses etc. Anyone for some Genshin a-gogo, baby?
  2. Who are you?

    Man I miss being in Walthamstow and getting the two of you too drunk to go to work the next day . Have a particularly fond memory of us drinking a liter of Vodka, a bottle of port and playing Rock Band until 4am. Will have to get you and Anil down to my crib for a hang when I'm back in the country!
  3. Old NE Members

    I joined back in the Cube-Europe days. I well and truly miss this place, and sometimes, once or twice a year I'll type into my browser and sit there staring at the title page. It's much like going up into the attic of your childhood home and seeing the boxes full of memories, photographs, toys, and trinkets that you never use but you can't ever discard. More than any other thing on the internet, this site feels like a real, living place to me - it's gone through so many coats of paint, add-ons, consolidations and visitors, some transient, some that stayed for a season or two, and I really have it to thank for helping me through my school years. I'm 31 now, and many of the people I really liked from here, I ended up becoming friends with in real life. I doubt there will be a forum culture like it again, honestly. There was something amazing about having a sizeable, but contained group of people that you'd respond to on a daily basis, whose viewpoints you internalised over the course of years, and that you could have meaningful conversation with, rather than what I tend to do these days - mostly doom-scrolling through my Twitter or Facebook feeds. I feel like in the times of the 'rona, a lot of us could use this place as much as we did a decade ago when we were all teenagers or young adults. Anyway, I hope you all are doing well! I'll try to post some more, and hopefully get into fewer arguments than before - can't guarantee it though ;).
  4. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019)

    I can tell From Software had a lot of fun designing the Guardian Ape boss. I have never felt quite as fucked with in one of their games before. I adore the combat though, it takes a lot of its mentality from fighting games, and I feel like all the bosses and minibosses have such great, fleshed out movesets that they could be their own characters in a FS fighting game. It reminds me of playing fighting games before the internet just gave you all the frame data, where you'd have to figure out what moves are plus on block, correct spacing versus specific characters, and looking for animation tells by eyeballing it and playing the matchup again and again.
  5. Persona 5

    So like, where is Persona 5 Arena? P4A is still a game I back to from time to time, and a modern update to that series would be killer.
  6. I watched the whole run of Hi Score Girl in one sitting. I don't know what to do with myself, but this feels bizarre, wrong, but oh so right in every way.
  7. Apex Legends

    I really wish there was some sort of free roam practice mode where I could learn the map and mess around with the guns free of any hazards. My biggest frustration with Battle Royale style games has always been that there's an artificial steepness to your learning curve at the beginning because you have one life and most of it's spent looting rather than in enemy engagements. It creates a sense of panic when you do encounter enemy players in a way that a traditional FFA multiplayer mode doesn't because you have such a limited timeframe to learn the rules of engagement and put them into play.
  8. Apex Legends

    I think it's very easily the best battle royale game I've played. Guess that follows from Titanfall 2 being my favourite multiplayer shooter ever made.
  9. General Switch Discussion

    No, that debate was to do with Nintendo saying that the console would sell 20 million units in just the financial year between March 2018 and March 2019. So far it's only made about 7 mil of that figure, but who knows, Holiday sales could make up a chunk of the remainder.
  10. Shit, didnae thing of that. Well it works
  11. God of War (PS4)

    Oh I mean the digital copy, I'm not in the country at the moment and physical copies are going to be hard to come by at the moment.
  12. God of War (PS4)

    Deciding whether to get it, but is it full price £53 level good? Used to cheap PC prices so unused to that kind of price.
  13. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Many things (almost everything) need to be changed from Brawl, but not that. Why can't you just do a series of safe pokes to get the shield radius down and then spike them with a low smash? Also shields aren't immune to grabs. Down throw the dude, and smash attack on bounce. Maybe don't use predictable blockstrings as often? Maybe I'm not understanding correctly, are you saying that if you get someone to the edge of the stage, a blocked attack should cause enough pushback to force someone off the ledge slightly, or do you mean that they should straight up take the full force of the attack as though it wasn't blocked in the first place?
  14. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    It just needs more combo opportunities. They did improve things after Brawl's clusterfuck by just reducing frame recovery universally on landing, but that also meant that the game very tightly controlled the types of combo runs you were able to execute, and there just wasn't the level of player expression that you see from Melee pros like Hungrybox or Westballz. Some equivalent of cancelling really needs to be brought back. I'm fine with leaving wavedashing out, because while it was fun to do, it wasn't ever as integral to the way Melee played as the shffl.