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Sam Stewart

Freelance Reviews

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About Sam Stewart

Writing on video games since 2017, Sam joined the GR ranks in summer 2022. Primarily penning reviews/previews, it's been his pleasure to work with the site. A partiular highlight was when he got to represent Game Rant at a press preview event for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (despite the lump of a game that it was, the event was fun!).

Since Sonic got his little white gloves on him, Sam has had an unquenchable passion for gaming. Not long after first exposure, that passion was stoked by Final Fantasy. Still charmed by JRPGs to this day, his horizons have also broadened to include a fascination with Souls-likes, Metroidvanias, and Indie titles of all sorts.

Sam loves tabletop RPGs too, and when he doesn't have a controller in his hand, he likely has his nose in a book. Either that or he's perusing some of the great Final Fantasy 14 guides here on GR. Shoutout to the Corgi minion guide.

Sam's particularly interested in TTRPGs and their influence on - or adaptations in - videogames. The earliest computer RPGs were heavily influenced by their tabletop forefathers, and many games bear the mark of that heritage, be they RPG or not. As two of his greatest interests continue to collide, with notable examples like Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous or Baldur's Gate, Sam can't wait to see what collaborations will come next.

Favorite Games

- Monster Rancher series, specifically MR 2 (childhood guilty pleasure)
- Final Fantasy 9
- Hades
- Hollow Knight

Honorable mentions:
- Baldur's gate 3 (still playing)
- Final Fantasy 14 (sprout here)
- Nancy Drew series (adulthood guilty pleasure)

Industry Focus

- RPGs of all kinds
- Indie scene

Proudest Gaming Achievement

After multiple attempts to get into the series, Dark Souls 1 finally clicked this year (2023). Finally completing it was an incredible feeling. Though the genre was an interest before, this achievement nurtured a deep fascination and love.

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