I'm going to be taking a little bit of a break from writing, and wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of what was going on. I have recently been in the process of moving and won't have much available time to put towards interviewing, reviewing games or even being able to put any articles out. That doesn't mean that I'm going away permanently, it's just that right now there's quite a few obstacles that are currently popping up and they need to be prioritized right now.Of course I'm not necessarily sure when the break will come to an end. However, I do have an incredible team that will continue to put out content through YouTube and Facebook, and I'm very excited to see what comes out of those initiatives. I've always enjoyed the creative process and it would be more of a detriment to that process if I tried to turn out articles; while also trying to handle the current real life obstacles.So this isn't goodbye, but merely I will see you all…
Sega has announced that Shenmue will be returning sooner than the Shenmue 3 release. At Sega Fes 2018, Sega said the collection will release this year and physically for consoles and digitally everywhere. And in a move that isn't too surprising, Shenmue 1 and 2 will release exclusively on PS4 in Japan.
Shenmue and Shenmue 2 were both released originally on the Dreamcast in 2000 and 2001 (in Japan, Shenmue 2 didn't release for the Dreamcast outside of Japan) respectively, but Sega ended up pulling the plug on the Dreamcast in 2001; ultimately ending their time as a hardware manufacturer as well. As a result, they shopped around for the best ecosystem to put their games; deciding on Xbox for the release of Shenmue 2.
In most circles, Shenmue is seen as the Sega killer. Despite the fact Sega's demise as a hardware manufacturer (and eventually software developer/publisher) was all over the walls in the 90's. It was well ahead of it's time and established what many mod…
Welcome to another installment of Just 1 More Interview!
Today I've got the owner of Sameed's View, your one stop shop for all things big screen. I had the pleasure of working with him a few years back and now he's on the fast track with a hit website, so welcome Sameed Siddiqi!
Jeff - Let's dive into who you are, what's a little bit of your backstory.
Sameed - My name is Sameed Siddiqui. I live in Tulsa, OK. I was born in New York City and raised in Philadelphia. I am currently a junior in Northeastern State University. My degree is IT (business). My favorite movie is Jurassic Park. My genre in music is rap and Pakistani music. I am a big listener of Meek Mill, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Future and Coke Studios.I love sports and I am also a huge sports fan especially for teams like Philadelphia Eagles, Sixers, Houston Rockets and Astros
Jeff - Before we go too far, Sameed's Views, let's talk about it; where did the inspiration come from?
I Am Setsuna gained quite a following when it originally released, being localized for platforms such as the PS4 in 2016. The Switch version didn't see a physical release outside of Japan, but still features an English translation on the cartridge and with the system not being region-locked (meaning my North American Switch can play Japanese formatted games), this is how I'm reviewing I Am Setsuna now, thanks to a friend letting me borrow his copy.
From the very beginning of booting up I Am Setsuna, the golden-era of RPGs were on display. The soundtrack brings me back to a time that felt magical and pure, the entire soundtrack is piano based. Making for a beautiful experience throughout the game. And while I Am Setsuna doesn't "re-invent the wheel" necessarily, it does a great job of showcasing the best of what the genre has to offer. Combat has vibes of Chrono Trigger and the story pulls the strings similar to Final Fantasy X (both owned by Square-Enix incident…
Grand Kingdom has been on my radar ever since it released a few years ago for the PlayStation Vita and PS4. Seen as a spiritual successor to Grand Knights History (released in Japan back in 2011 for the PSP), Grand Kingdom grants access to a guild of mercenaries and four warring nations (Landerth, Fiel, Valkyr, Magion) to play a tactical game of RPG "chess". There are 17 classes to choose from (some are typical palette swaps, so I would say that it's more like 14 or 15 different classes) and each one learn skills/passive abilities at their own pace and according to the class they are. And together you can recruit up to 50 members that can go on to make six groups of four; so there happens to be plenty of team building strategy.
Lancer, Paladin, Valkyrie and Fighters are great for getting up close and personal to the enemy, whereas you'd want to keep your Shaman, Witch, Archanist and Medics behind your front line.
Now there are Hunters, Archers, Challengers (they thr…