The Plank - Opinions

Plank Article Rowan Craig '23

Opinion: “SOMA” sends subtle psychological scares

“SOMA” is a survival horror game developed and published by Frictional Games, the very same studio that created the acclaimed “Amnesia” game/series. The base gameplay of “SOMA” holds many similarities to its predecessors in the “Amnesia” series, with stealth and puzzle solving being the main mechanics needed to progress.

Plank Article Charley Taylor ’25

Opinion: “IGOR” mixes amazing talent with deeper meaning

On May 17, 2019, Tyler, the Creator released his fifth studio album titled “IGOR.” The album won Tyler the first Grammy of his career: Best Rap Album of 2020. His fourth album, “Flower Boy,” fell short after being nominated but not selected for Best Rap Album at the 2018 Grammys, so winning was a huge accomplishment for Tyler. 

On “IGOR,” Tyler branched out from what people thought rap was and introduced a heavy R&B influence to his experimental rapping. Tyler utilized a wide array of sounds from psychedelic synths to distorted bass, providing an experience that fans of many different genres could appreciate. 

Plank Article Matin Sayareh '25

Smash Bros: The Ultimate Fighting Game!

“Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” (SSBU) is very popular at Jesuit High School Sacramento, and for a good reason. Adherents have been seen playing this game during lunch, community periods, and even in the morning on days with a late school start. I, too, am a fan of the “Super Smash Bros” franchise and decided to delve deeper into the game’s history and give an overall rating and opinion.

Plank Article Luke Kriss ’23

Opinion: Cornell University, go (other) Big Red!

Cornell University is a private Ivy League school located in Ithaca, New York that is well known for its Computer Science, Medical, and Hotel Management programs. Cornell is also famous for being the second largest school in the Ivy League with 15,000 undergraduate students.

Plank Article Rowan Craig '23

Opinion: MF DOOM’s presence still looms large

New York rapper Daniel Dumile, aka MF DOOM, is one of the greatest and most influential hip hop artists of all time. MF DOOM tragically passed away on Oct. 31, 2020, at the age of 49. Despite his passing, his presence and musical influence are still felt in pop culture to this day.

Plank Article Rowan Craig '23

Review: ‘The Witcher’ season 2 makes massive improvements

On Dec. 17, 2021 the second season of Netflix’s “The Witcher” was released, and it is remarkably different from the first season. The second season is based off of the short story “A Grain of Truth,” the second novel in the “Witcher” series “Blood of Elves,” and the beginning of the third novel “Time of Contempt.”

Plank Article Luke Kriss ’23

Review: ‘Uncharted’ Underwhelms Expectations

On Feb. 18, 2022, “Uncharted” was released in theaters. The film stars Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, Mark Wahlberg as Victor “Sully” Sullivan, and Sophia Taylor Ali as Chloe Frazer. It opened to overwhelmingly negative critical reviews, and underwhelming box office results, making only 51 million dollars in its opening weekend and one of very few movies to make less than a 1 thousand dollar-per-theater average.