Isaac Brown

Isaac Brown is a senior, an English major and an arts editor for the Tufts Daily. He can be reached at [email protected]

Jump right into explosive aerial combat with ‘Cloud Pirates’

A lot of people are suckers for games about pirates — not so much the plundering and looting part but the part where you sail ships around and put broadsides into enemy vessels. Naval gameplay should give the player the feeling of excitement they would get if they were fighting in the climactic battle of “Pirates of […]

‘Journey to Un’Goro’ is a card game expansion designed for the one percent

For those who’ve been keeping up with “Hearthstone” (2014) expansions and adventures, it’s become evident that developer and publisher Activision-Blizzard’s solutions to initial problems with the game have made matters worse over the years. Many of the powerful cards in the game involve random effects that are impossible to play around to the point where differences in skill […]

New ‘Hearthstone’ expansion ‘Mean Streets of Gadgetzan’ could be just what free-to-play players needed

Activision-Blizzard’s famed digital collectible card game “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” (2014) is back again with its latest expansion, “Mean Streets of Gadgetzan,” and its arrival could not come soon enough. Anyone who’s been trying to climb the ladder in “Hearthstone” or get a decent result in the Arena as anything that’s not a Mage has been in for […]

Gamers design dream theme parks with ‘Planet Coaster’

Back in the early 2000s, “RollerCoaster Tycoon 2” (2002) was a blast to play. One could design rides with just the right amount of corkscrews, helixes and inversions to get park-goers’ adrenaline pumping. Until now, few roller coaster design and theme park management games have achieved the same level of innovation and mechanical depth. Even the sequel, […]

TFL Comedy endeavors to build more inclusive community with rebranding effort

TFL Comedy may be one of the newest additions to the Tufts comedy scene, but the group is already making waves with its focus on creating a comedy group less focused on performances and more on building confidence and community. The challenges women face in comedy are well-documented by the media, but women aren’t the […]

BlizzCon Recap: winners and losers

At the kickoff of Blizzard’s annual convention, BlizzCon, on Nov. 5, game developers informed fans about upcoming content and provided an opportunity for a deeper look into what is coming next for the company’s titles. Blizzard’s eternally-popular multiplayer online role-playing game “World of Warcraft” (2004) and well-received arena shooter “Overwatch” (2016) revealed plenty of exciting features in the pipeline. “World […]

Sid Meier’s ‘Civilization VI’ repeats a history of disappointment

As a faithful owner of the fourth and fifth iterations of Sid Meier’s “Civilization” series, it was only appropriate to cover the latest iteration in an acclaimed series that has long been the pinnacle of the 4X genre. Many players hoped that developer Firaxis had learned its lesson after several botched releases; Don’t stock the shelves […]

‘Black Mirror’ premier paints pastel social dystopia

Online commentators describe “Black Mirror” (2011-present) as the best show they’d “never recommend to other people,” which accurately sums up many viewers’ sentiments. The show, created by Charlie Brooker, certainly has never held back when it comes to satirically confronting morality and society’s uncomfortable relationship with technology. Its pilot episode, “The National Anthem,” has the following […]

Don’t dismiss ‘Paladins: Champions of the Realm’ as a mere ‘Overwatch’ clone

Tanky man with a giant deployable shield? Small woman who freezes people and protects herself in a block of ice?  When news of Hi-Rez Studios’ “Paladins: Champions of the Realm” heroes was first publicized, the internet swiftly came to the defense of Blizzard’s “Overwatch”(2016)  Hi-Rez Studios’ game, “Paladins,” which has been in open beta since […]

‘Westworld’ offers gunfights, excitement and dash of existential crisis

HBO fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” (2011-present) captivated viewers with its portrayal of flawed men and women pursuing power through pithy dialogue, sexual manipulation and epic clashes of blades and wit. Show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss skillfully brought brutality and grit to a world of magic and dragons, reinvigorating high fantasy portrayal in […]