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Reviews

Keen and Graev’s gaming blog isn’t just about our rambling and commentary on the industry. It’s also where we review and share with others the games we play. Here you will find a compilation of our reviews for both PC and console platforms as well as major gameplay update reviews. We urge you to always take the proper steps to educate yourself before you purchase a game and hopefully our reviews will help you along the way. No one hates buyer’s remorse more than us.

*If you have any questions about a particular review or if you have a game that you feel we would like to review please feel free to Contact Us.

Note about our reviews: We feel it is a disservice to our readers to give anything but the whole truth. We’re going to be brutally honest when necessary. Expect nothing less.

Concerning MMORPG Reviews: Rarely will we “review” a MMORPG given the nature of how these games evolve greatly even over a short period of time.  Perspectives change  when playing MMORPGs because of the time investment involved.  We prefer to take an approach of continual commentary so that our readers can see how our feelings about the game evolve over time.  This is why you will see us perhaps loving the game at launch but deciding later down the line that the game has issues or how we may not like a game at launch but turn out liking the end-game.

Our current review system: We’re going to try using a number system once again.  Games reviewed will receive a score between 0 and 5.  Unlike most numerical scales, our number scale is a true value system!  This means that a 1 is horrible, a ~3 is average, and a 5 means the game is phenomenal in every way.  Below is a more detailed explanation.

0 – *slits wrists*

1 – Absolutely horrible.  Avoid this game at all costs.  We even regret playing it.

2 – Below average.  There is no real reason for you to run out and buy this title, but it might have a few redeeming qualities… we just can’t remember what they are.

3 – Average.  You might enjoy it, or you might not.  We found positives and negatives in this title that ended up weighing on our judgments the same.  Try it with a rent or buy it if you liked what we had to say.

4 – Good game.  We enjoyed playing it and thought that we had far more good things to say than bad.  Most people will like this game, as we obviously have.

5 – Absolutely phenomenal.  No game is perfect, not even a 5, but this comes close.  We not only enjoyed this game immensely but we will be playing it over and over.  You absolutely must buy this title.

The .5 or half increments (ie 3.5, 4.5, etc) are used when games are borderline or we just can’t decide what it should get.  Use your best judgment and take into consideration the specific things we’ve mentioned in our review when making your decision.


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Age of Empires Online (Year After Launch) – Review – 6/25/2012
Dead IslandImpressions – 9/6/2011
DC Universe OnlineImpressions – 1/17/2011
Rift – Impressions – 12/22/2010
Global Agenda – Beta Review and Impressions – 1/14/2010
Star Trek Online Beta Review and Impressions Part 1 / Part 2 – 1/13/2010
Aion – 2 Months After Launch Review – 11/24/2009
Free Realms – Beta Review and Impressions – 4/24/2009
BattleForge – Beta Review and Impressions – 2/11/2009
Dawn of War 2 Multiplayer Beta – Beta Impressions – 1/31/2009
Age of Conan – Release – 5/24/2008 / Beta – 5/10/2008
Age of Conan PvP Weekend Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 – April 19-21 2008
Sins of a Solar Empire – Review – 2/11/2008
Savage 2: A Tortured Soul – Review – 2/08/2008
Pirates of the Burning Sea – Beta Impressions –  12/03/2007
Hellgate: London – Review –  10/23/2007
Neverwinter Nights 2: MotB – Review – 10/20/2007
Team Fortress 2 – Review – 10/1/2007
Lord of the Rings Online: Book 11 – Content Review – 10/16/2007
Lord of the Rings Online: Book 9 – Content Review –  8/14/2007
ET: Quake Wars – Beta Review–  6/20/2007
Lord of the Rings Online – Launch Review – 4/24/2007
S.T.A.L.K.E.R – Review – 4/21/2007
Supreme Commander – Review – 4/09/2007
C&C 3: Tiberium Wars – Review – 4/01/2007
Lord of the Rings Online  – Beta Review – 3/16/2007

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Skylanders Giants – Review – 11/12/2012
Dragon’s DogmaReview – 6/17/2012
The Lord of the Rings: War in the NorthReview – 11/4/2011
SkylandersReview – 10/16/2011
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team – Review – 7/16/2011
Lego Star Wars IIIReview – 4/28/2011
Dragon Age 2 – Review – 3/13/2011
Laura Croft and the Guardian of Light – Review – 8/18/2010
Monday Night Combat – Review – 8/12/2010
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4Review – 7/5/2010
Mass Effect 2 – Review – 2/4/2010
Red Dead Redemption – Review – 5/21/2010
Splinter Cell Conviction – Review – 4/23/2010
Army of Two: The 40th Day – Review – 1/19/2010
Sacred 2 – Review – 6/7/2009
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena – Review 5/21/2009
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – Review – 10/4/2008
Lego Indiana Jones – Review – 6/4/2008
Army of Two – Review –  3/8/2008
Mass Effect – Review – 12/01/2007

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Starhawk – Review – 5/8/2012
Terminator Salvation – Review – 6/18/2009
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – First Impressions / Final Impressions – 6/19/2008
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – Review – 11/21/2007
Buzz! The Mega Quiz – Playstation 2 (compatible with PS3) – Review – 11/21/2007
The Eye of Judgement – Review –  11/03/2007
Warhawk – Review – 9/13/2007

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Xenoblade Chronicles – Review – 4/9/2012
Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordImpressions – 11/22/2011
Donkey Kong Country ReturnsReview – 11/25/2010
Super Mario Galaxy 2Review – 5/24/2010
Sonic and Sega All-Stars RacingReview – 5/7/2010
Rune Factory Frontier – Review – 4/3/2009
Mario Kart Wii – Quick Review – 4/28/2008
Super Smash Bros. Brawl – Review – 3/11/2008
Mario Striker’s Charged – Review –  8/10/2007

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Kid Icarus: UprisingReview – 3/29/2012
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure 3DSReview – 1/10/2012
Nintendo 3DS Starter’s Guide – 12/23/2011
Mario Kart 7 3DSReview – 12/5/2011
Lux-Pain – Review – 4/3/2009
Rune Factory – Review – 9/01/2007

 

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Skylanders: Cloud Patrol – Review – 4/5/2012
Mass Effect: Infiltrator – Review – 3/13/2012
Hero Academy – Review – 1/27/2012

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