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Alex Santa Maria

Tampa, Florida
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Favorite Games:
  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
  • Burnout 3: Takedown

134 games reviewed
70.4 average score
75 median score
41.9% of games recommended

Alex Santa Maria's Reviews

Raised on a healthy diet of gaming mags at an Xbox LAN center, Alex is an enthusiast who loves shooters, roguelikes, and arcade-style games. He has an unhealthy obsession with bad movies, a love of the 1980s, and the skills to rack up a high score on your local pinball table. Also, he reviews video games, which might be the reason that he's listed on this website.
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Game Revolution
Alex Santa Maria
Jul 11, 2019

Blazing Chrome is an amazing package that does exactly what it sets out to do and is for people who know what they want from it. By the same (arcade) token, it is difficult to recommend to anyone who even begins to question whether it’s a game for them.

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Game Revolution
Alex Santa Maria
Jun 26, 2019

Nothing here will blow you away, and there are better digital implementations out there. It does just enough to get the job done. As we’ve seen with many releases on Switch, that’s usually enough for most people.

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Alex Santa Maria
Jun 24, 2019

Even if you’ve already tired yourself out on retro shooters, Amid Evil deserves your attention as a well-crafted and unique entry in the genre. Whatever New Blood Interactive ends up doing next for FPS, it’s going to be hard to top this opening one-two punch.

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Game Revolution
Alex Santa Maria
Jun 20, 2019

This game will certainly find a well-deserved place of love among the hardest of the hardcore. In fact, it’ll be great to witness a speedrun or two after the final release. However, for the general player, My Friend Pedro finds solidarity with a forgettable summer blockbuster.

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Game Revolution
Alex Santa Maria

In my time with Three Kingdoms, I gained a healthy respect for what Total War is.

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Game Revolution
Alex Santa Maria

With just a bit more visual flair, Splitgate: Arena Warfare could jump out and make a name for itself in a crowded market with its solid fundamentals and inventive blend of portals and gunplay.

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Alex Santa Maria
May 28, 2019

Ultimately, its minuscule shortcomings don’t drag down Void Bastards from its lofty place among the greats of first-person roguelikes.

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Alex Santa Maria
May 21, 2019

The developers really capture the ’90s Genesis aesthetic without the system’s technical limitations as this is a gorgeous pixel game that features huge detailed sprites and colorful backgrounds.

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6 / 10.0 - Rage 2
May 17, 2019

Rage 2 has incredible gunplay and brilliant graphics, but that spit and polish can't hide its lame open world and generic characters. It all adds up to a paint by numbers open-world shooter that players will forget about as soon as the credits roll.

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TechRaptor
Alex Santa Maria
May 13, 2019

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered brings a classic into the modern age. There are plenty of new bells and whistles, but the core gameplay and design remain the same. For better and worse.

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Game Revolution
Alex Santa Maria

The masterful character work and slowly building absurdity prove that this game isn’t just a joke, even if it does have a giant purple dildo bat in it.

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TechRaptor
Alex Santa Maria

With a scattershot selection of games and a slapdash presentation, Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection misses the mark. The games are playable, but this doesn't feel like the definitive way to preserve these classics. It instead feels like a school project thrown together during an all-nighter.

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Alex Santa Maria
Apr 18, 2019

All of this leads to Katana Zero being a tough game to enthusiastically recommend. If you can ignore gameplay flaws and focus on style, you might fall in love with its VHS trappings. However, if you want something beyond style, if you want an interesting interactive tale or a precise action game, you should look elsewhere.

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Alex Santa Maria
Apr 16, 2019

While My Time At Portia does stretch a bit too far into the realm of realism, it also offers an accessible entry point into this style of gaming.

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Alex Santa Maria
Apr 12, 2019

For anyone who wants an arcade challenge or a hit of Super Meat Boy without the frustration, few games fit that description more than Cuddle Monster Games’ latest hellish creation.

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TechRaptor
Alex Santa Maria
6.5 / 10.0 - Yoshi's Crafted World
Apr 12, 2019

Yoshi's Crafted World has a style that erupts off the screen, but it leans too far into simplistic gameplay. That's great for kids, but it's not the all-ages fun that Nintendo is known for.

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Game Revolution
Alex Santa Maria
Apr 8, 2019

Despite the sparse menus and weird gameplay hiccups, Dangerous Driving is still a hell of a great time.

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TechRaptor
Alex Santa Maria
Apr 4, 2019

They Came From Below focuses in on We Happy Few's greatest strengths and really shines because of it. While its short length and weird quirks hold it back from true greatness, this is probably the best thing to come out of Wellington Wells yet.

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Alex Santa Maria
Mar 29, 2019

Unlike Strafe, Hypnospace Outlaw delivers on exactly what it sets out to do right out of the gate. It’s got some issues but most of them stem from wanting more, which is a good sign.

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Game Revolution
Alex Santa Maria
Mar 29, 2019

Despite its flaws, Tropico 6 will definitely cause you to stay up later than you should. If you’re willing to forgive the lack of structure, you can spend hours and hours building on each of the included maps.

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