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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

144 games reviewed
70.5 average score
75 median score
43.2% of games recommended
Scores 0.2 higher than average

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
Sep 5, 2019

Despite some of its flaws, the few hours you’ll spend with Creature of the Well will be some of the most satisfying you’ll spend in all of gaming in 2019.

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In emulating the past so closely, the developers have inherently come out with a product that seems clunky at first glance. It’s only on further inspection that you see all the systems and interactions hidden behind old-minded UI. Add-ons like Close Encounters don’t fundamentally shift that balance, but they do provide a lot of value in their expansions.

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Alex Santa Maria
Aug 28, 2019

Instead of an illuminating revelation of emergent gameplay, all Headspun managed to give me was a headache.

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Alex Santa Maria
Aug 19, 2019

In Dicey Dungeons, everything is already on the table. It’s a highly replayable game that you can pick up for short sessions whenever the moment strikes.

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- Rad
Aug 15, 2019

Taken as a whole, Rad does more right than it does wrong.

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Game Revolution
Alex Santa Maria
Aug 14, 2019

If you're a fan of any breed of first-person shooters, Ion Fury should be on your playlist. Even among its retro FPS peers, 3D Realms has put out a best-in-class experience that rivals anything released this year.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Metal Wolf Chaos XD
Aug 7, 2019

Metal Wolf Chaos has more than earned its place in video game history, but playing this XD rerelease in 2019 is a blast from the past that's pretty hard to swallow.

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Alex Santa Maria

Despite its flaws, Lightbearer is praiseworthy for what it brings to the table. It’s a wonderful halfway point between full-on walking sims like Gone Home and murderous first-person shooters.

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Alex Santa Maria
Jul 31, 2019

If you've been scared off of Cage's work before and you don't mind a tale that takes itself much too seriously, you might just be hooked by Jodie's journey.

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Alex Santa Maria

Nothing from the weird upgrade change to the technical glitches stops Redeemer from being enjoyable. It’s a solid brawler that hits hard and delivers a fun action movie good time for a few hours.

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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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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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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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Alex Santa Maria

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

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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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