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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

256 games reviewed
69.5 average score
70 median score
48.0% 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.
8 / 10.0 - McPixel 3
Nov 14, 2022

McPixel 3 delivers a unique brand of humor that you can't find anywhere else, but it's sometimes a struggle to work past its aging mechanical structure.

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4 / 10.0 - I See Red
Oct 24, 2022

I See Red starts off strong and then immediately falters with shoddy controls, repetitive missions, and lackluster graphics. But at least it's got style.

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6 / 10.0 - Gotham Knights
Oct 20, 2022

Gotham Knights has plenty of great ideas to shake up the Batman formula, but never quite gets them together for an all-star team-up. Instead, it's a forgettable game that will only please the most diehard DC fans.

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4 / 10.0 - Atari Mania
Oct 11, 2022

Atari Mania is a mess that fails to recall the tight gameplay or pixilated wonder of Atari's past despite its inspired premise.

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7 / 10.0 - Flippin Misfits
Oct 10, 2022

Flippin Misfits feels held back by its small scope, but its multiplayer mayhem is notable for its innovative spin on zero gravity deathmatch

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Sep 12, 2022

Metal: Hellsinger masters its genre mashup and provides metalheads and shooter fans alike with an innovative campaign they won't soon forget.

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Preserving licensed games is a noble endeavor, and Digital Eclipse are the best in the business, but many of The Cowabunga Collection's inclusions are best left in the '90s.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Yars: Recharged
Aug 22, 2022

Yars: Recharged will please fans of the 1981 original, but that isn't enough to excite in this day and age. Poorly implemented upgrades to aged mechanics and a flat presentation make this recharge run out of juice right out of the gate.

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Aug 14, 2022

I’m glad I spent a few weeks with Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The experience didn’t make me a JRPG diehard, but expanding your horizons is always good. For anyone in a similar boat, this probably isn’t the game to start with, thanks to its overlong length and a combat system that can come off as tedious to the uninitiated.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Cult of the Lamb
Aug 10, 2022

Cult of the Lamb is devoted to a mix of gameplay styles that just doesn't gel. It's an addictive way to spend a dozen hours, but it's nothing worth your worship.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Redout 2
Jul 9, 2022

Redout 2 provides futuristic racing in the same manner that a school cafeteria provides meatloaf. This is a bland vision of the future that fails to capture the attention even despite a solid mechanical footing.

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Jun 21, 2022

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes has a lot going on both in combat and camp, and the result is a game that sometimes feels overstuffed but never fails to satisfy.

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Shredder's Revenge brings the turtles out of their shells with great combat, a huge rogues' gallery, and a delightfully bright '80s environment.

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8 / 10.0 - WWE 2K22
Mar 17, 2022

WWE 2K22 is a solid effort that overcomes the problems of past years with ease, even if it will only appeal to a certain breed of wrestling fan.

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3.5 / 10.0 - Time Loader
Mar 10, 2022

Time Loader is a brief, puzzling journey that never even gets close to 88 miles per hour.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Shadow Warrior 3
Feb 28, 2022

Shadow Warrior 3 is fun but forgettable, a whirlwind tour of demon slaying that latches onto FPS trends and provides little spice of its own.

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2 / 10.0 - CrossfireX
Feb 21, 2022

CrossfireX is hard to recommend to just about anyone thanks to a painfully generic single player component and a baffling multiplayer offering.

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Feb 10, 2022

Powerslave Exhumed's gameplay is a prime example of 90s shooter excellence, but the lack of modern convivence takes away from the fun.

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6.5 / 10.0 - OlliOlli World
Feb 3, 2022

OlliOlli World plays just as great as its extreme sports predecessors, but its pandering presentation makes the whole package feel like a letdown.

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Jan 27, 2022

Siberian Mayhem recalls Sam's glory days in the best way, providing a bombastic adventure that doesn't overstay its welcome.

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