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  • Summary: Paradox Soul is a 2D explorative action-shooter hybrid. You play Dr Alli Rose, a research scientist who stumbles across a peculiar test facility, determined to unravel the mystery and take on whatever evil is in her path. Shoot, cover and dash your way through this nightmarish Metroidvania game!
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  1. Jul 8, 2019
    50
    Hot on the heels of Bloodstained, Paradox Soul comes across quite simple, especially for a metroidvania. The game lacks many of the qualities that its contemporaries house, and it’s perhaps a bit too straightforward for its own good. That being said, if you’re looking for a much less serious take on the loved concept, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. This, at the absolute best, is merely a serviceable adventure. Nothing less, and certainly nothing more.
  2. Aug 9, 2019
    50
    The initial premise is inherently intriguing, but the blandness and repetition of the gameplay ensures that it soon becomes an entirely forgettable experience.
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  1. Jul 11, 2019
    7
    "Paradox Soul"
    Reviewed By: Carless Yen
    Publisher: Ratalaika Games Developer: Ritual Games Platforms" Steam, Xbox, PS4, Switch Paradox
    "Paradox Soul"
    Reviewed By: Carless Yen
    Publisher: Ratalaika Games
    Developer: Ritual Games
    Platforms" Steam, Xbox, PS4, Switch

    Paradox Soul is a MetroidVania game where you have to make your way through tons of rooms that sort of make a maze. There is tons of path you can take, to meet your final destination. You also find suits, and weapon upgrades. Suits that give you ability to drop grenades, double jump, electricity, and even roll into a ball. These abilities help you get to areas you couldn't reach before, like recharging doors and blowing open boxes to get into new areas, even rolling through small areas. You can also find maps that will help you as well.The rooms are littered with enemies that return every time you enter a room. There are four different types, Zombies, Dogs, Gunners, and vehicle driving enemies. I wish there was more types it can get repetitive, and super simple after you figure out their attacks. The Bosses are really awesome though, and a blast to figure out their attacks. They all have unique looks, and patterns. Maybe the brightest part to the game, I had a lot of fun with each one.
    There is different skill levels which just give you more health the easier. The game is very forgiving as far as deaths though. There is a ton of checkpoints. Achievements as you'd expect it being a Ratalaika title are very easy as well. If you use a walkthrough you can grab a quick completion in about 15 to 20 minutes.I think most are impossible to miss as well since it's basically collecting items you need, and killing enemies you come across. The toughest ones are probably reaching room 33, and blowing up a terminal they are probably the last two you'll get. It's another one of those easiest achievement games of 2019, and a most grab for Achievement and trophy hunters especially at that 5 dollar price point.
    The music in Paradox Soul is great as well. I enjoyed it a lot it has that classic sound. The look is very retro to. It really reminds me of a favorite of mine Bionic commando. So should you grab it? I think if your an Achievement/Trophy Hunter it's a must. If your looking for a evening's worth of fun playing something retro it's a grab as well. It isn't Ratalaika's best game to date, but it's still a great value, and still a lot of fun. Let us know if you play it, and what you thought, and as always thanks for supporting and following us.

    Pros: Lots of cool abilities
    Awesome retro music
    Unique boss battles
    Easy Achievements
    Great value

    Cons: Repetitive at times
    Needs more variety enemies

    Overall: 6.8 A must grab for Achievement/Trophy Hunters at a great value, but doesn't have a lot of replay value and grows repetitive quickly.
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  2. Jul 8, 2019
    6
    Paradox Soul is a Metroidvania done in 8bit graphics. You play the role of a research scientist named Dr. Alli Rose, and there really isn'tParadox Soul is a Metroidvania done in 8bit graphics. You play the role of a research scientist named Dr. Alli Rose, and there really isn't much in the way of story beyond that. The game never puts on the training wheels, it drops you right into the game, with a few simple rooms to help you figure out the controls with some brief on-screen prompts when you need to know. The map is decently sized, but not too complex, navigation can get a bit frustrating at times, remembering what door you need to back track to next. You start of barely able to hold your own and slowly grow into a decent juggernaut. Everything has a pattern, from the simplest of enemies to the few bosses, and give you the openings you need to win. every door appears to be a check point, allowing you to retry a room immediately after failing. An almost 2.5D mechanic of being able to hide behind certain objects as cover is your only real defens mechanism, and only protects against gunfire. There are a few places where it appears you MUST take damage to progress onward, weakening the experience in my opinion. Had it come out in the era it's stylized after, it would have grown into a classic along side it's spiritual predecessors. For it's price it's a game you can burn a few hours on wandering the various rooms. Expand