[PlayStation 4] Paradox Soul Review
Ratalaika Games is back with Paradox Soul, a new PS4 and PS Vita game that is a minimalist Metroidvania. Learn more about it in our Paradox Soul review!
Paradox Soul is a 2D Metroidvania in which you play as scientist Dr. Alli Rose who at first is trying to investigate a test facility… until she is trapped inside. The game does not expand more on the story, allowing players to focus on the gameplay mechanics of this 2D journey. As you try to leave the facility you will realize the door is locked, so you will need to travel through a maze of rooms connected by different doors, some of which will be locked by keycards you will need to collect.
As is the case for other Metroidvania games, you will be doing some backtracking in this one, and due to how the many rooms in the test facility end up looking very similar, but luckily you will find a map as you explore the first set of rooms you can access before you find the first keycard. You can always quickly check your map to see where you are and where each of the doors will lead you. You’ll eventually get the hang of things and start to recognize how each room connects to others since the game is not a long one.
As you explore the test facility you will need to make good use of the gun you find early in the game so that you can attack the robots that will aim to kill you as soon as they spot you. Luckily, most of the time when you find one of the deadly robots you will also find a nearby spot you can use to take cover, waiting for the right time to counterattack. Most of the robots, except for the very small ones, won’t be able to follow you into small spaces, so if you feel overwhelmed, you could always crawl in there and regroup – run, crawl, take cover, and shoot.
As for the game’s trophies, trophy hunters will be pleased to learn that this Ratalaika Games release will reward them with two Platinum trophies since the game has separate trophy lists on PS4 and PlayStation Vita. Since you don’t have to finish the game to get your new Platinum trophy trophy, you can unlock it in around 30-40 minutes or so. You can also buy the game from the PSN store in Europe and Asia, and therefore have another two Platinum trophies to aim for with that purchase.
Paradox Soul is a minimalist 2D Metroidvania that distills the genre experience into a short game that will take you only a handful of hours to complete. The story is not expanded on a lot as you play the game, so you’ll have to fill in the blanks on your own right up until the end, which does offer some interesting twists that you won’t see coming. As long as you have the patience needed to review your map and remember which rooms you couldn’t move past because you were missing a key card or an power-up, then you won’t have much trouble completing it.
This Paradox Soul review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.