Defunct Games reviews Black Paradox by Fantastico Studio, available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch.
A good-looking shooter with a colorful cast of characters, Black Paradox has a lot going for it. Unfortunately, the bullet hell action comes apart thanks to floaty gameplay and chaotic boss fights that all blur together after a while. It's also a bit repetitive, thanks in large part to seeing the same lackluster backgrounds in every playthrough. But even with those issues, Black Paradox has a great sense of style and a killer soundtrack. It's a lot of fun killing the seven bosses in an effort to buy better gear, and that was enough to keep me coming back for at least a few hours. Much like the Star Phoenix at the start of the game, Black Paradox is due for some much-needed tightening up.
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