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Mixed or average reviews- based on 111 Ratings

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  • Summary: Climb into the pilot's seat of an otherworldly war machine and take down a genocidal alien race bent on eradicating humanity to preserve their own civilization.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jun 5, 2014
    100
    Stunning to look at, slick and fluid to play as well as being a satisfying -- but never insurmountable -- challenge, Astebreed is a top-quality game that everyone with even a passing interest in shoot 'em ups should have in their collection.
  2. Jun 2, 2014
    95
    This is one of my favorite shoot-'em-ups in years, and fellow STG enthusiasts would be remiss to overlook such a gem. Astebreed is a masterstroke. Spread the word.
  3. Oct 26, 2014
    90
    A savvy mix of sweetly balanced mechanics, dazzling speed and spectacular graphics.
  4. Jun 23, 2014
    87
    One of the best space shooters we've seen this year. If you're a fan of the genre it should be in your wishlist, and even if you're not it deserves a try.
  5. If you like shoot'em-ups, you will definitely love Astebreed.
  6. Oct 29, 2014
    80
    Astebreed is a two-faced retro arcade game. It presents a clever scoring system along with a great fun, though it can be also boring and stereotypical. Fortunately, it gives you a choice from which perspective you wish to get to know the game.
  7. Jul 4, 2014
    75
    A pure fast-paced action manganime shoot 'em up which isn't unforgettable, but it's still a good indie game if you like the mix between shots and japanese flavour.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Nov 30, 2014
    10
    I like to play arcade style shmups and they seldom release on PC (or if they do they come with a low console-quality resolution). This game isI like to play arcade style shmups and they seldom release on PC (or if they do they come with a low console-quality resolution). This game is fun and looks great. It isn't difficult to get from stage to stage, but the game does offers enough challenge for score chasing that drives you to re-play for a perfect run. Expand
  2. Jun 30, 2014
    10
    One of the best shoot 'em up I've ever played. The perspective changing mechanics are truly awesome, which means the game can switch betweenOne of the best shoot 'em up I've ever played. The perspective changing mechanics are truly awesome, which means the game can switch between side scrolling, top-down, and rail shooter without interrupting even a single second of your gameplay. As the spiritual successor of Ether Vapor, this game adds many more features, such as widescreen support. Excellent graphics? Check. Big Bosses? Check. Intense action? Heck Yes. Definitely worth playing. Expand
  3. Dec 31, 2014
    9
    Great visuals, audio, art and character design and, above all, brilliant gameplay.
    It's frantic shooting 90's style but uses modern hardware
    Great visuals, audio, art and character design and, above all, brilliant gameplay.
    It's frantic shooting 90's style but uses modern hardware to switch the game mode from horizontal to vertical to 3D seamlessly as you plough your way through legions of enemy mecha and space ships.
    My only criticism is that the game feels too short, but considering how much fun it is, you'll be sure to replay it again and again.
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  4. Jul 1, 2014
    9
    I love shmups to death This is in the uncanny valley of great shmups. It's great! But it falls just a bit short of being glorious. BenchingI love shmups to death This is in the uncanny valley of great shmups. It's great! But it falls just a bit short of being glorious. Benching against Ikaruga (one of the best shmups of all time) Astebreed takes a lot from its spiritual predecessors and delivers a solid drop kick to the face of arcade space blasting. Think the beauty of Ikaruga, camera of Einhander and some of the mechanics of Radiant Silvergun with even more in store all wrapped up in a crazy fluid and chaotic package. Oh and it has a better, more fleshed out story than any of the aforementioned.

    First and foremost, it's a blast, literally, such enjoyable mayhem. It's easy to feel like a badass saving humanity. Story is good. Has some EVA aspects (
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  5. Jan 1, 2015
    8
    A very good casual SHUMP. The graphics are great, the configuration options highlight what I love about Japanese games; missing a few keyA very good casual SHUMP. The graphics are great, the configuration options highlight what I love about Japanese games; missing a few key resolutions, but up to 4k scale, full button rebinding, and an audio config menu that puts US games to shame. All localized to English.
    I said casual, because it is trying to be more cinematic and therefore more forgiving since the focus is moved more away from bullethell and more towards the storyline that they seem to have put a good effort into. It's a SHUMP for couch play and those that are just getting into the genre.
    Good music (nothing really memorable,though), manga cutscenes that can be skipped, and good subtitled voiceacting make this an enjoyable game.

    $14 is a great price, and on sale, it is a steal.
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  6. Aug 10, 2014
    8
    It's pretty good for what it does. The story is so cheesy, i had to look away from the screen in some cut scenes (you can skip them, though).It's pretty good for what it does. The story is so cheesy, i had to look away from the screen in some cut scenes (you can skip them, though). However, the gameplay is great. It lasts about two hours, but i feel like the game has a great re-playabillity. It's one of those games you will pick if you have to hit half an hour of time to kill and you're going trough your game list. Astebreed? Oh yeah, i could play that again. Works for me. Expand
  7. Oct 14, 2014
    4
    Truly bland and ordinary shmup with questionable mechanics including the boring" feels like you're not even controlling the gunfire"Truly bland and ordinary shmup with questionable mechanics including the boring" feels like you're not even controlling the gunfire" drag-reticule-across-the-screen aim. Full of annoying incomprehensible non-translated dialogue - the back and forth banter is unbearable. A sub par game with extremely misleading reviews and an overall disappointing purchase. Metacritic ought to investigate how this ordinary 4/10 made it on the top of their ranks for a bit. Inexplicable. Expand

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