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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: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Dec 25, 2014
    10
    One of the best SHMUPS indie games i EVER PLAYED..Really enjoying.The graphics,the game,the characters its really awesome!!.Since i wasOne of the best SHMUPS indie games i EVER PLAYED..Really enjoying.The graphics,the game,the characters its really awesome!!.Since i was playing this always..I've never been bored in this game 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. Jun 6, 2014
    9
    So I saw some random video online of this game, saw it for 20% off on steam and decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed in the game.So I saw some random video online of this game, saw it for 20% off on steam and decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed in the game. The mechanics are great, and the game forces you to balance between using lock on shots, melee, and standard shots throughout the game. In the final boss battle, if you have not mastered all the systems, you will die. A lot. Graphics are great, game supports 1440P as a display resolution (seems to be a 50/50 thing with indie games) and even up to 8K. The game does have a cohesive story (if you can follow it, more below about that), and lets you skip cutscenes so you aren't stuck watching stuff instead of blowing **** up. I also like that the game has a shield system that recharges when you don't get hit. It makes it less frustrating than most bullet hell games. It is still easy to die on the Hard settings, and you don't get combo points if you take damage, so there is always incentive to not get hit.

    So a few reasons why this game doesn't get a 10 -

    Too short. I understand that it's supposed to be a score attack game, but still, 6 stages is a bit short. I still find myself going back to beat my old high score, so the replay value is there.

    Japanese only voice acting. Now, this normally isn't a problem, but when the actual text for the story is flying by super fast, and the only way to get it is the (very small) English text in the bottom left of the screen, you miss out on huge chunks of it.

    The game is a solid 8.5, and I would recommend to anyone that enjoys shooters. Rounding up to 9 because the game deserves that instead of the 8, especially with the melee mechanic system that plays a pivotal role in the game.
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  5. Feb 25, 2017
    8
    Game: Astebreed
    Genre: Rail Shooter
    Publisher/Developer: AGM Playism/Edelweiss System: Steam (PC) Total Score: 78/100 Value Score: 7.8/10
    Game: Astebreed
    Genre: Rail Shooter
    Publisher/Developer: AGM Playism/Edelweiss
    System: Steam (PC)
    Total Score: 78/100
    Value Score: 7.8/10

    • Story: 8/10
    • Characters: 7/10
    • GamePlay: 8/10
    • Graphics: 9/10
    • Sound: 8/10
    • Music: 7/10
    • Length: 6/10
    • Replay Value: 7/10
    • Player Value: 8/10

    Pros
    +Great visuals and animation/cutscenes
    +Multiple difficulty modes
    +Gallery mode which showcases artwork and In-Game Lore
    +Leaderboards and Achievements
    +Chapter Select to start from whenever in the game (must beat game once)
    +Can be played with either keyboard and mouse (built around this) or with a controller easily

    Cons
    -Voiceovers are only in Japanese
    -Some voiceovers get cut off (can be read via subtitles but wont hear anything)
    -To activate full screen, you will have to select "Yes" upon start up, the only time you would need to use a keyboard if you go full controller route
    -Important story conversations occur during levels which would make it near impossible to read what the characters are saying unless you risk getting killed in game
    -Very short and can be quite easy
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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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