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.
User reviews: Very Positive (668 reviews) - 90% of the 668 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 30, 2014

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"A good introduction to the idea of bullet-hell. Much more forgiving than its peers with dynamically changing perspectives and excellent visuals."
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“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.”
9.5 /10 – Destructoid

“If you’re looking for a game that has subtleties and intricacies often overlooked in modern games then Astebreed comes highly recommended.”
8/10 – Coffee Break Gaming

“...Astebreed is a game that, in terms of quality and design, puts many recent triple-A releases to shame...”
5/5 – USGamer

About This Game

As of July 3rd, Astebreed is now available for $14.99.

Humanity Fights A Losing Galactic War!
Their Only Hope: a Young Pilot and a Girl Forever Changed.

You are Roy Becket, a young pilot with dreams of becoming as skilled as his adoptive father. When a galactic war with an ancient mechanical alien race reaches its boiling point, Roy is forced to spring into action and take control of an otherworldly bipedal war machine in hopes of saving what's left of humanity.

Joining Roy is a young girl who claims to have escaped the clutches of the nefarious aliens. Forever altered through horrible experimentation, she now possesses the very abilities humanity will need to push back the doomsday clock.

Together, they must battle an unrelenting army alone and reunite their shattered family.

The End of All Things is in sight. At the edge of eradication stands Astebreed.

Arcade Shooter Evolved

Astebreed takes the classic arcade shooter and breathes new life into it. Using lovingly crafted 3D models, cutting edge particle effects, and tried-and-true Japanese mecha designs, Astebreed delivers an unparalleled atmosphere of beautiful destruction.

A Full Arsenal

Roy has a considerable arsenal to combat his foes, as well. Armed with the mysterious Lucis device, Roy's mech can shoot from a distance, paint targets for precision homing attacks, and even get close for a killing blow with a powerful blade attack. No enemy shall escape your wrath, no matter where they hide.

Dynamically Changing Perspective

Your enemies are not always ahead of you. Your enemies swarm, fly and intercept, and Astebreed's dynamic perspective always keeps the action in view. Seamlessly switching between veritcal, horizontal, and 3D shooter, Astebreed will keep you guessing what your next threat will be, without ever interrupting the action.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo or faster
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 compatible, GeForce 8600GT (2007 model) or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Additional Notes: Controller recommended
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Astebreed is a shoot em up with an odd twist. It is constantly changing perspective from isometric, horizontal and even third person points of view. It's a neat gimmick that helps make the action look over the top and adds a bit of personality to the game. Another thing that separates it from other shoot em ups is the addition of a sword that lets you destroy most projectiles and to attack enemies for big damage. Most enemies also shoot red projectiles which can not be destroyed, so it is unwise to stay in melee range and not have time to dodge. If you are particularly talented though, holding down the melee button lets you teleport a short distance which can be used to close in on enemies and dodge red beams. I found it a bit wonky and teleporting to be unpredictable but that may have been due to my own skill.

You start off as the President leading a small group of Xbreeds to fend off the enemy. Things quickly go wrong and both you and your squad are killed. It is a good prologue that teaches you the basics of the game and is an important piece of the story. From then on you play as a young goofy looking pilot. Story is surprisingly interesting though pretty corny at times. All dialogue is spoken in Japanese and only the subtitles are in English. Which can be a problem as the characters are prone to talk during the heat of battle and it is very hard to both read and fight at the same time. Levels are also nicely interconnected and it feels like one big adventure instead of a few levels thrown together due to how well the transition from end of level story section to start of the next level mix.

There are 6 levels overall not counting the prologue and should last you a bit under an hour. After you beat the game you will unlock the hard difficulty and a lot of extra goodies like concept art, view-able character models and back-story for the world and the characters. The back-story would have been far more useful before you played the game. You are thrown in and are expected to know everything from the get go. Not sure if Astebreed is an anime or something but the story is hard to understand the first time through and is further worsened due to the fast paced nature of the game forcing the story to move at an equal pace. That leaves it no time to flesh out the characters and very little time to explain who the enemies are and the events that caused all this. You also have the option to turn off a dialogue which is very appreciated after a few playthroughs.

Gameplay is fun and you have quite a few tools at your disposal. You can use a spread shot or a narrow shot like a regular shoot em up to take out enemies. Holding down the scatter shot button lets you lock on to all enemies around your giant mech and holding down the narrow shot button lets you lock on to any area of the map and is useful against boss fights as it locks on much faster. That is also the only way to shoot behind you which some bosses and enemies annoyingly like to do. Your mech can also use a sword for heavy damage against enemies or to block most projectiles. Using your sword greatly lowers your speed while in use but by holding down the melee button you can teleport away. Which is not usually a wise thing to do as you do not know where you will end up and are likely to get hit anyways.

Unlike most bullet hell games Astebreed does not usually have a pattern to the projectiles and you are expected to block them with your sword. Sounds good until they throw in red beams making it nearly impossible to avoid damage at times. If you do get hit it is not the end of the world. You have a rechargeable shield which can take a lot of damage and it starts recharging itself slowly after a certain time without damage. If you are playing on the hard difficulty, your shield will not fully recover and the more hits you take, the lower your ability to fix your shield becomes. There are no lives and if you die you will simply be thrown back to the nearest checkpoint. There is also an “Ex attack” which allows you to damage every enemy around you and to become invulnerable for a while. Fully locking on to and enemy with your missiles and press that button unleashes an ultimate attack. Ex attacks can be recharged faster by blocking projectiles with your blade.

Graphics in Astebreed is not impressive technically, but the artstyle is amazing and makes this game very cool to look at. It is full of color and the environments are varied. You go from the Ocean, to space and inside a giant station to name a few. You would expect everything to be black and gray in those last two areas but Astebreed just has a certain style that you can't help but love. Some cutscenes are hand drawn and anime style. These are nice to look at though they do break the flow of the game. I can't say if the voice acting is any good since I don't speak Japanese but the quality of whatever they used to record the voices sounds pretty low budget and scratchy at times. Music on the other hand is decent and fits into the game perfectly.

Overall this is a pretty good game with a decent amount of content to look at in the extras menu. After beating it you can start off with the mech that you unlock late game, which is a nice addition. It does have a few problems like the targeting when the boss goes far behind you, which can be very hard to aim it precisely where you want it before it's on the move again. Another problem is the teleport feature that needs to be refined a bit, as well as allowing it to be mapped to a different key, instead of having to hold down the melee for a few seconds which makes it very hard to use when you need it most. Other than those problems this is a very well made and fun game. The big focus on story is an oddity for these types of games and helps carve out it's own identity. Astebreed is highly recommended to those looking for a twist on the genre or are simply looking for a good shoot em up.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 19

This game is a steal at it's regular price of 14.99

If you don't pick it up on sale for 4.99 from the steam sale then you are insane!

This game is amazingly fun. It is a bit similar to those old spaceship style shooters r-type etc formulaically however comparing it to those does it no justice.

First off this game is Breathtaking, the graphics are beautiful. Combat is fun, you can duke and dodge and warp kind of and you have either a scattershot type gun, lasers, and a swrod (which seems to do the best damage boss wise etc) but your attacks that you have are situational and you have to choose the best course of action.

The sword will destroy MOST incoming attacks, bullets etc being shot at you

I guess you could classify this game as 2 D but the angles change, sometimes it is side scrolling, sometimes it is above you or over yoru shoulder, the directions of this change in combat fluidly.

There is a storyline to this between levels, my only minor complaint is that the voices are in japanese with english subtitles.

This game feels like playing an anime if that makes sense.

I can't reccomend this game enough it is REALLY fun!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
A bullet hell game with both vertical / horizontal scrolling in it. Great for those who are new and want to delve into the shmup genre as gameplay is forgiving and easier than most. Reminiscent of RayStorm and Zone of Enders.

You are on a quest to save humanity. Fight as a robot with multitude of weapons: bullets, sword and lock on auto-shoot drones. All time fun, lots of replayability.

Note: Use of a controller is strongly recommended for a more fluid gameplay.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Cause Lazorz and Missiles, and SWORDS!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Astebreed is a short but fun bullet hell game to play. I love all the destruction! Nice graphics and attacks. I would reccomend this game to touhou and bullet hell lovers.
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