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The humans are at war with the Filune alien race. Unfortunately they have the better cards, but humanity has one last ace in its sleeve: a powerful mech. The player takes control over its pilot Roy Becket to throw back the aliens. The story, which is told in both anime cutscenes and chatter during gameplay, also features additional characters like two girls Fiona and Estina scarred by Filune experiments and Roy's adoptive father Grato.

Astebreed is a scrolling shooter without a fixed perspective: during the six levels, the perspective shifts dynamically between side-scrolling, top-down and a behind view. The mech has three basic attacks, all with two sub-variants: regular shots, homing attacks and melee attacks with the blade. Additionally there are three powerful EX-attacks available which can only be activated when the yellow bar (automatically refills over time) is full. The player only has one life (plus continues), but the mech has a replenishing shield which can take a certain amount of damage. The achieved high-score depends on multiple factors, most importantly the tension meter (basically a multiplier) and shield bonuses for avoiding damage.

The later released PlayStation 4 version has improved graphic effects and a new additional game mode called Arrange. The only changes are the control system (the mech can lock on to enemies and the controls can be customized) and a different ending movie. Additionally there are a few minor changes such as removed profanity or adjusted trophy requirements.


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Alternate Titles

  • "アスタブリード" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

USgamer Windows Jun 05, 2015 5 out of 5 100
Destructoid Windows May 31, 2014 9.5 out of 10 95
Vandal Online Windows Jun 23, 2014 8.7 out of 10 87 Windows Jul 10, 2014 83 out of 100 83
Video Chums PlayStation 4 Jun 27, 2015 8.1 out of 10 81
Spazio Games Windows Aug 11, 2014 8 out of 10 80 (UK) Windows Jul 07, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Nintendo Switch Nov 21, 2018 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Gamegravy PlayStation 4 Jun 30, 2015 7 out of 10 70
Nivelul2 Windows Jul 11, 2014 6.5 out of 10 65


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