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Astebreed is a significant downgrade on the Switch

November 16, 2018 1 min read

Astebreed is a fantastic bullet hell game that originally launched on PC and eventually made its way onto PlayStation 4 too. Last week, it was quietly released on the Switch eShop without much marketing or fanfare. After spending some time with it, I can't say I'm all that surprised.

The first thing worth pointing out is that this is a fairly large visual drop from the other releases. The textures are muddier, and the whole presentation takes a hit all around. There's still no English voice acting for this outing either, so it's as impossible as ever to keep up with the story, which is delivered via text in the bottom left corner of the screenwhile you are in the middle of battle. For obvious reasons, this issue is compounded substantially when playing in handheld mode.

Astebreed is a significant downgrade on the Switch screenshot