Astebreed is Edelweiss' Spiritual Successor to Ether Vapor. It is a Shoot 'em Up doujin game that, like its spiritual predecessor, uses angle-changinggameplay. Now you fight beyond vertical, side, or frontal shooters and more angle changes than before. The plot line has considerably changed, focusing more on a Mobile Suit Gundam-esque battle than an aircraft one.Humans are at war with a mechanical Horde of Alien Locusts known as the Filune, which wreak havoc on entire worlds. On one distant world, Grato Nono engages with the alien forces, losing his squadmates and eventually his own mecha. One of Grato's daughters, Fiona Nono, comes to save him in a mysterious legless mecha and quickly performs a Hyperspeed Escape, where they are picked up by a Federation-like fleet. A long period later, Fiona is partnered with young pilot Roy Beckett to launch an offensive against the Filune, using the mecha Fiona saved her father in, now with a new pair of human-built legs. But allying with the hostiles is Estina Nono, Fiona's psychotic sister with a rivaling mecha.A demo version was released in 2012; the final version was released at Comiket 85 on December 31, 2013, and was later re-released digitally via Playism. An overseas version was released on May 30, 2014 and can be purchased through Playism's English webpage or Steam. A trailer of the game can be viewed here, and gameplay of the first stage can also be viewed here. A PlayStation 4 release of the game is slated for the near future.A website for the game and its demo can be found here.
Achievement System: Just like in Fairy Bloom Freesia. There's 40 to unlock, some of which are split from each difficulty level. These Achievements ranges from playing through the prologue, going through the tutorials, clearing the game on X difficulty, No Damage Running X difficulty, and more.
Almighty Janitor: Roy is literally this trope. He's just a cleanup man for a military company, but once he's in battle as the pilot of a powerful Humongous Mecha, goes to show why he's The Hero of the story.
Can't Stop The Signal: Even after the Filune's defeat, the Terran Coalition tried Daniel and other officers as war criminals to avoid responsibility. Unfortunately a few months later, the whole conspiracy was exposed to the public, forcing the Coalition to release the prisoners and eventually dissolve.
Cain and Abel: With Estina siding with the enemy, Fiona goes through fighting her sister throughout the game. They finally make by Chapter 5, though, with Estina switching sides.
Cat Girl: Both of the Nono sisters have mechanical cat ears. They're short, but visible and have the shape.
Charged Attack: The "collect" type. Your EX Attack meter charges slowly over time, but by cutting bullets with your sword, you can built up energy quickly.
They knew one of their experiments with the Lucis system, Fiona in this case, might rebel. So they developed countermeasures to ensure her re-assimilation or destruction. Her Evil Counterpart Estina, for example.
And just because their controlled by massive AI clusters or Hive Queen doesn't mean destroying them is an Instant-Win Condition. The Nono sisters state Diagra eliminate viruses, replacing the infected parts effectively, and are capable of rebuilding somewhere else.
Difficulty Levels: Present in this game. You have Easy and Normal to start out with, then an unlockable Hard difficulty.
Downer Beginning: The prologue starts with Grato and his team in a hopeless fight against the alien forces. Both of Grato's teammates bite the dust while he narrowly escapes the onslaught.
Unfortunately, he dies before making it back to Earth.
Government Conspiracy: It turns out that war with the Filune was already over. In exchange for a ceasefire, the Terran Coalition Forces handed over a large fleet and an entire city for the Filune for experiment on for the Lucis system.
Happy Ending: Much of Roy's family is gone, but he has two new sisters adapting well to society and keeps the Astebreed mech. The Filune are defeated, the Terran Coalition's conspiracy is revealed, Daniel and his officers are released, and humanity peacefully expands once again.
Limit Break: You have two kinds of EX Attacks that you can pull off. Your normal EX Attack causes Xbreed to perform a Smart Bomb-like Spin Attack, clearing your surrounding of enemy fire and provides temporary invincibility. Your lock-on EX Attack, on the other hand, causes Xbreed to perform a series of lightning-fast slices on locked enemies.
Nice Guy: Roy plays with this. A little deconstructed since he gets bossed around by the rude side of Fiona. Fortunately, it's rebuilt when he becomes The Heart and is willing to use force, even to snap the Nono sisters out of it and reunite them as allies.
Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Inverted. Estina's hair was at knee length like her sister, but after the Heel-Face Turn moment and when Xbreed became Astebreed, she loses enough hair so it's shoulder length.
The Filune's main goal is this on a much larger scale, all to preserve its own civilization.
Reconstruction: Does it to the Shoot 'em Up genre as a whole. Instead of relying on two dimensions of freedom all the time, it switches views as part of the level. The weapons are made so the player can attack enemies regardless of direction or dimension. Add a hair raising ride and shows the fun once again of what shoot 'em ups are all about.
Scenery Porn: One thing is clear that when compared to Ether Vapor, this game is gorgeous.
Scoring Points: You get points for shooting down enemies, but you also build up a combo meter by shooting enemies with your main shot or lock-on attacks (up to a max of x16). Slashing enemies with your sword gives a multiplier boost but will also drain your combo meter; taking damage also depletes your combo meter harshly.
The story itself also plays along the Kamen Rider plot since a large chunk of the Filune aliens are actually humans converted and programmed into machines. Fiona can be considered the Kamen Rider as she's the one to escape before she being fully programmed.
Sibling Yin-Yang: The Nono sisters. One's level-headed and fighting for the good guys, while the other is psychotic and siding with the enemies.
Sugar and Ice Personality: Fiona may have the stubborn personality as Luca from the spiritual predecessor, but she's very sensitive when it comes to her older sister. Once Estina starts talking down and attacking ruthlessly against her, she becomes very fragile.
Theme Naming: Each of the Filune ships are named after Mathematics terms. Triforium, Cissoid, Conchoid, Evolute, Asymptote, etc.