Astebreed is an extremely cool bullet hell indie game by Edelweiss. Actually, I’d say it’s one of the coolest games within the PS4 indie portfolio, due to its fast and varied gameplay and fetching anime-like graphics. It’s also quite a bit more approachable than the usual bullet hell games.
If you have a half-decent PC you’re all set, as the game is available on Steam, but if you want to play the PS4 version (which has gone through a series of visual improvements like redesigned and higher resolution textures), it has been released only in Japan, while a western release date is still TBA.
The problem with that, of course, is that it’s all in Japa… or not.
Surprisingly, the Japanese version of the game is subtitled in English. As a matter of fact, while the voice acting is in Japanese, the whole text of the game, from dialogue subtitles to the UI and menus, is fully translated in English. The game is perfectly playable and enjoyable even if you don’t know a word of Japanese.
Below you can check out a few screenshots of the PS4 version, taken directly from my PS4 and showing the localization. You can find it on the PSN here. As usual, either log out of your western PSN account or use an incognito window, or the link won’t work.
You also need a Japanese PSN account to purchase the game (this guide will teach you how to make one), but once downloaded and installed, it will be fully playable on your western accounts as well. The price is 2,000 yen (roughly 17 bucks).