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Live A Live | Review Thread

Draugoth

Gold Member
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Game Information​


Game Title: Live A Live
Platforms:
  • Nintendo Switch (Jul 22, 2022)
Trailer:
Developer: SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
Publisher: Nintendo

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic - 79 average - 78% recommended - 8 reviews


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MetaCritic - 83 average - 16 reviews

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Critic Reviews


Eurogamer - Edwin Evans-Thirlwell - Recommended
While component tales and battles can be hit-and-miss, this elderly Squaresoft anthology is a wonderful testament to its genre's flexibility and range.

GameSpot - Heidi Kemps - 8 / 10
Live A Live is a beautiful remake of an overlooked classic that should not be missed by JRPG fans.

Glitched Africa - 8.5 / 10
My biggest takeaway from Live A Live is how remarkable it is considering it is a game from 1994. Sure, a lot of the fancy finishes come from the "remake" aspect here but the general package has remained the same. It goes to show that Square Enix has always been master RPG makers and Live A Live is a testament to that.

IGN - Rebekah Valentine - 9 / 10
Live A Live is a fascinating JRPG time machine that's getting its dues at last thanks to a remake that brings out the best in its seven stories, strong combat, and unusual structure.

NintendoWorldReport - Jordan Rudek - 7 / 10
It's enjoyable, quirky, awkward, and frustrating: sometimes the price of being unique is alienation. If it was Live A Live that allowed Takashi Tokita and his work on Chrono Trigger to soar, then of course it was worth it. In this present day chapter, for my money, I'm looking ahead to the next Square remake.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia - 8 / 10
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The Independent - Jasper Pickering - 8 / 10
Live a Live feels like a natural fit within Square Enix's focus on bringing older titles to newer audiences. As the blueprint for other potential titles to come, it's clear why the 1994 SNES title was chosen as the first remaster to receive the "HD-2D" treatment. Even with a shallow learning curve, there's plenty to enjoy in this unique omnibus. Fans of classic JRPGs won't want to miss this reimagining with plenty to enjoy for newcomers to role-playing games.

Video Chums - Mary Billington - 8.1 / 10
LIVE A LIVE kept me excited for what the next chapter would entail with each one boasting unique characters, settings, and gameplay so it's a perfect game for anyone who relishes variety. I just wish each chapter was fleshed out with more depth and unique elements.
 

Danjin44

The nicest person on this forum
This looks good but its too bad that its coming too close to Xenoblade 3, definitely gonna check it out once I finish my other games.
 

jshackles

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My copy just shipped, looking forward to playing through this again - it's been years!
 

Lognor

Banned
Looks good! I've never heard of this game so surprised to see it's a remake. It's too bad it's releasing so close to Xenoblade 3. I gotta go with XB, but might check this out after I finish it
 
The music was superb though
Yep, can confirm. Currently playing the Shibobi dude episode and the music is great.

I'm liking the gameplay too, the fights are tough and you gotta pick your fights wisely. There's some light exploration too with some secrets to find and the dialogue and general tone is great.

So yeah so far, very cool stuff and having lots of fun.

Only downside for me so far are some noticeable framedrops while exploring. Ugh, wish this was released on more systems than the Switch, although I gotta say those kind of games on portable are comfy max.
 

SlimeGooGoo

Party Gooper
Yep, can confirm. Currently playing the Shibobi dude episode and the music is great.

I'm liking the gameplay too, the fights are tough and you gotta pick your fights wisely. There's some light exploration too with some secrets to find and the dialogue and general tone is great.

So yeah so far, very cool stuff and having lots of fun.

Only downside for me so far are some noticeable framedrops while exploring. Ugh, wish this was released on more systems than the Switch, although I gotta say those kind of games on portable are comfy max.
My favorite tracks are from the old west and the china dude from the mountains.

I think Yoko Shimomura composed those if I'm not mistaken
 

Andyliini

Member
Just finished the prehistoric chapter and had a huge smile on my face the whole time. I guess I just love this kind of humour, even without any words. Gameplay was fun too once I understood the battle system a bit better. Onto the next chapter.

Oh, and Megalomania remix slaps.
 
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