Game Title: Live A Live
- Nintendo Switch (Jul 22, 2022)
Developer: SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
OpenCritic - 79 average - 78% recommended - 8 reviews
MetaCritic - 83 average - 16 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.