Live A Live Remake - New Features and Differences from the Original Game

A guide on new features in Live A Live Remake (Live A Live 2022 HD-2D Remaster) and its differences from the original game.

Live A Live Remake - New Features

New Features in Live A Live Remake

Live A Live Remake - The Wild West

Live A Live Remake (Live A Live 2022 HD-2D Remaster), a rework of the original role-playing game Live A Live released in 1994 for the Super Famicom, sports a number of new features and major differences from the original game. Below is a breakdown of these key elements that have been revealed in trailers and official sources.

Please note that this list is being updated regularly for new information revealed through the game’s official channels.

HD-2D Visuals

Live A Live Remake - HD-2D

The most obvious of Live A Live Remake’s differences from the old version is its redesigned visuals which now run on HD-2D. Character sprites, backgrounds, and effects have all been completely modernized and harness the graphical capabilities of the Nintendo Switch while retaining the overall charm of classic-style JRPGs.

Live A Live Remake - HD-2D Visuals

Original vs Remake

Below are some screenshots comparing the original version of Live A Live (1994) to the remake (2022).

Live A Live Remake - Chapter Select (1994) Live A Live Remake - Playable Demo Chapter Select
Live A Live Remake - Imperial China (1994) Live A Live Remake - Imperial China (2022)
Live A Live Remake - Present Day (1994) Live A Live Remake - Present Day (2022)

Updated Artwork

Live A Live Remake - Middle Ages: King of Demons Chapter Time Period

Live A Live Remake’s also boasts new artwork for the game’s various playable and non-playable characters. All currently revealed designs of the different protagonists, however, remain generally unchanged from the original 1994 release on the Super Famicom and remain true to the source material.

Character Portraits

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Chapter (Scenario) Artwork

Live A Live Remake - Prehistory: The First Period Chapter Time Period Live A Live Remake - The Wild West: The Wanderer Chapter Time Period Live A Live Remake - Present Day: The Strongest Chapter Time Period

Voice Acting

Another new feature found in Live A Live Remake is the addition of full voice acting throughout the game, including during cutscenes and battles. This adds a layer of immersion and further gives life to the various playable and non-playable characters in each of the remake’s different story chapters.

List of Voice Actors

Rearranged Music

Live A Live Remake’s soundtrack has been rearranged under the supervision of acclaimed video game composer Yoko Shimomura who worked on the title’s original music in 1994. Among the most notable of these rearranged tracks is the classic “Go! Go! Steel Titan!” performed by Hironobu Kageyama who is known for high energy vocal performances found in popular anime and sentai shows.

Below are some behind-the-scenes footage from recording process of Go! Go! Steel Titan! rearranged for Live A Live Remake.

Source: Nintendo YouTube Channel
Visit our Live A Live Remake Walkthrough and Guide page for more news and updates.

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Game Overview

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Live A Live (2022) is a remake of the role-playing video game released in 1994 by Square for the Super Famicom. The game follows the story of eight different protagonists across nine story scenarios or “episodes” that take place in distinct periods of human civilization. Players will be able to freely begin any of the first seven episodes while the final two are unlocked by progressing further into the game.

Gameplay

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Gameplay in Live A Live Remake consists of exploration and combat sections, with each story scenario having gameplay elements unique to the episode. Combat, in particular, is triggered through different conditions in each scenario, with some chapters having scripted, random, and optional encounters.

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Live A Live Remake features turn-based battles using characters that have access to unique attacks, skills, and abilities. Defeating enemies yields experience points, allowing each character to level up to gain new actions in combat. Some skills and abilities, meanwhile, can only be learned by reaching certain points of each story chapter or by seeing an enemy use them in battle.

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Various other unique quirks and mechanics are also implemented throughout the game’s different scenarios. Some episodes require the use of stealth to navigate through an area while others take advantage of a character’s unique ability to gather clues to advance the story or gain the advantage against enemies in battle.

Story Scenarios

Prehistory: The First

Live A Live Remake - Prehistory: The First

The Prehistory scenario takes place during the time of the cavemen. The episode follows the story of Pogo who is exiled from his tribe after his rescue of Bel, a woman intended to be sacrificed to a rival tribe’s god.

Imperial China: The Successor

Live A Live Remake - Imperial China: The Successor

The Imperial China scenario is set in Ancient China and tells the story of the ageing Earthen Heart Shifu who vows to defeat a rival kung fu school responsible for killing two of his three disciples.

Twilight of Edo: The Infiltrator

Live A Live Remake - Twilight of Edo: The Infiltrator

The Twilight of Edo takes place in feudal Japan where the ninja Oboromaru is tasked with the mission of rescuing the political prisoner from a daimyo in league with demonic forces and bent on conquest of the land.

The Wild West: The Wanderer

Live A Live Remake - The Wild West: The Wanderer

The Wild West is set during the American frontier. A wandering gunman known as Sundown Kid who partners with his old rival Mad Dog to save a town from a powerful gang oppressing the people.

Present Day: The Strongest

Live A Live Remake - Present Day: The Strongest

The Present Day takes place in the contemporary period and tells the story of Masaru Takahara, a man who goes on a quest to become the strongest in the world by defeating opponents through all fighting styles.

The Near Future: The Outsider

Live A Live Remake - The Near Future: The Outsider

The Near Future follows the adventure of Akira Tadokoro, an orphan in the not-so-distant future who seeks out a notorious criminal biker gang known as the Crusaders.

Far Future: Mechanical Heart

Live A Live Remake - The Far Future: Mechanical Heart

The Far Future takes place in a distant future and tells the story of the maintenance robot Cube who begins investigating the incident of an escaped Behemoth monster that killed the crew transporting it to earth.

The Middle Ages: The Lord of Dark

Live A Live Remake - The Middle Ages: The Lord of Dark

The Middle Ages follows the tale of the Oersted, a knight who leads a party to rescue the kidnapped princess of Lucretia and defeat a powerful entity known as The Lord of Dark.

Game Trailer

Source: Nintendo YouTube Channel

Game Information

Title Live A Live
Genre Role-Playing
Platform and System Nintendo Switch
Developer Square Enix
Publisher Nintendo
Release date July 22nd, 2022
Official Website https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/live-a-live-switch/

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