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New Features in Live A Live Remake
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.
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.
Original vs Remake
Below are some screenshots comparing the original version of Live A Live (1994) to the remake (2022).
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.
Chapter (Scenario) Artwork
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.
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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
|Title||Live A Live|
|Platform and System||Nintendo Switch|
|Release date||July 22nd, 2022|