Get to Know the Classic JRPG LIVE A LIVE – News
If you’re on the lookout for your next JRPG, you might not want to look any further than the LIVE LIVE™ game!
Now you might be thinking, “How do you pronounce that?” or “I don’t know what a LIVE LIVE is…” Both are valid thoughts! First say “five”, then replace the F sound with an L sound. Ok, now doubled. Boom. Second, if you’ve never heard of LIVE LIVE, it’s understandable. Since this classic RPG was never released outside of Japan, many people never had a chance to enjoy the game…until now!
To make sure you feel comfortable stepping into so many rugged worlds, we’ve put together some information to help you get a better idea of what to expect in LIVE LIVE.
So what is it LIVE LIVE exactly?
If you’re a fan of classic Japanese role-playing games, you might be surprised to learn that Takashi Tokita (known for his work on THE TRIGGER OF A STOPWATCH and FINAL FANTASY IV) and Yoko Shimomura (known for her work on FINAL FANTASY XV and the HEARTS OF THE KINGDOM series) worked on this game.
In the game, you have the option to choose between seven different characters at the start of the game, each living in a different time period with their own unique gameplay and story.
You may notice that LIVE LIVE looks different from its original 1994 release. With a stylish makeover, this remake lets you explore each era in an HD-2D visual style that blends 3D environments and modern effects with pixel art.
Additionally, each story features rearranged versions of its original soundtrack, created by the original composer, Yoko Shimomura!
In LIVE LIVE, there are many protagonists, each with their own story, abilities, and mechanics. Let’s take a look at what you can expect in each story, shall we?
The Wild West: As the Sundown Kid, help a frontier town take a stand and defend against outlaws.
Twilight of Edo in Japan: Confront or escape your enemies to complete a secret mission as Oboromaru, a lowly shinobi who stays in the shadows.
Today: As Masaru Takahara, you will attempt to master new skills to become the greatest warrior in the world.
Close future: A rebel with an extraordinary gift of reading people’s minds, Akira must work with her friends to unravel a dark conspiracy.
The distant future: You are Cube, a robot that comes to life on a cargo ship. Try to uncover the truth about a tragedy aboard the ship.
Imperial China: The Earthen Heart Shifu is looking for a worthy successor. As a kung fu master, you must entrust your kung fu heritage to young disciples.
Prehistory: In a time without words, a young man named Pogo is eager to prove his worth. Try to save an innocent woman… and survive in the process.
As you uncover a series of stories that stretch across time, you’ll uncover the truth behind their shared history.
Wait… can you get in and out of every story?
Yeah! While you can play each story in any order you choose, you can also stop playing one and switch to a different story. For example, let’s say you started playing The Near Future and decided to take a break from that story. All you have to do is go to “Settings”, save your progress, then choose “Return to Chapter Selection”. You can then return to your place in that story at any time.
If you weren’t exactly happy with some of the choices you made in this chapter, you can also replay the chapter from the beginning.
Prepare for battle (system)!
While all the characters of LIVE LIVE apparently not much in common, one common element you will find is the combat system! Each character uses the same grid-based battlefield, but in different ways depending on their objective. For example, in the Imperial China chapter, you’ll likely find yourself in some junk and have to defeat enemies to level up. However, in the Twilight of Edo Japan chapter, you box choose to fight, but you can also use your superior shinobi skills to cloak yourself in the shadows during battles. Where would you go? Who knows! You ARE the shadow.
Try before you buy
Now you might be wondering if this classic JRPG is right for you. Luckily, you can get a taste of the adventure that awaits you by downloading the free demo which includes three chapters: Imperial China, Twilight of Edo Japan and The Distant Future. And, if you like the game and choose to purchase it, your saved progress can carry over to the full version of the game. You can pick up where you left off, so consider taking the game out for a spin. You can even get a feel for the combat system by playing the Imperial China chapter!
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