Back in September 1994 A game was released in Japan that marked a before and after for many players. Produced by Square Enix and led by Takashi Tokita (Chrono Trigger), Live A Live for the Super Famicom (SNES) it was presented as a legendary role-playing adventure that brought together a compendium of stories that transcended time and space. The bad? that the game never made it to our side of the pond… Until now, at least.
Thanks to a larger market for role-playing games the joint efforts of Square Enix and Nintendotoday we can finally talk to you about remake HD-2D de Live A Live for Nintendo Switch! The work that inspired many contemporary video game creators (such as Toby Fox, which owes a famous Undertale melody to a theme from this title) is now ready to land on consoles around the world. Us we have already tested its final version, and of course, our impressions could not be better. If you are fans of the most classic role, get ready, because it is coming! a real game!
A wonder recreated for the new times
The first thing that both new players and veterans will ask themselves will be,what does this delivery bring again to make it worthwhile in relation to the original? From the perspective of a player who was lucky enough to try the Super Nintendo title (in Japanese, thanks to an imported console) years ago, the truth is that there are plenty of reasons to look forward to this new version of the classic. The main and most obvious is its renewed graphic section, now in HD-2D following in the footsteps of Octopath Traveler y Triangle Strategy, two well-known beautiful games from the platform’s catalog. However, that is not the end of it.
In addition to being the first time we enjoyed the game with texts in Spanish (in addition to being an outstanding localization job), the game’s dubbing is phenomenal in both english and japanese, adding a lot to the experience. In addition to that, other aspects, such as the remastered soundtrack under the supervision of Yoko Shimomura (original game composer) or fine-tuned combat system to the new times, they put the icing on a delicious cake for all fans of classic role-playing games.
Speaking of the combat system, which is turn-based strategy, we find it a real joy. It is not too complex, and as long as we use our heads to move around the squares well and use advantageous abilities, we will be victorious in any confrontation. In our analysis of the title we will go into more detail about all the possibilities it offers. But for now, we can say that he has us quite in love and we believe that it has been a success when it comes to being integrated into the title.
From the Wild West to Imperial China
Live A Live It has different stories the sea of various with unique characters and settings. All his stories have a good dose of action, plot twists and a very strong sense of humor. However, they also have a unique personality that differentiates them very well. This is because in each chapter of Live A Live has worked a manga artist different, also counting each episode with unique mechanics that give a lot of play to the adventure. In our impressions, we are going to tell you in detail about four of the many adventures that you will be able to play in the final game. You can enjoy three of them at demo version available of the title, and the last one is an exclusive preview of a classic cowboy story.
Twilight of the Edo period
The first work comes from the hand of the most famous mangaka in the list of participants. Devoting himself at the time of the original launch to Yaiba (a manga with a theme very similar to that of this story), Gōshō Aoyamawhom many of you will know as the author of Detective Conanintroduces us to the story of Oboromarua shinobi that we will have to embody to carry out a dangerous mission: infiltrate a castle full of enemies to save a person of great political importance.
The special mechanic of this story is that as a shinobi we can choose to two very different strategies: on the one hand, we can attempt go unnoticed, concealing ourselves with an invisibility cloak when we need to and slipping into the shadows to avoid spilling unnecessary blood. Our other way will be do not leave puppet with head, killing everyone who crosses our path to achieve our ultimate goal. The decision will be in the hands of each player, and the truth is that the thing has no waste!
This story is run by Yoshihide Fujiwara, author of works such as the classic Kenji. In it, we will put ourselves in the skin of the old man Earthheart Masteran eminence of the art of kung-fu who, faced with the inexorable passage of time, sets off in search of a new apprentice take over. Along the way, he meets three new additions to his dojo, disaster students with different flaws, but in whom he sees great potential. It will be our task to train them every day so that they improve their techniques and become worthy successors of our noble martial arts. The road, of course, will be hard. However, everything will end up being worth it once we have found our successor… right?
the wild west
This story has behind Osamu Ishiwata, creator of BB (work that won the Shōgakukan shōnen award in 1989). we embody The Dusk Childa lonely cowboy with a mysterious past who stops to refuel at Blessing, a humble village with docile inhabitants. There, he is told that a gang of criminals called the morons they are on their way to destroy everything, and that they will have to pitch in within a time limit to prepare traps that facilitate their victory in the face of numerical disadvantage. The thing will not be easy at all, and a dangerous duel awaits. Nevertheless, we will have to rise to the occasionnot only to save the lives of the villagers, but also to maintain our status as legendary cowboy.
Finally, this futuristic adventure comes from Yumi Tamura, mainly known for 7 Seeds. This time, we have to control Cubea cute robot recently arrived in the world thanks to a Japanese engineer who is one of the many crew members of I think, therefore I am: a spaceship dedicated to transporting valuable merchandise that will wreak havoc on what initially promised to be a pleasant journey… In this story we will have to solve different mysteries while we explore the gigantic ship and we talked to its colorful crew. The truth is, it is one of the ones we have been liking the most!
The legend lives on with Live A Live
As you can imagine, after telling you about what’s new in this Live A Live and of the chapters that we have been able to play until now, our impressions with the game could not be better. Of course, it’s a shame that this title has gone so unnoticed in the West until now. In Japan, it is one of the most anticipated releases for this summer (and rightly so), while here, we still have a lot to learn from what could be considered one of the most influential classic role-playing games.
For now, we’ll leave it here. However, we already anticipate that in our analysis we will tell you many more details and legendary trivia about Live a Live, because the occasion deserves it! And it is that if you like role-playing games, we already told you that this title is an essential to keep in mind on your lists.
Live A Live will be available from this July 22 both in digital format through the eShop of Nintendo Switch like in Physical format At a price of 49,99€counting on texts in perfect Spanish and a required storage space of 4728,00 MB. Also, if you have been wanting more, you already have available a trial version of the game on the Nintendo Switch eShop that includes previews of three of its chapters (Twilight of the Edo Period, Imperial China and Far Future) that you will be able to transfer to the final version, give it a try! Finally, to remind you that in a few days we will share our complete analysis of the game, so you better stay tuned, adventurers!
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