Live A Live Review (Nintendo Switch OLED)

Our Live A Live Review takes on the game originally released in 1994 and features multiple characters to play as, with each chapter set in its own time period offering unique gameplay mechanics and locations. Who knows what awaits when all eight tales have been told? Every time period features its own story and characters, with bespoke gameplay mechanics that make each one a unique experience.

Live A Live Review Pros:

  • Beautiful pixel art graphics.
  • 4.6GB download size.
  • Free demo and save transfer.
  • RPG gameplay.
  • English or Japanese voice.
  • Game settings – text display speed, radar, tutorials, loading tips, on-screen guides, and battle cursor memory.
  • Graphics settings – brightness, gamma, and contrast.
  • Volume settings – BGM, environmental, sound effects, and voice sliders.
  • Seven chapters and you select which to start on – the near future, distant future, Twilight of Edo Japan, Imperial China, Present day, Prehistory, and the Wild West.
  • Each chapter gets a brief description of what to expect before you proceed.
  • Uses the same visual delights from Ocotopath Traveller.
  • Conversations in-game can be paused, auto advance, and skipped.
  • Superb powerful soundtrack.
  • At any time you can quit out and change the chapter you are playing.
  • Radar – acts like a mini-map.
  • Save when you want.
  • 20 save slots.
  • At many points throughout the game, you can either face a challenge or stealth/avoid it altogether.
  • The Twilight of Edo Japan has a password system in-game whereby you know two words and it’s one of them (it tells you initially) but when the bell rings the password changes.
  • Stealth system within the Twilight of Edo Japan chapter.
  • Blends 2D and 3D environments.
  • Turn-based combat on a grid, you can freely move around the grid and do attacks/magic/items, it ends once the enemies attack has charged.
  • Earn EXP and level up to increase stats.
  • Playtime is shown on your save file.
  • Enemy charges up their bar bit by bit as you move around so this adds a layer of new tactics.
  • Auto saves regularly.
  • Learn new attacks by leveling up.
  • The end of combat screen shows any loot rewards and exp earned.
  • The big map of the area is a drawing with slight markings.
  • In a group of enemies, kill the leader to make the others weaker with a chance to run away.
  • Enemies can learn your combat patterns and change their tactics.
  • Many additional routes to find and explore.

Live A Live Review Cons:

  • No touchscreen.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Doesn’t do the best job at explaining things.
  • Slight hitching in places.
  • Constant difficulty spikes.
  • In battles, all the enemy models are the same.
  • Fixed camera angle can make seeing enemies and loot hard.
  • Hard to read the map.
  • The combat takes some getting used to.
  • Cannot skip the sometimes lengthy animations of casting attacks.

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Live A Live:

Official website.

Developer: Square Enix

Publisher: Nintendo

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  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!