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Live A Live - this year's sleeper hit?


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5 minutes ago, Sarlaccfood said:

Oh if this is 49.99 they can get fucked though.

 

£39.99. I’d pay that for a physical copy, will wait for a minimum 50% sale if digital only.

 

Hopefully the Japanese release will have English language as an option.

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It's difficult to convey just how surprising an announcement this was. Of all Square's output, this is amongst the least well known from its golden 16-bit era. If it wasn't for Super Play's import coverage, I'd probably have never heard of it. Despite the Switch proving itself as fertile territory for classic JRPGs, I'd never have predicted a Live A Live remake, never mind one bound for Western release.

 

What an exciting time to be a Square fan. What's next? Bahumut Lagoon? Treasure Hunter G? FF6 in the HD-2D style?

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1 minute ago, gossi the dog said:

 

£39.99. I’d pay that for a physical copy, will wait for a minimum 50% sale if digital only.

 

Hopefully the Japanese release will have English language as an option.


Ah yeah I’ll wait for a sale then. I’m only curious rather than MUST BUY for me.

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1 minute ago, gossi the dog said:

 

£39.99. I’d pay that for a physical copy, will wait for a minimum 50% sale if digital only.

 

Hopefully the Japanese release will have English language as an option.

 

Same here. £39.99 for a physical release, or I'll wait for a sale. 

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Instabuy really. Anything to hammer home that Squenix should make more HD-2D games (VI or Chrono Trigger being the holy grails). That it involves a “lost” JRPG is icing on the cake. 

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12 minutes ago, Cyhwuhx said:

Anything to hammer home that Squenix should make more HD-2D games (VI or Chrono Trigger being the holy grails). 

 

I'd add FF V to that as well. We've had brilliant remakes with III and IV on the NDS, so we'd need V & VI to complete that. 

Ahh, who are we kidding, SE probably thinks they're already doing us a huge favour with those bloody lazy pixel remakes. 

I hope they will at least continue doing the DQ series in that fabulous 2D-HD style.

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On 11/02/2022 at 21:48, gossi the dog said:

 

£39.99. I’d pay that for a physical copy, will wait for a minimum 50% sale if digital only.

 

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At least the US is getting a physical version. No word on Europe yet.

 

Both the US and EU are getting a physical version as well :)

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I have to go and look up the original now because just going on the name, I'm sure I found this as an obscure fan translation ROM or something, decades back ... Like right back when ROMs and emulators first became a thing. And played it and quite liked it, but now I can't remember anything about it. 

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25 minutes ago, revlob said:

Strange view to have. That you only played it because you had access to a fan translated ROM doesn't speak volumes about its reknown.


But that if even I, something who doesn’t really pay attention to JRPGs, knew about it’s existence it’s not that hidden away.

It’s a post-Secret of Mana Square game from a time when magazines in the West were paying attention to JRPGs.

 

Am I surprised that it’s getting a rerelease? Yes.
Do I think a JRPG from the biggest JRPG house of the era that was fan translated almost as soon as fan translation became a thing is an obscure oddity? No. 

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The burning question to me is: is it pronounced Live A Live or Live A Live? On the other hand, I suppose it could be Live A Live. Sounds completely unnatural in English, but many Japanese game titles do. It's almost certainly not Live A Live, though.

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3 hours ago, Rex Grossman said:

I’ve barely played any JRPGs but even I’ve played the fan translation of this. Im not sure it’s that obscure.

 

Counter: I had to spend quite some time explaining to a large part of my Squenix-fan friends what this was over IM. I'm sure it is that obscure.

 

It's [laif-a-laif] btw. (TIHI.)

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22 minutes ago, dug said:

The burning question to me is: is it pronounced Live A Live or Live A Live? On the other hand, I suppose it could be Live A Live. Sounds completely unnatural in English, but many Japanese game titles do. It's almost certainly not Live A Live, though.

 

Seeing as the original Japanese title is pronounced "Raibu A Raibu" I'd say Cyhwuhx is right.

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