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Live A Live

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Live A Live
Live A Live cover
Square Enix
Square Enix
Unreal Engine 4[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows April 27, 2023
OpenCritic 81
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time, Turn-based
Perspectives Cinematic camera
Controls Direct control, Menu-based
Genres JRPG
Art styles Pixel art, Stylized
Themes China, Contemporary, Fantasy, Japan, Prehistoric, Sci-fi, Western
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Live A Live is a remake of the 1994 video game of the same name, released for Super Famicom only in Japan. The remake was built on Unreal Engine 4 and is stylized in what Square Enix describes as "HD-2D", a term popularized with the Nintendo Switch release of Octopath Traveler in 2018.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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All versions require Steam DRM.
Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed on October 10, 2023.[2][3]


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.


Type Notes
No microtransactions The game does not contain microtransactions.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\LIVEALIVE\Steam\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2014380/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\LIVEALIVE\Steam\<user-id>\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2014380/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, on/off toggle.[5]
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Choice of 30, 60, 120, 240, or Unlimited.
Internal frame rate of some menus, like the settings and file select menus, update at half the frame rate the game is set to.
Some scenes, such as the scene where Obomaru enters Ode Castle, are capped at 30 FPS.[6]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the engine page to force native HDR output, or the glossary page for other alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 4 page for more details.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse support is limited to a few specific actions like "Confirm", "Cancel", "Open Menu". Mouse navigation is not supported.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
A keyboard is required to enter names.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Described as Type 1 in the settings menu.
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
DualSense also supported.
PlayStation button prompts
Described as Type 2 in the settings menu.
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth)
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Button prompts switch based on the last button pressed.
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Cursor detection


Volume settings
Volume settings
Language settings
Language settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
BGM, Environmental Sounds, Sound Effects, Voices.
Surround sound
Limited to stereo.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


The voice acting in the Prehistory chapter is non-verbal and is performed by the Japanese cast, regardless of voice language setting.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Other information

Game settings
Game settings


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video 2 [7]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10, 11
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-3210
AMD A8-7600
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 750
AMD Radeon RX 460
DirectX 12 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Minimum system requirements are for 720p 30 FPS on Low preset; recommended system requirements are for 1080p 60 FPS on Maximum preset.


  1. Unreal Engine 4 engine build: 4.27.2[1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Verified by User:Fds29 on 2023-04-30
  2. LIVE A LIVE History · Change #U:41917119 · SteamDB - last accessed on 2023-10-10
    "Removed 3rd-Party DRM – Denuvo Anti-tamper"
  3. LIVE A LIVE update for 10 October 2023 · SteamDB - last accessed on 2023-10-10
    "Modified – LIVEALIVE/Binaries/Win64/LIVEALIVE-Win64-Shipping.exe (-381.45 MiB)"
  4. Verified by User:Fds29 on 2023-04-30
    GameUserSettings.ini shows that sg.TextureQuality is set to 2.
  5. Verified by User:Fds29 on 2023-04-30
    Injecting UUU and using the command r.DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing returns a value of 1, which indicates FXAA.
  6. Verified by User:Fds29 on 2023-04-30
    The first point was seen by eyeing it; this also happens in the Nintendo Switch version. The second point was observed by happenstance, and further investigation may be required to determine how often this happens.
  7. Verified by User:Fds29 on 2023-03-31
    .bk2 files are present in the Movies folder.