Okami - PlayStation 2
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: Video Game
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The voices need no re-dubbing because all of the speech is in a strange, scrambled dialogue that mimics human speech. While it COULD have become annoying, the voices were very well handled and remain amusing. Another point for the creativity of Clover Studios.
The game presents a good balance between serious storyline and humor, never letting the darker points of the story overwhelm its lighthearted nature. And that the wolf is, in fact, female is refreshing from all the boy-centered video games out there. Although, Amaterasu is hilariously canine to the Holy Bone.
The celestial brush technique used for the fighting is very simple to master, and remains entertaining with every new brushstroke learned. As you go into the drawing screen, pay attention to how the entire scene turns into an ink painting. It is awe-inspiring how they could authentically recreate that for every single fight scene.
The game play is unique, the characters likeable and amusing, and every nook and cranny of the game world is filled with so much love and attention to detail that it warms my heart.
All in all? I would buy this game. I would even buy the strategy guide for this game. New. Clover Studios deserves every penny they get for this work of genius.
You freeze the world, it turns sepia tone, and you paint brush strokes on the world, which takes some coordination sometimes. This can be a horizontal slash to chop trees, stones or weakened enemies in half, or a big messy area of strokes to cause flowers to bloom in an attempt to overpower a curse. You learn brush strokes as you find the spirits stuck in incomplete constellations in the sky, which you complete with your brush, and it allows you new, odd things.
What else is captivating about the game, apart from the surprisingly nifty brush stroke system, is the way it rewards you in many little ways as you go along. Every now and again, you find little scrolls telling you an additional trick, like how to make a thicker line of paint, or how to coax demon fangs from your enemies. Bits of treasure and cursed plants are everywhere if you hunt around, and every new brush stroke leads to multiplying possibilities of using them when you revisit old areas. Uncursing areas or making guardian saplings bloom in particular is a rewarding experience as flowers and water spring forth in every direction, wiping out the injurious cursed zones.
Add a sense of humour, some interesting insights into Japanese mythology, and some really creepy other-worldly places, and you have a surprisingly good game.
For myself I didn't really associate this title with Zelda: Wind Waker at all, despite reading numerous reviews connecting the two. That said, there's a definite similarity in style to previous Capcom titles (namely Viewtiful Joe). Wind Waker possessed a lot of clear cut edges and bright colors, but Okami really perfects the cel-shading style; not only using this style of graphic, but enhancing it through the hands on interaction. Easily the most enjoyable (and beautiful) moments in the game come from being able to randomly freeze battles and scenes and 'paint' your attacks onto the screen. The player can create anything from a tree bursting from the ground to a cherry bomb, and it really revolutionizes the generic action-game battle system.
The game play itself is beautifully fluid and intuitive; as soon as you learn a new move or paint stroke you feel as if you've known it all along. The battles are engaging, the storyline very classic and in-line with Japanese mythology (even if the intro scene was a little long-winded) and I really can offer no word of criticism for this piece. However, it should be noted that this is one of those games you shouldn't purchase unless you have some time to waste. This title will absorb you; it's very easy to lose track of time as you sketch your way through this masterpiece.
Most recent customer reviews
I was looking for something new and familiar, this game caught my attention as it looked like a cross between Zelda with RPG elements and a wolf God, it didn't disappoint. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Blair M. Kejick
Okami, I would consider this a gaming classic without a doubt. The combat system, the brush techniques, the art style, the story, the different weapons and combinations therein... Read morePublished on March 11 2013 by Cale Brideau
Absolutely great game, I love it. It's more than worth the purchase. The Wii version has better graphics but you gotta love the classics.Published on Nov. 18 2012 by Crafty
I spent a lot of time with my PS2 over the years. There were many great games--the GTA series, Shadow of the Colossus, God of War... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2012 by OpenMind
She loved it. She must have spent at least 3-4 hours a day until she finished it. Then she played it again. Read morePublished on March 2 2011 by Anonymous
This game is by far one of the best games ever created for the PS2. Very fun and imaginative, and a unique concept for a game, along with fantastic story and amazingly well done... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2010 by Kinwolf