Okami

Good
  • Unique setting and impressive landscapes that evolve overtime as you clear evil
  • Brush mechanic and weapon choice provide a wealth of combat variety
Bad
  • Lengthy dialogue sequences that don't have the same level of quality as other game elements
  • Lengthy game tutorials take a while before players are given control
9

Okami is a critically acclaimed action adventure title where players control the wolf goddess Okami Amaterasu through a story of Japanese mythology. Originally for PlayStation 2 and Wii in 2008 the game was reborn through a HD remake that expanded the list of available platforms. With beautiful presentation and an equally beautiful storyline Okami offers a unique Zelda inspired adventure.

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Drawing heavily from the tales of Japanese folklore players control Amaterasu who is the goddess of the sun and takes the form of the white wolf to explore the land below. Taking this form in order to remove a curse that has returned from hibernation for over a century players are confronted by the eight headed demon Orochi who is also the final boss battle of your story adventure.

With the Japanese inspiration this adventure takes place in Japan itself as players follow the trail of Orochi while fighting others that stand in the way and increasing their own power by locating the constellation gods that empower one of the primary game mechanics of the Celestial Brush. While on the surface Okami is a standard fantasy adventure of acquiring power for a final demonic battle the polished nature and unique Japanese lore allow it to stand out from the crowd of other action adventure titles.

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In terms of gameplay Okami delivers an experience similar to that of the broader genre with a mixture of puzzle, platforming and action battles. The game world is also what you would expect to see in a Zelda inspired game with a linear main storyline but a great amount of depth in side quest content for players to explore with the main world continually opening up to players as they acquire new skills. The overworld is where you’ll spend the bulk of your time exploring and is supported with dungeons that players adventure into and create a seamless adventure. Players can also impact this game world around them by restoring nature and animals by removing demons to restore balance to the game world.

When combat is required in Okami you’ll find it to be a fast paced offering which ties in perfectly to the wolf avatar you’ll be controlling. With great speed moving around the battlefield Okami has multiple ways to battle with players selecting from three different archetypes for both their main and sub weapon that alters their attack patterns. This includes the defensive focused reflector, the ranged rosary and the melee glaive variant with 5 increasing damage tiers available in each of the archetypes with further upgrades available through the rare gold dust resource. Consumable items and treasures can also be found during your adventure that can be used to assist in combat or sold for money to unlock an advanced fighting tactic from the various dojo locations.

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The real gem of Okami though is the Celestial Brush mechanic which players can access while the game is paused and are learned as you encounter the various Celestial Brush Gods that will each teach you a different power. Careful brush strokes are required for some of these powers which allow you to paint objects and can be a helpful tool in combat or puzzles. Examples include the players ability to create a bomb in battle, chop down the environment, create fire, paint new platforms for them to jump on and many other options.

Summary:

  • An amazing journey through beautiful Japanese themed landscapes.
  • Use the Celestial Brush to change the game world around you and provide you different combat options.
  • Select from three distinct weapon types for your primary and secondary weapons to customise your combat style.
  • Blend of puzzle, platforming and fast paced action as the wolf goddess.
  • Remastered for modern platforms with a HD edition that retains the core adventure.

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Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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3 COMMENTS
  1. I wanted to get a game that my little sister would like. thinking there was no blood or gore and it kinda cartoonish i decided to get it. but to make sure it was kid appropriate i decided to play it. (2 hours waiting for a game to finish downloading gets you in the mood.) despite a lengthy intro I was really surprised by this game. it’s like twilight princess with wolf Link except your always the wolf and the game mechanics and features are designed around being a “furball” I really like it it is my second day playing it and already i’m 9 hours in. I was totally not expecting this i thought it was like paper mario graphics flaaat. nope wish i had gotten it sooner. I recommend that you buy it or at least watch some let’s plays of it. even not playing it you will enjoy the plot. if not i give your 3 minutes of time spent reading this back. use it wisely.

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  2. well this took forever and to me its not worth it if you want a good game go to feral heart, wolf quest, endless forest, Tokyo jungle, or shelter

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  3. Okami, PS2, Wii, PS3
    This game is absolutely amazing and you will never find a game like it.

    You explore and discover beautiful worlds and fight demons to take back areas that were once consumed in darkness, your objective changes throughout the game adding exciting plot twists and new bosses.

    It is not gorey but has death. It is perfect for adults and teenagers.

    Many other side objectives to do other than the main story.
    This game as a lot of bosses, demons and various other things to fight
    The story line is long as you explore and discover and interact with a mass variety of characters

    You battle and discover in a woodcut, watercolor style, cel-shaded environment, which looks like an animated Japanese ink-illustration (known as ink wash painting, sumi-e) with other styles of art. The gameplay style is a mix of action, platform, and puzzle gaming genres

    You can harness powers with the Celestial Brush by finding constellations and use it to make the sun rise, bring nightfall or slash your enemies, get to higher points with vines, cut things that are in your way, and much-much more

    It has a amazing plot and a original, spectacular story line.
    It has humor and beautiful game play.
    You can even go fishing
    You can sell things & buy things
    You can get different fighting instruments
    Awesome and Soothing game play music and soundtrack.

    Please look up the game play if you are interested, but even watching it doesn’t give it any justice it is far more fun playing it – it is worth your time if you are looking for a fun, exciting, interactive, and (if your a girl)beautiful game.

    BUY the game. It is very much worth it.
    It is NOTHING (NOTHING!) like Wolf Quest, or Tokyo Jungle, Endless Forest or Shelter
    Okami is nothing like all related games.

    Okami is truly one of a kind and a true masterpiece of a game.

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