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Shaduoftexitar's Okami Game Review

Okami

Okami game Review

Story & Playability

Awesome, propelling story. It seems to go on a while, but when you get to the end, you see that it wasn't really all random. It's tied together well.

The plot is, basically, you're the goddess Amaterasu, reborn in the form of a wolf who defended Kamiki Village from the eight-headed dragon Orochi 100 years ago. After someone released Orochi, Sayuka, a wood sprite and guardian of Kamiki (and most of Nippon, it seems), has revived you in hopes that you could restore peace and order to Nippon. Joining you on your quest is wandering artist, and Poncle, Issun. This firey little guy is no bigger than, well, a bettle, but his spirit more than makes up for that. His reason for following you is simply that he wishes to see all thirteen of the Celestial Brush powers, which you used to possess before you were killed by Orochi 100 years ago.

As you go through the game, you become more powerful until it is time to fight Orochi once more. However, is that really the end of the story? No.

As it turns out, Orochi is simply a pawn in a much bigger, darker, and dangerous game.

Rating: 9

Graphics

AWESOME!! Just stunning. I wish I could put it on my walls.

It's very pleasing to look at. It's done in the style of Japanese art. You even see labels floating in the sky as you run across areas. Very helpful. It's so smooth and the animation in it flows so nicely. The wolf actually looks like she's running (unlike some games where they never seem to touch the ground).

The artwork fits the "brush" theme that Okami possesses through the Celestial Brushes. Actually, Clover was trying to make it realistic with Amaterasu having very detailed fur and all that stuff. But when they found that rendering was going to be a bugger, they changed it to what you see today. The brush powers developed from that and really, that enhanced the overall gameplay and created a new, unique and never seen before style of game.

Rating: 10

Sound

Beautiful, matches the art. Not your typical sounding game.

It sounds very much like the style of traditional Japanese songs. Lots of flutes and drums. The great thing is, it's not as repeatative as most games I've played. Every time the song runs through, it's slightly different. That's a great thing, if you ask me.

The OST, however, is very long because of it. Five discs of OST goodness, featuring Reset by Ayaka Hirahara. Unfortunately, it is only available in Japan. Importers, have a good time!

From what I've seen, it will cost $45-$60 US dollars.

Rating: 10

Fun

Overall, easy to understand and enjoy. A little furstrating at parts, and very funny at times. Just great.

Some of the puzzles and things you have to solve have very vague clues, and is thus, frustrating. Near the end, you sometimes don't even get a clue. This part was frustrating for me because they expect you to remember things you have already done. It is possible, but my memory's bad anyway.

However, when there is a clue, no matter how vague it is, the text is hightlighted in red. Important conversations are recorded for you, so that makes it easier.

Most of the humor is kind of crude. Probably one of the reasons that it's T. For example, Issun always talks to one of the female characters about her bust line. He also stares at them. There's some drunken humor (and violence, like splitting a monster in half and watching his body parts fly apart) that also contribute to the rating.

The gameplay is easy and the brush techniques, though some would think (without playing it) that it is hard on the PS2 controller and would be better played on the Wii, it really isn't that hard. It's rather easy, actually, since there's a large margin for error.

Quite enjoyable.

Rating: 10

Final Verdict

9.67 (excellent)

Reviewed by Shaduoftexitar, Mar 14, 2007

Comments

  1. shoujoboy Mar 14, 2007

    I went to review this very game a few months ago, but sadly it wasn't on this site at the time. It is rare that I agree with scores on this site, but Okami is well deserving of this score. IGN in fact gave this Game of the Year, and rightfully so. As for your review, keep an eye out on the formatting and work on the flow of your writing a bit.

  2. Shaduoftexitar Mar 15, 2007

    Yeah, I saw that award. It deserves it.

    ^^; I'm not great on reviews. I'll work on that.

  3. marysonnie Nov 18, 2007

    I'm normally very skeptical of such high accolades, but I've seen and heard nothing to contradict your score.

  4. rukasu04 Mute Member Nov 30, 2009

    Nice review, thanks

  5. SchRita Jan 15, 2010

    Thanks for the review!

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