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Okami (PS2)

by Capcom
Platform : PlayStation2
71 customer reviews

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  • Intriguing and alluring main character - Assume the role of the sun god, Amaterasu, who descends upon the earth in the form of a wolf. The Japanese translation of the word wolf is "Okami".
  • Original visuals and revolutionary design - Rich stylized 3D graphics reminiscent of traditional Japanese art created on paper scrolls produce a large variety of stages with a watercolor-esque appearance.
  • Epic tale that combines folklore and mysticism - Okami uses folklore to bring forth an immersive experience.
  • Eclectic and diverse enemies - Diverse line-up of enemies based on Japanese folklore and myths.
  • Diversified gameplay - Defeating monsters requires the usage of not only physical attacks, but Amaterasu's own unique abilities
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  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B000JL6F2W
  • Item Weight: 122 g
  • Release Date: 9 Feb. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,259 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Mixing Japanese folklore and a stunning traditional Japanese art style, Okami tells the story of a mythical sun god who sets out to restore a world to its former beauty and glory. Okami is the brainchild of Capcom's Clover Studio which is renowned for such innovative and critically acclaimed titles such as Steel Battalion and Viewtiful Joe series.

In Okami, the legendary monster Orochi has come back to life and turned the world into a veritable wasteland. Players must assume the role of a wolf, an embodiment of the sun god Amaterasu, capable of wielding unimaginable power. The state of the world lies in gamer's hands as they must fight ominous beings and reclaim the earth from a curse that plagues it. It is crucial to help Amaterasu make the world a place where all living creatures can dwell once again.

Traditional Japanese art comes alive through beautiful scenic 3D levels that have the appearance and texture of paper scrolls brushed with watercolour-like calligraphy art. As a god in the form of a wolf, Amaterasu must reclaim its powers that are scattered throughout the earth, in order to help restore the land to its former beauty. As players progress through the game, they will travel to different regions in search of the other godly embodiments that are hidden, and regain Amaterasu's powers. Rooted in the third person perspective, gamers will need to interact with the people they encounter, building their faith by clandestinely answering their prayers and wishes. As gamers lead Amaterasu through diverse environments, they will come across extraordinary monsters that originated from Japanese folklore.

Defeating the creatures that Amaterasu encounters will not be a small feat. The real-time fighting system not only involves biting and ramming strikes, but also allows for various attacks using the bronze mirror of Yata on its back as well as a host of other unique abilities. This system allows the use of a myr

Amazon.co.uk Review

If you ever thought it odd that two CGI kids movies about talking ants could come out at the same time, followed by two about talking fish, consider the odds of two video games coming out within months of each other which involve controlling a wolf in a Legend of Zelda style game world. In actual fact Okami first came out in Japan almost a year ago, a long time before Twilight Princess. Nevertheless, this is the best Zelda style game ever on a non-Nintendo console and likely to remain one of the very best games released all year. Not only that but it features probably the most beautiful graphics ever seen on the PlayStation 2 with a completely unique cel-shading effect that makes the whole game world look like it is painted in Japanese water colours.

Throughout the game you control the goddess Amaterasu, who appears as a white wolf (okami is a pun on the Japanese words for both wolf and god). You’re guided in your quest, a little too closely it has to be said, by a talking bug named Issun. Although Amaterasu can jump and head-butt, her primary interaction with the world is via the celestial brush. By pausing the game you can paint magic symbols onscreen to create objects in the world, from making plant life bloom to setting off giant bombs. As well as brush attacks, you can use a range of other weapons swapping between primary and secondary slots at will. Apart from Issun’s signposting of every puzzle, and the occasionally poor pacing, this can easily hold its head high amongst Nintendo’s greatest as one of the PlayStation 2’s last, best games.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Reader on 19 Feb. 2007
This game is just outstanding in every way. I have never seen or played a game like this before. This game should, and probably will, be a classic

What is the most striking about this game is the animation. It's absolutely stunning. The theme is a Japanese painting with the images in close range in full, dazzling colour and the mountains in the background no more than a brush stroke in the sky. The music is traditionally Japanese and fits the game perfectly. The word beautiful might appear a few times in this review but there really is no better word to describe everything about this game.

You play the white wolf God, Amaterasu, revived from her divine slumber to kill the evil monster who has covered the land with darkness. With the bug Issun for company (who is actually only there to learn brush techniques) you set out to rid the land of Ippon of evil.

Combat is in two forms. One is weapon equipped on Amaterasu's back. She used this is a primary battle weapon to stun her opponents. As they become stunned, Amaterasu can then use her Celestial Brush to finish them off. Brush techniques such as power slash also divide rocks blocking your way, or cut down annoyingly possessed trees. There are 12 brush techniques to learn and in so doing you are almost in complete control of shaping the environment. Don't like it being nighttime? Draw the sun in the sky and brighten the place up. Found a withered tree? Give it a brush and watch cherry blossom appear.

The Celestial Brush technique is the basis for the game. As well as a battle technique and the method of moving the game forward, it also opens up side quests such as feeding the animals. As a girl this was something I particularly liked.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zabba on 24 Oct. 2007
Initially, I thought this game was nothing to get excited about, it just sat there on the shelf next to the millionth FIFA game and some rubbish film-tie in. How wrong I was.

You see, Okami is something special, I'm just kicking myself about the fact I never looked into it sooner, as it's turned out to be one of my favorite games of all time. A classification, I can assure you, I don't use lightly.

You'll be forgiven for being slightly cautious about purchasing the game; after all, I'd say it's for more open minded gamers. If you're a casual gamer, who buys every football game out there and think the GTA series is God's gift to mankind, then it might not be for you. However, to the rest of you, read closely and get your money ready.

Plot and lifespan: The game is set in Ancient Japan, in a place called Nippon. The Wolf-God, Amaterasu (who you play as) is brought back to 'life' after the Dragon Demon Orochi, is causing a bit of bother. Amaterasu had previously beaten Orochi 100 years before the game is set, with a man called Nagi, who is long dead. So Amaterasu now has to finish the job properly, with the help of Issun, The wandering artist.
Yes, it's complex, it's Japanese after all. However, you'll soon understand the plot and remember the complex names of characters, or at least something that sounds like their name. You should be warned, that the plot does get even more complex as you go along, so lazy gamers who want to mindlessly push buttons may want to get back to their film-tie in games (yes, I hate the majority of them). The game's lifespan is partly the reason why it's got such a good rating. I thoroughly enjoyed the game as I was playing, but was always worried that I was getting near the end. It's a 60 hour game folks, give or take a few hours.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tony Scifishocks Wright on 15 Feb. 2008
I bought this game as a leap of faith. A friend had raved about it and I decided to trust her judgement. At the time, I was looking for something a bit deeper to play on my PS2, something to get involved in.
With this game I found it.
Right from the opening 'gibberish' (subtitled) narration to the last great boss battle some sixty or so hours later, I was thrilled, moved, amused and enchanted by this amazing game.
You play the God(ess) Amaterasu, in wolf form, and you must awaken from a hundred year slumber to rid the world of an ancient evil that has been unleashed.
Your main tool is the Celestial Brush. This serves as a weapon, but also as a means to manipulate the environment. You can slice enemies in two with it, or you can turn night into day. As you progress on your adventure, you will learn more brush techniques to help you on your way. The control system for the brush is easy to pick up, as are the other controls that you must get to grips with.
You are accompanied on your quest by the little 'bug' Issun. He will give you hints and flesh out the story as you traverse the land. You will also meet many other characters who can offer information or quests and others who can sell you goods such as health items and will purchase any treasure items you have collected.
Your character can be upgraded by collecting 'praise' which you receive whenever you do a good deed, complete a quest, feed animals or restore parts of the ravaged land to their former state.
This game isn't the hardest game out there and this is the main critcism of it in reviews I have seen. The main adventure is fairly easy for the seasoned gamer (although lengthy) to complete and, if you get lost, there are plenty of hints to help you on your way.
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