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Okami (PS2)

by Capcom
 Ages 12 and Over
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 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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Game Information

  • 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
  • Item Quantity: 1

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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 (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,813 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

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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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

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 19 Feb 2007
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing: a must buy! 11 Feb 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Okami is a 3D role-playing platformer, in which you take control of Amaterasu, a white wolf god, who must journey to both defeat the evil god Orochi and restore the land to its former glory.

The graphics are stunning; since the game is based on Japanese mythology, the animation is a combination of Japanese brush prints and a cartoon, and is incredibly smooth and colourful without being particularly cute. The screenshots really don't do it justice.

As Amaterasu, you are free to explore a 3D world at your own pace, helping villagers, fighting monsters and rebuilding the landscape. Aside from the usual finding and offering of a hidden object, since Amaterasu is a wolf god she has magical powers, the most entertaining being the 'celestial brush stroke' - with a large paint brush you can make dead trees blossom, rebuild bridges and split enemies and rocks in half. You can even draw a circle in the night sky to create a sun and hey presto, it's daytime again.

You can interact with villagers, whose reactions and needs change according to the time of day and on which areas you've been to, and as you do so you accumulate faith spheres which enhance your power. Other gods from Japanese folklore also lend a hand, appearing as constellations in the sky and coming to life as you wield the celestial brush.

There are also plenty of monsters, either jumping out as bosses or appearing on the horizon as green scrolls - which you can avoid or fight by choice.

This really is a great game; you spend ages wandering around just exploring your surroundings and as you learn new skills you can return to old areas and uncover new secrets. You also learn techniques as you play with the help of tiny sidekick Issun, so no labouring through the manual with this one.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Okami is very similar to Zelda, gameplay-wise. You solve puzzles, help people and use an array of nifty combat and transport abilities which are obtained progressively throughout the game. Like Zelda, the game has a fantastic, mythological plot with its own legends and ancient characters. All the main characters in Okami are reincarnations of ancient, legendary heroes and villains. However, what's so brilliant about Okami is that these legends are genuine Japanese cultural stories, hundreds of years old and steeped in the elemental, natural mythology of Japan. The art style complements this Japanese feel perfectly, with Kanji script all over the place and calligraphic brush strokes used to draw every object in the game.

Okami's real gimmick is the way that you can draw onto the world yourself, as the player. With a touch of the button, the world is transformed into a parchment version which can be painted onto directly to solve puzzles or destroy enemies. It's a novel touch which works well and, along with the distinctive graphical style and characters, goes a long way to differentiating Okami from Zelda, the series it clearly owes so much to.

My only criticism of Okami is that it is a very long game and can feel overwhelming at times as there are so many subquests to keep in mind and characters to remember. This is why I have not given it the full five stars for "fun" - because at times the gameplay is more like a good book or film, you wouldn't really say you're having "fun", more that you're very engrossed. The game is not needlessly long, no sections feel like filler, and there's no denying that it's excellent value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A PS2 GEN YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS
I love this game.
I got this game not knowing what to expect at first, but if you own a PS2 and enjoy Legend of Zelda then this will not disappoint. Read more
Published 12 days ago by jack darlington
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The game is great. A real classic, and due to the unique graphic style it still looks really good today.
Published 3 months ago by edward leech
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Really enjoyed this game, was very challenging, lots of fun mini quests as well as the main game. Loved the Japanese-Watercolour-painting style graphics.
Published 6 months ago by Emily Hogg
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Astonishingly beautiful game with fluid mechanics and such an amazing tone that you feel like going to Japan to sit under the cherry blossoms. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich in culture and fun
this game is full of culture and makes it feel like a true adventure. well worth a buying if you still use your ps2
Published 7 months ago by benjamin stubbings
4.0 out of 5 stars Slice those demons well
A very accomplished action adventure game, with great visuals. The main innovation is the Celestial Brush, which provides a way of interacting with the landscape with brushstrokes... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amphioxus
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Game!
I have looked at this game on and off for a while and finally decided to give it a go, I was not disappointed! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jess
4.0 out of 5 stars A stunning new classic!
The game is great.Its by the far the best game made in the style of the famous Zelda series.Original and beautiful graphics in a Japanese brush prints style.
Published 12 months ago by George G.
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING GAME
Published 13 months ago by m nagle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Game I Have Ever Played
And I am being completely serious. A wonderful mix of traditional Japanese mythology, adventure, action, humour, side quests, unique art style, unique weapons and storyline. Read more
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