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34 people found this helpful
on 19 February 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. The more animals you feed, the more praise points you obtain to power up your stats. Plus a nice touch is having the animals you've fed have little hearts float around you when you go near them.
Combat is at times quite easy, it must be said. Once you've established the best technique for dealing with certain enemies, fighting them is pretty easy. The environments at huge although you have a map and Issun to help you keep your bearings.
My Playstation hasn't had any problems playing this disc but some people who have reviewed it have encountered problems. Found the transition between layers very smooth. Even if it did jump a bit I don't think I'd mind. This game is just truly outstanding. If it doesn't take off soon I think it will be similar to Ico. Eventually people will realise that it's a complete gem.