Okami Review

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DEVELOPER: Clover Studios
ESRB Rating: Teen

When I was strolling along the videogame shops in the mall, this game suddenly piqued my interest. And why is that so? It's because of the way the wolf is done in the cover art. Nifty cel-shaded graphics is what I expected and that's what I received. Being a game developed by Clover Studios, the guys who developed Viewtiful Joe, I expect this game to be loads of fun and I wasn't wrong! Now the review shall we?

The game starts off with a long introduction presenting the game's strongest point: "cel-shaded interactivity". The prologue might be long but it is essential to the story. The prologue is about a peaceful town which went berserk thanks to this dreaded 8-headed monster, Orochi. Then, a wolf named Shiranui with the help of a mortal named Nagi, klled Orochi and peace was observed in the town again. 100 years have passed and then someone set the cursed monster, Orochi, free again and the whole Nippon continent is in darkness again. Shiranui's dead body(He died due to a disease), was enshrined and turned into a statue. Because of the turmoil caused by Orochi, Shiranui was encarnated in the form of another wolf whose name I won't divulge just yer. Then, Sakuya, a goddess of the forest, tells you your mission: To restore peace in the whole Nippon continent. This is the time you meet yuor sidekick, Issun who's kinda annoying and green-minded. Then, you get to do some early gameplay mechanics. As you see, I've said "cel-shaded interactivity" earlier, why is this so? It's because in the game Okami, you get to use "Brush Techniques" wherein you use a paint brush to progress in the game- even in the battles!

Now the name of the wolf. The wolf's name is actually Amaterasu or Ammy for short. Amaterasu is actually a sun god! The first Brush Technique you will do(There are 13 of them) is called Rejuvenation. It restores destroyed infrastructure like destroyed bridges.

So much for spoiling now. The exploration is one of the best that I've ever seen! It's the Zelda of PS2 mind that. Lots of secrets are about to be found. Also, a nifty Zelda touch is that you also have a sidekick in the person of Issun just like Zelda's fairy sidekick Navi. This game really is one of the best that I've ever seen.

Now the downsides, the battles are easy even the boss fights. Also, camera issues at times. But aside from these niggles, it's a game that you'll love and cherish!

Nifty cel-shaded graphics everyone!
One of the best that I've played!
SOUND- 80%
The dialogue sounds annoyed me but aside from that, it's atmospheric.
GORE- 30%
Beating monsters to a pulp sure looks nice but without blood that is.
One of the best PS2 games out there!

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