• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Mar 10, 2011
Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Mar 30, 2011
    100
    This isn't just the best DS game ever, this may be one of the best handheld games ever.
  2. Mar 18, 2011
    100
    Okami Den is a true successor to Okami. Even though it's not as rich as the original was, it's taking full advantage of the DS and its touch screen. Pretty, well-paced, charming, funny, Okami Den is an adorable and well-crafted game.
  3. May 24, 2011
    91
    It is a lovely Nintendo DS adventure with brilliant graphics and style. If you are looking for a new graphics and gameplay experience, you have to play this game.
  4. Feb 14, 2011
    91
    More a shrunken Okami than a full-blown sequel, but there's just as much to love here. [Mar 2011, p.96]
  5. Apr 17, 2011
    90
    Okamiden reveals itself as a great game and a very welcomed sequel. May be among the last games of the extensive list of the DS, but this does not dimish its quality. Even if the combat doesn't shine as much as the rest of the package, Okamiden is a masterpiece.
  6. Apr 12, 2011
    90
    While Okamiden might not provide a significant challenge, it's still a fantastic game, with an outstanding atmosphere.
  7. Mar 24, 2011
    90
    Okamiden is an epic adventure in every sense: well written storyline, a huge over-world and gorgeous visuals and sound. It is an experience that, even if rushed through, will take more than 15 hours to complete.
  8. Mar 21, 2011
    88
    Original, gifted with an interesting gameplay and a great design, Okamiden could be the DS swan song.
  9. Mar 7, 2011
    88
    A fantastic action RPG with echoes of Zelda. [Feb 2011, p.62]
  10. While not without its faults, this is a fitting follow-up and a hugely satisfying experience. [Mar 2011, p.92]
  11. Feb 16, 2011
    88
    Most exciting of all? The end hints heavily at more entries in this excellent series. [Mar 2011, p.96]
  12. Mar 16, 2011
    86
    If you have a DS and enjoyed Okami, Okamiden would be a great addition to your collection.
  13. Mar 31, 2011
    85
    Okamiden is as great as its predecessor, offering the same experience and something more. It has little flaws, but they don't ruin a truly enjoyable game. Maybe, the Nintendo DS swan song, and it could have been difficult to imagine a better one.
  14. Mar 27, 2011
    85
    There is little lacking and so much right within Okamiden. A great sequel, a suitable DS send-off and an outstanding game in its own right.
  15. Mar 17, 2011
    85
    Much of what made Okami so special has been preserved and even refined in the sequel, but Okamiden slips on the execution front a little too often, preventing it from rising above its predecessor. Nonetheless, it's still a beautiful game and a worthy successor that both newcomers and veteran celestial painters will enjoy.
  16. Mar 14, 2011
    85
    Okamiden has all the right ingredients for a spectacular adventure game, though it never quite reaches the heights of the titles it seeks to emulate. Even so, it shows tons of promise, and has me really excited for the future of this franchise in the making.
  17. Mar 29, 2011
    84
    The heritage of a masterpiece such as Okami is a big burden, which Okamiden somewhat fails to fully carry on its shoulders: however, the game is so beautiful and inspiring that's easily forgiven, and it's definitely one of the best adventures on the Nintendo DS.
  18. Mar 17, 2011
    84
    In either case Okamiden is a great game, and surely one of the last must-own titles on a legendary system.
  19. Mar 16, 2011
    84
    Okamiden is a fantastic action RPG with echoes of Zelda.
  20. Mar 24, 2011
    83
    It seems fitting somehow that Okamiden be one of the games that closes out the DS's reign as the game's themes of youth combined with tradition seems to mirror the current transition from one console to the next.
  21. Mar 18, 2011
    83
    The game is a grand adventure through a fantastical version of feudal Japan, and exploring the mythos and art of this other world should be more than enough reason to give it a try.
  22. Mar 28, 2011
    82
    The movies are eye-candy, the plot is okay and some role-play elements have found their way into the game. Unbelievable what Square Enix is able to do with the PSP nowadays.
  23. Apr 25, 2011
    80
    It's tangible magic that you can feel with every stroke of the brush. [Issue#108, p.104]
  24. Apr 7, 2011
    80
    As one of the lengthiest, most beautiful adventures available for the Nintendo DS, Ōkamiden deserves a place in the collection of any handheld gaming enthusiast. It's definitely not the most innovative sequel out there, but there are still hours upon hours of exciting single player goodness to be had for anyone looking for another Zelda-esque title to sink their teeth into.
  25. Apr 6, 2011
    80
    One of the best and visually gorgeous games on Nintendo DS, OkamiDen offers a long quest with a lot of things to see (and do) and a good amount of secrets to discover.
  26. Mar 29, 2011
    80
    A charming and unique game, but oh so easy.
  27. Mar 25, 2011
    80
    The formula might be the same and it's not as visually surprising, but this sequel for DS will appeal new players as well as those who already played Okami.
  28. Mar 25, 2011
    80
    There are some minor annoyances here and there, and a few design concessions to the handheld platform would have done a lot to make it easier to pick up and play. Regardless, Okamiden is a real treat to anyone looking for a Zelda-style adventure on the DS. In many ways, it outdoes the recent offerings from Nintendo itself.
  29. Mar 25, 2011
    80
    Okamiden never feels like a giant leap forward, but it was never intended as such. Instead, it shows that the world of Okami is ripe for further adventures, and that they can appear in new and exciting forms.
  30. Mar 23, 2011
    80
    It may not feel like a 'full' sequel, more of a fan-servicing side-story or an introduction to the world for newcomers, but Okamiden proves that there is plenty of life in the series yet should Capcom choose to forge on.
  31. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    Okami fans will be spellbound with nostalgia while finding plenty new to enjoy, and fans of Zelda-esque adventures will be hard pressed to find another portable game so engaging in the twilight of Nintendo's soon-to-be replaced Nintendo DS hardware.
  32. Mar 21, 2011
    80
    Much like Chibiterasu, Okamiden faithfully does the job of its predecessor, although it lacks much of the grace and poise that we saw last time from Amaterasu's adventure. Still, the feel of the franchise is intact, and that's what really matters here. With extra post-game content and plenty of quests to complete before and after the final battle, Okamiden is a solid closing entry in the original DS's history.
  33. Mar 17, 2011
    80
    Faithful almost to a fault to the classic original, but still a stunning achievement for the DS and a thoroughly engrossing adventure in its own right.
  34. Mar 17, 2011
    80
    Okamiden is a great Action RPG that preserves the spirit of Okami: Magic Brush, puzzles, sidequests and great characters. They has only one problem: this sequel is too similar than the Amaterasu game.
  35. Mar 16, 2011
    80
    Okamiden offers a nice adventure with a lot of Zelda feel to it. Definitely a game worth both your money and your time.
  36. Mar 16, 2011
    80
    Okamiden exudes charm, perhaps even more so than the original. Unfortunately, charm will only get you so far.
  37. Mar 15, 2011
    80
    It might not be quite the game its predecessor was, but you can't help but hope that this charming follow-up sells well enough for its publisher to keep the wolf from the lore.
  38. Mar 14, 2011
    80
    Okamiden is a noteworthy title which follows the story and the structure of the original game. Despite some flaws, especially in the pointer detection, it is a very recommended experience.
  39. Feb 26, 2011
    80
    Whereas a more comprehensive reimagining of how Okami would work on DS could have resulted in a less ambitious, more polished game, Okamiden succeeds in preserving both the spirit and form of its forebear, and that makes in rather special indeed. [Mar 2011, p.90]
  40. Feb 26, 2011
    80
    This is one of those sequels that fans never thought would happen, so even if it doesn't measure up to its legendary predecessor, we're thankful to have it. [March 2011, p.86]
  41. Mar 20, 2011
    75
    The thick-lined, colorful look and Okami's traditional soundtrack are impressively mimicked on the feeble DS hardware, and even though the scenarios are familiar, they're no less charming for it. Okamiden is nonetheless a missed opportunity, never leveraging its youthful veneer to recapture its predecessor's creative spirit.
  42. Mar 15, 2011
    75
    Okamiden doesn't distinguish itself from its revered predecessor, but great visual design and well-developed characters make it engaging nonetheless.
  43. 70
    Not as great as Okami, but still a nice take on a handheld version of the classic game. Expect a long adventure with a lot of recycled stuff included.
  44. Mar 27, 2011
    70
    With a more balanced difficulty and stronger puzzle designs, Okamiden probably would have been able to beat The Legend of Zelda at its own game, but for now, Chibiterasu will have to settle for simply being on even ground with Link.
  45. Mar 22, 2011
    70
    There are some players who will undoubtedly love Okamiden, either because the flaws (such as backtracking) are not as familiar or because they have the capacity to overlook its myriad mistakes. I wish I could do the same.
  46. Mar 17, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  47. Mar 15, 2011
    70
    At its core, Okamiden is a successful, shrunken-down Okami, but it's trapped on a system that can't entirely pull it off. The art style, music and mechanics, while lifted from the earlier game, are still captivating and worthy of exploration, though we couldn't shake the feeling this story would have soared higher on another platform.
  48. Mar 15, 2011
    70
    Though Okamiden hits a pretty satisfying stride in the middle, it is a bit of a marathon... OK, yes, an adorable marathon.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Nov 4, 2013
    5
    The Good: Presentation is a technical achievement; cute, lovely characters

    The Bad: Dragging; uneven difficulty; shallow

    Built upon the
    lore of the cult Action-RPG Okami (PS2, Wii), Okamiden develops the original's story from the point it was left in the first title while trying to appeal to a broader audience by introducing Amaterasu's son--a cute puppy called Chibiterasu--in the leading role for this sequel.

    From a technical standpoint--which seemed to be what worried Okami fans most in a portable cramming--there's nothing to yell at. Nippon still looks gorgeous and even the sometimes oversized pixels make it for a crisp, beautiful presentation. The same can be said about the expanded soundtrack, which sounds as epic as ever.

    But unfortunately when it comes to content Okamiden fails to capture the grandeur of the original installment.

    The game takes you by the hand in so many ways that' it's hard not to state it was dumbed down. Predictable puzzles, prayers evolving your powers automatically, the very combat... Even the poor (or lazy?) decision of making it controlled by the D-Pad (instead of a more intuitive touch-only scheme like in the DS Zeldas) produces another step down: the camera compelling you to where you should go next.

    Chibi partnering a variety of companions throughout the adventure does help to freshen the experience and show the intended protagonist's fragility, but in the long run much of the plot and dialogue is plain dragging for the sake of it. What would be an otherwise charming cast of characters can grow annoying and tiring after some time.

    That aforementioned overall mood/pace twist could have made it for a perfect kids-friendly first RPG... But the overly complex boss battles create difficulty spikes that can get in the way and turn beginners down.

    Okamiden would fare better if it was conceived as a spin-off, or at least as a more compact title. As a main entry with the responsibility to carry the name on it just feels expendable.
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  2. Jan 8, 2014
    2
    The only thing this game has going for it is that Chibiterasu is heart-meltingly cute. I mean it, everything he does is just adorable, from his nubby puppy legs to his movements. Other than that, it seems Capcom did everything in their power to ruin the masterpiece that was the first Okami.

    Not only is the story constantly contradicting plot elements established in the first game, it's riddled with holes and focuses on some of the most annoying characters I've ever come across in a game (yes, even more than Ashley from RE5). Lucky for you, they spend a good chunk of the game riding on your back. Fun.

    The battle system is lackluster, there is no way to control the camera angle and considering how well the stylus could have worked with the brush mechanic, it falls woefully short of its full potential. To boot, there is only one new town and three new dungeons in the entire game. The collection sidequest is sloppy, as there are dozens of hidden items that, once you leave that particular dungeon, are never able to be accessed again.

    The rest of the scenery and music is lifted directly from the first game. This sounds good until you realize that all of the colorful cast and side quests you had encountered in the first game are nowhere to be seen. Considering only nine months have passed, it feels like a slap in the face to learn that most of the people you expected to see were lazily explained away as simply being "gone", or in some cases, dead.

    As a result, the game is painfully short and insultingly shallow, with absolutely nothing new to offer for fans of the original. I recommend skipping this one entirely.
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  3. Dec 24, 2012
    8
    Okamiden is everything a sequel should be, it was unfortunate that the release of Pokemon Black/White and the 3DS overshadowed it cause its well worth looking into if you enjoyed the first in the series.

    The gameplay is identical to the first game. It mixes it up by adding a few new powers, and a companion system that allows you to control a second character using the stylus. This is very similar to Zelda: Spirit Tracks system, And allows for dungeons to be designed differently than they were in the original.

    Due to the limited power of the Nintendo DS, the graphics have been reduced significantly. Maps are far simpler and with less elements on screen. The paintbrush style is back from the first game and is still charming and elegant.
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