Universal acclaim - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 44
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 44
  3. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. 100
    It's as well-designed as Zelda, as involving as Final Fantasy, and as beautiful as anything you've ever seen; it belongs with the best of the Zelda series at the very apex of its genre.
  2. When you decide to make no compromises, you can expect either a catastrophe or a miracle. Okami is the second case. This game is the phantom that scares other games with its own perfection and neatness. [Aug 2008]
  3. Okami is a stunning game experience through and through. It has depth and longevity, as well as beautiful art direction, graphics, and music.
  4. 100
    Unique and captivating characters await you at every flower laden step. From combat to exploration, every action rewards the player with items, experience, or another breathtaking look at this gorgeous world.
  5. 100
    For younger Twilight Princess fans, this is your true coming-of-age adventure...and for older gamers free of nostalgia's shackles, Okami provides a far more refreshing, creatively stimulating journey.
  6. 97
    The Wii's best game to-date, if you'll just give it a chance to shine.
  7. What makes Okami so timeless is an art style that trancends technology. It looks as new today as it did in 2006. [Apr 2008, p.40]
  8. The story is deslightful and has plenty of subtle humour all the way through it. [June 2008, p.70]
  9. The Wii is where this game is supposed to be.
  10. Still, it's one of the few games that can overcome shaky fundamentals in light of an astonishingly engaging adventure. [May 2008, p.77]
  11. While some minor control issues here blemish an otherwise flawless package, Okami remains one of the best games of recent years, if not of all time. It’s engaging, original, and a true work of art — Wii owners looking for a game worthy of their time need look no further.
  12. While the novel gameplay and awe-inspiring art style will be the hook for many, the tale told here is one filled with heart and humor. [May 2008, p.95]
  13. If you missed it on PS2, make sure you don't make the same mistake on Wii. A great journey. [July 2008, p.65]
  14. The Wii controls aren’t perfect for celestial paintbrush techniques, but they certainly don’t detract from the overall experience. With widescreen support, and improved visual fidelity, you’ll find very little to complain about.
  15. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll spend 50 unforgettable hours in one of the most vibrant worlds ever created. [July 2008, p.50]
  16. The journey to restore the world’s vitality is long and enjoyable, filled with memorable characters and scenes.
  17. Okami is a beautifully presented, supremely playable, wonderfully original game that's well worth purchasing.
  18. Some attack controls aren't smoothly read, but otherwise, this is a masterpiece you'll want to add to your personal collection.
  19. 90
    While a few minor things may have been lost in the port, I’d argue that ultimately this is a more important game for the Wii than it was for the PS2.
  20. Without a doubt one of the best games available for the Wii. If you haven't had the chance to play the game on the PlayStation 2, then now is your chance. It's more than worthy of your money, thanks to the unique style and great gameplay.
  21. Clover and Ready at Dawn have given the Wii a beautiful and epic journey. One of the best games on the system that any gamer with a Wii needs to own. Okami is a masterpiece that is not likely to be duplicated and deserves to be in everyone's gaming library.
  22. At a length of around 30 hours the game has more punch then the average adventure game of its kind, and while it feels a little long and can be frustrating at parts, I definitely place Okami near the top of the Wii releases, and possibly on the top of all adventure releases.
  23. Okami resembles a fairy tale more than a videogame. It reminds us more than once of Twilight Princess.
  24. 90
    The title oozes charm and style from the opening credits and the Wii additions truly enhance the experience.
  25. Age isn't kind to many games, but with the addition of motion controls for the celestial brush and support for widescreen and progressive scan displays, Okami has been updated enough to make it even more relevant today than it was in 2006.
  26. 90
    Ready at Dawn has rendered you a second chance to experience one of the best adventure games ever crafted.
  27. The definitive version of Okami despite its combat flaws. The improved Celestial Brush is enough to warrant a purchase.
  28. A must-have title for anyone who has ever loved a Zelda game, a Clover Studio game, or any time-intensive 3D adventure game. The only people I would advise against buying Okami are those on the extreme left or extreme right of the "casual/hardcore" gamer divide.
  29. While we wait for new hardcore games, Okami is more than a satisfactory option.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 203 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 64
  2. Negative: 3 out of 64
  1. JamesG.
    Jul 30, 2008
    I haven't enjoyed a game this much since Ocarina of Time (and being disappointed with Twilight Princesses' ultimately linear game play, Okami comes as a real breath of fresh air). I hope to see more games following this challenge-reward formula. Highly recommended. Full Review »
  2. Jul 19, 2012
    Even three years after I originally got it, I'm still playing this game. It's an absolute masterpiece that shows that a game's art style is often more important than how realistic the grass looks. This game, I mean work of art, is absolutely amazing. The environments are beautiful and a wonder to behold, enemies are original and always fun to fight. Customization is, initially, rather poor, but once you beat the game, it rewards you with tons more options based on how well you've done, an excellent system that most games forget: Don't stick a carrot in front of the players face and tell them to go from point A to point B. Hide the carrot and encourage the player to explore and become immersed in the beautiful world. This is a masterpiece that has gone sorely unappreciated in mainstream gaming media, and deserves far more attention than it has gotten. Full Review »
  3. Jun 12, 2012
    I have a lot of good video game ideas be poorly executed, this however was a good idea with GREAT execution. The environment was stunning and the combat seemed more graceful than violent. This has been the best game I've played in some time. Full Review »