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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The journey to restore the world’s vitality is long and enjoyable, filled with memorable characters and scenes.
  5. AceGamez
    Okami is a beautifully presented, supremely playable, wonderfully original game that's well worth purchasing.
  6. Some attack controls aren't smoothly read, but otherwise, this is a masterpiece you'll want to add to your personal collection.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Okami resembles a fairy tale more than a videogame. It reminds us more than once of Twilight Princess.
  12. Unfortunately, we just can’t recommend the Wii version as the best playing Okami even though it's "newer."
  13. Okami is a stunning game experience through and through. It has depth and longevity, as well as beautiful art direction, graphics, and music.
  14. 97
    The Wii's best game to-date, if you'll just give it a chance to shine.
  15. The Wii is where this game is supposed to be.
  16. 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.
  17. 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]
  18. 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]
  19. 90
    The title oozes charm and style from the opening credits and the Wii additions truly enhance the experience.
  20. 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.
  21. 90
    Ready at Dawn has rendered you a second chance to experience one of the best adventure games ever crafted.
  22. The definitive version of Okami despite its combat flaws. The improved Celestial Brush is enough to warrant a purchase.
  23. 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.
  24. While we wait for new hardcore games, Okami is more than a satisfactory option.
  25. This is still an excellent title, but to me it just doesn't hold up on the Wii quite like I expected it to.
  26. The final verdict is that Okami for the Wii is an excellent offering and a fine addition to your library if you don't already own the PlayStation 2 version. The small complaints are a small price to pay for such an exquisite adventure, a title that really proves that quality third-party support for Nintendo is much more than a dream at this point.
  27. While it isn't necessary a quantum leap over the PS2 version -- and while the game has its faults -- this is still a solid title that hardcore Wii owners will want to consider adding to their library.
  28. When all is said and done, Okami is a game that shows it's possible for a third-party title to be successful on the Nintendo hardware.
  29. Ready at Dawn did a good job in creating a motion sensor game that focuses on art and the beauty of it. The story itself isn’t extremely original and that leads to the game feeling kind of bland.
  30. Aside from the game-ruining Celestial Brush control and intro, Okami is really something special.
  31. I recommend those who've played the game before to just stick to the PS2 version and enjoy it as it was originally made. The Wii version doesn't have anything new to offer, and the control issues detract from a perfect experience.
  32. 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.
  33. And in the End... It's the rare game that can be ported to a new system two years after its original release, nearly pixel for pixel, and yet still feel like a fresh new experience, but "Okami" is just such a game, thanks to an excellent implementation of the Wii controller on an already engaging game.
  34. 80
    This is a marvelous game in terms of artistry, sound, and yes, even gameplay, despite being hamstrung by the poorly implemented Celestial Brush controls. Despite the headaches you'll undoubtedly experience, it's still worth playing Okami on your Nintendo Wii.
  35. 90
    If you missed the game the first time around, this is the perfect opportunity to experience an innovative and expertly designed title. [May 2008, p.83]
  36. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    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]
  37. Play Magazine
    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]
  38. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    The story is deslightful and has plenty of subtle humour all the way through it. [June 2008, p.70]
  39. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Still, it's one of the few games that can overcome shaky fundamentals in light of an astonishingly engaging adventure. [May 2008, p.77]
  40. Games Master UK
    If you missed it on PS2, make sure you don't make the same mistake on Wii. A great journey. [July 2008, p.65]
  41. Pelit (Finland)
    An excellent action adventure. It's suprisingly difficult to draw a straight line with wiimote, though. [June 2008]
  42. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    It seemed like a perfect match for Wii, but Okami falls agonisingly short of brilliance. Still great fun to play, though. [Issue#23, p.60]
  43. Nintendo Power
    Okami is a work of genius, but you should play the original game instead of the Wii version if you can. [May 2008, p.88]

Awards & Rankings

#4 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2008
#6 Most Shared Wii Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 252 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 252
  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 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 isEven 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 andI 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 »