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  • Summary: In Okami, the player takes the role of the mythical sun goddess Amaterasu, in the form of a wolf. Her task is to restore color (or 'life') to the world by destroying the monsters who have stolen it. Since Amaterasu is a diety, there are naturally people who worship her and people who don't.In Okami, the player takes the role of the mythical sun goddess Amaterasu, in the form of a wolf. Her task is to restore color (or 'life') to the world by destroying the monsters who have stolen it. Since Amaterasu is a diety, there are naturally people who worship her and people who don't. The more people who worship her (as a result of her restoring color and doing other good deeds for them), the more powerful she becomes. Expand
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
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  1. Jan 19, 2018
    100
    Okami was a masterpiece of game design when it was first released, it was a masterpiece in its various remasters and it remains a gaming masterpiece in this edition for the PS4.
  2. Jan 8, 2018
    95
    This HD remake brings all the beauty and fun of the original to several new platforms, and while there are a few issues (such as the camera and the annoying voices), the strength of the overall package makes it easier to ignore them in favor of all the things the game does right. Whether you're a fan of the original PS2 version or someone who has never played the game before, Ōkami HD is absolutely worth adding to your library.
  3. Dec 21, 2017
    90
    On one hand Okami HD is still a brilliant game that any gamer must beat, but on the other hand it hasn't much evolved from the PS3 version that came out 5 years ago. Like with many remasters, go for it if you haven't played it, skip it if you already have.
  4. Dec 12, 2017
    89
    Okami is a great adventure set in Japanese folklore, which shows an amazing ukiyo-e graphic style and feels unique in its brush gameplay. 4K resolution for PS4 PRO and Xbox One X is great, but we still miss 60 FPS option.
  5. Jan 8, 2018
    85
    Even though there aren’t too many new features to justice this re-release, Ammy’s quest to defeat Orochi and cleanse the world of corruption is still every bit as compelling as it was a decade ago, and to those unfamiliar, this is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the most adorable wolf goddess you’ve never heard of. So how about that sequel, eh, Capcom?
  6. Dec 11, 2017
    85
    Although the new remastered does not stand out for audacity, Okami remains a masterpiece of stainless beauty.
  7. Jan 19, 2018
    65
    There’s a lot of content in Okami HD. Unfortunately, interacting with the wealth of characters, locations, and collectibles becomes more of a chore when the story and action is so repetitive. Despite the different coat of paint, each new encounter felt like the last. The colors began to fade around the halfway point, and the game just kept painting without adding anything new to the page.

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  1. Dec 13, 2017
    10
    makes games like this anymore, taking wild risks while at it. The gamble didn’t pay off with the original release. Dissatisfied with the poormakes games like this anymore, taking wild risks while at it. The gamble didn’t pay off with the original release. Dissatisfied with the poor sales, Capcom decided to stall Clover Studio and merge it with in-house teams. The key personnel escaped the merger and went on to form PlatinumGames. As they say, the rest is history. Now that 2017 saw Japanese games taking back the respect they deserve, I hope Ōkami HD too will find its audience. After all these years after the original game’s release, I have no qualms in awarding Ōkami HD a perfect score. If only I had given it a chance back then Expand
  2. Oct 9, 2021
    10
    오오카미 HD 한국어판으로 출시해주세요!

    Please release the 'Ookami HD' game in Korean!
  3. Aug 17, 2019
    10
    The game has the player controlling the main character, Amaterasu, in a woodcut, watercolor style, cel-shaded environment, which looks like anThe game has the player controlling the main character, Amaterasu, in a woodcut, watercolor style, cel-shaded environment, which looks like an animated Japanese ink-illustration (known as ink wash painting, or sumi-e) with other styles of art. The gameplay style is a mix of action, platform, and puzzle gaming genres, and has been noted by many reviewers to have numerous similarities in overall gameplay style to The Legend of Zelda series,[3] an inspiration that director Hideki Kamiya, a self-proclaimed Zelda fan, has admitted has influenced his general game design.[4] The main story is primarily linear, directed by Amaterasu's guide Issun, though numerous side quests and optional activities allow for players to explore the game world and take the story at their own pace.[5] By completing quests, side quests and small additional activities (such as making trees bloom into life or feeding wild animals), Amaterasu earns Praise, which can then be spent to increase various statistics of the character, such as the amount of health and number of ink wells for Celestial Brush techniques.[6]

    Combat is staged in a ghostly virtual arena, and Amaterasu can fight enemies using a combination of weapons, fighting techniques and Brush methods to dispatch the foes.[7] At the end of combat, money (as yen) is rewarded to Amaterasu, with bonuses for completing a battle quickly and without taking damage. The money can be spent on numerous items from merchants across the land, including healing goods, better weapons, tools and key items for completing quests. The money can also be used to buy new combat techniques at dojos throughout the land.[8]

    Additionally, rare Demon Fangs can be earned through combat which can be traded for additional, unique items that are beneficial in gameplay but not required to complete the game.[9] Weapons inspired by the Imperial Regalia of Japan (the Reflector, the Rosaries and the Glaive) can be equipped on Amaterasu as either main or sub-weapons (one each), and used in addition to other melee attacks that the player can have Amaterasu learn through the course of the game.[10][11]
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  4. Jan 28, 2018
    10
    Okami is one of those rare games that comes around that instantly takes a special place in my heart. It's up there with the best of them in myOkami is one of those rare games that comes around that instantly takes a special place in my heart. It's up there with the best of them in my top games ever. The game is criminally overlooked and deserves all the acclaim it gets.

    The game's art style is the obvious selling point, but certainly not its only draw. Everything, from the game's art style of Japanese brushwork to the music, to the characters, to the open world is beautifully presented and directed, to a degree worthy of applause.

    Unfortunately, most people focus only on the beautiful art style, failing to inform people about what actually makes up the game. The game is a Zelda-like open world adventure, with exploration and combat being the things you do. The multiple locales provide lovely scenery and things to discover, even if the layouts of each area and dungeon are pretty linear, with only the small side room with hidden goodies breaking it up. However, despite that the game never comes off as stale or repeating itself, which can be handed over to the absolute myriad of abilities you get during the entire runtime of the game.

    The primary power of your character, the great Japanese deity Amaterasu, is the ability to paint. Painting is the primary currency of this world, and is used to do just about everything, from slicing your foes in half, to making the wind blow, to restoring broken bridges and rappelling yourself onto floating flowers. There are 13 such techniques in the game to find, and they all have a unique purpose with strengths and weaknesses, and they really do make you wonder what else you can get. Each power feels unique in its application and function, and you end up using them whenever you think they could come in handy instead of in strictly scripted events, with the exception of some boss fights, but even that is disregarded near the end when you'll end up fluidly and effortlessly using all of your powers as if they were second nature, taking in the environment, learning your enemy's weakness and using whatever you got on hand whenever you feel the time is right, opening the way up for some truly dynamic gameplay.

    The world building itself is also quite stellar, with the lore nicely played out over three distinct arcs, featuring a plethora of locations to explore and people to meet. The characters in this game are nothing short of amazing, and I failed to find a single one that wasn't memorable in some way, to the proud, to the reckless, to the eccentric; every single character is unique in their own way and has something to contribute to the world and your experience. Talking to people in Okami doesn't feel like a chore of just talking to people to make the story go forward and then never talking to them again. Some characters, even those that don't have anything to do with the story at all, you can find yourself becoming invested in, and most characters do have some kind of sidequest associated with them which can lead you into all sorts of adventures off of the main story. Amaterasu herself is an amazingly deep character, short on words but has charm and character in spades, her reactions and emotions through the story clearly portrayed in a way that makes you feel invested in her story. The game is one of the most charming I have ever played with both its art style and the way it treats its world and its characters.

    If there's one complaint I could level on Okami, it's that the game may at times feel like a sort of "monster of the week" thing, where once you beat the boss that's causing all the terror in the world, another one will immediately take its place, and this is how it goes for all three of the game's acts. It can become a little predictable once you realize that, and subsequently the game can sometimes come up with some contrivances in order to advance the plot, though none of it is so ludicrous that it'll take you out of the experience while the amazing characters and beautiful scenery keep you held down. In fact, I found myself becoming more invested as the story went on, wondering what was really going on and what new characters and locations I'd come across, or what new opponents I'd have to face to get to where I need to go.

    By the final boss of the game, I was hooked, nailed and riveted to the metaphorical edge of my seat, and at the credits I almost broke out into tears with how amazing the entire experience was, looking back on it from where I'd started, all the way to how I ended, remembering the people I'd met, the places I'd explored, the enemies I'd faced and indeed the world I'd saved.

    This game deserves to be played more, and I'm recommending it to anyone with a PS4. You may not like it quite as much as I did, but you have to at least give it a try to see what all the fuss is about. In my opinion, the acclaim is more than well deserved.
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  5. Mar 7, 2018
    9
    Im quite impressed. The art is beautiful. But let me hit a few key points. The bad but not terrible points. You paint obviously and you canIm quite impressed. The art is beautiful. But let me hit a few key points. The bad but not terrible points. You paint obviously and you can use the touchpad or the right analog stick. The touchpad does a bad job delivering. Stick to the stick unless your superhuman. Its not quite as graphically beautiful as they could of made it for an HD on PS4 it should've definitely had a windwaker HD feel to the graphics instead of just a hd port. But its still incredible to look at. But it deserve a Remaster because it's a diamond game. It's definitely comparable to the 3D LOZ games. Right down to the musical tone when you reveal a hidden path. HOWEVER!, Okami is certainly it's own masterpiece. Its strongpoints are the flow of the controls. Its fun controlling the pooch. You'll find yourself jumping on rocks you dont have to. It all feel smooth. For a game with no spoken dialogue (think BanjoKazooie), The characters are a huge plus. They're are some funny ones, cute ones, and outrageous ones. Its all based on legends and mythology of Japan, whats not to love. Do yourself a favor. Pick this gem up. No Regrets! Expand
  6. Jan 4, 2018
    8
    I don’t think Okami HD is a game that absolutely everyone would enjoy playing, but if you’ve never played it before and is looking forI don’t think Okami HD is a game that absolutely everyone would enjoy playing, but if you’ve never played it before and is looking for something that’d remind you of the adventure games from the early 2000’s, this’ll be right up your alley. The Japanese-inspired graphics look great to this day, the drawing mechanic works great and they have a lot of fun coming up with a bunch of unique ways to use it, and there’s plenty of game here for you to sink your teeth into, even if the pacing does feel a bit disjointed at times. As someone who never played this game until this release, I can safely say that Okami made me howl with laughter and joy. Expand
  7. Jul 4, 2020
    4
    Oh god I really wanted to love this game. It has no punch. You never have any risk of dying, money is meaningless, and everywhere you walkOh god I really wanted to love this game. It has no punch. You never have any risk of dying, money is meaningless, and everywhere you walk feels like a MOBA. This is because of the way your character moves, and so everything is just wide ramps and plateaus, which is super boring and uninspired, it doesn't matter if your character and the trees look gorgeous. This game drags so much, and should never be compared to Zelda, this game literally tells you how to solve each puzzle before you even have a chance of trying yourself! It's just busywork! Amazingly flawed game design! The graphic style is beautiful, the characters funny, but god damn does this not deserve all the praise it gets, be warned. Expand

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