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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. Sep 10, 2018
    100
    Okami Hd is the ultimate evolution of a classic. The Switch version makes no concessions, presenting everything that is expected from a port and going beyond to fit the (high) expectations of the platform. The end result is impeccable, but even if it wasn’t Amaterasu’s adventure would be recommended regardless.
  2. NF Magazine
    Oct 29, 2018
    95
    It remains one of the premier experiences in all of gaming! [Issue #36 – November/December 2018, p. 22]
  3. Oct 17, 2018
    91
    This Switch release is a highpoint, as it merges multiple different methods of control into one version, and can be played anywhere at any time. Ōkami is one of the highest expressions of a video game as art, further blurring the lines between the two. It’s not just a delightful game, it’s also a historically important one, and everyone owes it to themselves to experience Ōkami, either again or for the first time.
  4. Aug 8, 2018
    90
    An unequaled classic...A flawless and very playable port of one of the most enchanted fairytales of all times, in the unique suibokuga style.
  5. Aug 8, 2018
    89
    Like the other versions, the improvements in Okami HD for the Nintendo Switch are just audio and video related. But the touch and motion controls make this one the best versions of the original Clover game.
  6. Aug 9, 2018
    85
    Okami HD is an ode to folklore and Japanese legends. A tale crafted into a video game. An unforgettable adventure.
  7. Oct 11, 2018
    70
    I can’t say that Okami will make it into my all-time favorites, but it’s memorable nonetheless. Exploring Nippon and meeting all of its goofy, painted inhabitants makes up for the repetition of combat, but it’s a shame that it didn’t quit while it was ahead — the excessive length and repetitive combat only served to dampen the things it got right.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 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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  2. May 23, 2020
    10
    The difficulty of fighting and puzzle-solving is a bit low, it's still a perfect artwork nonetheless.
  3. Aug 10, 2018
    10
    Okami reminds us that video games are an art, and not because they are a product of excellent quality, but because they are an avant-gardeOkami reminds us that video games are an art, and not because they are a product of excellent quality, but because they are an avant-garde proposal, something completely different from what we are used to seeing, a visual and sound show worthy of a AAA, which will keep us on our toes throughout the adventure. Highly recommended for lovers of Japanese culture and art. Expand
  4. Nov 6, 2019
    9
    Back in 2006 when this was first released I remember this being marketed as the PS2's Zelda, and I purchased it out of curiosity. Much to myBack in 2006 when this was first released I remember this being marketed as the PS2's Zelda, and I purchased it out of curiosity. Much to my surprise this claim was not unfounded, and this game provided one of my most enjoyable gaming experiences on the PS2, and I find it to be kind of funny that playing it on a Nintendo system today it feels more like Zelda than the latest release (LZBOTW, not the LZLA remaster). Best part of this situation is how this game has aged, the graphics have ages surprisingly well, the crazy world of Nippon is still unbelievably entertaining with each character as unique and interesting as the next, the combat is still entertaining with you getting creative and utilizing your brush abilities in sync with hack and slash mechanics, and the music is as wonderful as ever. This is still a masterpiece to me but unfortunately I have one complaint, a lack of voice acting. While in 2006 they would have probably brought this game down with sub-par voic acting, the decision to use incoherent mumbles to represent character voices is the only part of this game that hasn't aged well for me. Highly recommend this for any player old or young. Expand
  5. Aug 14, 2018
    8
    I'd been wanting to play Okami for a long time, but despite all the times it had been ported to numerous different systems over the past fewI'd been wanting to play Okami for a long time, but despite all the times it had been ported to numerous different systems over the past few console generations, I'd just never gotten around to it at any point within the last 12 years, until it came to the Switch. And now, I can see why so many people love this game, and why it's endured for just over a decade, because it is an absolutely gorgeous looking game.

    I've noticed that most reviews for this game focus almost entirely on the artstyle, and there's a reason why, because it's beautiful. Other reviews also mention the music, which again, is gorgeous, and the humorous characters. But I am somewhat disappointed with the actual gameplay itself. The combat is a chore. It amounts to mashing Y and then using the paintbrush to draw a line through the enemy when they're down to defeat them. And the text portions of the game are egregiously drawn out (no pun intended). The dialogue stretches on for an eternity, as do gameplay explanations. There was one point where a character was explaining a new combat technique, and I timed how long it took to get through their explanation, and it literally took 52 seconds for them to explain "mash Y four times." I'm not joking. 52 full seconds of text, just to explain how to push the Y button four times. It was ridiculous. And the game over explains literally everything like this. The handholding is unbelievable. And then, there are frequent points in the game where you simply have no clue where you're supposed to go next or what you're supposed to do. So the game simultaneously holds your hand to never ending extents, while also frequently dropping you off into the middle of a field with no clue as to what you're supposed to be doing.

    While I did find those things incredibly frustrating, I still loved this game due to its gorgeous looking art style and its quirky, humorous characters. I just wish there wasn't so much wandering with no sense of the direction you're supposed to be headed in, and that the dialogue didn't drag on forever to explain incredibly simple things.
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  6. Mar 20, 2020
    8
    Emotional, beautiful, fun and epic. Everything an adventure game should be, barred only by how its rules and gameplay seem unwelcoming toEmotional, beautiful, fun and epic. Everything an adventure game should be, barred only by how its rules and gameplay seem unwelcoming to those the game seems to be aimed for. Expand
  7. Mar 14, 2020
    5
    I played about 5 hours,and even tho Zelda is my favourite franchise of all time,this one didn't felt like Zelda at all.It was boring forI played about 5 hours,and even tho Zelda is my favourite franchise of all time,this one didn't felt like Zelda at all.It was boring for me,the gameplay,the story and the cringy jokes.It's not objectively bad,just my opinion. Expand

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