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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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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
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  1. May 15, 2019
    10
    This game is cute, fun and touching towards the end. It's built in deep Japanese art. An unique experience by itself.
  2. 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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  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. Apr 8, 2019
    9
    I Bought this game and BOTW at the same time on Switch in 2019. I haven't played BOTW yet, but finished Okami after ~50 hours of game play. AtI Bought this game and BOTW at the same time on Switch in 2019. I haven't played BOTW yet, but finished Okami after ~50 hours of game play. At half I thought the game was over but It gave me more story so I went on playing.

    At first the little character Issun is annoying, talking too much and giving the solution to all puzzles. I think it was necessary when the game was released on Wii, but on Switch with the Tough screen the controls are way smoother so Issun is a pain in the ass. but gradually he participates more to the story and less to the puzzles so the challenge gets more interesting.

    I actually thought the game gets better and better the more I progressed. I enjoyed the story all along the game as it does not repeat itself. It was surprisingly original till the end. Besides I lived 10 years in Japanese and I am almost fluent. The whole atmosphere is very authentic to Japan, but not a remake of what People think of Japan.

    The controls are smooth, the speed appropriate. It's not a difficult game (which did not bother me too much) but challenging enough.

    Overall, I loved this game, I highly recommend it even in 2019, despite the dialogues with texts are outdated. The graphics are still beautiful. I would love the developers to make a sequel.
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  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. Feb 6, 2019
    8
    Okami HD is an HD make-over for Okami PS2/PS3/Wii.
    It's an absolutely wonderful game, but the cut-scenes and dialogue can be a bit slow.
    the
    Okami HD is an HD make-over for Okami PS2/PS3/Wii.
    It's an absolutely wonderful game, but the cut-scenes and dialogue can be a bit slow.
    the controls are responsive and the art style aged well.
    I fully recommend this game, it has interesting puzzles and a bit of solid platforming.
    I suggest you buy the game.
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  7. Jan 2, 2019
    6
    The game is beautiful and the cell shading style upgrades seamlessly to the new generation. The game play is is mostly fun and there areThe game is beautiful and the cell shading style upgrades seamlessly to the new generation. The game play is is mostly fun and there are plenty of colorful characters. The big problem is there is a LOT of text to skip through. It is a huge chore and really soured my experience.
    It's still worth playing and the switch is probably the best place for it. The touch screen was a life saver when the painting controls decided to be finicky. Just be prepare to press the A button an awful lot.
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