Product Type: Capcom Wii games
Newest Review: ... on a big adventure. You play a wolf Okami who has special use of a celestial brush, with which you can interact with the game and make ... more
Okay Okami! You have my Vote.
Member Name: NowheresEnd
Advantages: Long gameplay, wonderful graphical style, strong plotline, good for a variety of gamers.
Disadvantages: Long load times, no multiplayer option.
I bought Okami at the wonderfully cheap price of just £9.99, not just because of the price but because of its links to Japanese culture.
You are Amaterasu, the sun god, reborn in wolf form to fight off the evil spirits that have been let loose across the world by some unknown entity. Along the way you meet friends (such as Issun and Sakuya) and foe (such as Imps), and regain the faith of the people and creatures in the world. The first arc of the story pits our fearless wolf-friend against Orochi, the eight headed dragon, the rest of the story I will leave up to you to find.
Much as with most Wii games, the nunchuk is movement while the wiimote serves as your 'weapons' or tools. In the case of Okami, you have a Celestial Brush with which you can paint onto the fabric of the world to bring about miracles of change. A lot of this game is spent 'talking' to other characters to find out whats going on in the world, which can get a little boring after a while if you're not big on reading. But, when you've waded through the long plotline scenes, you get to battle. Battling is done in real-time, although you are transported into a 'bubble' of the action, as you're fighting in what is basically a spirit world. There are lots of enemies that you will encounter which keeps things lively since you need to work out the best way to kill them - some enemies need special actions done to them, usually with the Celestial Brush, to finish them off. You also get to collect an array of weapons and can change your fighting style by playing around with these, letting your poor wrists have a break from hacking, and giving your fingers a chance to 'shoot' instead, with a weapon such as the Celestial Beads.
If battling isn't your style though, there are a lot of strategic good deeds you can do, reviving trees and aiding the people of the world. The vastness of this world is likely to astound (and then annoy the gamers who like linear gaming) as you'll need to cross vast stretches backwards and forwards to reach new quests and plotlines.
I have to say this is another part of the reason I picked the game, having heard that it was made to look similar to the Japanese ink art style. The graphics in this game are beautifully moulded so that the ink outlines become 3D shapes, although this can occasionally make them look a little blocky, I believe it is worth it for the overall flowing feeling of the lines throughout the game. It does make you feel as if you're in a painting or a very heavily art-influenced manga (comic), which might not be to everyones tastes, but if you've picked up Okami then you are likely to be into Japanese culture as it is. Colours are used heavily in this game, and the world is very vivid, which may appeal to children and spark their imaginations, but a word of warning, the monsters in this game can be quite frightening, and its not a game I would suggest to children whom have a fear of the supernatural or ghosts.
The music on this game is inspiring, and really suits the moods of the game, from the peaceful fields that you've rid the bad-guys from, to the eerie echoing vastness of the enemies base in the mountains. There is also such a variety of actions that you can do in the world of Okami that it suits a range of gamers, including those whom enjoy fighting (strategically or otherwise), to those whom enjoy the warm fuzzy feeling of helping a world to grow, so I would definitely put this forward to any gaming couples out there who might be lacking a plot orientated game to play together!
The load times on this game, including initial start up, are ridiculous. I fully understand that the game is large due to its expansiveness and the quality graphics, however the load times seriously can put a dampener on the excitement of playing the game. You also face load times between areas in the world as you traverse through the portals in between them. Thankfully I think that the load times are mediated by the length of time you will spend playing it, as all of it - including those brain busting puzzles - will keep you addicted for months. Sadly, there is no multiplayer option on this game, not even as a mini arcade style game, which might alienate some gamers, as there isn't really much scope for group interaction unless you're telling each other what to do in the puzzles.
Overall I would really rate this highly for its graphics and amount of content, and its engaging plotline. However, load times and lack of a multiplayer drag it down, and will probably take a few gamers with them.
Summary: A wonder to behold, but might leave certain gamers cold with lack of MP mode and long load times.
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