Excerpt: Calling Okami a Zelda clone does have some weight to it, as the two games do have their obvious similarities, although calling it a clone is far over stepping the mark, as in many ways Okami is quite simply like nothing else in existence. What Capcom’s and the PS2’s answer to Zelda is, is a masterstroke in its unusual and beautiful design. The character you take the role of is the first real difference, as it’s not every day that you take the form of a white wolf.
Excerpt: The world is dying. The trees are nothing more than wooden skeletons. The grass has shriveled away and scattered on the wind. Streams, rivers, entire oceans are drying up. The sky is no longer blue, but a pitch-black mess of toxic clouds. The sun is just a memory now; the lack of light and heat has killed off most of the plants and animals. . Humans have been left perpetually frozen in time; they’re not even aware that their realm is crumbling beneath their feet.
Pros: Amazing production values, A long and enjoyable adventure with plenty of collectibles and side tasks, Celestial brush mechanic adds spice to battles and exploration, Quests are extremely varied and make good use of brush techniques
Cons: Some of the motion controls aren't responsive, Combat is on the easy side
Excerpt: As gamers try to elevate their hobby and outsiders try to tear it down, one thing is clear -- the debate as to whether video games are art or not is one that isn’t going away, nor will it be decided any time soon. As each group tries its best to give examples to support their side, Clover Studio has been working on a project that is, quite frankly, the closest thing any game has ever come to being “art”.
Excerpt: In the discoveries of man, we have learned the truth that artists like to paint, and gamers like to play. But what about the poor souls who like both, but have a life and only enough time for one activity? Say no more, Okami is the answer to these and many more problems. This title, developed by Clover Studio of Capcom, blends art and gaming to create an incredibly unique, and sometimes zany, experience.
Excerpt: Okami is the kind of game that only comes around once in a great while, especially from a third party company. It has absolutely everything that makes a game the best kind of entertainment. It has the depth and grip a movie has when storytelling, the beauty of true artwork, and the culture, philosophy, and schooling of books.
Conclusion: Okami is one of the best PS2 games out there, and easily one of the best looking videogames on the market. With brilliant art direction, charming characters, ripped straight from Japanese mythology, and excellent game design everyone knew Okami would be a quality game. The biggest surprise? It's fun. From silly side quests, humorous characters, engaging missions, to fulfilling rewards, Okami is just a blast to play.
Pros: Okami is one of the best looking videogames out there, Brings Japanese mythology to life, Incredible levels and characters, Lots of fun items and power-ups to collect, Plenty of room to decide of you want to tackle every task or not, Okami is one of the best looking videogames out there, Brings Japanese mythology to life, Incredible levels and characters, Lots of fun items and power-ups to collect, Plenty of room to decide of you want to tackle every task or not
Cons: Infrequent save points, Goals not always clear, Infrequent save points, Goals not always clear
Excerpt: begins with a mythical story of a wolf and swordsman vanquishing an evil eight-headed snake demon called Orochi. Fortunately for the player, the story doesn't end there, as a hundred years hence someone inadvertantly releases Orochi from the cave that he's sealed in, and evil takes hold of the land again.