Format: PS3(reviewed), Xbox 360
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Developer: HexaDrive, Clover Studio
ESRB Rating: T
I've always wanted to play the original Okami, seeing how everyone compares this game Zelda, I should have played this six years ago when it first came out. It not only reaches the heights of a few Zelda games, it also surpasses them as well.
Story and Presentation:
The game always gets compared to Zelda, and now that I've had my chance to play it, I see where the comparisons come from. I love how the game's look compliments its gameplay elements, the world represents your canvas. You possess the Celestial Brush, which allows you special powers by drawing out different shapes. The game plays well with the Playstation Move, but if you don't have one, the controller gets the job done nicely. Over the course of the game, you'll learn 13 different brush strokes. Each stroke grants you the ability to repair bridges, restore dead trees, slow down time, and even summon huge gusts of wind. There are a lot of puzzles found in the world, and the Celestial Brush will be your main puzzle solver. By combining your special abilities, you will be able to get past even the most daunting challenges. Each brushing technique gives you access to new opportunities and areas, just like any Zelda game. The Brush can become a sword when the time comes to defeat a group of enemies. There are three distinct weapon types that Amaterasu can wield, and you can set either as a primary or secondary weapon, which gives you more special abilities. The combat as a whole isn't difficult, even though some enemies will require a back strike to defeat, or you might need to parry their projectile to make them vulnerable, it definitely won't cause you any headaches. Lots of traditional treasures are scattered throughout the game world, so if you're looking for ways to add additional hours to your campaign, this is the perfect opportunity. When you're using a Move controller, my only gripe with this mechanic has to be the camera controls. The D-pad doesn't make a good alternative to the right analog stick, its a small but noticeable issue. This game is a long one, it'll take you well over 40 hours to complete, and with completely different story arcs available, you'll have a ton of reasons to jump back into Okami and give it another go.Final Thoughts:
Okami HD is a wonderful game, and an even better remake. Me personally, I love the fact that more companies are restoring their classics, and bringing them into the current gen. With some truly stunning visuals that are second to none, and great gameplay, I would recommend this game to everyone.
S&S Rating: 9.5/10