Only game you'll ever play as a painted she-wolf..
posted by lazygamer (Northridge, CA) Oct 4, 2006
Member since Jan 2003
Everyone and their mom will tell you how beautiful this game looks. Or if you don't believe their mom, you've likely looked at the screen shots and decided that for yourself. Beyond that, there's a pretty good game beneath the prettiness, like finding out that hot girl you're dating really likes Star Wars. The story is original, lifted from Japanese folklore (or at least inspired by it...I'm not going to pretend I'm a historian of feudal Japan). Like I said, this is the only game where you'll be she-wolf. You'll need to help people and pass missions like every other 3rd person action adventure game that preceded this one. The patented "Celestial brush" may appear somewhat gimmicky (especially during fights), but at least it's forgiving. If you need to draw a line and can do so without looking like you're in a major drunken stupor, it'll play out. Fight sequences are pretty standard. Some people have criticized it for lacking voice-overs in this day and age. I think the text reading works well because of the drawn medium. My only real complaint is the camera which can be a little loose at times.
I rented this game after reading all the good reviews online. Turns out that Okami is nothing more than a Zelda rip-off, wich can be good or bad depending on your tastes. I do love zelda, and with The Twilight Princess only weeks away, there was no need for me to waste my time here.