By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on December 20, 2017
Now, I don't know about you, but when I'm playing a game (or watching a movie) and there is a dog involved, I instantly stop caring about the other characters. I don't care who dies, as long as the dog lives! So lucky for me, this game is all about a nice white dog! Okay it's actually a wolf, but that's every bit as good as a dog, wouldn't you agree?
Ōkami has come a long way. In April 2006, the game made its first appearance on the PlayStation 2 in America and Japan. A year later, in 2007, Ōkami was also made available in Europe. In 2009, a Nintendo Wii port was developed and in 2012, all PlayStation 3 owners could enjoy Ōkami HD through the magic of PSN. And now, the HD version is available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One!
Especially Japanese gamers love this game, naturally because of all the Japanese influences. Hell, this game has Japan written all over it! But I bet every RPG fan has at least heard of Ōkami. A friend of mine works in a game shop, here in the Netherlands. They also buy and resell second hand games. And while you can find lots and lots of old titles there, Ōkami isn't one of them. If they are lucky enough to receive it second hand, it will be sold within the hour. That's how popular this game is among its many, many fans!
Through this same friend I heard about this game in 2013. I bought it as a PSN game for PS3 and I have loved it ever since. It has many similarities with the Legend of Zelda franchise, which is also a beloved series of mine. I love the colorful worlds, the remarkable characters and the everlasting fight between good and evil. So you can imagine my happiness, when I found out that the last month of 2017, Capcom would give me the best treat in the world; Ōkami HD for current gen (in my case Xbox One)!
Like many HD Remaster games, Ōkami HD offers you the same game, but with better graphics. That's the whole point of creating a HD version, right? So, Ōkami HD is no exception to this rule; the same game, but looking much, much better than it ever did before. What I love about Ōkami is of course the wolf. He is cute and kind, but also shows his teeth (and more) when enemies enter the stage. The NPC's all have problems for you to solve, but what I like about these missions is that most of them are part of the main story. I never have the feeling that I miss out on something, because everything is connected.
This doesn't mean, however, that you will completely finish the first world, before you travel to the next one. Back-tracking is important. At the start of the game you've met the nimf Sakuya. She will help you along the way, you can always find her and consult her at the start of the first world you enter. Now, don't get all cocky and think you can do everything by yourself; you'll need all the help you can get, trust me. How else will you collect all the techniques for your Celestial Brush? Most of the time when you received a new technique you'll remember an object back in one of the previous towns and areas, but you couldn't figure out what to do with them or how to use them. So yeah, you travel a lot back and forth, but luckily every action will be grandly rewarded.
The Celestial Brush is a brilliant idea of the developers. You can reconstruct broken objects, draw the objects and use it as a weapon against enemies. Do you want to cross a river? Draw lily leaves and hop over! A broken bridge? Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Just color it with your brush and it's as good as new! Ink your enemies so that they are disoriented or use a slash to break their shields. Everything is possible!
Ōkami HD is a real gem, especially when you love games like Zelda. The cell-shaded style of the game is truly amazing and looks better than ever. It's an awesome game for the fans who would like to take this trip down memory lane and for people who never played this game before, this is the best way to get introduced to all its awesomeness!
Clover Studio & Capcom
December 12, 2017