By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on January 22, 2016
With Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams out of the way, it's up to me to take you all on a journey into the past. But before I could get into that, I first needed to do something about the dreary grayness that is the Big Red HQ. One would think that, with a name like that, it would be a colorful place. Well, things couldn't be further from the truth!
So I was on my way to the local home depot, when I remembered what happened last time I tried to bring a little color to the Big Red HQ, and decided my plan wasn't going to work. Nevertheless, if he wants me to work in a place like that, I need something cheerful and fluffy to keep me from going bonkers. Wait a minute! Cheerful… fluffy… that's it! I mean, come on; the whole building is just one big empty, dreary space. And what better way to fill this emptiness and cheer up the place than with puppies! So I went to the pet store and bought forty-two of the cutest and fluffiest husky puppies you ever saw!
Returning to the Big Red HQ, I suddenly realized that I couldn't just go back in time and leave the puppies to their own devices, so here we are, all together in the Big Red Timemachine! Oh no, bad puppy! What are you chewing on now? Oh well, I just hope that isn't very expensive… Oh well, what's done is done! But all the canine fluffiness gave me an idea. I'm going back to 2006, in search of a game that revolves completely around a hero of the canine persuasion: Ōkami.
Ten years ago, Clover Studio (an independent game studio, funded by Capcom) released a game called Ōkami, which was well received by the press of America and Japan. To be totally honest, I never played the game back then. It wasn't until 2015 that a good friend of mine suggested it to me. I told him I particularly liked Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Dead to Rights: Retribution because they featured a dog. And I really like gaming, but I really, really, REALLY like dogs! So he suggested Ōkami, which is now available in glorious HD on PSN. So I decided to give this game a go; oh boy, how I have NOT regretted this choice!
Ōkami is an action adventure game and follows the story of the goddess Amaterasu, who takes the form of a white wolf. This is a reincarnation of your predecessor, Shiranui, who once saved the world of a devilish dragon. Now the beast and its evil powers are back and the world does what it seems to do best: be in danger. It's up to you to restore peace and make the world a safe place once and for all.
And to complete this monumental task you have at your disposal... a paintbrush? Yes, you read it right! A paintbrush! But don't worry; it's a magical paint brush! You can attack enemies with it, make plants grow, place bombs and more. It's a great attribute to solve puzzles and defeat opponents. And it makes me happy to see the world in bloom and make plants and flowers grow with your paintbrush after you forced the evil out of that part of the world.
Over the course of the game you will have to face a number of enemies and do battle with them. You can use weapons and several potions in order to defeat them. And, if things get too difficult, there is a way to flee and come back after you're stronger. After every fight you get a result scheme; the quicker you finished the enemies the more money you earn. You can then use this money to buy more potions and food for various other animals you come across on your travels. Feeding animals will give you more experience points. These experience points can be spent in an upgrade system for your health and the ink for your paintbrush.
I love the music and graphics of Ōkami. It turns out that the music used in Ōkami is actual Japanese Classical music. The cell-shaded graphic style makes Ōkami a very beautiful game to enjoy. Plus the controls are smooth, so it was easy to completely fall in love with this game.
The combination of puzzle, action and wolf element reminds me of Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. I liked that game above all, because of the parts you got to play as the wolf. So, as far as I'm concerned, Ōkami took the best part of Twilight Princess and developed a game where I only play the wolf. I'm not saying that's what the developers actually did, and I'm certainly not complaining; this is exactly why I love this game so much.
It's dangerous to go alone (I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself), so there's a little spirit thing that just decided to live in your fur. She's a cocky little one and provides you with tips. She explains how the paintbrush works and how you can use it to your advantage. She also gives you hints on where to go to next. Kind of like Ōkami's little helper, isn't she?
It's no surprise that I love Ōkami. This is definitely a classic that you can still play nowadays. Especially the HD version has a modern look and feel. I'm very happy that I listened to the suggestion to give Ōkami a try. It's a great game and, let's face it, the wolf is absolutely adorable! And with that, I will have to leave you for now! I've got some serious cuddling to do! Oh damn, I should have made sure these puppies were housebroken before I got them all aboard the timemachine. Oh well, they're so adorable, I can't imagine Ferry being mad once he sees them. So, ladies and gentlemen, this is Diana "DumeeGamer” Dumee, signing off and hoping to see you again, here on DumeeGamer.com!
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