Five reasons you suck if you don't play Okami

3. Okami doesn’t leave you out of the picture
But nothing short of playing Okami will do its visuals justice. It’s one thing for a game to have a unique art style. But once Okami draws you in with its mesmerizing visuals, you’ll find that its original look is complemented nicely by its clever control scheme, which lets you interact with the living paintings that surround you.

As the sun god, Amaterasu, you’ll use the powers of the Celestial Brush to add color to its bleak landscapes. Slashing enemies, drawing sunlight and painting leaves and flowers over empty branches may sound like a cheap gimmick, but it never feels that way in Okami. Instead, playing Okami feels like experiencing art in motion as landscapes burst with vivid colors, thanks to your stylized brush strokes.

Above: Talking seriously about games as art usually makes you sound rather pathetic - unless you’re talking about games like Okami of course

2. Okami doesn’t cut any corners on content
You won’t be able to breeze through Okami over the weekend. In fact, you should expect to spend between 60 to 80 hours finishing this epic adventure. But you shouldn’t expect quests to get tiresome as you near its end.

Okami constantly manages to find a way to keep things fresh. You’re always learning new techniques and every time you think you’ve seen it all, Okami tosses some insanely creative level at you. Boss fights that take place in someone’s stomach and majestic castles that stretch into the sky are just a few examples of the unusual surprises you’ll find during your journey.


  • SleepingDragon7 - December 31, 2010 2:48 a.m.

    I have about 30 games I'm in the middle of, and I haven't played Okami in months. I want to play it, but I have trouble remembering just what was so good about it...
  • WouldYouKindly - July 16, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    @Godpyre I think you make some valid points about the game and I thank you for giving a counterpoint to the game without giving a fanboy rant. Everyone who tells him to shut up should actually listen to the opinion and note it, rather than detest it simply because it defers from your own.
  • flare149 - June 3, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    I wish I could rent it, I don't see myself dropping $20 on it : /
  • FrozenImplosion - June 2, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    I just read this article again, and I still love it. I need to go play Okami now.
  • Nick851 - January 19, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    I have Okami and I still have not got around to playing it on my PS2. So little time. But I will play it soon I hope. Also got Persona 4 to open. I've got a serious backlog of games to get through and it's only going to get worse as I'm getting Mass effect 2 and Dragons Age Origins this month. :/
  • secretsearcher - January 16, 2010 11:02 p.m.

    I have Okami, and therefore I don't suck. Godpyre on the other DO suck.
  • Hypermonkey262 - January 16, 2010 9:44 a.m.

    I cant believe this article is just showing up now. I expected it a year ago at least.
  • CocainCuresAll - January 16, 2010 3:05 a.m.

    damn it didn't work
  • CocainCuresAll - January 16, 2010 3:04 a.m.

  • Metroidhunter32 - January 15, 2010 1:49 a.m.

    It took me 6 months to give into your nagging. I promptly spent ten minutes banging my head against a wall for my own stupidity. Oh and 60-80 hours? sorry, it takes more like 35. still worth every second though
  • Conman93 - October 22, 2009 3:39 p.m.

    Such an awesome game. Europe better get the ds one
  • ryacer - October 22, 2009 2:12 p.m.

    I use to play this game so much that i actually had dreams that I was running around planting flowers on hills and killing monkeys but I wasn't a wolf I was me which was weird cause I have no idea what I was using to kill the monkeys with and I have always felt guilty about the monkeys...poor monkeys.
  • rynmls - October 22, 2009 12:10 p.m.

    already finish this game, great game!!!
  • Godpyre - October 22, 2009 11:52 a.m.

    Overrated!!! I played this game, beat it, and was nowhere near enjoying the amount of time spent on it than a "similar" Zelda title. I don't suck, people don't suck for not playing this game. This game just isn't that great. Yes, flashy, beautiful art style...but I could care less about the main character because THERE IS NONE! Amaterasu is, at the end of the day, an F'n dog...who the hell cares? Gameplay got boring, quick...and everytime I defeated a boss I hoped the game would be over...but it just kept on trudging along. This game is not a bad game by any means...but it is severally, and horribly blown out of proportion in how great it is. //end rant
  • FrozenImplosion - October 22, 2009 12:56 a.m.

    I love this game, definitely one of the best for ps2.
  • SleepingDragon7 - October 22, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    @scbyfn4evr The way you say 'Everyone should have to play it twice as an apology' makes it sound like it's a bad game and they're being forced to play it.
  • Awesomeforthemasses - October 21, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    I still get a small adrenaline rush every time I see the surge of flowers revitalising the landscape.
  • ryno - November 21, 2008 10:37 p.m.

    i have Okami at home and its awsome
  • scbyfn4evr - February 16, 2009 4:25 p.m.

    Thanks, Gamesradar! I actually took your advice and played it... I haven't been this excited about a video game since Monster Hunter. Complete and total originality. Everyone should play this game. In fact, they should have to play it twice, as apology for letting it go completely ignored for 3 years.

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