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Why Okami is one of the greatest games ever made

Okami is the kind of game that worms its way into your heart and refuses to relinquish control. It's endearing, yet deep; lighthearted with its message, but mature in its themes. It's the kind of game that anyone can appreciate and everyone should play. It is, without a doubt, one of thegreatest games ever made .

The brilliantly colorful cel-shaded art style and alluring music consistently scratch an itch that few games do, as the bright hues and innocent, lively imagery make this heartwarming adventure hard to forget. If we’ve had a rough day, few things bring a smile to our faces faster than watching small creatures shower Amaterasu--the sun goddess in wolf form--with affection and gratitude.

Indeed, Okami's greatest strength lies in the simple pleasures we derive from its beauty. Rejuvenating one of the many Guardian Saplings spreads beauty throughout an area as rapturous music swells, and this enchanting scene makes us shiver with delight no matter how many times we see it. Even the simplest act of running is a breathtaking spectacle. As Amaterasu runs faster, she leaves a trail of verdant growth in her wake; spring blossoms crop up before bleeding into a wild array of orange fall wildflowers when she reaches a full sprint. These visual treats truly do reach out to us in emotional ways, and we can actually feel the world in the game coming to life.

Every aspect of the game is endearing, right down to the goofy way characters talk in indiscernible gibberish. We chuckled as Amaterasu got visibly bored during other characters' important monologues and decides to take a nap. We got annoyed when Susano stole our glory, but not so annoyed that helping him win a fight wasn't gratifying. But we were always eager to experience more.

20 comments

  • Killingjoke - December 19, 2012 9:11 p.m.

    Games a pain to play on the Wii
  • jackthemenace - December 8, 2012 6:30 a.m.

    I know it came out on PS3 in HD form, but did it also get a release on 360? I'd love to play it, but I have access to my PS3 and Wii far less often than I do with my 360- and, by the sounds of the length of the game, I'll need regular access to the console in order to ever get it finished before I die.
  • cosmicshambles - December 6, 2012 4:17 p.m.

    How about a new Okami on the WiiU?! Also, I second the above - the game is too long. Repeated boss battles, repetitive combat and hard to locate collectibles (without a wiki). That said, beautiful game and easily one of the best ever.
  • misscake - December 20, 2012 3:15 p.m.

    I can't say that repetitiveness is a trait endemic to Okami only. I finished Okami for the second time recently and one thing I'm kicking myself over is how difficult I used to think finding everything was. The reality is that they're not; they all have a guide which at the very least lets you know what you're missing and with the stray beads they even have the locations listed. It's just a matter of exploring- you'll be rewarded for looking in very nook and cranny and talking to people.
  • Clovin64 - December 6, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    Easily one of the finest games of the last gen and along with Final Fantasy XII, gave the PS2 one hell of a send off.
  • AuthorityFigure - December 6, 2012 1:34 a.m.

    I love it too - it's excellent. It's just a shame that it's too easy.
  • garnsr - December 5, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    I just played through it again on PS3, after having played it through when it first came out on PS2. It's even more gorgeous in HD, and has way more character than any Zelda game.
  • BladedFalcon - December 5, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    Anne? Wait, does this mean you're now working at gamesradar...? WILL YOU JOIN RADIORADAR? PLEASE SAY YES Anyway, Okami is certainly quite the work of art, a wee bit too long, yes, but even then I never felt it as repetitive or grindy as other games that were it's lenght, and the artstyle and animation was beautiful. Honestly, I quite prefer this game over pretty much any Zelda game.
  • Redeater - December 5, 2012 1:04 p.m.

    Did anyone actually finish this game? I got it for Wii some time ago and started it but unfortunately I'm a completion nut when it comes to games. I got about 1/3 of the way through and gave up because of the sheer size of the game. (Keep in mind this is coming from someone who 100% AC1......even the flags.....possibly the worst thing ever)
  • BladedFalcon - December 5, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    I did finish it. I played it back when it came out for the PS2. It WAS a pretty darn humongous game though, no doubt. Still, I can say with certainly that I enjoyed it far, far, FAR more than the 10 hours it took me to finish AC1 :P
  • Redeater - December 5, 2012 2:24 p.m.

    AC1 was a sub par game with the worst collecti-thon ever programed. I pretty much completed it because of OCD and I had already completed 2 and Brotherhood. That said, I intend to finish Okami at some point....maybe when I retire in 30 years or so. :)
  • Anne Lewis - December 5, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    Finished it four times. It has a couple "false endings" but it's totally worth it to see it all the way to the true ending.
  • GR_RyanTaljonick - December 5, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    I finished it as well. Lengthy, sure, but awesome (almost) all the way through :D
  • The_Bald_Eagle - December 5, 2012 7:14 p.m.

    How could you not finish this game? I admit, the first hour or so and all the tet was pretty tedious. I might have given up had I not read all the awesome reviews. But after getting through that, I was hooked till the end.
  • lordgodalming - December 6, 2012 4:06 a.m.

    Yessir. Finished it on PS2 in about 32 hours, then got the Plat trophy on PS3 in just over 40. Lots of variety and great things to see. One of my all time favorites.
  • dcobs123 - December 5, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    One of my favorite games of all time, good read.
  • robertpopovic - December 5, 2012 12:14 p.m.

    Totally loved that game even if I did not buy it till later when it was discounted. The game threw me off when I thought I had finished it, only to show me that I was about halfway. I would like to get the HD version, but I find the current price a bit too steep. Plus I really hoped they would've been able to make it work for the Vita as well. Should've been a perfect match with the Touchscreen and the gorgeous screen resolution
  • robertpopovic - December 5, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    Meh, can't edit it. I guess instead of "threw me off" it would've been better to summarize it as a total suckerpunch in a positive way :D
  • Anne Lewis - December 5, 2012 2:27 p.m.

    Maaaaan, I would kill for Okami on the Vita. The HD version is wonderful, but touchscreens just make so much sense for a game like this. Maybe someday...

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