Okami, a product of Bayonetta’s director, Hideki Kamiya, is a wonderful love letter to all things Japanese. As an outsider looking in, I’ve always been attracted to the art style and history of Japan. That’s why I gravitated towards Okami in 2005 – and it’s why I bought the remaster when it arrived last week. But it isn’t what kept me interested.
This isn’t a game about wielding a gun, or even an “action” game as I would define it. This is a game about creating things. Beautiful things. You play as the sun god, Amaterasu, and collect celestial bush powers as you progress. With these powers you can do things like paint the sun in the sky or make the wind blow. With these powers, you beat back darkness (Yami is the name of the final boss) and save the land of Nippon.
The world of Okami feels rich and vibrant – a real place that is genuinely affected by your actions within the game. That has a lot to do with your brush powers and how they can influence the environment. I would even say that’s a theme of the game – nature and preservation. One of my favorite actions in the game is to feed animals, just for the love of it.
To say the game is beautiful is an understatement. To say it’s breathtaking in current generation graphics is completely accurate. And your task, should you choose to accept it, is to make it even more beautiful.
Its music, combined with the cell-shaded art style, make this platformer calming. If I’m being completely honest, it’s a big reason why I love this game so much. It’s why it’s one of the few games I’ve completed 100 percent. This game doesn’t fill you with adrenaline the way most games do.
The newly released port of the game does not feature anything new, I’m sorry to say. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth buying, however.
I wouldn’t say Okami is for everyone, as its aesthetic is very different from what most will be used to. However, I would say if you’ve never played Okami before and want to try it out, this is a perfect time to do so. Because it’s a remake, it’s cheap as well.
Okami is a beautiful game buried deep in Japanese mythology and art, and is one of the best games I’ve ever played.