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Ōkami (PlayStation 2)

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ESRB Rating
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Perspective
Theme
93
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Description

From Capcom's Clover studios, the team behind Viewtiful Joe 2, comes a 3-D cell shaded action adventure in the world of feudal Japan. Ōkami tells the tale of a wolf-goddess named Amaterasu who must prevent an evil being known as Orochi from taking over the beautiful world of feudal Japan. Ōkami takes the already well established cell shading technique and turns it into a traditional Hokusai-style Japanese woodblock print visual.

To give the player a sense of being in a painting, Amaterasu is given a paint brush in which the player can cut enemies down with, create bridges or wind, and restore the forest to its natural beauty. With each defeated enemy, color returns and the natural life force slowly regenerates. While playing, players call up a canvas where they can draw with the celestial brush. New abilities and techniques are acquired as you progress.

Ōkami is filled with large worlds and dungeons to explore on your quest to restore the lush trees and wildlife to their former glory. Many monsters and large epic boss battles come between Amaterasu and her goal. To fulfill her objective there will be many people along the way that will help her if she helps them.

Screenshots

Ōkami PlayStation 2 Cutting the peach from the village's tree has restored the village to its former glory
Ōkami PlayStation 2 The Guardian Sapling is restored and the evil mist is gone!
Ōkami PlayStation 2 Bring Susano to the giant boulder to break it open.
Ōkami PlayStation 2 Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "大神" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Ōkami HD" -- PlayStation 3 title
  • "Okami" -- Common Roman alphabet spelling

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User Reviews

Oh Amaterasu, origin of all that is good and mother to all PS2 games Solid Flamingo (1333) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
A Strikingly Beautiful Adventure Ben K (23103) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars

The Press Says

Jive Magazine Sep 16, 2006 5 out of 5 100
Just Adventure Mar 07, 2007 A 100
Game Revolution Sep 20, 2006 A 100
UOL Jogos Sep 15, 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mygamer.com Mar 06, 2007 9.8 out of 10 98
Jolt (UK) Mar 14, 2007 9.6 out of 10 96
Gamebrink May 01, 2006 94 out of 100 94
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) Oct 19, 2006 9 out of 10 90
WomenGamers.com Dec 12, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Netjak Oct 24, 2006 6.7 out of 10 67

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Cat statues 1 Donatello (384)
Jul 28, 2007

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Ōkami appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cover

The front keep case cover of the US Wii release contains a watermark of games website IGN. It is faintly visible to the right of Amaterasu's mouth. Apparently the designer used concept art from the IGN website to compose the background picture, rather than the original image. At the end of April 2008, Capcom offered a solution. Players with the faulty cover could visit Capcom's Art Redemption website to apply for a replacement cover (US and Canada only). Multiple options were offered, the original cover or two new pieces of artwork. The new covers eventually shipped near the end of August.

Credits

To the dismay of Ōkami's director Hideki Kamiya, in the Wii version the entire PS2 Clover Studio Co., Ltd. staff end credits have been cut from the game. The official explanation comes from Seth Killian, Capcom's Community Senior Manager:
The credits were removed because they were a pre-rendered movie that contained the Clover logo. We have no legal right to use the Clover logo in a game they were not involved with directly. We also didn't have the source to the credit movie itself, so we couldn't just use it and remove the Clover logo.

Development

The developers wanted to make Ōkami a photo-realistic game but due to PS2 hardware limitations they decided to make it a cel-shaded one.

Title

The game's title, Ōkami is spelled in Japanese as 大神, meaning "great god" (or goddess). However, the Japanese word for "wolf" (狼) is also pronounced exactly the same way. Quite fitting, considering the heroine of the game is a goddess and a wolf at the same time!

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2007 – Best PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Best Action-Adventure of the Year
    • 2007 – #2 Biggest Surprise of the Year
    • 2007 – #3 Best Graphics of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – #5 Game of the Year
    • 2006 – #4 Console Game of the Year
    • 2006 – #2 PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2006 – PS2 Adventure Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Kaminari, YID YANG and Sciere

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bricewgilbert (253) added Ōkami (PlayStation 2) on Sep 27, 2006
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