BUY THIS GAME, DAMN YOU
Okami is one of those games that makes me lament the state of gaming, or perhaps more accurately, the state of game culture. It was everything that we as hardcore gamers asked for, representing the very best aspirations we have for gaming. Despite that, it was a commercial failure. It was ignored by those who clamour for something different because… well, it actually WAS different, instead of being Call of Duty just with customizable mustaches. Now it’s back in an amazing HD port, and I have only one thing to say to people. This is your second chance to not look like a hypocrite, so BUY THIS GAME, DAMN YOU.
I SAY AGAIN, BUY THIS DAMN GAME
Okami is the best Zelda game that Nintendo never made. It was critically lauded by most reviewers (including me) when it first came out, and was hailed for its brilliant design as much as its stunningly gorgeous and distinct art direction. Which is why it came as a huge surprise when almost no one bought it. Capcom it seems, still has a soft spot in its corporate heart for this gem of gaming, and they’ve gone to another Japanese studio, HexaDrive, to bring this respectful HD port of the PS2 classic.
The big news here is obviously the graphical overhaul. It’s now in widescreen, but more importantly, its lush, Japanese ink brush aesthetic has been rezzed up to 1080p.This is the most beautiful that this game is ever going to look which is saying a lot considering how beautiful it looked before. The higher resolution makes a solid contribution to the bold lines and rich colours, even the texture of paper that sat behind the graphics looks richer and crisper. The only downside here—though not to the same degree as God of War—is that the old pre-rendered cutscenes don’t look as smooth or crisp as the real-time cutscenes.
The other big change is the addition of a new control scheme. As with the Wii version, this HD port now has some motion control thrown into the mix. It counterbalances the original control system with strengths and weaknesses of its own. Okami when played solely with a Dualshock controller functions well as a 3rd