5 Reason you should play Okami.

Okami hd poster

So recently I’ve been reliving the old games of my past, and I want to start a series on here giving some reasons on why I think these games should be played. so first of all, let’s start with Okami.

Okami is an action-adventure game developed by Clover Studios and published by Capcom. In Okami, you play a Shinto sun goddess called Amaterasu, in the form of a white wolf. with your trusty (and sometimes crude) little bug helper, Issun, you go from village to village cleansing it of all the evil demons that have taken it over.

Here are 5 reasons I think you should play Okami.

1. The music.

Okami is full of chill music to zone out to and slay some demons for 5 hours straight. Honestly the music in this game is beautifully done, it’s that classic Japanese style of music that sounds so peaceful and tranquil, it just puts you at ease instantly. On the flip side of that, boss/fight music is done in a great way as well, by really creating a sense of urgency when mowing down demons. If you do end up purchasing this game or re-downloading it, then seriously use some headphones and go on a magical ride through classical Japan.

Okami on the nintendo switch and ps4

2. Characters

The characters in Okami are a breath of fresh air, not only are they interesting to interact with and you get to find out more of their stories, but just the general inspiration for each character is a super nice detail that’s been added.

Take Susano for example. The character Susano is named after a Japanese Kami (or God) Susanoo-no-Mikoto. Susanoo is the younger brother of Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun who we know as this super adorable/deadly wolf that we play as. Then there’s also Kushi, the Sake brewer who plays a big part in both Okami and Japanese Shinto folklore as she was to be sacrificed to Orochi, but was saved by Susanoo-no-Mikoto by turning her into a comb and hiding her in his hair. Kushi’s hairstyle in game resembles a comb having direct inspiration from this legend.

Kushi Artwork from Okami

3. Story

If you’re the type of person who can get really stuck into the story of the game, you’ll read every little bit of information just to soak up as much lore as you possibly can, then this game will be a blessing. The story is great, if a bit childish but I mean it’s a children’s game so I can’t really say anything against that. However I will say that if you are more likely to skip cutscene and dialogue then you’re probably not gonna progress beyond the first village.

4. Art style

The art style in Okami is an interesting choice, it looks beautiful, like everything belongs there and it all just flows super naturally. To achieve this the developers were inspired by a traditional East Asian brush technique called Ink Wash Painting (or Sumi-e) as you can see from the image below it’s very similar to the art style in Okami.

Ink wash paintings syumi-e

Even the style of the enemies/bosses are unique especially the Spider queen boss who draws inspiration from Sadako Yamamura from the Japanese film ‘Ringu’, which is the original adaption of the psychological horror ‘The Ring’.

Finally we have the weapons that Amaterasu uses. The Reflector, The Rosary, and The Glaive are all types of weapons in the game and draw direct inspiration from the Imperial Regalia of Japan. The Eight-span Mirror was used to lure amaterasu from a cave she hid in, the Grand Jewel is a jeweled necklace and the Grass Cutting Sword, which was actually owned by Amaterasu’s brother, Susanoo.

Noticing these little bits of Japanese mythology is really cool, the fact that so much detail was pulled from actual mythology is in my eyes another reason to play this game. I love being able to be fully immersed in a world that pulls inspiration from our own culture and mythology.

5. Gameplay

As I said before, in Okami you play as Amaterasu, on a journey of purification. The gameplay style is a mix of action, platformer and puzzle gaming genres and pulls a lot of its inspiration from the Legend of Zelda series. Another great aspect of the gameplay is the use of the “Celestial Brush” in which you can learn different brush techniques to help you in either combat or just the day to day traversal of the world. I’m not going to spoil any of the techniques or what they do because I think finding them and upgrading them is part of the charm with Okami.

Okami hd remaster on nintendo switch and ps4

This game has honestly brought me a lot of great moments during the whole pandemic, it’s a nice bit of escapism, and being able to go on that nostalgia trip once again is so fun. If you’ve never played Okami, then here are the reasons you should.

Let me know some games from your childhood that you still enjoy playing to this day.

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