Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
- Publisher: Capcom
- Developer: Capcom
- Release Date: Dec 12, 2017
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Action, Adventure
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.okami-game.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Let’s begin by saying to those who have played the original Okami or Okami HD for the PS3, this version is exactly the same besides a few minor visual tweaks and 4k support. That means for those looking for a completely new experience, you might be a bit disappointed and don’t need to know anymore about Okami HD. Though if you have never played any version of Okami HD, let us explain why this game is truly an amazing title even today. First, we’ll start with the gameplay.
Okami HD is a fusion of adventure and action gameplay. Players take the helm of Amaterasu as they journey through various locations. At times, you’ll fight various enemies and bosses using quick attacks and special abilities, and then other times, you’re taking on quests for villagers or wandering souls to help them with different tasks. It’s a simple gameplay set up but it works incredibly well because each element works quite differently from one another. Let’s talk about the adventure elements first.
Okami HD plays a lot like The Legend of Zelda franchise. Players will navigate a large world and enter dungeons to search for items and to face bosses. Players can also interact with NPCs which offer quests that range from silly things like collecting food to even drawing them a specific item. Though the main draw of Okami HD is the literal ability to draw ingame. Amaterasu uses an item known as the Celestial Brush which gives players the means of doing numerous things to the environment such as making the night turn to day by drawing a sun or even repairing a broken bridge by filling it with zigzag strokes. As you progress in Okami HD, you will gain nearly a dozen techniques for your brush and each ability has different uses for either puzzles or even combat. Now speaking of combat, that is the other element we wish to explore in Okami HD.
Combat is simple but quite enjoyable in Okami HD. Amaterasu—being a wolf—is able to attack with her quick movement and fangs but that’s not all you can do. Players will gain one of several weapons that can each change how Amaterasu fights. These weapons range from rosary-like weapons to large swords which are called Glaives. Each tool Amaterasu can use functions quite differently keeping Okami HD’s combat from ever getting stale. Add to that the various bosses/enemies you will face and you’ll be looking at a combat system that doesn’t ever get dull even after the 40+ hour campaign. Okami HD gives players a nice feeling of progression at the end of the day thanks to gaining new skills, leveling up—via points gained from enemies and quests—and various areas to explore.
Needless to say, Okami HD plays incredibly well and allows for a nice feeling of progression. However, Okami HD shines in one element more than any other and that is in the visuals. With a mixture of watercolor and cel-shading art, Okami HD is gorgeous. Add to this an impressive Japanese focused OST and you’ll soon find yourself lost in the world of Okami HD like we were here at Honey’s Anime. The only thing we could do without is the voices which even in 2006 annoyed us thanks to their odd Animal Crossing-like sound but some people won’t ever feel this is a problem though we know others do dislike this element of Okami HD.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Still retains amazing visuals
- Solid action elements
- Simple but fun puzzles utilizing the brush abilities
- Beautiful narrative
- Great OST
- If you have played the original or HD version for the PS3, there’s no reason to rebuy or play this again
- Voices still irritate us even today