This game was released on the Playstation 2 in 2006, and again with updated motion controls on the Wii in 2008, but just in case you've still never taken the chance to try out Okami, you're in luck! This week marks the re-re-release of a newly remastered, high definition, Playstation Move supported version of the game on the Playstation Network.
Here's the gist - you play as Ameterasu (or "Ammy" for short), the sun-god taking mortal form on Earth as a white wolf. The game plays much like a Legend of Zelda game, with various regions and dungeons to traverse, items to find, monster's butts to kick and people to help.
Ammy's powers are something completely original though - using her tail as a "celestial brush", you execute various moves by drawing their respective symbols on the screen. As you progress, you collect a total of 16 different powers useful both inside and outside of battle for various purposes from slicing enemies in half to restoring the blossoms on a cherry tree.
The other defining feature of this game is the style. The entire game is done in the style of traditional Japanese sumi-e brush art, which makes for a stunning look and feel. Plus, the game's many characters and enemies are either taken straight out of or inspired by Japanese mythology, making it a wholly unique experience.
If you have played Okami and are thinking about picking up this version - here's why you might want to. First up are the optional Playstation move controls. The main problem I had with the Wii version was the motion controls, which I felt were less forgiving than the original PS2 control scheme. However, whether you love motion control or would rather go with a good old fashioned controller, at least now you have that option. Secondly are (of course) the graphics. Okami in high resolution is just plain stunning. As they say, pictures are worth a thousand words so I'll end this post with a few gorgeous shots from Dead End Thrills. Enjoy!