100 Years have passed since the 8 headed demon, Orochi, was slain by a man, a sword, a wolf, and the celestial brush. On the eve of the festival to celebrate the demon's demise a familiar shadow has fallen across the land. The people have disregarded the gods. the soil and vegetation have rotted. the air hangs thick with ominous haze.
probably one of the coolest videogame heroes ever. a god, the mother of all gods, in fiery wolf/artist form.
okami is a 3rd person adventure game for the PS2 made by clover studios (viewtiful joe, god hand) and published by capcom. at first it feels like another zelda-esque adventure game. but soon enough, its own style of gameplay emerges and redefines the genre in the form of the celestial brush.
while holding R1 a scroll unwraps over the screen, the left analog stick controls the brush (which looks like amaterasu's tail), and square/triangle control the ink flow. throughout the course of the game you unlock more and more brush techniques used to bring back life and color to the world of Nippon. the brush can be used to bring dead trees back to life, create water fountains, bombs, fires, vines, and so much more. the celestial brush is not a gimmick, it is ESSENTIAL to progression and combat, its intuitive, and its just damned fun to use.
another unique aspect of okami is how you gain experience: by being a friendly god, helping out people, feeding animals, and bringing life back to the world will reward you with respect. the respect you earn can be used to upgrade your hp, how many jars of ink you can use, how much money you can carry, and how much food your astral pouch can hold. the astral pouch is essentially your extra lives. if you die in battle, the food in your astral pouch will bring you back to life.
the story is neck-deep in japanese folk lore, and at first it can be a bit bewildering. but after an hour or two, it really picks up. there is a sidekick, named issun, who tags along with "ammy" so he can learn the god's brush techniques, save hot babes, and generally just talk alot.
i had heard alot of good things about okami before i bought it, but every minute i spend playing it, it surprises me more and more with how amazing it is. im about 24 hours into it, and i honestly dont want it to end. every new area, enemy, puzzle, and technique is just so much fun and so unique that i hope this game finds its way to everyone with a ps2.
so, please, discuss. keep spoilers marked, aswell.