Hello VGChartz! BIG POST incoming xD
So... it has been quite some damn time since last time I made one of those (I think it was still 2015, with Persona 3. EDIT: Nope, it was 2015 but it was Chrono Cross, highly ignored thread, tho, lol xP), but I was thinking about it since I beat this game, and even if I would do the thread right after completing it, and now it has been around 1 month since I beat this one, and maybe it's not as vivid in my mind as it would if I have did it properly after completing it, I think this game just deserves it, I have played some other great games ever since Persona 3 back then, but I was just too lazy to go back on posting this threads, as they end up quite big, so I'll try to make this one shorter, but I really want to share this one with you guys, and maybe I can go back to doing it now, maybe even with recent games, so let's see how it rols.
Anyway, as usual I'll let here some explanations, so if you just want to get it started already, skip the next paragraph, or if you just want the score, scroll down to the end of the post for it.
This will be a review-like post about my experience with the game, where I'll cover what I think about it divided in 5 different parts, give them a veredict and round them up with a final score, but I recommend reading my points over it instead of focusing just on the score, but if that's just what you want, again, feel free to scroll down for it. This post will likely contain SPOILERS about the game, even if I'll try not to get into much detail, but read it with caution or skip it if you still haven't played or finished the game and think you might get something taken away from you.
So, let's start it!
The first aspect I'll talk about will be the graphics.
Why are the graphics the biggest draw of this game? Because it shapes the actual gameplay, which is something I simply loved.
The game looks like a paiting came to life and you are playing it, based on japanese art and culture just makes it much better IMO, as someone who deeply admires it.
The celestial brush, that is useful both on quests, progressing and also on battles is such a brilliant idea.
It's one of the best uses of graphics and artstyle I've seen on a "big" game to date, as usually this blend is bound to either some parts of some games or in minor projects that go around its simplicity to make use of that, as some indie games for example.
Okami was just brilliant on that aspect, even if the actual graphics themselves are around good for the time and platform it debuted.
Final Veredict: Brilliant (that's a first, it's so unique I'll go with something else other than Masterpiece)
The second aspect will be the gameplay.
Going around what I already said in the previous part, about the celestial brush and how it blends the game world with the gameplay, here I'll cover some other aspect of it, that's the game structure and how it develops, and the best way to describe it is: Zelda. Yup, Zelda, that's the best way to define how you play this game.
(some could call it Metroidvania as it feels a bit more of a RPG than Zelda, but it would need more RPG elements on it for me).
You go around collecting items (or abilities) that help you both progress and be able to do more things and go to other parts on places already visited, making it a "go back and forth" game, that ends up feeling a bit like a RPG even not really being one.
You play both on open ares and dungeons that you have to solve until you reach the boss, which aren't many or really complex in this game, but still pretty nice.
The battles themselves aren't much complex, you go getting new ways to fight as you go getting new abilities or learning skills, but battling is mostly good even if not that special.
There are also some minigames but they are just decent.
I love adventures, I love this kind of progression, I loved playing this game.
Final Veredict: Great
The third aspect will be the story.
The story itself is not something actually stellar, mind blowing or really deep, but it's still a nice story, the epicness of the adventure you are going on is the biggest draw from it for me. Playing as a divine being and its tiny, funny companion, trying to meet other divine beings to get its full power back, controlling reality as both a weapon and a tool to achieve it, and fighting great beasts while set in one of my favorite thematics, it was able to get sitting there happily for around 50 hours, so I can really say I liked it.
The game had great characters that had all kinds of personalities, but there mostly comic at it and went all-in on their roles.
The characters are a great part of the game charm, as they were filled with life.
I enjoyed more being on it than discovering it, but nonetheless, I really enjoyed it.
Final Veredict: Great
The fourth aspect will be the music.
Also inspired on the japanese culture, the music in the game was something I really enjoyed.
It goes from calm while exploring, to funny sound effects doing certain stuff, to epic, intense and gutsy music when it's needed.
I don't really have much to comment on it on specific tracks, but it was highly enjoyable.
Final Veredict: Great
The fifth and last aspect will be the difficulty.
As usual with my other threads, I consider this game easy, once again I wasn't beaten/died a single time on it, in fact I didn't need a single of those "pouches" I think that's how it was called, that's one of the four things you can raise with the points you get from making good deeds for the world or people/animals, don't even really know if this game has a game over screen, but that doesn't mean there was no challenge, in particular two battles were hard IMO, the one against the full Canine Warriors team, but I think I fought it very early as it was optional, and the last dog was a real challenge, also, one of those evil gates you cross to fight monsters, the last one of them inside a hole I think, where you would fight several Wakas and Evil Raos then several Susanos, that sequence was pretty hard, but other than that, mostly really easy.
Not a problem, tho, not every game needs to be a Demon's Souls or Bloodborne (though I'm glad they exist, and come at me Nioh).
Final Veredict: Easy (with some exceptions on optional fights)
So, this is it guys, that's my take on Okami, I think this thread got quite smaller than the others, I wish I had decided to do it sooner to make the game more justice, maybe I would have made it bigger, but I'm glad I finally actually made it.
For all of you guys that reached here reading or just scrolling down for the score, here it is: 10/10
Indeed, a masterpiece! I loved this game, really did, and I HIGHLY recommend it, you should all experience it. Just do it.
(and thanks SWORDF1SH for giving me the game, I was planning to play it sooner or later, but it happened sooner because of it, so again, thanks!)
Thank you all for your attention as well.