Ever since i can remember the environment in a game was always very important to me. In some cases it overshadowed game play and this is no exception
Okami has been compared to Zelda on countless occasions, the thing is i was never really able to get into a Zelda game. yes i will admit here that Zelda was never really for me and all those groaning right now can suck it. Okami is in many ways like Zelda in many ways mainly game play but the great difference is atmosphere the location and environment. From a small village to a massive city to a coast and mountain. Hell you can even play in the stomach of a giant seam monster. this game has everything.
Most games don't have such a variety of areas to explore. the Atmosphere screams old Japan one of my favorite places to be in a video-game. it gives you the feel of being in Feudal Japans countryside, in a serpent stomach or in a Misty Saké Flask nothing can ever top this.