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TGS: Okami, third time, charm, etc. photo
TGS: Okami, third time, charm, etc.
by Conrad Zimmerman

I don't know how many times I can play Okami and come up with something to say without feeling like I'm repeating myself. I played it on the PS2, then again on the Wii, and today I played it on the PS3 in its latest incarnation, Okami HD. I suppose it's a testament to how much someone at Capcom believes in Okami that they're trying yet again to get the game to sell in the numbers that it likely deserves. 

This latest version is just as fine as any other, for what it's worth. The PlayStation Move controller works a treat for using Amaterasu's painting powers, as you'd expect if you have any experience with the Wii version. Honestly, it's probably better, but I'm not prepared to make that call on the basis of a press room experience (though, in fairness, the demo took place in a busy conference room; hardly the tightly controlled environment which would arouse suspicions). The jump to high-definition visuals is noticeable and everything looks crisp.

Everything except Amaterasu, that is. Maybe it's just the godly energy showing through, but the white wolf has a noticeable blur in motion that directly contrasts with the crisp, clean environments and other characters. I found it mildly distracting, but that could also just be down to my seeking of anything new or different about this release. Even the three visual filters found in the game's options menu failed to give me anything to work with, as I couldn't observe any discernible difference between "Normal," "Light" and "Heavy" filters.

Okami HD is, in all likelihood, going to be the definitive release of a game hardly anybody bought. I'd like to believe that somehow, this time will be different. I'd also like to believe that if I eat Taco Bell every day, I'll never get fat, but reality has a way of disappointing no matter how hard you wish for something.

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9:00 PM on 09.19.2012

Okami HD dated for PlayStation Network in North America

The week of Tokyo Game Show seems like a perfectly fine time for Capcom to announce the release date of Okami HD, so here goes: it's headed to PlayStation Network on October 30, 2012 in North America. Given its wonderful art ...

Jordan Devore

6:15 AM on 08.14.2012

New footage of Okami HD to wet your brush over

As part of their Gamescom press event this morning, Capcom showed this new gameplay video for Okami HD. It's been a while since I played Okami, but I'm fairly certain that this is within the first couple hours of the game be...

Conrad Zimmerman

3:00 PM on 05.19.2011

Storm's Adventures: Storm is turning Japanese...Literally

おめでとう、あなたはこの記事を翻訳している。可能性がGoogleの使用に。今私は、いくつかの段落に、この外にドラッグができれば。素晴らしい、段落番号2つの。た...

Storm Dain

7:30 PM on 04.27.2011

Capcom producer wants God Hand, Okami sequels

And so are we! Okamiden producer Motohide Eshiro says Capcom listens to fan demand, and if enough demand is there, Okami and God Hand could get sequels.  Eshiro told Gamesradar: "We’re certainly willing to explore ...

Dale North

5:40 PM on 04.07.2011

Got money? Okamiden plushes and pillows now available

If you attended PAX East this year (I didn't, darnit!), you might have noticed some adorable Okamiden swag for sale. Well, Capcom has taken the remaining items from that first-run batch and made them available through their o...

Tony Ponce



Review: Okamiden photo
Review: Okamiden
by Jonathan Holmes

Okami is a beloved cult classic, but the game failed to meet sales expectations when it was first released on the PS2 back in 2006. Capcom recently stated that they believe that the game undersold because it was released so closely to the launch of the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/Wii.

Guess what? A new Okami game is coming out in the United States on the DS this month, in the same month that the 3DS launches in the United States. Looks like Capcom is willing to tempt fate again with an Okami release on the eve of a major console release, but this time, they have the power of puppies on their side.

Will the persuasive power of adolescent canine cuteness be enough to cause Okamiden to succeed where Okami once failed?

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5:40 PM on 12.14.2010

New Okamiden trailers charm the savage soul

Capcom just released a few new trailers showing off characters from the upcoming DS title Okamiden. The focus here is on some of the game's characters who are returning from the original Okami. In the video above, we have Sa...

Jonathan Holmes

2:40 PM on 11.10.2010

Okamiden face mug is absolutely too much

Seriously, I can't take the cute anymore! Capcom has gone too far. As if the plushy wasn't bad enough, now there's a special mug that will make every coffee break far too adorable for its own good. It features the ever-s...

Jim Sterling

11:59 PM on 10.09.2010

NYCC: Chibiterasu found!

Remember how the little Okamiden pup was lost here at New York Comic-Con? I found it!

Dale North

1:20 PM on 10.06.2010

NYCC: New Okamiden art and screenshots

In celebration of New York Comic-Con this weekend, Capcom has released a veritable cornucopia of screenshots for Okamiden along with a few beautiful pieces of art. The screenshots are aimed at showing Chibiterasu's partn...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:15 AM on 09.18.2010

TGS: Hands-on with the technically awesome Okamiden

I'm a dick. I've had so many opportunities to play Okamiden this year, but I've yet to get to it. Part of that is because playing a DS game on a big event's show floor is pretty painful. With flashing lights and cosplay and g...

Jonathan Holmes

3:20 PM on 09.16.2010

TGS: Three minutes of Okamiden goodness, new images

While not in the hands of original Okami developer Clover Studios, Capcom's upcoming Okamiden for Nintendo DS looks like it's going to be a worthy successor.  The game picks up as a sequel to the original, following the...

Nick Chester

5:30 AM on 08.19.2010

Okamiden gameplay footage is predictably adorable

Capcom released this gameplay footage of Okamiden yesterday and it's pretty much the cutest thing I've seen this week. Chibiterasu is just so pudgy and I love watching him scamper around. The video shows a little bit of...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:00 PM on 08.07.2010

Puppies and J-Pop combine in this Okamiden trailer

I felt bad for all the DS games at E3 2010, especially Okamiden. How could any DS title possibly follow the unveiling of the 3DS? It just wasn't fair. I hope that Okami fans (all 200,000 or so of you) are still willing to bu...

Jonathan Holmes

6:00 AM on 07.30.2010

Adorable and terrifying Okamiden papercraft

Papercraft scares me. The whole prospect of it is intimidating, even without my stupid fingers to clumsy things up. Delightful as the photos of finished products wind up being, thinking about what a torn mess the ones I make ...

Conrad Zimmerman