Set sometime in classical Japanese history, the game combines several Japanese myths, legends and folklore to tell the story of how the land was saved from darkness by the Shinto sun goddess, named Amaterasu, who took the form of a white wolf. It features a distinct sumi-e-inspired cel-shaded visual style and the Celestial Brush, a gesture-system to perform miracles.
Ōkami was one of the last PlayStation 2 games selected for release prior to the release of the PlayStation 3. Although it suffered from poor sales initially, the game became immensely popular afterwards and received critical acclaim, earning the title of IGN's 2006 Game of the Year. The Wii version has earned similar praise, though the motion control scheme has received mixed reviews.
A high-definition port of the game was released on the PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Network in October 2012 and for retail in Japan in November 2012, supporting the use of the PlayStation Move motion controller. A sequel for the Nintendo DS titled Ōkamiden was released in Japan in September 2010, followed by North America and Europe in March 2011.
Connections to The Wonderful 101Edit
- Viewtiful Joe and Ōkami were published by the inactive Clover Studios. Clover Studios was mentioned as an allusion for a kindergarten school that young Will Wedgewood went.
- The Wonder-Circle technique strikes a similarity with Ōkami's Bloom Brush technique.
- Chewgi's past reveals an artwork similar to Ōkami's official artwork.
- Wonder-White's birthplace, Shinshuu, is a homage of one of Ōkami's areas, Shinshuu Fields. Perhaps Shinshuu may uncover many similar details to its counterpart.