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Okami HD

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Experience the critically acclaimed masterpiece with its renowned Sumi-e ink art style in breathtaking high resolution. Take on the role of Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess who inhabits the form of a legendary white wolf, on a quest to defeat Orochi, an eight-headed demon and tyrannical monster responsible for turning the world of Nippon into a ruined wasteland. Players will be able to choose between modern widescreen format or the original release’s 4:3 ratio. Interactive loading game screens from the original game are also included.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Literally my most favorite game ever, played it for the first time when I was 11. Works just as well on my laptop as it did on the console. I loved this game so much that I ended up with an intense interest in Japanese folklore and religion, which made me get a major in Asian Studies. Now I'm heading for a PHD in Japanese Religious Studies. Please play it!
Edit: First off, thank you everyone for the awards! I'm glad you all found my review amusing/helpful. :) Otherwise, I feel like I should more fully explain my love for this game because my simple review doesn't do enough for it.
I first played this game when I was 11, after "Okami" had been released for the Wii. Before this, I had never really been exposed to Japanese folklore, religion, and culture, and, as someone who grew up in a rural part of the United States where the only culture is corn and Jesus, discovering that other cultures have such rich folklore was a real eye opener for me. For years after, I played "Okami" religiously (I think I've completed it upwards of 30 times at this point. I know, my childhood was clearly just this game, but there wasn't much else for me to do lol). It led me to become very interested in Japanese religion and folklore, so, by the time I entered college, I started taking Japanese language and culture courses. Originally, I wasn't planning on going into East Asian Studies/Japanese Studies (I didn't know that was even a possibility at the time!), so for years I planned on a different career. However, when I was in my junior year, I realized that the only classes I really enjoyed taking were those about Japanese culture, so I decided to get a second major in Asian Studies. I stuck with it, and I am now working on my MA in East Asian Studies, with the goal of eventually going into Japanese Religious Studies. So, that is how "Okami" led me to my current path.
While I loved and appreciated the work that went into "Okami" before I started taking classes, it wasn't until I started learning more about Japanese religion, history, and folklore in college that I really started to understand just how much research must have gone into this game. Throughout my many years of classes, time and time again I've noticed the exact histories and works that "Okami" drew inspiration from, including the Nihon Shoki, Record of Three Kingdoms, etc. Every time I take a class I notice something that was presented in "Okami." Similarly, every time I replay "Okami," I always notice things that were mentioned in my classes or textbooks that. Without having taken those classes or read those texts, I would not have understood the significance of these references within the game. This is not to say that "Okami" is nothing but references to other works, as, while references are fairly common, the way "Okami" uses these references are all unique and create a beautifully imaginative yet convincing world. While inspiration from historical documents and folklore certainly influenced the designs and personality of characters such as Himiko and Waka, they are still so distinct from the source materials that one can safely call them "original characters." The way the creators used their various inspirations is simply brilliant, and regardless of how many times I've played this game, it continues to fascinate me and influence my own stories and art.
I still feel unsettled excitement when I climb to the top of the dogu in the Tsuta Ruins, only to drop down into a silent pit surrounded by dogu and haniwa figurines, from which exiting triggers the creepiest biwa track I have ever heard. I still feel dread when I reach the top of Oni Island, and I still cry at the end of the game. The art style heavily influenced my own, and, even though I had tried to create my own distinct style, my original influence is still fairly clear. It is simply the most beautiful and detailed video game I have ever encountered, and I will always enjoy the art, music, and story presented within it. Maybe I'm a little too obsessed with this game, but it honestly changed my life, and I certainly would not be where I am now if I had not played it over a decade ago.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you give this game a shot!

Review from Steam

There is a button dedicated to borking.
11/10

Review from Steam

At this point this is my ultimate comfort game. I forget when i first picked up this game. Pretty sure I was in middle school? Besides the point i played it on the Wii when i was probably around 15. Beat the game maybe three times so i could get the extra content. Played it on the PS4 when i was maybe around 21 and now i'm replaying it at 25 on my PC. This game lives on forever as my favorite game that is just enjoyably replayable. The aesthetic of it all really brings me joy. The folklore is interesting to say the least. I think this will be the first time i will attempt to complete it %100 with all in game and steam achievements. I will forever suggest this game to anyone since its not a super hard game but its story and hilarious characters really carry it forward. I do believe it is worth the money genuinely. It also holds some Guinness world records if that furthers your interest at all.

Review from Steam

Nobody reads the reviews anyways, so i'll just say i'm gay

Review from Steam

Bark button.

Review from Steam

What the dog doin?

Review from Steam

Theres a separate button to bark, dig and bite. Oh and its a masterpiece

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