I am cautiously optimistic.
The original Okami game was a masterpiece in nearly every way. It is by far my favorite game, and I have played it five times through, each time getting just as much out of it. It is beautiful and inspiring, as well as fun. I am hopeful that this game will live up to the standard set by its predecessor. From what I have seen and heard about it so far, it appears that it will do a good job, but my concern lies in the capability of the system. The first game had unrivaled beauty, and play through time ranged from 70 hours the first time to about 40 each following time. From what I have seen of DS games in the past, it seems like it would not be possible to pack that much content with the graphics it has into a game for this handheld system. Still, I remain cautiously optimistic that this will be a wonderful new addition to the series.
Okami Goodness, Smaller Package
For any fans of the original Okami game I really recommend this purchase. Okamiden packs all the major aspects of the original in a hand-held title. A few sacrifices were made but there are also new systems as well. Okami has always been compared to the Zelda series and Okamiden is much like Link's Awakening. Both are hand-held titles that live up to the greatness of their console brethren. The game offers new dungeons and a familiar overworld to explore. The cast is full of charming characters that create a great story. The amazing music returns and sounds great on the portable system. Obviously, the graphics suffer a bit from the jump to the DS but they look great for a DS title. Also of note for any 3DS owners, the game looks even better since the stretching smooths out some jagged edges and the resolution improves the brightness and quality of the visuals. The circle pad also works better than the D-pad.
Excited but Worried
I am happy that Okami is finally getting a sequel. From the begining the brush work powers of the mighty sun god belonged on the Nintendo DS. Moving the game to the wii helped with the brush powers but made the rest of the game slower and clunkier. I'm worried that by moving it to the DS that the brushwork will be improved but the rest of the game wilol fall short of the origonal. I've looked at some previews on the story and I can already tell it's a shadow of the origonal. Face it sequels are almost never as good as the origonal. The biggest problem with the stiry is that the origonal okami was meant to be a stand alone game not a series. In addition because this game is being made on a handheld the graphical power will be weakend and the game will be shorter with a less expansive enviroment. Al of these issues remove much of the charm of the origonal. So to conclude my preview I have to say that this game is unlikley to match the origonal on any front but I hope it will be good all the same.
Okamiden is Great
Okamiden is great, it's beautiful first of all especially if you consider that it is a DS game and most DS games are all pixilly and not very pretty while Okamiden is colorful with their own unique style. The music is great, a lot of the songs from the first game are included which is nice. The gameplay is really fun although I find it gives you a lot more help than it did in Okami which is good for younger gamers, but sort of lowers the experience for gamers that want a challenge. The puzzles are good and there are plenty of them. There are some pretty cute cutscenes and other extra stuff. Overall I think Okamiden is great for anyone who wants a fun game to play, it's not as great as Okami, but it still lives up to my expectations.
Looking Forward to it
The original Okami was filled with a spectacular storyline, beautiful graphics, numerous sidequests and unlockables and wonderful music. I fell in love with this game for it's originality and it's amazing appearance. And I feel that Okamiden will be the same thing. A wonderful game that has returned to the shelves. The original was amazing, and it's a delight to play [over and over and over], though I don't think you'd need the original for this game. It stands on its own in a way, and will shed its own rays of sunshine through the hearts of those who buy it. I'm definitely looking into preordering it, and it's a legend worth waiting for.
I can't describe how excited I am for this game. I've played Okami on the Wii many times over because I love it SO much! It's pretty much one of the greatest games I've ever played. Okamiden should and will be amazing.
This game is adorable, no question about it. Amaterasu has had a baby, as have all of the other gods, and they're all. So. Cute.
The style that the original Okami was in still exists, but is more pixelized, which isn't too surprising, since it's on a DS. It's still a beautiful game, all things considered. The music is great, but the annoying.. talking... babbling... thing that the characters did is still there, too.
The controls take a few minutes to get used to, and are pretty well explained. (All but the camera. The three arrows on the touch screen allow you to move the camera around, in case you were wondering.)
The battle style is similar to the way it was before, and isn't too complicated. The puzzles are interesting, as are the boss fights, and nothing is too difficult to figure out, given enough time and thought.
Some characters from the previous game are still there, like Issun, Sakuya and Susano, and the game follows pretty much the exact same path as the last game. (You don't START in the same place, but it's the second place the game sends you to, then it continues to send you around to most of the same places as the previous game.)
Characters from the previous game that were lost are mentioned in this game, which I thought was absolutely wonderful. (Rao is mentioned in the city on Rioshima coast. :3)
Basically, it's a cool game. Short, simple, fun to play. Nothing overly complicated, and is good when you just need to cool off for a while. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the original Okami.
Okami on the Wii BLEW MY LITTLE MIND. This is the first time since BioShock where I've had such high hopes for the sequel. I certianly hope that this game gets better advertising than Okami did. I believe that the DS controls will bring a wonderful aspect to the gameplay. The graphics are compromised a bit, but if you can't play a game for the joy of playing it, why bother? But I really do have High hopes for this sequel, with the wish that We hear some more Japanese mythology. I can't wait to see the character of Chibiterasu in action~!
The bundle better come to the US
I fell in love with the original when is was randomly suggested to me at a local GS, and I have been obsessing and raving about it ever since it was announced as a rumor. Despite that it will not be able to release on the 3DS it still shows strong signs of the game that die hard Okami fans know and love! My greatest hope and fear for this game is that the amazing bundle may not be released here in the US! I don't bother looking at bundle packs very often because it's rare that they offer much worth buying but this is absolutely amazing! If you haven't seen it you need to, it's got everything that the people who truly appreciate the unique genius of Okami could ever want.
Must Play for Okami Fans and DS users!
Though a bit easy to play for hardcore gamers, the puzzles and charm from the first Okami is all wrapped into an adorable little package in this game. Its a bit frustrating in the start but well worth the effort and I hope Capcom will continue the series! All these games are some of the most beautiful endeavors on the part of game developers today and I hope to see much more from this underrated series. Really a must play just as the title implies!