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Okamiden Nintendo DS Game

  • Nintendo DS
  • CAPCOM
  • ESRB Rating E10+ for Everyone 10+
  • Genre Action Adventure
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Brand
CAPCOM
Name
Okamiden
Model
013388320219
ESRB Rating
E10+ for Everyone 10+
Genre
Action Adventure
Platform
Nintendo DS

Features

Features
Okamiden is a picturesque action adventure game for the Nintendo DS. Taking place a few months after the events of Okami, Okamiden will follow the adventures of Chibiterasu - a young sun god who is summoned to protect the land. Following in the footsteps of its parent Amaterasu, the sun-god-turned-wolf in Okami, Chibiterasu takes the form of an adorable wolf pup for the mission ahead. Using the DS stylus, you will wield a celestial brush controlled by Chibiterasu. This powerful tool can attack enemies, paint helpful objects and structures into existence and help Chibiterasu perform exceptional feats that will change the world before your eyes.

Features

Canvas and Brush: The touch screen and stylus of the Nintendo DS are the ideal tools to simulate Okamiden's trademark celestial brush. The stylus brushstrokes are pressure sensitive which helps to accurately depict the look and feel of Sumi-e artwork - a graceful watercolor art.

Partner-Up: Using the in-game Partner System, you can join forces with new characters in the game, each possessing unique abilities that will help Chibiterasu defeat enemies and conquer puzzles.

Striking Visuals: The beauty of the highly stylized Japanese calligraphy and scroll paintings are depicted in pixel-perfect handheld glory.

Compelling Narrative: Okamiden tells an amazing story that is both morally impactful and fun. With a complex mix of themes like friendship, responsibility and love between parent and child, players are promised a memorable experience that will be appreciated for its depth, humor, and universal truths.

Ensemble Cast: The main character, Chibiterasu, is a youthful sun god that has taken the form of an adorable wolf pup. Chibiterasu partners up with an equally endearing cast of characters that aim to restore order to the land while learning lessons from majestic, playful deities. Many characters will be easily recognizable to fans of Okami while several are new to the series.

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  • Ian H.
  • 8/17/2011 8:12:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsIt's only problem is being compared to the first

Pros: The stylus interface is used with great ease, far easier than on the Wii or PS2. It doesn't quite simulate the elegant strokes of a calligraphy brush. However, when you get to a point where you can pull off the brush techniques with a certain flare, it makes the game far, far more enjoyable.
Unlike the first game, which was on the console, you don't have the benefit of an analog stick. The problem of only having 8 directions to move is solved simply by having the camera move with you, thus making you "curve" even if you're running "straight". This has the added benefit of letting you admire the scenery. Speaking of scenery, while the DS has limited the aesthetic of the gorgeous art of the first game, that doesn't stop Okamiden from occasionally showing off some truly inspired visuals, especially when blooming the life trees. Blooming a life tree is like a guitar solo in the first game, and that thought is alive and well in the sequel.
Oh, also, the combat is pretty good, too.

Cons: As I mentioned, the DS has put certain limitations on Okamiden. The land just doesn't feel as expansive as the first, something largely due to each region being broken up into separate areas, each requiring a short load. The dungeons have the same problem, and while they fit a fair amount of stuff on the DS screen for each room, most of the environments still have a sort of claustrophobic feel. Credit where it's due, the developers did their level best with the hardware, and the claustrophobia is only apparent if you've played the first game.
The puzzles aren't anything special, mostly glorified item-fetching and using the brush skills to get you and your partner from one side of a room to the other. I wouldn't say they're boring, but they can get tedious after the third dungeon. Again, this goes back to the limitations of the hardware, since it takes big screens and big hardware to make big, impressive puzzles and obstacles.

Other Thoughts: The difficulty in combat and puzzle-solving is steady as you progress, though there seems to be a bit of a spike near the end, largely due to Chibiterasu's slightly limited mobility. Jumping or dodging away from attacks isn't always effective if combat becomes hectic.
Finally, there's an issue of the content itself. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, there isn't nearly as much side-questing, collectibles, and new game+ material as the first game. On the other hand, it isn't too common for games to have new game+ modes and materials, so that Okamiden has this stuff at all is a plus.

I think the bottom line here is that Okamiden is a worthy successor to the somewhat hidden gem that is Okami. It's a smaller package, but it's presented very well so the story still feels expansive (when you don't decide to skip all the looooooong boring talky bits) and you get the all-important feeling and message that your actions are actively making the world a better place as you progress.

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