Power of the Brush
By: Naiesha Thobe, Teen Scribe
October 25, 2011
I had the pleasure of
‘getting my paws’ on the Wii video game, Ōkami. I’m punning on that
because Ōkami Amaterasu is a wolf.
story behind Ōkami... Long ago, a
protective god named Shiranui managed to seal away a demon that was
the land of Nippon. Now, 100 years later, that seal has been broken. A
white wolf, Ōkami Amaterasu, who is a sun god, is called forth to save
from the once again impending doom.
travels throughout the
cursed land of Nippon, restoring the land to its former beauty. The
restoration is through a series of Celestial Powers that Amaterasu can
and perform with the Celestial Brush. The Brush, accordingly, is the
and the Powers are gesture-based drawings. Players are expected to
Powers and draw them accordingly to whatever task is set.
different settings throughout the
game were designed using a technique similar to sumi-e, or ink and wash
painting, which gives the game a very ‘watercolorish’ type of feel. The
are not only eye-pleasing, but rather stunning as well.
I think the game deserves
‘two paws up’. The story, which is, let’s face it, a little cliché, has
twists and turns that leaves players both happy and sad, distressed and
There is a multitude of humor, which every distressing story needs. You
antagonist, the hero, the faithful sidekick. The visuals are great and
audio is wonderful. All in all, there is nothing particularly annoying
Ōkami except how tedious some levels can be.