The more you play Okami, the more you grow to love it, and the more you won’t be able to stop. You’ll enter an area to find it covered in an evil smog and patrolled by monkey-like demons, and you’ll find it hard to rest until you’ve cleared away the corruption, filled the gushing streams, bought the cherry blossom back into bloom, fed the little critters knocking around and discovered your next brush technique. While the control issues noted will affect your experience of combat, fighting really isn’t the be all and end all of this game. Gritting your teeth through the odd mass scrap or boss battle is a small price to pay for an adventure of this quality.
Okami offers you a rich and beautiful world, and a genuinely – how should I put this? – ‘unique’ take on a classic Japanese story. If you played through the PS2 original then I wouldn’t suggest coughing up for the new Wii version (and cheapskates still in possession of the Sony console might note that you can get the earlier version at a bargain basement price). If you haven’t, however, then don’t make the same mistake this time around. Okami Wii might not be all that we wished for, but it’s still one of the strongest long-term titles on the console.
Controlling the brush with the Wii remote isn’t all we hoped for, but otherwise this is a brighter and even more beautiful Okami, and one of the best experiences to be had on Wii.