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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ōkami (大神, literally "great god", or "wolf" if written as ) is an action-adventure video game developed by Clover Studio and published by Capcom. It was released for Sony's PlayStation 2 video game console in 2006 in Japan and North America, and 2007 in Europe and Australia. Despite the closure of Clover Studio a few months after the game's initial release, a version for Nintendo's Wii console was developed and produced by Ready at Dawn and Capcom, which was released in North America in April 2008, in Europe in June 2008, and in Japan in October 2009.
Set sometime in classical Japanese history, Ōkami combines several Japanese myths, legends and folklore to tell the story of how the land was saved from darkness by the Shinto sun goddess, named Amaterasu, who took the form of a white wolf. It features a distinct sumi-e-inspired cel-shaded visual style and the Celestial Brush, a gesture-system to perform miracles.

Ōkami was one of the last PlayStation 2 games selected for release prior to the release of the PlayStation 3. Although it suffered from poor sales, Ōkami earned considerable acclaim from reviewers and earned, among other awards, the title of IGN's 2006 Game of the Year.[11] The Wii version has earned similar praise though the motion control scheme has received mixed reviews. A sequel titled Ōkamiden, or Ōkamiden: Chiisaki Taiyō (大神伝~小さき太陽~, lit. "Ōkami Chronicles: Tiny Sun") in Japan, has been announced by Capcom for release in 2010 on the Nintendo DS.

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