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Okami HD – Third Time’s the Charm?

Okami seems to be a game that, when brought up, everyone within earshot will proclaim their love for it and note how much of a shame it was that it didn’t sell well when it initially released on the PlayStation 2. It also seems to be one of the many games that a lot of people haven’t played or even heard of, despite its greatness. Okami HD’s release this past Tuesday will mark its second re-release since the PS2, but its third overall release when counting the Wii version. This game gets around; and despite what you may think of Capcom, re-releasing Okami over and over again is something I, personally, can get behind. I find re-releasing Okami to be similar to Ubisoft putting out Beyond Good & Evil HD: great game missed by many that is getting another shot at glory.

Hopefully, for this title made by the long gone Clover Studios, ‘third time’s the charm’ will become the game’s new favorite phrase. At the very least, ‘three’ will become its lucky number.

Wouldn’t you be getting worked up, Issun?

Okami HD is currently being sold as a download-only title for $19.99, which is the perfect price for a long, dialogue heavy game like this with two retail releases under its belt. The problem, however, is that it released on the same day as Assassin’s Creed III and Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Two high profile games that had a lot more marketing behind them than Okami HD did, as well as both also being offered as digital downloads. I’m also fairly certain that those two games will be featured on the front page of the PSN store more prominently that Okami HD.

People who don’t play that many games are most likely aware of ACIII and NFS, but not Okami HD. You know who knows about Amaterasu? Fans of the game who may have already bought it twice before, and the people who knew of its existence, but neglected to play it the last two times around. Be it because they had other games to play, or Okami didn’t seem like their kind of game. I at least hope that, with a third release, those that passed it over will finally give the game a chance. Now you don’t have to go store hunting or look towards Amazon.com to get a copy, but can instead download it to your PS3.

If you don’t have a PS3 though, you may have to resort to one of the two aforementioned methods and dig out/dust off your PS2/Wii. Amaterasu and Issun don’t appear to be fans of the Xbox.

At first, they’re not big fans of Waka, either.

I’d hate to hear that Okami HD barely sold any copies on PSN, as it really does deserve more and Clover Studios was fantastic (come on, Viewtiful Joe!). The spirit of Clover still lives on over at Platinum Games, where the likes of Bayonetta, MadWorld and the upcoming Wii U title, The Wonderful 101, reside, but I doubt they’d even get the chance to do a proper Okami sequel (oh, but could you imagine?!).

So go check out Okami HD, really. For some, like myself, it may be their second of third outing with the wolf god, but if you’re in the market for something that isn’t a shooter or some other AAA, heavily marketing title, I implore you to take the time out to at least give Okami a shot. I mean, it’s beloved by many for a reason. A very, very good reason.

Kyree didn't have an N64 or Dreamcast as a kid (so sad) and he doesn't remember finishing any of his PlayStation games, but skip to the PS2/GC/Xbox era and everything changed. He hasn't been outside to play tag in forever, but he can recall playing way too much Smash Bros. and even more Kingdom Hearts; seriously, he can recite lines from it. I think he may have a problem.

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