Okami Den - One of the best games on the Nintendo DS?Okami Den was released earlier this year for the Nintendo DS handheld system. It is the sequel to one of the most underrated games to ever grace the Playstation 2, Okami. Okami Den's story takes place 9 months after the end of the previous game and stars the child of Amaterasu, Chibiterasu, a smaller pup sun god who also wields the power of the celestial brush. The gameplay, setting, most of the characters, and even the graphics are almost exactly the same as the game before, with the exception of the help of various partner characters you pick up throughout the different parts of the game which each have their own powers to contribute.
The battle system hasn't changed at all. You can still do physical damage with your weapons and you can still freeze time to use your brush to draw and use your magic abilities. This seems more organic with the use of the DS stylus. It feels like you have more control and it flows more naturally than it did with the use of the controller in the PS2 version of the game. This and other features in the game almost make up for the lack of variety in enemies. While the bosses are imaginative and challenging in their own right, the enemies you run into on a regular basis get boring with their obvious and predictable attack patterns and weak points. Another problem you might run into while playing Okami Den is the sparsity of save points. Early in the game they are everywhere, but later on there are parts where you will wish there was a save point and then there isn't. Such as after a big boss battle or a really long cut scene.
Okami Den gets an 8.5/10
Review submitted by Mel the Office Gamer Girl