Back in 2006, a relatively new friend found out I loved video games and told me about a game called Okami for the PS2. He explained it was a beautiful game where you played as the white wolf Amaterasu and were tasked with bringing nature back to the land.
When I saw the art style (something that still floors me), I was immediately desperate to get a PS2. I wouldn’t wind up owning one until 2008, and the first game I bought was, no surprise, Okami.
I played through it and did everything I possibly could. I bought the game guide. I went through every nook and cranny, fed every creature I could possibly feed, healed the land, and marveled at the art direction and general beauty of the game.
Around the same time I finally landed a PS2, I also finally got a Wii. Getting a Wii at that time was a feat unto itself. I had been looking for one for the better part of a year, and the same friend who told me about Okami told me about a secret squirrel mission of shipments and a sale and where I might be able to score one for myself.
He was right.
One of the first games I bought for that Wii? Okami.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get terribly far into that port. As much as the idea of using a Wiimote to emulate the brushstrokes in the game sounded appealing, the actuality fell short for me. I found it was far more difficult to execute the strokes than it had been in the PS2 version, and I wound up putting the game down permanently for the Wii.
Fast forward to 2012 when an HD port of the game released for the PS3. Of course I jumped at the chance to play the game again, this time in a prettier and clearer package.
It took my breath away all over again.
The first time nature was restored to the land and everything exploded into cherry blossom petals made me burst into tears. It’s such a deeply beautiful game, and I was so grateful to be playing it again.
When it was announced earlier this year that an HD port would be coming to PS4, I pre-ordered the physical edition immediately. The trailer instantly choked me up and reminded me why this remains one of my top ten games of all time.
(I just watched the trailer again and am already in tears. It’s so beautiful.)
The PS4 version releases on December 12th. I couldn’t believe that the physical version cost only $20.
Then, yesterday, I was online and saw a post about the digital version available on the PlayStation Store. It said if you pre-ordered the game digitally, you would get two free themes for your PS4.
I told myself, welllllllll, I will just go look at them.
You know what happened next.
Yes. I pre-ordered the digital version, too. Those themes are gorgeous.
All told, I’ve now bought Okami in all its forms a total of five times. Five. And I’d gladly do it again. I have the original game guide, the art book, and, earlier this year, I finally obtained the five disc soundtrack which was all kinds of worth it.
It’s one of those games that is soothing just to think about. It’s beautiful in so many ways I want an experience to be beautiful. Stepping into the paws of Amaterasu (one of my top two favorite video game characters of all time, the other being Geralt from The Witcher) is always a joy. This time there is the added bonus of being able to take as many screenshots and video clips as I’d like and let me just tell you, there will be so many.
What games have you purchased multiple times? I’d love to hear about which games and which platforms. This is a topic that greatly interests me, as I love when people are so taken with a game, they are compelled to play it in every iteration.
Also, what will you be playing this weekend? I’m hoping to wrap up Wolfenstein: The New Order so I can move along to some other titles. I told myself I wanted to get into Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, but I may eschew that for some other big games on my list like Assassin’s Creed: Origins and a handful of digital titles.