Thursday, October 27, 2011

Week 7 ~ Ōkami

Ōkami is an action-adventure video game developed by Clover Studio and published by Capcom. It combines several Japanese myths, legends and folklore and tells a soty of how the land was saved from darkness by Shinto sun goddess, Amaterasu, who took the form of a white wolf.

This is one of my favorite games on the wii mainly because of the graphics. I love how this game took on a different art style instead of the regular pixel or photo-realistic 3D graphic images you see in most games now. It's style is more woodcut, watercolor style in a cel-shaded environment which looks like an animated Japanese ink-illustration known as sumi-e. I believe this fits well into the environment and time period the plot of the game takes place. It really succeeds in making the whole atmosphere of the game feel more authentic because its set in a historical time period in Japan where you might have seen many Japanese watercolor and wood carving art of the Ukiyo-e style like Hokusai. I feel this game is not only artistic by itself with stunning illustrations but also inspires gamers to get creative and artistic themselves where they are required to also draw using the Celestial brush to help the main character fight and progress. I just love this game and its art.

1 comment:

  1. Sumi brushwork is a really awesome skill, but I'm glad that digital effects can recreate it so easily.