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So, due out on Friday. Anyone here actually played it? Is it as good as some critics have suggested and if so, why?
#1 at 10:20:25 - 05/02/2007
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I played it last year at a LAN event and I have to say that it didn't immediately grab me. Though this was a Jap language copy so obviously I hadn't got a clue what was going on.

I intend to get it though, as I think it's destined to be one of those "essential" PS2 classics, that you'll kick yourself if you don't grab.

Play wise though, I think it was a bit flawed in places - the gesture system vs the shitty dual shock = recipe for much frustration.

Now...a Wii version. Oh man that would work so beautifully.

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#2 at 10:22:14 - 05/02/2007
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Yeah, I missed Ico first time 'round so was grateful to see it re-released last year. To be fair, at 25 online and 93% at Metacritic, it would be silly not to buy this...
#3 at 10:30:41 - 05/02/2007
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25 quid where? Or in other words, where are people picking this up from?

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#4 at 10:34:23 - 05/02/2007
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I was going to go with Gameplay, but Amazon and Play both have it for 24.99.
#5 at 10:37:13 - 05/02/2007
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I played about 18 hours into a dodgy US copy of Okami and it was fantastic.

I'll be picking up a the PAL version ASAP.
#6 at 10:38:01 - 05/02/2007
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S'now 24.99 on Gameplay btw.

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#7 at 10:40:53 - 05/02/2007
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MX2 had it for 19.99 a while back.
#8 at 10:52:59 - 05/02/2007
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Only twenty squid here, or from the same people on ebay here.

I've used MX2 before but not for a new release, so I have no idea how quick they'll be.

Will definitely be picking this up myself. I played the Japanese version but forced myself to stop after an hour or so and wait for the PAL version.

Edit: beaten to it :o)
#9 at 10:54:55 - 05/02/2007
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It's great, a bit light (exploration zones are very empty, lots of repetetive battles), but visually, aurally an generally as a game it's really nice. Just a bit thin.
#10 at 11:01:22 - 05/02/2007
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The fact that it's a PS2 game kinda puts me off a bit, but I'm really tempted to get this.
#11 at 11:01:55 - 05/02/2007
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Any news on the PAL conversion? Worth an import?
#12 at 11:10:54 - 05/02/2007
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It's a Capcom game, and I've not had a complaint about Capcom's PAL conversions for a very long time now. So I'm risking it.
#13 at 12:28:44 - 05/02/2007
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Quite liked Okami, but haven't finished it which is pretty telling. I found the graphics really hard on the eye, not their style which I loved but the quality - everything's a bit out of focus and ill-defined as if the PS2 is struggling to render all that beauty.
#14 at 12:49:59 - 05/02/2007
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Jiro, I felt the same way. I found it difficult to get into visually.

Careful though, people have been publicly bummed with hot coals around EG for uttering such heresy.
#15 at 15:53:53 - 05/02/2007
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Rutty has a promo, he likes it, I've watched him playing it and it looks lovely and quite different.

Roobs, don't buy it, borrow ours when himself has finished it.
#16 at 17:30:59 - 05/02/2007
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/bums bob in the face
#17 at 18:09:33 - 05/02/2007
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Got this on Thursday morning and am about ten hours in now - just got the 'Moon' celestial brush technique. And I'm absolutely loving it!
#18 at 10:21:07 - 12/02/2007
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If anyone has anything for swaps then I might have a copy of Okami going tomorrow.

Interested?

360 and DS stuff for swap only.
#19 at 16:53:15 - 12/02/2007
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Damnit, I've clocked over 11 hours, and I've not learned moon yet, although I've wished for it so I suspect it's coming soon.

Ah... just checked a walkthrough, and it turns out I've activated a few story checkpoints in the wrong order. Well, that accounts for about an hour of pissing about, so I'm not that slow. Okay, so now I have to go back and do what my first instinct was in the first place.

So far, I'm loving the game though. The story is getting a bit repetitive, and the dungeons so far are not a patch of some of the classic Zelda dungeons (but at least they're easy). And the combat is also too easy, but it's entertaining, and the music and of course the graphics are very impressive.

I'm also surprised how little the dualshock controller is pissing me off. Only bloom seems to be a little hard to get right first time.
#20 at 17:38:57 - 12/02/2007
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Binky said:If anyone has anything for swaps then I might have a copy of Okami going tomorrow.

Interested?

360 and DS stuff for swap only.


Trauma Center (US), Gears of War (US but region free), Call of Duty 2 (UK), Black (UK)?
#21 at 18:06:55 - 12/02/2007
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Just picked it up for the equivalent of about 25 quid o/

Intrigued so far, depsite the hand-holding.

/techno-illiterate mode on

Is there *any* way of getting it to look as it should on an (LCD) HDTV, or am I doomed to it being a bit blurry? It's the first time I've attched the PS2 to my newish telly, so I've really no idea.
#22 at 19:21:18 - 12/02/2007
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It does have an 'LCD' mode on the display options, but as far as I could see, that just altered the threshold on which it blacked out all the shadows, presumably due to LCDs general inability to render black shades properly. That was using my CRT by the way, so maybe it does something else I can't see.
#23 at 19:58:05 - 12/02/2007
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Didn't realise we already had a thread for this. Does this search function work at all?
#24 at 00:07:20 - 13/02/2007
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repairmanjack said:Didn't realise we already had a thread for this. Does this search function work at all?

Works fine for me.
#25 at 07:48:42 - 13/02/2007
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Finished the Gale Shrine section last night; easiest boss fight evah!

Has anyone worked out how to complete the 'wanted' lists? I've crossed one off when I got the first list, but since then haven't come across any more of the bad guys. Am I missing something?
#26 at 09:26:04 - 13/02/2007
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Yeah, how long before I actually get to play any, y'know game?
/Switches off after ten minutes of intro
#27 at 10:15:24 - 13/02/2007
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Okami is not a game. It's a story where you sometimes have to use a joypad.

Just coming up to the Gale Shrine myself, by the way. Those dogs take a bit of a battering.
#28 at 12:46:52 - 13/02/2007
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A.....ha.

/Puts on to be "played" pile
#29 at 12:56:57 - 13/02/2007
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I'm a bit bored with it after about ten hours tbh.
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