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We recently launched our AMATERASU 9″ PVC statue from the Ōkami series, which is our very first PVC offering in this lineup, and fans of the franchise are in love. Although some of you may have never touched this hidden gem of a video game before, so you may be wondering why this franchise is well-beloved by most in the Official Collectors Club. We highly recommend that you give the series a try as it is an experience unlike any other.
Ōkami HD is the remastered version of this critically acclaimed classic and is the perfect way to introduce new players to the series. It is currently available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. And so, for today, we present you three reasons why we think you should play the Ōkami series.
- Adorable protagonist
Have you ever played a video game before where the main protagonist is a cute white wolf? That statement alone speaks for itself. Although this isn't by any means the most unheard-of playable character in a game series, there is just something unexplainable about Sun Goddess Amaterasu that makes her so loveable. Her personality and mannerisms in-game exude past any monitor, and coupling this with an immersive and heartfelt storyline makes for an emotional journey that could touch the lives of many on a personal level.
- Visually satisfying
With the technology available to developers today, the life-like appearances on some of these games make it easy to forget that you're playing a video game. It may even sometimes come off as a cinematic feature film rather than a game. As early as the concept stages in development, developers give it their all in the graphics department because it is one of the key elements to any good video game, may it be with Unreal Engine as its backbone or masterfully hand-drawn pixel art as an homage to the retro era.
Ōkami is an example of a game that ages beautifully over time since its art style is unique. It has this cel-shaded Japanese-themed watercolor paint effect that I've personally never seen in any game series before. The original game was visually stunning then, and even if it remained un-remastered, it still would have been just as visually stunning now. It's games like these that even after ten years down the road remain as standards when trying to follow suit.
- Unique gameplay
Intertwined with the graphics of the game is its inventive gameplay mechanic. I mentioned earlier in my previous point that Ōkami looks like a watercolor work of art. In the game, Amaterasu is what is known as a Celestial Brush god. Apart from basic attacks by way of her Divine Instruments, you also have what is called Celestial Brush techniques. Using her calligraphy brush-shaped tail, you paint different brush strokes that trigger different abilities to aid in defeating enemies and solving puzzles. As you progress through the game, you learn more techniques and gather new weapons along the way, always presenting something new and keeping things compelling.
Well, that is all we have for now. Hopefully, this convinces some of you to jump onto the Ōkami hype. Our AMATERASU 9″ PVC statue is still open for pre-orders until the 26th of July 2019, and you may still jump on the waitlist for your desired version of our Shiranui and Amaterasu Life-Size Bust statues. That still gives you plenty of time to try the series out yourselves. For more Ōkami and First 4 Figures news and updates, please join our First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club on Facebook.