Okami HD Uses Buttons To Attack (With The PS Move Controller)

By Kris . September 3, 2012 . 3:50pm

Although the upcoming HD port of Okami uses the Move controller, it’s not a direct adaptation of the controls from the Wii version. The Wii version, rather infamously, had you shake the Wii remote to attack, but this HD version has mapped it to the “Move” button in the center of the Move controller, making it rather easy to stay in the air attacking with Amaterasu’s solar disk and keep your wrist happy.


While the main weapon is pretty easy to access with the move controller, jump and your subweapon are slightly more awkward if you’re not used to the Move controller. Jump is mapped to X and the subweapon to triangle, which are to the bottom left and upper right of the Move button respectively. However, after a bit of adjustment, the game clicked for me.


Considering I haven’t touched the original game in years, I had quite a bit of fun with the combat in Okami HD. Initiated by running into one of the scrolls floating around, entering combat will wall Amaterasu in with a number of enemies… or perhaps it walls them in with her.


Even though what I played gave me an un-upgraded Ammy, she was still fast and more than capable of eliminating the minor demons that I fought against. I had two weapons in my arsenal, a “reflector,” which was essentially a mirror that Amaterasu could hit things with, and a rosary that did less damage, but hit more times. I decided to make the reflector my main weapon and set my rosary to be a subweapon, which turned the individual beads into rapid projectiles.


Okami’s physics seem to be built around letting Amaterasu dish out as much damage as possible. For instance, if you leap above an enemy, you can pretty much hang in the air and dish out a ton of damage before you hit the ground, either with the beads or the reflector. That said, there’s something satisfying about how your last hit on an enemy will send them into the air in slow motion for you to cut in half with a single slice of the Celestial Brush for some extra loot or cash.


Due to the rather open nature of Okami, I spent the majority of my time running across the land looking for enemies to fight, but in the process, I found a number of opportunities to use the Celestial Brush. I brought plants back to life, sliced up enemies, and created lily pads to cross small bodies of water (even though Amaterasu is a wolf, she takes to water like a cat). To activate the Celestial Brush, I held the trigger on the back of the Move controller and pressed the Move button to put the brush to the screen.


While I expected that brushwork would involve me pointing the Move controller at the screen, it seemed to all be motion-based. However, this method was very accurate, and I was able to draw things quickly and accurately.


Outside of that, Okami HD was… Okami, but even prettier.


Food for Thought:

1. While the Fleetfoot dodge wasn’t unlocked in the demo I played, according to the little printout at the demo unit, it’s performed by shaking the move controller.


2. Yes, Okami HD can also be played with a regular PlayStation 3 controller.

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  • PoweredByHentai

    You also need Celestial Brush finishing moves if you want to farm those Demon Fangs for the latter parts of the game.

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    While I will probably never use my Move on this, it’s great to see that they tried to make the controls for it as unannoying as possible. Games where I have to flail my arms like a madman when I play are not for me. I loved this on the PS2 and I can’t wait to play the HD version with that awesome woodblock filter!

  • $3587643

    “2. Yes, Okami HD can also be played with a regular PlayStation 3 controller.”

    I think this had been confirmed previously, but it’s still the sole point of concern I had. Day one buy.

    • Locklear93

      Yeah, same here.  That’s important to me.  I do not want Wii/Move/Kinect style motion controls in anything ever.  That it doesn’t require such things makes me much more likely to buy.

  • wait, isn’t okami playable with buttons from the beginning ? i mean it was a ps2 game =S

    • Airgetlam

      Yes. But in the Wii version with the wiimote the only way to attack was to waggle the remote, there wasn’t an option to change it. And you couldn’t use the classic controller for it either.

      • yeah i know, i played the wii version too (and had a very hard time using some of the weapons and drawings because i suck at drawing T.T)

        • Airgetlam

          Oh sorry. lol. I wasn’t sure what you meant with your first comment.

  • Domii

    Yes, Okami HD can also be played with a regular PlayStation 3 controller.”

    Gooooooooood very gooooood……..

  • Barrylocke89

    So to be clear, this basically means that (with the Move) you use buttons to attack, and the motion controls to draw?

  • Coeurl

    “Okami HD Uses Buttons To Attack”

    well…. yeah. Assuming this is a remaster of the ps2 version, why wouldn’t it?

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      Because it also gives you the option to use a Move controller and in the Wii version you had to attack by waving the Wiimote.

      • Coeurl

        Oooh so it meant buttons on the move controller, then? Makes sense. Just reading the header sounds odd though.

        • Mr_SP

           Yeah… But it explains itself in the first paragraph.

  • Kevadu

    Camera control is still awkward as heck with the Move controller.  That’s my main issue with it and I’m surprised you don’t mention that fact.  They expect you to use the d-pad on the navigation controller, but since you use the stick on that controller to move you can’t move and adjust the camera at the same time

  • EtherealEarth

    I wonder if there will be hard mode for this.

  • XypherCode

    Cool! :D 
    I liked the Wii version control scheme but using buttons to attack would be more “comfortable” so to speak. xD

    • ArtIristic

      Tell me about it XD

  • So for those of us who like disc/card releases, do we know yet if the retail version in Japan will include the english localization as an option? Or if there will be a HK release sense those often offer English support.

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      Why would they do that? It’d just be killing sales of the localized versions.

  • CirnoLakes

    Eh, I’d rather have Okami HD for PC than use PS Move. Does hardly anyone even use that?

    Not that that’s ever going to happen. But I can dream.

    • Locklear93

      There are worse publishers to dream about PC ports.  While I suspect you’re right, and it won’t happen, Capcom DOES do a fair bit of PC porting.

  • enorka miho

    So… when wil it be released? I’d even prepared a psn card just to buy it…

  • Yeah i’m still waiting on word if the import disc version has English text. If it does, I would much rather go that route than just downloading it off the PSN. Yes, I know one can upgrade their HDD but i’ve been dealing with space issues for awhile and backing up / transferring data seems to be more of a hassle than it’s worth. That, and I just like owning a physical copy of a disc if it’s possible ^_^

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