COMPOSERS: MASAMI UEDA, HIROSHI YAMAGUCHI, HIROYUKI HAMADA, REI KONDO
There is so much I can say about this game. Being one of my favorites of all time, the vastness of it’s beauty and personality just consumes me. Rarely does a game have me smiling the entire time while playing it. And even though it’s a fairly long game…I never wanted it to end. Each new character and new land kept me falling in love over and over again. AHH I’ll stop getting all mushy over it, but really…it’s a game that continually surprises and is just dripping with personality and variety. The way I like to describe the game as a whole is that “It’s the best Zelda game ever made,” and I am a devout Zelda fan.
Anywaaaaaaay, among the best qualities of Okami, the soundtrack is astonishing. With lush Japanese flavor to complement the visual and cultural aesthetic, it lures you in with brilliance. Of note, entering first into Shinshu Fields reveals a plain tainted by dark evil, but as you revive the lands, you are greeted with a sweeping score. It’s bright, pulsing, and beautiful. And what makes me love Shinshu Plains the most is that once you get far enough into the song, like 3 minutes in…you don’t just a simple loop back to the start, noooooo…it blows up and for 3 more minutes you get more energy, more intensity, more amazing music. Shinshu Plains stands tall as one of my favorite overworld themes.
I also plan to one day have a dog named Ammy. I may love Okami a bit too much.