Big Games of 2012: Okami HD Paints a Pretty Picture This Fall (PlayStation Network)

Amaterasu returns once more, this time in stunning high-definition.

It’s a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon – classic PlayStation/PlayStation 2 games being remade with high-definition gloss-overs and some new motion features added for good measure.  But at least it’s a trend with merit, judging by what we’ve seen so far in collections featuring Sly Cooper, God of War and Ico/Shadow of the Colossus.  And now you can add one more classic to the fray, as Capcom has officially unveiled Okami HD, which will be coming to PlayStation Network this fall.


Okami, which was first released on the PlayStation 2 years ago (followed by a port for the Nintendo Wii), tells the tale of a magical wolf named Amaterasu, who battles against enemies using powerful attacks (she is a sun goddess reborn, after all), along with a celestial brush, which can be used to paint items into the environment, such as a sun to beam down upon the land, and so on.  But she must soon come face to face with Orochi, a tyrannical monster that means serious business.


As you can see from the trailer (which we’ve included below), Okami HD isn’t just another flash-in-the-pan remake.  Capcom has gone to incredible lengths to really make the game stand out in the high-definition area, including clearer enemies, more beautiful environments and a fast frame rate.  It’s also supporting the 16:9 ratio, so it’ll take advantage of the whole screen, rather than cramming up.


That isn’t all.  For the celestial brush segments, as well as general gameplay, you also have the option of using the PlayStation Move controller, which will let you draw your creations more with ease, while also attacking enemies and trying to restore the world from Orochi’s terror.


Okami HD will also include full Trophy support, with over 15 to collect in all, including a Platinum trophy for you hardcore players.  That’s a lot of exclusive stuff, for a game that will run about $19.99 in price.  A little steep?  Yeah, but how often do you get a piece of artistic beauty like this, especially in stunning HD?  And let’s not forget that this is where Platinum Games got its start, before it moved on to bigger and better things, like the upcoming Metal Gear Rising Revengeance.


Look for Okami HD this fall on PSN, and much more detail on the game to come soon.  It does look pretty damn good…