This truly magnificent game from Clover Studios is a masterpiece. ?kami is unlike any role-playing game you have come across on any platform.
Set in the Nippon region in an unspecified time in the classical Japanese era, ?kami combines several Japanese myths and legends to tell the story of how the land was saved from darkness by the Shinto sun goddess named Amaterasu, who has taken the form of a white wolf.
The game playing experience is very similar to The Legend Of Zelda, with dungeons to explore and side-quests. But the game set itself apart with a distinct sumi-e-inspired visual style (that looks like it is lifted straight from a Japanese painting) and the Celestial Brush (a gesture-system to perform miracles).
With the Celestial Brush, you can call up the canvas in any point of the game and ‘paint’. This is a unique feature in ?kami as your brush strokes can unlock secrets, solve puzzles and even attack enemies.
So far, I have played over 25 hours and every moment in this beautiful cel-shaded game has been a joyful experience.