It’s a tale as old as time ripe with Japanese stories of gods long forgotten… of the gentle water colors of Japanese art… and the Japanese language – which I don’t understand a single world of.
If you’re like me and just can’t wait for Okami to hit the home shores, then let me give a lesson in the universal tongue of kicking ass.
X and Square remain your traditional jump and attack buttons. Triangle lets you dig up buried treasure or use your second weapon.
Holding down R1 turns your world into a canvas. Ah yes, I feel very inspired to dish out some happy little pain.
Hitting Square with R1 down lets you draw. Don’t worry about the strokes for now. You’ll pick them up along the way.
There’s one last thing you need to know. Hit start. Hit X and move over to the dog head and circle. Here you’ll spend your good doggie points – you know from feeding animals, cleaning areas, saving Timmy from the well – just kidding, no one cares about Timmy. Level up your health and ink pots first. They’ll help you the most in battle.
You’ll need all the help you can get when you face the fire-breathing, sword-wielding… um… I’ll call him Mr. Jingles for now.
Mr. Jingles deploys a wide variety of attack from shooting out rings of fire to jumping at you from a distance. Start out by putting some distance between you and Mr. Jingles. Let him come to you. Jump out of the way and start slashing.
Sure. It doesn’t look like you’re doing anything to that armor but keep it up. Use your shield frequently when he’s up close. If he starts to flame up, cool him off with a little wind. If you want to soften him up first, draw a bomb either beside him or put it in his path.
As soon as his tough outer shell falls off, he’ll expose his inner Kate Moss. Cool him off and slash away. Keep your shield ready in case he counters. After three of four treatments, he’s… oh God he’s back with friends…
Start by… (guy runs in)… hey, this isn’t your game! Fine. Never leave a man to do a woman’s job. As your hero slashes at the heads, show that the pen is still mightier by slashing right after. Once the heads are gone, give this blow hard a little more wind to finish off Mr. Jingles.