Ōkami is an action-adventure video game developed by Clover Studio and
distributed by Capcom. It was released for the Sony PlayStation 2 video
game console in 2006 in Japan and North America, and 2007 in Europe and
Australia. Despite the closure of Clover Studio a few months after the
game's initial release in 2006, a version for Nintendo's Wii console
was developed and produced by Ready at Dawn and Capcom, which was
released in North America on April 15, 2008, and was released in Europe
in June 2008. Set in an unspecified period of classical Japanese
history, Ōkami combines several Japanese myths, legends and folklore 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.
It features a distinct sumi-e-inspired cel-shaded visual style and the
Celestial Brush, a gesture-system to perform miracles. Ōkami was one of
the last few PlayStation 2 games selected for release prior to the
release of the PlayStation 3. Although it suffered from poor sales,
Ōkami earned high acclaim from reviewers and earned, among other
awards, the title of IGN's 2006 Game of the Year. The Wii version has
earned similar praise though the motion control scheme has received
mixed reviews from both critics and gamers.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowned in the Saleph River
Jacobite risings: British forces defeated an alliance of Jacobites and
Spaniards at the Battle of Glen Shiel in the Scottish Highlands.
In rowing, Oxford defeated Cambridge in the first Boat Race held on the
Thames in London.
More than twenty-five Australian Aborigines were massacred near
Inverell, New South Wales.
The Battle of Dong Xoai, one of the largest battles in the Vietnam War
to date, began, with the Viet Cong eventually defeating the Army of the
Republic of Vietnam.
War in Afghanistan: An airstrike by the United States resulted in the
deaths of 11 paramilitary troops of the Pakistan Army Frontier Corps
and 8 Taliban fighters in Pakistan's tribal areas.
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