The Ce­les­tial Brush is Okami’s defin­ing me­chanic, gat­ing Ammy’s progress and pow­er­ing tra­ver­sal and en­vi­ron­men­tal puzzles. As be­fits a game of such am­ple pro­por­tions, there’s a gen­er­ous 13 brush tech­niques in all, and Green­sprout is fur­ther spilt up into three dis­tinct uses. At the height of Amat­erasu’s power, you’ll be able to con­trol the weather, the blos­som­ing of plants, sum­mon bombs, climb walls, fling your­self through the air with vines, and, of course, make the sun rise. It’s a ver­sa­tile moveset, and while the over­all struc­ture it feeds into is one that Kamiya ad­mits was heav­ily in­spired by Nin­tendo, the evoca­tive ges­tures and the­matic pow­ers make the act of wield­ing the brush feel all Okami’s own.

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