Ōkami

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Ōkami
Ōkami
Developer(s) Clover Studio, Ready at Dawn
Publisher(s) Capcom
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) NA April 15, 2008
AUS June 12, 2008
EU June 13, 2008
JP October 15, 2009
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Input methods Wii Remote + Nunchuk
Compatibility 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Ōkami
Playable
GameIDs ROWP08, ROWE08, ROWJ08
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Ōkami​ is an action-adventure video game. Set sometime in 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 took 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.

Problems

Frame Buffer Effect

As part of it's sumi-e style, Ōkami uses some sort of frame buffer effect to add contrast and glows to the image. Unfortunately it doesn't scale with Scaled EFB Copy and looks increasingly worse the higher the resolution becomes, creating pixelated ghosting and a blurred look. There is no known solution. See issue 4317.

  • If you change EFB Copies from Ram to Texture while the game is running, the EFB effect will "stick" to the screen, staying in place even as the game underneath it moves about. Combined with freelook, this forms a workaround for the problem. To perform the workaround, turn on Free Look in Graphics -> Advanced, set EFB Copies to Ram, and load the game. While it is running, use the right mouse button to aim the view at an object that does not have the effect, usually the ground, and then zoom in with Shift-W as far as you can. Then switch EFB Copies from Ram to Texture, return to the game, and press Shift-R to reset the camera. The frame buffer effect will be gone. However the game was designed for this effect, so by removing it the game will have far less contrast than it should and will lose several glow effects. Use what you prefer.

Celestial Brush Freeze

Using the Celestial Brush's rejuvenation skill will cause the game to appear frozen; audio and video will both be stuck. If you continue to hold B for 5-30 seconds (depending on your system), it will unfreeze and the brush will work as normal.

Random Freezes With Sound Ending In Loop

There are some random freezes in Windows (specifically Windows 7 x64), but using XAudio2 for the audio back-end seems to lessen the frequency of those.

OpenGL

OpenGL is broken on r7634 and later. It was not fixed by the new OpenGL backend from the GLSL merger in 3.5-1064. See issue 4703 and issue 4635. The issue no longer manifests beyond 3.5-2368, and so the original issue won't be fixed.

Configuration

Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed.

Audio

Config Setting Notes
Audio Back End XAudio2 May lessen the frequency of random freezes in Windows

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Ōkami since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

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Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.

Testing

This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS Version CPU GPU Result Tester
r7408 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 @ 3.2GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 Considerable graphics problems. Ran slow at times. EFB to Ram requirement is probably the culprit for the speed issues, as EFB to Texture was a considerable speed boost; however it resulted in graphics errors. Unable to complete the game due to the river crash. MaJoR
r7436 Windows 7 x86 Intel Core i7-Q820 @ 1.73GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M Graphics were exactly identical to what normally is shown on the actual Wii console itself, however it still has the fan menu not in the right position. As for the randomized text bug is fixed and no longer needs Accurate Texture Cache to fix the problem. The game still crashes occasionally, sometimes even freezes with the sound stopped at a certain point. So be sure to save often if playing this on Dolphin. Also, painting the river with the celestial brush or any place that requires the rejuvenation brush skill will freeze for about 12 or more seconds and then unfreeze, so make sure that you hold down the A button (or whatever key you've set the A button to) while waiting for it to unfreeze. Platinum Lucario
r7553 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 @ 3.2GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 Still has the graphics problems at higher resolutions then Wii native (480p). The brush no longer crashes the emulator, and the holding B trick allows bypassing the freezing rejuvenation brush. Still doesn't run so hot, thanks to my 4 year old core 2 duo. MaJoR
r7626 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 @ 3.2GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 Thanks to 3.0, the EFB effect can be avoided, without tons of hassle. Which is good, cause the EFB effect is even worse now. MaJoR
4.0-1522 Windows 8.1 x64 Intel Core i7-3820QM @ 2.7 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Turning off AA fixed issues with the rejuvenation brush not working. Even though it is tempting, I would avoid using Texture EFB Copies with the IR set high. I would suffer with RAM EFB Copies, and set the IR low, as that allowed me to see the screen when using the brush. Turning off OpenMP Texture Decoder improved performance. The crash listed above (Random Freezes With Sound Ending In Loop) only occurred twice in 25 hours of gameplay for me. spalmesano

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