According to you.
Pour moi, I'd say:
This is, so far, the pinnacle of character action "Zelda like" games. The vessel for the story, the world of Okami, was crafted with so much care and detail. Each area feels unique and alive. The art and wonderful music (exhibits A, B, C, D, E, F) do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to building up the world and atmosphere, but it also has to do with how and whom the world is inhabited by.
There are all kinds of creatures (human and not) to interact with and they don't feel like some filler AI meant to populate the world. Everyone is special and has something to offer in this world. A lot of them are funny, others are more somber, perhaps even depressed. Your interactions with them don't feel empty, which is so hard to say about most open world games. So as you travel through these unique pockets of the world with their own problems, you help out and solve some mysteries, which eventually weave into the main thread.
This game does grande and epic the right way. You'll meet the same characters throughout the game as they move from place to place on their own. Sometimes this'll be in a less significant capacity than others. For example, once while walking around a village, I found Susano, one of the main characters, passed out in some grassy area (probably drunk). He just shoes you away if you try to wake him up. You could've easily missed him, but he's there for you to find. He's there to let you know that he's a unique entity moving around in this world with his own will and purpose. This little detail added so much to my experience with the game, and he's not the only one you have these kinds of interactions with.
Lastly, I'd like to mention Tobi.
Spoilers, Tobi is a piece of paper. Tobi is a demon you meet on the island of the nine tailed fox. His purpose is to stop you. He does this by racing you through an obstacle course filled with spikes, blades, eyeball lasers, etc. You have to beat Tobi to advance. As you race Tobi through the courses, you get to know him. He's actually a pretty nice guy. You come to like him and treat the races more as an honorable rivalry rather than a fight with your enemy. Sadly, you learn that Tobi must say his farewells and depart, because he failed and lost to you.
I was sad about a piece of paper dying. This is the best game ever.
I wish I had a bouquet of flowers to present you at this farewell. But, alas, I must part with you empty handed.Tobi
Tobi...It was more than a petty little race. Perhaps I wouldn't even have gotten this far without you. With that true spirit of competition you showed me, I can now face the biggest challenge of my life so far!Issun
- Persona 3 and 4. For the unique and refreshing way that you developed a relationship with the world and characters, rather than for the main story arcs.
- Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective. Insanity, and not just for the sake of it. The twists and turns are amazing.
Maybe this should've been a blog....eh.