The control issues can be maddening at first, but they become less frustrating as you get a feel for the timing and brush strokes the game is looking for. More importantly, if you've never played Okami before, you shouldn't let those issues stop you from enjoying this inspired and rewarding adventure.
The only significant improvement over the PlayStation 2 original is the addition of true progressive-scan, 16 x 9 widescreen support, so if you've played the first game through to completion, there's not much reason to revisit this one. But if you sadly missed out on Okami before, this is now the best-looking way to experience a magical game that deserved a lot more attention the first time around.
Verdict: Buy it