27. "RE: P5R: notes from NG+"
In response to message #3
Ōkami's NG+ is relatively tame, since it takes away all the Brush Techniques (to preserve story progression) and the top-tier weapons (Solar Flare is explicitly tied to acquiring all the basic Brush Techniques, and I guess they take the other two for parity's sake). On the other hand, the fourth-tier weapons are still pretty potent for the early game, and (if you found the 99 scattered Stray Beads) the String of Beads is only available in NG+. The String of Beads is essentially cheat mode as an equippable item: infinite health, infinite ink (mana), and all weapon damage multiplied by ten.