Dark Cloud


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Date Created: 2010-09-08
Date Modified: 2010-09-08


Platform: PlayStation2
Release Year: 2003
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
ESRB Rating: Teen
Amazon Link: Buy from Amazon.com


Mixing a wide variety of genres, Dark Cloud gives fans of role-playing games between 30 and 50 hours of quality gameplay. Gamers control Toan and his motley crew as they attempt to reconstruct the world and vanquish the dark genie. In addition to hours of dungeon trekking, the game also contains elements found in simulation, puzzle, fishing, and rhythm games.

The combat system is nearly identical to the one used in Legend of Zelda games for the N64. Players choose a target to lock on, and then whale away. Between rounds of slaying monsters, players will have to strategically rebuild cities to advance. Successful fishing trips will lead to valuable weapon upgrades. Some battles test your rhythm, requiring you to match button commands, similar to such games as Um Jammer Lammy and PaRappa the Rapper. Weapon management is a vital part of the game--weapons can break if not cared for properly, but you can also transform them into powerful objects of destruction by shrewdly managing upgrades.

The multifaceted game contains an excellent tutorial to help you learn its many aspects. While it has its imperfections, Dark Cloud is the best PlayStation2 RPG to date. It's perfect for the angling adventurer that likes to dabble in urban planning. --Raymond M. Padilla


  • Successfully mixes a wide variety of genres
  • A deep and compelling weapon management system
  • Great character design
  • Subpar graphics
  • Some unoriginal and outright goofy opponents
  • Dungeon trolling can get tedious