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  • Summary: Sony's long-awaited first-party title which mixes several existing genres and game ideas, Dark Cloud puts the player into the role of young Toan, who is chosen by a Fairy King to help bring the world back into order after it had destroyed by the recently summoned "Dark Genie" or "Black Demon."
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. A stunning visual banquet, masterfully blending all the necessary ingredients for a cracking fantasy RPG. We're not likely to see many better PS2 titles this year.
  2. Simply put, if you don’t like the genre previously known as an RPG then there is nothing here to shine you on, but what there is has been created with such a level of craft that there’s no denying its artfulness. It’s a beauty and as near (yet far) to a Zelda release as we’re going to see.
  3. With the PS2 RPG release list suffering, Dark Cloud could easily be named the best offering in this genre to date.
  4. We have no problem at all with awarding Dark Cloud a Console Domain highly recommended award.
  5. Those who want more than a clone will be disappointed, those just looking for a good game will be pleasantly rewarded.
  6. Stepping in the right direction to make RPGs a bit more varying. However, it does tend to bog down at times and you'll feel like you’ve done the same thing more than twice, making it a little mundane at points.
  7. If you have the patience to endure all that dungeon crawling, and a bothersome camera, there's a very addicting game underneath. Don't expect a Final Fantasy caliber story-line, or Zelda-esque adventure gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. Dec 21, 2012
    10
    Once upon a time, this game was possibly the best I had ever played. Many fond memories of the characters, the towns, the weapon system, and even the enormously lengthly and tall Demon Shaft to get the Chronicle 2 sword(the best sword in the game). Of course I couldn't go back to it today, however I still say this was one of the best games I've played to date that could keep me entertained for such a long period of time. For the memories alone I give this game a 10/10. Dark Cloud was amazing and always will be in the hearts of those who enjoyed it.

    To those in 2008 and later, do keep in mind this game is very old and shouldn't be compared to what we have today.
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  2. AmyW.
    Apr 6, 2002
    10
    I love this game. It's the best. I've played Zelda before and when I heard this was similar, I manged to get a demo. The demo is great and I'm quite sure the real game will be even better!!! Expand
  3. NaomiM.
    Nov 4, 2004
    10
    Its great!!! I love rebuilding the villages! I just wish they talked!
  4. BobB.
    Jul 12, 2001
    9
    Great!, Fantastic! but a little repetitive. Overall the game has very few weak points and tons of strong points such as stunning weapons, terrific allies, village assembly, and the graphics. Its like "Dundgeons & Dragons" + "Sim City 2000." Very Cool! Expand
  5. ChrisM.
    Oct 12, 2002
    9
    It's a really good game, but the battle areas, dungeons, never get much different and get boring. I like the upgrade deal that you can do with your weapons and the status break, it helps you to improve your skills and strengths. But, I don't like when you break your weapon and lose all your progress on it. All in all I give this game a rating of 9. Expand
  6. Aug 7, 2013
    6
    when i was much younger, this game pretty much was my child hood. but looking back on it now it is not really as amazing as i thought.
    don't
    get me wrong, it's still a wonderful game with great graphics, memorable characters and an interesting story. but the writing is a bit iffy, the gameplay can become rather dull and there are some game breaking glitches that cause major problems.

    while it was not as super amazing as i thought when i was little. returning to it still left a smile on my face during the experience
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  7. BoredTodeath
    Feb 9, 2002
    1
    I expected this would be like Zelda with a main story and multiple side quests. This was just multiple dungeons doing the same thing over and over and over and over. The Bosses were easy too, including the genie at the end. Expect to be bored to tears and to spend a lot of time as you move from place to place as the game takes forever to switch scenes. The only good thing I can say is the graphics were excellent. Expand

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