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  • Summary: [Known as "Dark Chronicle" in the UK] Live the adventure of an inventive young man, visited by a protector of the future. Rely on your creative ability to rebuild destroyed worlds, invent equipment needed for your journey and repair weaponry damaged in battle. Your efforts will determine the[Known as "Dark Chronicle" in the UK] Live the adventure of an inventive young man, visited by a protector of the future. Rely on your creative ability to rebuild destroyed worlds, invent equipment needed for your journey and repair weaponry damaged in battle. Your efforts will determine the outcome of things to come. Expand
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  1. Positive: 37 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Dark Cloud 2 has a great story, lots of adventure, unique characters and monsters and Spehda! What's not to love? This one is a keeper!
  2. 100
    No matter how you look at it this game rocks. It offers the action-style of "Wind Waker" with light character & weapon building, world building and a handful of mini-games and quests that make it an RPG experience that PS2 owners shouldn't pass up.
  3. The most amazing thing about Dark Cloud 2 is the fact that so much can be fit into one game like this, all of which is used effectively, and still have room left over for awe-inspiring graphics.
  4. Every element of the game, from the georama system to the weapon upgrading to the interaction with a large cast of characters, displays a polish and attention to quality that you find only in real classics... DC2 could very well be the PlayStation 2's Zelda.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    85
    You can call an RPG a lot of things - compelling, cinematic, thought-provoking - but rarely addictive. Dark Cloud 2 is completely, utterly addictive. [Mar 2003, p.111]
  6. PSM Magazine
    80
    Immensely more satisfying, deep, and involving than its predecessor. [Mar 2003, p.40]
  7. 50
    Sadly, Dark Cloud 2’s shining moments are outweighed by the mediocre inclusion of the random dungeon, and the tragic design decisions the developers chose to implement.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 68
  2. Negative: 3 out of 68
  1. MichaelS.
    Mar 7, 2003
    10
    It's officially the greatest game ever!!!!!
  2. Nov 20, 2010
    10
    The joy of adventure, inventing, and saving the world are every kid's dream, by playing Dark Cloud 2, it felt as if those dreams came true forThe joy of adventure, inventing, and saving the world are every kid's dream, by playing Dark Cloud 2, it felt as if those dreams came true for me. I love Dark Cloud 2's storyline and originality, not to mention the believable graphics and extras, no other game contains such a broad scope of things to do. Many games either focus on the battles or focus on the skill. Dark Cloud 2 contains a mixture of battles and skills and somehow it intertwines everything to the main plot of the story in a very easy to understand way. I was very sad when the game ended but was overjoyed to see that there was a "epilogue" chapter for Dark Cloud 1 fans =P I'm worried about Dark Cloud 3 though, it may not be able to pass up its predescessor since Dark Cloud 2 is just so good, especially after this long way all of us have become way too anxious. Nevertheless, this game is for anyone who loves adventure and the feel of actually being in the story! Expand
  3. PaulM.
    Mar 14, 2003
    10
    Awesome.
  4. ShawnG.
    Oct 13, 2003
    10
    I really like this game: 1 because its hard to do certian stuff 2 The graphics rock 3 during movies i dont have to read what they are saying.
  5. Sep 12, 2014
    10
    I love this game :D It´s so beautiful. The Cel-shading, the Battlesystem, the Feeling and last but not least the awesome Soundtrack made it toI love this game :D It´s so beautiful. The Cel-shading, the Battlesystem, the Feeling and last but not least the awesome Soundtrack made it to the best game ever made. Expand
  6. NightraiderofDeath
    Sep 16, 2006
    9
    This has got to be one of the best RPGs on the PS2. However, like all RPGs, it gets very repetitive with its dungeons and monster battles. This has got to be one of the best RPGs on the PS2. However, like all RPGs, it gets very repetitive with its dungeons and monster battles. The first time you go through a dungeon it's plenty of fun, but 10? 20? I got tired of it eventually. Luckily, the rest of the games features help distract from this one downside. Expand
  7. Nov 8, 2020
    0
    I love the first Dark Cloud, and I am absolutely baffled at how much more popular the second game is by comparison. The is the mostI love the first Dark Cloud, and I am absolutely baffled at how much more popular the second game is by comparison. The is the most I’ll-designed game I’ve ever played. The combat system is entirely imbalanced—to level up my weapons, I basically just used the RidePod to kill everything and then switched characters to absorb the ABs. So what’s the point of having a variety of different weapons at all? The monster-transformation feature was phoned in—leveling was a grind, and they didn’t adapt the combat mechanics to the monsters you could fight as. For instance, to unlock a target, you have to press back+O, but when you do this with a monster, it just turns the character around (whereas the main characters stay facing the target), so it basically is impossible to unlock a target when using the monster transformation. There are a number of other oversights with the combat controls that should have been fixed before release (the changing camera orientation, for example, also screws up the combat direction-dependent combat controls). Overall, the big boast of the game is that it take like 300 hours for completionist runs, but this is only because the entire game is a numbingly tedious grind. I’m not sure why so many people like this game more than the first, but their opinions are bad and they should feel bad. Expand

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#14 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
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#5 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003