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Dark Cloud

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Release Date:

5/28/2001

Genre(s):

RPG Roguelike
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Dark Cloud is an epic RPG which immerses you in a fantastic and atmospheric world. Blending a good old-fashioned battle of good versus evil with an innovative mix of strategy and role playing,Dark Cloud has at its core a compelling storyline. t is a time of great darkness, untold evil has been unleashed and you are the person chosen to restore peace and order to the land. Your journey will whisk you through strange and magical lands, and dark and ominous dungeons as you busy yourself with rescuing captured citizens and righting the wrongs that have befallen your homeland. Indeed, items discovered along the way must be used to rebuild your destroyed village, which can then be walked around and viewed in full 3D.

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After much hype when it was first announced, Dark Cloud has almost completely disappeared off our radar. We couldn't get into it because of the whole language barrier and the mediocre reviews from the Japanese press didn't have us that excited. Maybe this was a good thing for the game as the lower expectations might be at least partly responsible for the fact that I've thoroughly enjoyed playing through this very unique game from Sony.
89

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.
80

Pays homage to RPGs past while establishing its own unique identity. [Feb 2003, p.92]
89

While it can be tough at some points and a bit difficult to master everything in the first hour, it?s a great gaming experience and besides, that genie Ruby is kinda cute.
78

The sound is fairly lackluster. But overall the game is rich and inviting, with a great storyline, lots of playable characters and an abundance of items for you to collect.
85

What it does well, however is mixes them into a delicious stew of action, RPG and strategy elements that end up tasting better than if they were eaten by themselves.
91

One of the rare games that takes the best from lots of games, adds random dungeons, and a dash of its own originality, and ends up being a really great game.
84

With the PS2 RPG release list suffering, Dark Cloud could easily be named the best offering in this genre to date.
80

It?s a captivating run for about the first ten hours of play, then dungeon levels become too mechanical. Still, for all its shortcomings, the game also has its share of charms.
80

Those who want more than a clone will be disappointed, those just looking for a good game will be pleasantly rewarded.
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