Excerpt: Dark Cloud, a PlayStation 2 game from Sony, thrusts players right into the action with this brief prologue: A peaceful celebration in the simple village of Norune is shattered when the Dark Genie awakes from a 400-year slumber. Commanded by the evil Flag, the genie ravages the world, but not before the benevolent Fairy King works his subtle magic.
Excerpt: I found an article on this game about a year before it came out and thinking to myself "This looks like an interesting game, you get to make your own world". I completely forgot about the game until I got a PS2 and after Christmas, found the game in the shop and instantly bought it.
Pros: + Pros-Genius game play, never played anything like it before
Cons: - Cons-Some levels are a tad too difficult to get through
Excerpt: Dark Cloud is all about a boy named Toan who is on a quest to build back his town and other towns from the destruction of an evil genie. This genie is responsible for blasting apart the towns but luckily the Fairy King teleported pieces of the towns into atla, which are orbs that holds the pieces to the towns, which then got scattered around dungeons.
Excerpt: The graphics in Dark Cloud range from beautiful to repetitive and dull, with many gradients in-between. Most of the 'good' graphics are found in the non-dungeon areas; as you rebuild the villages, they teem with people and places and things to see. The ability of the game to 'soft-focus' things in the background adds to the look; this sort of hyper-realism helps to pull you into the rather bizarre world of Dark Cloud .
Excerpt: Dark Cloud is Sony's second foray into the RPG genre, but the first for the PS2. It is a story of Toan, a young boy who must rebuild his world after a dark genie is released and lays waste to it. In his quest, he is aided by the Fairy King, whose magic seals away parts of the world in orbs, known as Atla. During this quest, Toan gains more allies and uses the Atla to reconstruct the world, piece by piece.
Pros: A fun game with a lot to do, Georama system and random dungeons allow for greater customization
Cons: Battle system may be a little simple, To much time using items to repair weapons and quench thirst
Excerpt: Dark Cloud was supposed to be the Playstation's answer to the popular Zelda series. I'll be honest, I've never been a big fan of the Zelda games, but still, Dark Cloud just isn't at the same level. Nonetheless, Dark Cloud is not a complete Zelda ripoff, and does feature some innovation here and there. In a dark shrine an evil military officer named Flag has resurrected the powerful Dark Genie. Together they fly throughout the world destroying everything in their path!
Excerpt: If there is one genre on the Playstation 2 that has yet to see a great title, it would most certainly have to be Role Playing Games. While this genre used to be something only the hardcore geeks played in the US, the popularity of the Final Fantasy franchise on the Playstation breathed new life into all RPG's. Instead of only getting a handful of new RPG's every year, the Playstation brought us many classics.
Excerpt: Level 5's perfect blend of action, RPG and strategy helps elevate it to a place most other self-described adventure games wish they could go. Check out the full skinny. If you've read any of the many reviews on Dark Cloud already, you'll know that the game is a perfect example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. But just because it's been said over and over doesn't make it any less true.