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: 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: 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.
Conclusion: The dungeons themselves are theme-based, like all RPGs, but the two major non-combat obstacles that players will face while traversing these regions are that your characters get thirsty and that their weapons wear down and can break if not attended to. Generally this is no big deal because early in the game when you cannot store much water, you’re in the dungeons for so little time that this will not pose a problem.
Conclusion: Dark Cloud is a damn fine game, with some of the most enjoyable and addictive gameplay elements yet, mixing aspects of Diablo, Zelda and even The Sims. If you've got a PS2 and you like console-based RPGs, you'll find weeks of joy in Sony's new title. Kudos to Level 5 for creating something a little unorthodox.