Dark Cloud - PS2

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Level-5 Soft. Co.: Sony
Publishers: Sony (GB/JP)
Released: 21 Sept 2001 (GB)
Unknown (JP)
Ratings: 11+
Accessories: Analogue Control Compatible: all buttons


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The launch of the 64-bit role-playing game and Nintendo classic Zelda 64 spawned a whole series of RPG competitors, eager to outdo the Japanese giant. Few, if any, have been successful. Taking on Nintendo with a bid of its own is none other than Sony's in-house production, Dark Cloud for PlayStation 2.

Those evil people are up to their old tricks once again, and this time they’ve released a particularly nasty genie from a 400-year sleep in his home-made lamp. Naturally, the pink bloater wreaks havoc on your homeland. And guess what? You (Toan) are the only one who can stop him. Some kind of prophecy, apparently. You know the deal.

After a lengthy introduction showcasing the game’s mysterious plot and the lead character, it’s time to get into the game proper.

Within about thirty seconds of playing this game, the similarities to the Zelda games will become apparent. Not that that’s a bad thing, of course.

The game world is essentially split into two different kinds of environments: field and dungeon. Within the field section of the game, you will find yourself wandering through a gigantic environment, interacting with hundreds of non-playable characters (NPCs). It is here that you will discover entrances to the game’s dungeons.

Most dungeons have a unique theme, and are often spread across several floors. In these areas, platform, puzzle and combat elements of play are present, providing a great deal of variety. There are several collectible items, such as maps, that will help you solve puzzles in each dungeon. But beware, end-of-level bosses are inevitable, and pose a great threat.

Given plenty of time and gameplay, you’ll eventually make it to the end of this epic role-playing game. Dark Cloud possesses many qualities that are essential to a great game. And Dark Cloud is just that.