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Diehard GameFan (Feb 27, 2003)
Fans of the original Dark Cloud, rejoice!Everything that could be improvedupon, was. Annoying “features” were removed, especially the thirst meter.If you like action RPGs of any sort (ie Zelda or .hack) then you will be very happy with this game. Casual gamers may enjoy the game as well, because of the prettygraphics and not too deep storyline. Any RPG fan of any sort should buy this game, because it could be the sleeper hit of the year. Or you could wait on it a while, because at some point, it will be a Greatest Hits title too. But with the minigames and side projects in the game, it has become one of the year’s first “must have” games.
think I finally found the perfect RPG ... it's not dark, depressing or brooding. Nor is it just a random combat clickfest. There's almost no religious overtone, nor is there any political intrigue. And the people of the land don't hate you. Let the dancing begin! Oops, I got a little ahead of myself—let me back up and start from the beginning ...
Netjak (Mar 06, 2003)
Overall, Dark Cloud 2 is easily one of the best games of 2003. Just from the main game proper, you'll easily get 50 hours of gameplay, and considerably more than that if you choose to complete all of the side tasks sprinkled throughout the game. Don't let Dark Cloud 2's mediocre predecessor deter you from experiencing this masterpiece which is about as close to a genuine work of art you can get from a video game. Even if you hated Dark Cloud, at least give the sequel a rental, if not a flat-out purchase. Within one day, you’ll be convinced that Dark Cloud 2 is easily one of the most addictive, most fun games available for the PlayStation 2.
PSX Extreme (Mar 20, 2003)
In the end, Dark Cloud 2 is hands down the best Action-RPG I've ever played. I've played tons of Action-RPGs (Threads of Fate being my favorite, up until now), and I can wholeheartedly say Dark Cloud 2 is the best I've played. Before the mass mail of death threats commence -- you Nintendo fanboys really need to ease up on those, by the way -- I do not regard the Zelda series as part of the Action-RPG [sub]genre. Some may, but it's more commonly regarded as an Action/Adventure title. Now that I've managed to save myself from an endless list of "you're an idiot" fan mail (that's right, 'fan'mail, the people love me), I will continue to wrap up this review. Dark Cloud 2's gameplay will have you going for dozens of hours. The quest itself is roughly 60 hours long. For the perfectionist, Dark Cloud 2 will last over 100 hours, and there is no exaggeration there. What else can I say? Dark Cloud 2 is one of the best purchases on the PS2.
Game Over Online (Mar 21, 2003)
Dark Cloud 2 is an amazing game. I mean, seriously, wow. Expect to invest an absurd amount of time getting to the end of the game. Shigeru Miyamoto has stated on multiple occasions at various press conferences that a game’s overall length is becoming an increasingly less important factor in what gamers want and expect from their videogame experience, but apparently SCEA hasn’t gotten the memo because this sucker will keep you glued to the screen for at least 60 hours. I’m not questioning Mr. Miyamoto’s opinions on the state of the gaming industry, but if a game can manage to stay consistently fresh and fun from beginning to end, I say the longer the better. In any case, PS2 owners would do well to pick this game up without hesitation and by any means.
Dark Chronicle is an absolute gem of a game and personally I would say it's a better game than Kingdom Hearts as the combat system seems more satisfying. The limitless ways you can customize the game, by making your own inventions and weapons, is very impressive and adds to the replay value no end. The game has tons of depth and will satisfy even the most demanding of gamers. Whilst the game starts off fairly easy, it soon develops into a stiff challenge but by then you're hooked and will not want to give up or put it down. This is a must own game for the PlayStation 2.
Although it can be considered a dungeon crawler, Dark Cloud 2 has enough variety within its content that it breaks the mold and stands as a truly original role-playing experience.
If you’re not already a Dark Cloud fan, you’ve probably never heard of Level-5, the franchise’s developer. Dark Cloud 2 is only its second product, but it certainly won’t be its last. How’s this for a future: Enix has enlisted the services of Level-5 to help with its newest chapter in the Dragon Warrior series – the godfather of RPGs. The developer, however, is already making waves in the genre here and now. Dark Cloud 2 is the complete package for RPG enthusiasts. The exhilarating heights of the story are equaled by great gameplay depth.
92 (Sep 23, 2003)
Zynisch gesagt: Es ist großartig, dass in Japan 500 Mann, 5 Jahre lang in dunklen Büroräumen 16-Stunden-Schichten und 7-Tage-Wochen schieben, wenn ein solches Spiel dabei rauskommt. Nett gesagt: Dark Chronicle ist großartig, episch, umfangreich, spannend, motivierend, abwechslungsreich, kurz: ein absolut brillantes Spiel. Das Gameplay umfasst unglaublich viele Aspekte und allesamt sind sie mit Detailliebe und Perfektionsanspruch umgesetzt und perfekt ineinander geflochten. Die Story und das Setting richten sich an Kinder und Jugendliche, können aber auch Erwachsene faszinieren. Wer auf Rollenspiele aus Fernost steht, muss unbedingt zugreifen. Wer schon immer mal wissen wollte, was Final Fantasy und Co. zu so brillanten Spielen macht, findet in Dark Chronicle perfektes Anschauungsmaterial.
RPGFan (Apr 04, 2003)
So what does Dark Cloud 2 hold in store for players? A tightly sealed package consisting of wondrously diverse gameplay, gobs of eye candy, superb voice acting, respectable music and a plot good enough to compete with today’s high-budget videogame dramas. While the memory of the original Dark Cloud may have left a bitter taste in many an RPG fan’s mouth, Dark Cloud 2 is 100% pure gaming chocolate. This sequel far exceeds the original in every aspect and if given the proper chance will prove to be a worthy addition to any RPG fan’s collection of classics.
Consoles Plus (Aug, 2003)
Doté d'une bonne durée de vie et de très nombreuses et très originales options de gestion et d'évolution, Dark Chronicle est un excellent action/RPG.
JustPressPlay (Dec 01, 2006)
Probably one of the better RPGs for PS2 out there. There’s a wholeslew of mini-games, building, characters to keep you entertained forhours on end. This game is not for everyone, especially people who arenot a fan of crawling through dungeons searching for mystical orbs.But, if you want a deep and amazing game, then this is the game foryou. This is worth the $20.
Dark Cloud 2 is a sequel that improves upon its predecessor in every imaginable way, and by leaps and bounds at that.
90 (UK) (Sep 30, 2003)
These are dark days for RPG fans. Not only are reviewers making puns in the very first line of their articles but, worse still, the NTSC to PAL conversions are slower and less frequent than ever. The recent news of Suikoden IV's development only served as a sorry reminder of this fact. Sure, we're all happy to hear of another title in a quality series, but we'd be a lot happier to see the third game in Europe.
GamePro (US) (Feb 19, 2003)
The GamePro School of RPG Design offers three tenets that all sequels should adhere to: One, the new game should be original; two, it should expand on the series' strong points; and three, it should fix or remove any annoying bits the original suffered from. Dark Cloud 2, the sequel to Sony's innovative yet maddeningly dull action/RPG, follows all three rules to the letter. Sniff. It's so rewarding to see such apt pupils.
IGN (Feb 14, 2003)
The original Dark Cloud was a big hit on the PS2, not only because it was a great game, but also because it was one of the only RPGs out on the PS2 at the time. Now, there are a slew of great RPGs currently available, making Level-5's job of creating a standout sequel that much harder. Did they succeed in outdoing not only themselves, but also the competition? Absolutely.
GameSpot (Feb 18, 2003)
Every so often a game comes along that's so well crafted, unassuming, and downright enjoyable that you just can't help but like it. Dark Cloud 2, the charming sequel to 2001's PS2 action RPG Dark Cloud, is such a game. The latest in the series improves on its predecessor in nearly every way, as it tightly integrates the combat, world building, and weapons management of the first game into a more cohesive whole. Add together these elements, astounding visuals, superb music and voice acting, and high production values and you have Dark Cloud 2, one of the finest games released for the PlayStation 2 so far.
85 (Sep 11, 2003)
Je dois avouer que j'attendais beaucoup de Dark Chronicle mais jamais au grand jamais je n'aurais imaginé que ce titre puisse être aussi prenant et bien construit. Ce soft, intégralement traduit en français, est magnifique, certes répétitif et linéaire (mais c'est le style de jeu qui est à mettre en cause) mais dont on ne décroche que très difficilement. Et dire que c'est Level-5 qui se charge également du prochain Dragon Quest et de True Fantasy Live Online. Les rôlistes que nous sommes n'ont pas fini de côtoyer les nuits blanches.
GameSpy (Mar 06, 2003)
There's no question in my mind that Dark Cloud 2 is one of the most solid RPG adventures for the PS2; but what I am sure of is that it doesn't quite live up to its potential. If Level-5 had worked out all of the kinks, it'd be one of my favorite games for the PS2. Sadly, it's not. While it has my grudging respect, there are many games that I prefer, thanks to DC2's idiosyncrasies. Although I have no doubts about its overall quality, I've lost count of the times I've let loose an expletive and rebooted the machine while playing the game, or even turned it off in frustration or temporary disinterest. If you're looking for a pure RPG, you'll do better with Final Fantasy X or Xenosaga. If you're looking for a dungeon hack, you can have more fun with .hack//Infection or Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. But if what you want is Dark Cloud 2, here it is, warts and all.
Dark Chronicle is an excellent title, the main story will keep you playing it for ages but the sheer number of extras will mean that you'll probably never see every element of the game. It's a decent improvement on the original, which was a genuinely brilliant game in its own right. It could possibly have done with more variation in the dungeons but the random nature of the game doesn't really allow that. If you were a fan of Dark Cloud then this is an absolute must buy, and even if you weren't I'd still recommend giving it a look, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Gamezine (Sep 21, 2003)
Si vous chercher un bon p’tit RPG, si vous avez l’argent (à moins que vous le réserviez pour plus tard), ce jeu est fait pour vous. Une formidable aventure qui se suit comme sur un long fil de rêves, RPG, quand tu nous tiens…
Game Revolution (Feb, 2003)
Maximilian, an earnest young boy with a knack for invention, fatefully crosses paths one day with Monica, a sword-wielding princess from the future. She has traveled back in time because important people and places have been disappearing left and right thanks to an evil force futzing around with time travel.
73 (Nov 12, 2003)
Dark Chronicle (aka Dark Cloud 2) has a tough pair of shoes to fill because its predecessor (Dark Cloud) is still considered one of the best RPG titles around and –according to my local gamesstore- is still regularly rented. This time round, you’ll be playing as Maximilian (Max), son to a father (duh!) and son to a long lost mother (*snif-snif*).
RPG Kingdom (Dec 23, 2003)
Voilà un peu tout pour l'instant, et j'en tire un bilan assez mitigé pour un jeu qui s'annoncait très prometteur, et qui finalement se révèle être moyen au niveau de l'intérêt général, et qui ne vaut franchement pas les 60 €uros affichés sur l'étiquette du prix, car comparé à FFX, KingdomHearts... bref, ça se passe de commentaires à ce niveau là!
RPGamer (Jul 30, 2012)
Dark Cloud 2 is a mostly entertaining title despite its numerous issues. Level-5 definitely made a massive improvement over the first game, and seeing how much further improved these core ideas could become is reason enough to root for a Dark Cloud 3. Such a thing unfortunately seems to have been set on Level-5's back burner for many years now. Dark Cloud 2 certainly didn't captivate me consistently, but the good elements were worthwhile enough that I consider playing it time well spent.
Tyckte du om ettan? Är du ute efter något The Legend of Zelda-liknande till din PlayStation2? Ta då en titt på Dark Chronicle. Förvänta dig bara inget storverk.
Gamesdog (Oct 07, 2003)
Good, clean adventure fun. One for the kiddies, but you’ll probably find yourself having a go too - if you can cope with the music!