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  • Overall, the game starts off very strong, with a lot of side quests from fish breeding to developing and creating inventions, but eventually loses what made it interesting at the end
  • But for the repetitive missions and boring end, I would not suggest Dark Cloud 2 for anyone seeking a long-term game

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      Dark Cloud 2 is a role-playing game for the PlayStation 2 console (though it can still be played on the PlayStation 3 if a compatible model is used) that comes as a sequel to one of the earliest released PlayStation 2 games, Dark Cloud. It follows Max, a young man with excellent mechanical skills, as he gathers a group of fighters to defeat a great evil force imprisoning civilizations around the world. The primary goals in the game are to free all the trapped people and cities and to get a group strong enough to defeat the final boss.

      Each city has a similar set-up - upon the player’s initial arrival, they will always be shocked to find the city, village, or region completely barren. There is usually one resident still there, who talks about how some great evil force came and imprisoned everyone in the town (with reasons for that one resident’s


      escape varying between miraculous and hilarious). The pieces of the town are scattered in a “dungeon” - usually a dark forest, underwater, or in a literal dungeon. It is then the player’s job to go into that area and recover, then rebuild, the town. While the player has the freedom to rebuild the town to their own desires (for example, isolating Town Hall on an inaccessible little island), they will only get the “100% completion” goal and unlock special items and hints if they rebuild the town to each resident’s desire. For example, one lovestruck resident wants his home to be close to his beloved’s place. Another wants to be close to the river so he can go fishing.

      In larger towns, this can quickly get complicated as the player tries to accommodate everyone’s wishes, even ones that conflict with each other.

      The cinematic cut scenes tend to be lengthy, and ...


      • cannot be skipped. Some players will find themselves disengaging from the fantasy world of the game just so they can take a bathroom break during the long cinematic scenes. Regardless, the voice acting is very well done. The characters fill stereotypical game roles, with the big, gruff male characters and the lithe, magical female characters as well, and their voices conform to these roles. Meanwhile, the graphics are amazing. Rather than shoot for the smooth, realistic style of visuals, the game is cel-shaded and looks very much like a cartoon that one can play. Even better, as the player changes their character’s gear, the character’s physical appearance changes on-screen. This can lead to a party all in clown suits and other funny scenarios.

        Overall, the game starts off very strong, with a lot of side quests from fish breeding to developing and creating inventions, but eventually loses what made

        it interesting at the end. The conclusion to the game is weak, and the final boss is not as interesting or threatening as the rest of the game made him seem. Rather than becoming one of the role-playing games where a player happily invests weeks’ worth of time, this one has a great time investment at the beginning, but by the end the player just wants to rush through for the sake of finishing. There are a few extra features that can only be played after beating the game, but these aren’t nearly as fun as all the other side-quests from before the end, and don’t raise the replay value by much.

        For its great beginning and wonderful visuals, I would suggest Dark Cloud 2 for anyone looking for a temporary time investment. But for the repetitive missions and boring end, I would not suggest Dark Cloud 2 for anyone seeking a long-term game.




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