Dark Cloud 2, also known as Dark Chronicle in other regions is an awesome game! In this Dark Chronicle review, SuperDerek analyzes the game after a brief retrospective. Check it out!
If I told you that Kingdom Hearts wasn’t the best action RPG on the PlayStation 2, would you believe me?
2 weeks ago, if someone told me the same thing I might not have believed them. Now, I know what you’re
thinking. It’s either one of 2 things, you’re either saying to yourself, “No way. If there was a better action
RPG on the PlayStation 2, I would have known about it.” The other thing you might be thinking to yourself is
“Well, of course it’s not the best action RPG,” because you’ve probably played Dark Cloud 2. I know, I’m
stunned too. I knew it was a good game before playing it, but I didn’t know it would be THIS good! I’m not
going to mince words with you: this game is probably in my top-10 games of all-time, maybe even top-5? Maybe…
Well, now that I’ve broken the suspense, how about we examine the game? I don’t want to just tell you that it’s
a good game, I’m going to show you. But before I get to that, let’s cover the basics: Dark Cloud 2 was known as
Dark Chronicle in other regions. Dark Cloud 2 is obviously a sequel to Dark Cloud. If you aren’t familiar
with Dark Cloud, feel free to check out that review here, but be sure to come back.
But for a quick recap, Level-5 plus PS2 equals gold. Case in point, Dark Cloud, Rogue Galaxy, and Dragon Quest
VIII. Dark cloud 2 was released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2, about a year after the release of the first
Kingdom Hearts game. It had a 2-year production period that began about a year after the release of the
While Akihiro Hino did a great job of directing, and producing, and designing, and writing Dark Cloud 1, he
took more of a back-seat for the sequel and simply just wrote and produced the game. And that’s probably a good
thing, because you can see a huge leap in the quality of storytelling and pacing between the games.
The story of Dark Cloud 2 is not directly related to the story of Dark Cloud 1, so if you’re wondering if you
have to get through the first one to appreciate the second, the answer is no. You can skip straight to Dark
Cloud 2 and not miss out on a single thing. The only thing that that might ruin for you is playing through the
first game, since it will simply just pale in comparison.
So without further ado, let’s get to it! I am SuperDerek, and this is Dark Cloud 2! In Dark Cloud 2 you switch
between two characters, Max and Monica, time traveling protagonists who are working together to restore the
world. Max and Monica each have an Atlamilia Stone, which is what allows them to travel between time to each
other’s eras. In order to fight the “Big Bad Guy” who’s destroyed the world, Max and Monica have to utilize the
help of people from the future, but the “Big Bad Guy” has wiped those people out by wiping away ancestors and
locations from the past. So you’ve got to correct the future by restoring the present.
Now obviously, time travel is inherently full of paradox problems. But if you can avoid over-thinking it for
Chrono Trigger, (and almost everybody can,) you can get along with Dark Cloud 2.