In the early 2000s, while everyone was enamored with the original Call of Duty, many decided to dive into one of the best throw-back dungeon crawlers on the PlayStation 2 system. In fact, Dark Cloud 2 was a lot of young gamer’s introduction into roleplaying games. This fact comes as a surprise to many due to the fact that Final Fantasy was around for much longer.
You can’t argue how beloved Dark Cloud 2 was as it’s one of the few role-playing gaming worthy of being remastered. They don’t just put the time into remastering just anything. If you’re looking to recapture some nostalgia, then you don’t need to hunt the barrens of eBay for an old PlayStation2, and you can find the remastered on the PlayStation 4 for about the price of a fast-food meal. Let’s take a throwback look at why Dark Cloud 2 was special to us.
Video game music was starting to take flight when Dark Cloud 2 rolled around. There were some beautiful soundtracks for older PlayStation games such as Final Fantasy VIII, but Final Fantasy X really helped propel the video game music industry. Music is such an important part of nostalgia. In fact, nostalgia triggered by music is a very real thing in the world of psychology. Music helps trigger memories, whether they’re good or bad. Listening to the Dark Cloud 2 soundtrack will probably bring you back to the days where you didn’t have a worry in the world.
Composer, Tomohito Nishiura, was the one who worked on the original Dark Cloud soundtrack and came back to do Dark Cloud 2. The Dark Cloud 2 soundtrack itself was so massive that it was split between two different discs. Unfortunately, the soundtrack was only released in Japan and the only way to really enjoy its original glory is to have it imported if you’re outside Japan. You can probably find the soundtrack on YouTube, but it isn’t the same. To make matters worse for Dark Cloud 2 fans wanting music who live outside of Japan, there was an album that was released that included the likes of Yoko Shimomura, The Black Mages, and Kenji Ito.
Some may have found the dungeons in Dark Cloud 2 to be rather difficult, but if you were a kid at the time you probably weren’t too acclimated with how dungeon-crawlers even worked to worry about preparation and strategy for dungeons or even leveling up weapons. Clearing these dungeons would net you a geostone every floor, but what were the geostones even for?
Everyone’s favorite part about Dark Cloud 2 was the georama mode where you could rebuild towns when you’re outside of a dungeon. Collecting geostones allowed you to build everything from houses to trees. It was like having a city-building game in a roleplaying game. It was like a roleplaying game’s version of Sim City, but a little more basic than that. At least you didn’t have to worry about a crippling economy in Dark Cloud 2.
For crafting parts, you would generally get them from treasure chests, shops, or simply grabbing them off of monsters. You could even have attachments to your house such as a crane, a lamp, or a chimney. There were even decorative parts like a shed, barn, or a fence. There was almost no limit to what you could do as far as town-building in Dark Cloud 2 and that’s why it’s still as beloved today as it was before.
Dark Cloud 2 was a favourite for everyone. People spent hundreds of their adolescent hours crawling through dungeons, customising their weapons, building their owns, and even fishing.