Chances are that if you’ve been a fan of JRPGs since the PlayStation 2 era of consoles, you’re probably familiar with a classic series known as Dark Cloud. Developed by Level-5, the studio that’s brought us both Ni No Kuni games and the Professor Layton franchise, Dark Cloud was made possible through funding from Sony Computer Entertainment. The publisher remains the co-owner of the brand today and is the sole gatekeeper the series needs approval from in order to get another sequel.
With both Dark Cloud and Dark Cloud 2 returning to this generation of PlayStation hardware through PlayStation 2 emulation (and were two of the first to do so), it’s not hard to see why these classics keep popping up in conversation as of late. With many PlayStation 2 emulation games making the jump to PlayStation 4 purely from fan demand, people clearly want more Dark Cloud in their lives.
If you didn’t jump on the bandwagon back when the games initially released or simply have no idea what all the hype is about, we’ve got you covered. The following is a list of five features that Dark Cloud fans frequently say they love about the series. Though some aspects of the games don’t hold up today, its music, presentation, design, story, and gameplay are all things newcomers to the series shouldn’t miss out on.