Dark Cloud

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Dark Cloud
Dark Cloud PS2 Game cover.jpg
NTSC-U Boxart
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SCUS 97111
Release date: 05/29/2001
CRCs: A5C05C78
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status:  ?
Mac Status:  ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCES 50295
Release date: 9/21/2001
Windows Status:  ?
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status:  ?
Region NTSC-J:
Serial numbers:
Release date: 12/12/2000
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status:  ?
Mac Status:  ?

Developer(s): Level-5
Genre: RPG
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Link
Game review score: Metacritic: 80

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 285 768MB
24 02 2013 1.1.0 r5576 GSdx 5570 SSE41 [23 02 2013]
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 [24 02 2013]
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 [13 01 2013]
Runs above full speed.
  • C2D 3.2GHz
  • ?
0.9.7 3113 beta GSDX r3063
  • SPU2-X r3117 1.4.0
  • Lilypad r2930 0.1.0
• There is a shaking problem in game, but it can be fixed by choosing blend bff interlace mode in gsdx.

• You need a pretty fast cpu in order to run the game nicely without speedhack since speedhacks don't improve much for the game.

  • Phenom II x4 965 BE @3.9ghz
  • MSI 560 ti Hawk
0.9.9 5117 beta GSDX r5125
  • SPU2-X r5112 2.0.0
  • Lilypad r5112 0.11.0
BIOS: v2.00,

• Interlacing Mode: Bob tff The game is extremely GPU intensive, If having low FPS, try running in native resolution mode, scaling also creates tiling in the GUI and purple haze around GUI objects. DX10 mode fixes some UI problems such as the map and the levels introduction text.

NTSC-U Windows 7 64-Bit
  • Intel i7 2600k @ 3.4Ghz
  • Sapphire R9 290X 4GB
1.2.1 r5873 GSdx 10 (Hardware)0.1.16 r5875
  • SPU2-X r5875
  • Lillypad 0.11.0 r5875
Game works well and is able to run at 60FPS at 1080P with hardware rendering. The purple haze around GUI and other icons is still present. Bios v2.0 was used. Zrooney

Linlogo.png Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • C2D 2.4GHz
  • ?
1736 ZZogl 182 No Target Resolving should be on
  • There is color dithering in menu (triangle button) in city, it's caused by No Target Resolving. But without NTR city persons become ugly.


  • EE CycleRate: Moderate to large speed up, No known side effects
  • INTC Spin Detection Slight speed up
  • Idle Loop Fast Forward: Slight speed up
  • mVU Flag Hack Moderate speed up
  • VU Cycle Stealing: Noticeable speedup.
  • MTVU: Moderate speedup in quad(4)core CPUs.

Known Issues

Item boxes and purple lines

  • Type: Note (not an issue)
  • Affected Game Versions: All
  • Description: Purple lines are displayed around 2d objects
  • Workaround: turn texture filtering to off or half (3d filtering only)

Cannot read memory card

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Major
  • Affected Game Versions: All
  • Description: Sometimes after loading a save state the game will no longer detect a memory card, switching or reloading memory cards does not solve the issue.
  • Workaround: Don't use save states

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Public compatibility forum links