Toan is on a journey, seeking rebirth and renewed hope. He seeks also the evil spirit that has been rampaging through the countryside and enslaving innocent townsfolk. Toan is the hero in Dark Cloud, one of the first role-playing titles released for the PlayStation 2. Dark Cloud features puzzles to solve, NPCs to query, enemies to battle, and even a 'lock-on' targeting system similar to the one introduced in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In addition to several other gameplay conventions common in contemporary RPGs, Dark Cloud features an intricate plot told through over 60 minutes of cut-scenes and an expansive, highly interactive game world.