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Listed: The 5 bleakest game worlds this generation

Miserablists unite!

Remember when playing a video game meant collecting coins, squashing cute monsters and rescuing hapless royalty? We do, vaguely. It's but a distant memory though, obscured by (mostly brown) visions of blight and destitution.

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It's true that misery is at the heart of many modern video games. War, apocalypse, dystopias, angry robots and nuclear fallout tends to dominate the landscape. Many serve to prop up a heroic narrative in which you, the hero, prevail against the odds. Many bring to life a way of seeing the world we (hopefully) will never see ourselves.

Still, some games can be a real drag sometimes. That's perfectly fine though, because if they weren't capable of instilling a sense of dread occasionally they'd be failures. To celebrate everything convincingly miserable in games, we've put together a short list of this generation's bleakest game worlds.

When you've checked out our list, let us know what your picks are.

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