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Ravenfield fascinates me. The Battlefield-inspired large-scale FPS just launched on Steam and rocketed to the top of the sales charts. Its reviews are over 90 per cent positive. I've played it, however, and it's barely functional in some places. Why is it getting a free pass from the Steam quality control mafia?

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If you were hoping for something dramatically different from Bungie's much ballyhooed Destiny sequel, I regret to inform you that Destiny 2 is still Destiny. If you really like Destiny, of course, that's not such terrible news.

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My favourite moment in Dead Cells so far came right after I won my first boss fight. I gained the ability to make climbable vines sprout from certain surfaces, allowing me to access areas I hadn't previously been able to. Classic Metroidvania stuff, right? The twist: Dead Cells' levels, unlike those of a Castlevania or Metroid, aren't permanent. But my new ability was.

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The first Dragon Quest Heroes was a a satisfying combination of Dragon Quest characters and creatures with Dynasty Warriors-style battles and structure. With an overworld to traverse filled with random encounters and hidden treasures, Dragon Quest Heroes 2 feels a lot more like... well, Dragon Quest.

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The movie Office Space struck a chord with just about everyone working in a cubicle environment in the late '90s, nailing the ridiculous of the everyday grind. Office Space: Idle Profits, out now for iOS and Android from Kongregate, nails the grind in a different sort of way.

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Last year Bandai Namco gave us Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, a Persona-flavoured RPG that let players decide how much time they wanted to dedicate to breeding the perfect Digimon. Released this week, Digimon World: Next Order throws players into the deep end within the first 20 minutes.

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The latest game based on Japan's popular trapped-in-an-MMO light novel series is a free-to-play mobile game in which players collect and upgrade characters as they advance through the story of Sword Art Online anime. It's formulaic, but it works quite well.

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The first thing you notice about the Switch, Nintendo's sleek new portable console, is how small the controllers are. Each JoyCon (lol) is roughly 10cm, or about the size of a Kotaku news editor's palm. Compared to, say, the Wiimote, they're downright tiny.

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If you were worried that Nintendo's move into mobile gaming would change the quality of their games, Super Mario Run should be a relief. Auto-running and screen orientation aside, it's a full-featured Mario game that just happens to run on your phone.

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Mean Streets of Gadgetzan came out last Thursday and I've been playing around with it for a few days trying to tease out some of its secrets. While it's chaos in the world of Blizzard's collectible card game at the moment, the distinct style and mood of the latest expansion has me enjoying this brief period of disarray.