October has landed. Along with falling leaves, jack-0-lanterns and the first hint of cooler weather, this month brings with it a whole slew of upcoming video games on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch.
Out of this great big list, I’ve pulled seven to keep an even closer eye on. Obviously, there are many more which you should check out and read up on, watch gameplay videos of and so forth, but these are my top 7 picks for October.
#7 Super Mario Party (Nintendo Switch)
Super Mario Party games can be great fun with the right people, but this makes #7 because they can also be major letdowns. We’ll know on October 5th when the game comes out on the Nintendo Switch. It’s the first Mario Party game on Nintendo’s hybrid portable/home console, following the Wii U’s lackluster release a few years ago.
#6 Astro Bot Rescue Mission (PSVR)
This is the surprise VR dark horse candidate of the year, and maybe of all-time, and it’s out today. While I haven’t gotten my PSVR out to play this yet, I have read the reviews with some astonishment. The virtual reality platformer is currently tied for the best-reviewed PSVR game of all time, and one of the best-reviewed virtual reality games ever on any platform. It looks, well, incredibly charming:
I’m not a huge VR fan—I still think the tech has a long ways to go, and keeping my PSVR out by the other consoles is just too much cable-management for my taste—but I’ll definitely be unboxing my headset for this one.
#5 Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox One / PC)
Pretty much every Forza Horizon game is a racing masterpiece, and Forza Horizon 4 is turning out to be no exception. The game is the second-highest reviewed game of 2018, a year in which we’ve had some seriously amazing video games with incredible aggregate review scores. Only God of War is out-scoring this Xbox One/PC exclusive. It launches today as well.
#4 Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Switch, PS4, Xbox One)
Toys-to-life was larger-than-life just a couple years ago, but the genre has fallen out of favor with gamers. Games like LEGO: Dimensions and Disney: Infinity have shut down, and Skylanders is more of a Netflix TV show than a game these days. Ubisoft looks to change this with Starlink: Battle for Atlas, a spaceship toys-to-life game that looks really unique. It comes out on October 16th.
#3 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Already the fourth-best reviewed Assassin’s Creed game just days before its October 5th release, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the first game in the series with branching endings based on player choices. It’s an RPG set in a mythical Greece that upends much of what we know about the series. You can read our own Paul Tassi’s review of the game here.
#2 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Yeah, so I’m a Call Of Duty fan and it shows, ranking this game so high up on the list. What can I say? My twin video gaming loves are RPGs and action games, and first-person shooters are some of my favorite action games. Black Ops 4 sadly ditches its solo campaign, but it adds in extra Zombies content and an excellent battle royale mode called Blackout. I can’t help but be hyped for this game. It comes out in just over a week on October 12th.
#1 Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
October’s juggernaut doesn’t gallop onto PS4 and Xbox One until the 26th, but it’ll be coming round the mountain when it comes. Red Dead Redemption 2, the long-awaited sequel to Rockstar’s epic open-world Western, looks gorgeous and sounds like the game to beat in 2018. An online mode similar to GTA Online will roll out the following month. If riding the ranges as a cowboy bandit through one of the most breathtaking open worlds ever made is your bag, it looks like you’re in for a treat.
That’s all folks! I have no idea how any of us are supposed to keep up with all these, especially since November is sure to dump another giant list of games on our collective laps, but I suppose we’ll just do our best. Which games are you most looking forward to? Let me know on on Twitter or Facebook.