Well, here we are. The peak of video game releases. Hello and welcome to another ranking on another set of games in another month. The month in question? October. The ranking? My top five anticipated games of the month. The games? Well, we have to get through the rules first.
The game has to be released on at least one of the major systems (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch). The game has to be new, so no remasters or re-releases onto new systems. One thing I do count is a game either entering or exiting early access, but that game can only be counted once. If a game does have multiple release dates like Destiny 2 or GTA 5, then I will only count the earliest release date. The exception to that is if the game has a pre-order bonus of entering the game early, in which I will count its normal release date. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, let's look at my top picks for October.
5. Jackbox Party Pack 5
Jackbox Party Pack 5 by Jackbox Games is yet another set of party games. For those who don’t know, Jackbox games work by you linking your phone to the game and playing the game from your phone. The games that come packaged in these party packs are, well, party games that you play with friends. I put this one on the list because I love the previous Jackbox games. They are easy to pick up even for non-video game players and they are so much fun to play. I have great memories playing the various games from Party Packs 3 and 4, so I can’t wait to jump into five and see what it has to offer. Jackbox Party Pack 5 is coming out for all platforms on the 18th.
4. Call of Duty Black Ops 4
Treyarch’s take on the Call of Duty franchise is happening this year, so what have we got in store and why is it on this list. The only thing I am anticipating out of Call of Duty this year is its battle royale mode. It has already proven to be a solid mode that could possibly stand up against the battle royale giants. I don’t really care about the rest of it, which is why it is ranked here at number four. Black Ops 4 is coming out for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on the 12th.
3. Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4, the newest in the Horizon series by Playground Games, has you racing around in an open world UK setting with a heavy emphasis on the four seasons. The Horizon series is the one racing series I really want to play but I haven’t got around to playing it. But this game may be one I play. Its open world and its seasons look fantastic, the game is filled to the brim with things to do, and I like the sounds of how they are handling its multiplayer. The only racing game I have really played through-and-through is NFS: Most Wanted (2012), so I believe I am long overdue for a good open world racing game. Forza Horizon 4 is coming out for Xbox One and PC on the 2nd.
2. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Ubisoft Quebec brings the Assassin’s Creed series even farther back into history, as you play as a mercenary in ancient Greek times. It’s hard for me to say how anticipated I am for the game considering I haven’t played Origins (I’m getting there). Since the game is so much like its previous one which was an overhaul of AC, I can’t say from what I have experienced so far how much I will like this game. Still, I do like its heavier emphasis on RPG systems as well as its Greek setting. The one thing I don’t look forward to is doing Spartan Kicks like in 300 to the point of annoy… shit I’m too late. AC Odyssey is out on the 5th for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead 2 by Rockstar Games is the prequel to its previous game that follows Arthur Morgan on his journey with the Dutch Van der Linde gang. Despite making number one, I have some concerns about the game, mainly in its management aspects. Still, I trust that they won’t be too obtrusive into your experience. I am currently playing through the first game for the first time, and a new, updated cowboy adventure by Rockstar sounds pretty great to me. Now if only this game (and the last) could release on PC. Red Dead Redemption 2 will be out on PS4 and Xbox One on the 26th.
Bonus: extra games.
Why limit the list to five upcoming games when there are more to be talked about. Here are some more games releasing this month that didn’t quite make the cut.
Call of Cthulhu, Fist of the North Star, Lego DC Villains, Mega Man 11, Party Crashers, Sinner Sacrifice for Redemption, Starlink Battle for Atlas, Super Mario Party, and The Occupation.
That is going to wrap up the list. Thank you all for reading and see you next month for November’s list.