This October is without a doubt, the biggest month of the year for gaming (sorry November). Not only do we have a new Forza Horizon, Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty, but we’re also just days away from Red Dead Redemption’s long-awaited sequel. That’s not all! There’s a spiritual successor to NBA Jam, the new SoulCalibur and immersive horror game The Call of Cthulu. You better cash in those sick days.
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Forza Horizon 4 – PC, XB1– Available Now
It’s Britain like you’ve never seen it. Race, stunt and drift your way through dry, wet, muddy, snowy, and icy conditions. Experience dynamic seasons in a shared open world. Explore beautiful scenery. Collect over 450 unique cars. All on your way to becoming a Horizon Superstar.
Every week, a new season change brings new themed content, gameplay, challenges, and rewards. Go it alone or team up with other players. Join multiplayer for casual fun or ranked play, taking on the best in the world. It’s a fully synchronised world, meaning when the time of day, weather and seasons change, everyone playing the game experiences it at the same time.
We’ve played Forza Horizon 4 and loved it. Xbox also took us on a tour of Sydney while driving several of the game’s luxury vehicles, including a Rolls Royce Phantom and Bentley Continental V8. You can read about that experience right here.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – PC, PS4, XB1 – Available Now
Embark on an epic journey from outcast mercenary to legendary Greek hero, uncovering the truth about your past. Forge your path through a war-torn world shaped by gods and men, where mountains and sea collide. Meet Ancient Greek legendary figures like Medusa and the Minotaur and interact with a pivotal point in history that shaped western civilisation.
Charge into epic clashes between Sparta and Athens pitting 150 vs 150 soldiers against each other. Find uncharted locations, uncover hidden treasures or cleave your way through entire fleets in naval battles. Your decisions shape the world around you with over 30 hours of dialogue and multiple game endings. Experience a living, dynamic world that continually evolves and reacts to your every decision.
Reviews for Odyssey are calling it the best Assassin’s Creed game to date.
Super Mario Party – Switch – Available Now
The Mario Party series lands on Switch with super-charged fun for all ages. The board game style has been kicked up a notch with deeper strategic elements and 80 new fast and skill-based mini-games to play.
Gameplay goes back to the four-player basics of previous games as you take turns and race across the board searching for Stars. You can also pair up two Nintendo Switch systems for dynamic play styles such as the tabletop mode Toad’s Rec Room. With new modes and new mini-games coupled with original board game play, the party starts anywhere, anytime, for all kinds of players.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – PC, PS4, XB1 – Available Now
Black Ops 4 has no single player campaign. Thankfully, multiplayer has been beefed up to offer more content and diversity than ever before. The traditional multiplayer features gritty, grounded, fluid combat, with each playable specialists offering their own abilities and play styles.
Zombies offers three full undead adventures at launch. IX, Voyage of Despair, and Blood of the Dead. Each is an exciting new adventure with a new cast of characters.
In Blackout, the Black Ops universe comes to life in one massive battle royale experience featuring the largest map in Call of Duty history. Combat, characters, locations and weapons come from the entire Black Ops series. The all-out survival and elimination experience features plenty of weapons, equipment and vehicles. We’re talking land, sea, air and RC-Xds. There are even Zombies, hidden items and the mystery box to find.
Man of Many’s full Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review will go live in a few days.
NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 – PC, PS4, XB1, Switch – Available Now
NBA arcade action is back. The sequel to the original smash hit takes street balling to the next level with a massive roster of current and retired NBA players, improved online matchmaking with dedicated servers, four-player online matches, three-point contests, new playgrounds, custom matches, and more! Pick your team, get ready to jam, and Ball Without Limits!
Collect over 400 NBA players, from all-time greats Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, & Dr. J, to current stars Karl-Anthony Towns, Jayson Tatum, & Ben Simmons. Featuring new player models and signature player animations.
Flash your moves around the world on 10 all-new playground courts. Hit jumpers beachside in the California sun, prove your game under the bright lights of Seoul, or head down under and ball in the Australian outback. NBA 2K Playgrounds is the perfect game for fans of the classic NBA Jam series.
SoulCalibur VI – PC, PS4, XB1 – Available Now
Sharpen your swords, put on your armour and get ready to fight. The legendary weapon-based arcade fighting game returns to its roots with impressive graphics and a roster of returning characters and newcomers. Including The Witcher’s Geralt of Rivia. Revamped gameplay mechanics and enhanced cinematics make for intense showdowns.
Travel through the signature 16th-century stages and experience the struggle for the two legendary swords in two separate story modes. SoulCalibur has never been more dynamic or dramatic.
Red Dead Redemption 2 – PS4, XB1 – 26th October
America, 1899. It’s the end of the wild west. Lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender are killed. After a robbery goes wrong in the town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America to survive.
As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must choose between his ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him. From the creators of Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America at the dawn of the modern age.
Call of Cthulhu – PC, PS4, XB1 – 30th October
Uncover a chilling mystery while descending deep into a world of creeping madness, and shrouded Old Gods within Lovecraft’s iconic universe.
1924. Private Investigator Edward Pierce is sent to investigate the tragic death of the Hawkins family in their imposing mansion on the isolated Darkwater Island, off the shores of Boston. Between unfriendly locals and dubious police reports, it becomes clear there’s more to the case than meets the eye. Soon enough, Pierce is plunged into a terrifying world of conspiracies, cultists, and cosmic horrors.
Your mind will suffer – balancing a razor-thin line between sanity and madness; your senses will be disrupted until you question the reality of everything around you. Trust no one. Creeping shadows hide lurking figures… and all the while, the Great Dreamer prepares for his awakening.