Fall is a bit like Christmas for video game lovers. Over the next few months, several new (and amazing) video games are going to be released. That’s not to say that we won’t see some great ones for the Christmas holiday. To help you sift through all that’s coming your way, we’ve put together a list of the best video games, and when they’re being released.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (October 12)
This is a big moment for Call of Duty. For the first time, the series is skipping the time-honored story-driven campaign mode in favor of a more dedicated focus on online play. Competitive modes are back. Cooperative zombie survival modes are back. New solo missions teach you how each multiplayer “specialist works.” In addition to this, Call of Duty is “Blackout”. Meaning it’s a new way to play inspired by the success of games like Fortnite and PUBG.
Darksiders 3 (November 27)
Stepping into the shoes of one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse is always a blast, and taking control of Fury in Darksiders 3 looks like it’s going to be one hell of a good time. This is the third installment of the Darksiders game, and it takes place right alongside the first two games. But this time, from the perspective of Fury – the sister of riders War and Death. In this version, she’s come to Earth in order to defeat the seven deadly sins.
Reigns: Game of Thrones (October 18)
You might be familiar with Reigns – a game in which you rule over a kingdom by swiping left or right on a series of cards that pop up to present you with scenes, key decisions and a variety of characters. Reigns has now teamed up with the popular HBO series – Game of Thrones. This gives you the control of the Iron Throne as it was at the end of Season 7. But there’s a twist. You choose which familiar face rules Westeros. Can Danaerys actually bring peace and prosperity back to the land? Whatever happens, this game looks like it will be a lot of fun.
Hitman 2 (November 13)
Not many games can get away with it, but Hitman 2’s promise of “more of a good thing” is absolutely welcome. Coverage of IO Interactive’s 2016 return to the series was largely defined by the game’s episodic release format, but the game’s collection of murder playgrounds rank easily among the series best. Now we have Hitman 2 coming with remastered versions of every map from the 2016 game plus a whole mess of new stuff. Specifically, six new missions, each one in their own new location. There are also some new tools to play with, including Agent 47’s briefcase (to conceal larger weapons), as well as a brand new cooperative mode where players need to snipe targets in a set amount of time.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (October 5)
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is dipping further back in time than any Assassin’s game has before – sending players back to Greece during the Peloponnesian War in 431 BCE. You can play as either Kassandra or Alexios, descendants of warrior King Leonidas himself, and you’ll be exploring the many terrains and islands of ancient Greece. Odyssey pushes the series in some new, fresh directions with its expanded RPG elements, freer combat, and large-scale battles. But it also highlights some of the best of what the series has to offer: assassinations, deep (semi-fictional) dives into history and even the triumphant return of naval battles.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (December 7)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is going to be the biggest Smash game yet. With every character who’s ever been playable in the last four Smash games plus a handful of other new (and yet-to-be-revealed characters), over 100 stages and tons of new items and trophies, Ultimate is looking like a monstrous entry in one of the most beloved fighting game series of all time. Super Smash Bros. games are not just great fighting games. No, they are some of the best, most fun multiplayer games ever made with their approachable mechanics and a colorful roster of familiar characters.