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5 games you should absolutely be playing in October

A field manual on how to kill time while you wait for Red Dead Redemption 2 to come out.

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Let’s be honest, you and I will spend most of the October craving, longing, yearning for Red Dead Redemption 2. If you don’t happen to have a cryo chamber handy to freeze yourself in, you’ll at least have some other games to play while waiting for its release.

Check out five of the games you should absolutely be playing in October below.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Release date: October 5 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4

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Critics are quite happy with how the new Assassin’s Creed turned out. It looks like people didn’t expect anything extraordinary from a game that’s released just a year after Assassin’s Creed: Origins, borrowing its pretty engine and XP-based progression system. “It goes full RPG,” says one review. “It really gets better after the first 15 hours,” says another. Oh, and you can choose between male and female character, so that’s sort of RPG too, right?

But there’s also some tedious side-quest grind that comes with the RPG elements. The game does have choice and consequences, but to push the main story forward, you’ll need to level up which means hello side-missions.

Yes, you can also climb ancient people’s dicks. The naval warfare from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is back and is supposedly fun. But do you really need to spend another 50 hours of your life on an Assassin’s Creed game? Do you? Do you really?

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Release date: October 12 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC

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The year is 2018 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the first ever Call of Duty to release without a Single-Player campaign, but with a Battle Royale mode instead. Those who have seen it in action go as far as calling it “a super-polished PUBG.” The map will be so big, the developers were able to put some other maps inside, including fan-favorites like Nuketown, Array and Estate.

It’s also the first Call of Duty to feature transport in multiplayer: boats, trucks, ATVs, even helicopters (you can jump out the helicopter, glide down in a wing-suit and be permanently killed by a 12-year-old – fun, right?), though the vehicles will be limited to the Blackout mode only.

And yes, while Battle Royale is the main star of the show, there will be a zombie mode and a classic multiplayer to justify that $60 investment.

Spider-Man: The Heist

Release date: October 23 for PlayStation 4

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Marvel’s Spider-Man’s first story DLC, The Heist, will focus on Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat. We haven’t seen her in the original game, even though she left numerous challenges to solve, sort of like Riddler in the Batman Arkham series.

We don’t know for sure what’s her role in The Heist, but it doesn’t take a genius to guess: she will be robbing places. The DLC will also add new missions and challenges, a new enemy faction and three additional Spider-Man suits, each with special powers. Not bad for ten bucks, right?

To make sure you’d buy the next two DLCs, Insomniac will continue the story arc in episode 2 “Turf Wars” and episode 3 “Silver Lining” coming in November and December respectively. You can get the whole bundle for $24.99 too. And If you still haven’t picked up Spider-Man, now is a good time.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

Release date: October 23 (PC) with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 following (no release date as of yet)

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What used to be a story mode for Gwent is now a standalone game.

Remember how CD Projekt RED promised that you would be able to control a tiny Geralt on a 2D mini-map, move between locations and take side-quests? Well, the 10-hour Geralt campaign has been scrapped in favor of a new story with a new character – Meve, a “war-veteran queen” who embarks “on a dark journey of destruction and revenge.” The whole thing became so ambitious, CD Projekt RED had to postpone it twice and end up announcing it as a separate, 30-hour 30-dollar game.

Keep in mind: it is still, by and large, a Gwent card game. You battle your opponents in story events, side quests, and random encounters by playing your deck, Hearthstone-style. The rules are quite different from the online version, which means the cards won’t be transferable. This allowed CD Project to make each encounter unique – with special cards, one-off rules, and other fun inclusions. You can watch CD Projekt team members playing Thronebreaker for 1.5 hours here:

Red Dead Redemption 2

Release date: October 25 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4

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Judging by the latest gameplay video, Red Dead Redemption 2 will officially have everything, so you won’t have to play any other video games in your life. That includes fishing, obesity, robberies, cinematic camera, dancing with women, eating, first-person mode, camping, weapon crafting and customization, melee combat, bathing, bullet time and some seriously breathtaking nature.

This is Rockstar Games we’re talking about, so expect to lose yourself in the game world for months, herding cattle, skinning animals, fishing, and just plainly staring at the beautiful vistas with your eyes full of tears.

And with Red Dead Online dropping sometime after launch, it might take you potentially years to really get over it.

But will this matter when the game with gloriously rendered horse testicles finally finds its way to your home console? Will any of this matter?

What games are you most excited for in October? Let us know in the comments.

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