Best Xbox One Games to Have on Your Radar in October 2018
Forza Horizon 4
When it comes to racing games, there’s not a whole lot of worthy competition for the Forza series. Whether you’re looking for Motorsport’s simulation racing, or Horizon’s open world arcade-style handling, both offer an unparalleled level of detail and excellent car handling. And that’s ultimately the most important part, right?
When it comes to Forza Horizon 4, developer Playground Games opted to bring the Horizon festival to the United Kingdom. This isn’t a complete recreation of the real-world country, but instead takes some of its best bits. For example, you’ll spend most of your time speeding around lush scenic views in the Lake District, before nipping up to the beautiful city of Edinburgh to the north.
Forza Horizon 4 pushes the series closer towards its shared world ambition, with racers all inhabiting the same dynamic world at all times. You can still enjoy everything on your own if you wish, but you’ll essentially always have the option to play with other Forza fans.
With a seemingly never-ending list of events and side activities to do, an extensive roster of cars, and post-launch content constantly giving you something to work towards, Forza Horizon 4 is the definitive racing game of 2018 without a doubt.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
After 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, it’s safe to say that the series would never quite be the same again. After a much-needed year off its annual release cycle, Assassin’s Creed came back last year with a fresh RPG-like feel. Players could now level up their character, earn loot, upgrade gear, embark on countless quests, and learn abilities. A fresh lick of paint and a freshening up of the combat and traversal systems led to Assassin’s Creed Origins being a welcome turning point for the series.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is very much in the same vein as Origins, but instead takes players all the way back to Ancient Greece. Embroiled in the Peloponnesian War between the Athenians and Spartans, players will complete war contracts, fight off against all manner of mythical creatures, and even set sail on the seas.
If Assassin’s Creed Origins reignited your interest in Ubisoft’s long-running series, you’ll more than likely find a heck of a lot to enjoy in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. It’s a pretty huge game, after all.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Call of Duty has always provided a single-player campaign for players to sink their teeth into. It may not have had quite as much of a buzz around it as the multiplayer modes, but it was still loved all the same. Roll up Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, then. The first Call of Duty title to cut the single-player mode in favor of a trio of multiplayer offerings. Fortunately, thanks to how diverse these are in nature, there should be at least something that resonates with all fans of the series.
For those who still can’t get enough of the classic Call of Duty multiplayer action, you’ll find a mode reworked for that Black Ops 4 feel. That includes forcing you to manually heal up, a number of new scorestreaks, and some new maps, too.
Then you’ve got the Zombies mode. Black Ops 4 introduces a fresh set of characters, and sends them on an epic adventure back in time to find Scarlett’s father (she’s one of the new characters, by the way). Of course, this is zombies mode, so all of your jaunts into the past will be teeming with the bloodthirsty undead. Currently, we know we’ll be fighting off zombies in an ancient coliseum, and on the Titanic back in 1912, too. Exactly where else Treyarch will take us further down the line remains to be seen, but it’s certainly a promising start.
And finally, because it’s 2018 and of course it does, Black Ops 4 has a battle royale mode in the form of Blackout. For those wanting the military battle royale experience with the fast-paced action that Call of Duty is so famous for, this could finally be the iteration on the genre you’ve been waiting for. Complete with little Easter egg references to past games in the series, vehicles, and the Zombies mode’s Mystery Box, Blackout looks like some solid competition to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.