There's no doubt in our minds that October was one of 2018's strongest months for gaming. Stuffed with critically acclaimed blockbusters as well as highly rated smaller titles, it was a period that had just about everything. Of course, this made deciding on our Game of the Month that much harder. Before we continue yapping in order to fill out this opening paragraph, let's just go ahead and take a look at the best PlayStation 4 titles of October 2018.
Bronze Trophy: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
"The best Call of Duty of this generation," reads a bold opening statement from reviewer Liam Croft. "There will always be those that lament it for the lack of a single player campaign, but what Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 does for its multiplayer experience is nothing less than phenomenal," Liam concludes in our 9/10 review. One of the best multiplayer games money can buy, Black Ops 4's decision to stick to its guns has clearly paid off.
Silver Trophy: Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Although it's much more of an action role-playing game than a traditional Assassin's Creed game, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is still arguably the most impressive title in the series. Boasting a truly colossal open world that's absolutely stuffed with things to see, we called Ubisoft's latest a "masterclass in open world design". The conclusion of our 8/10 review reads: "With a gameplay loop that simply never stops giving, Ubisoft's recreation of ancient Greece is an amazing achievement, and in some ways, a genuine step forward for open world game design."
Gold Trophy: Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
PlayStation fans have had to wait for Hollow Knight to hop onto PS4, but their patience has been rewarded with a remarkable little action platformer. "Offering a plethora of collectibles and content to explore as well as unrelenting confrontations, the game delivers a sensational, mysterious journey which will undoubtedly test your platforming skills," wrote reviewer Annette Magaña, awarding this super slick adventure a 9/10.
Platinum Trophy: Red Dead Redemption 2
And there it is. An utterly incredible prequel, Red Dead Redemption 2 is Rockstar's best ever game. We called it "gripping from start to finish" in our 10/10 review, praising its absurdly detailed open world, memorable characters, fantastic writing, glorious soundtrack, and top notch story missions. In the end, this tale of the Van der Linde gang made off like a bandit with our Game of the Month votes.
"It's an immaculately polished release that pulls no punches in its delivery, pushing both brutally mature themes and perfectly placed satire," we wrote, concluding that "Red Dead Redemption 2 is a modern masterpiece." Maybe we should be talking Game of the Year rather than Game of the Month.
What was your Game of the Month for October 2018? Vote of your favourite in our poll, and then tell us all about it in the comments section below.
What was your PS4 Game of the Month for October 2018? (82 votes)
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2
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How we decide our Game of the Month: At the end of each month, the editorial team put together a list of nominees. Nominees must have been released within the month, and they must have been reviewed by Push Square. We select nominees based on our own review scores.
The editorial team then presents this list of nominees to the rest of the Push Square staff. Staff are asked to vote for three games that they think deserve to be crowned Game of the Month. First choice gets 3 points, second choice gets 2 points, and third choice gets 1 point. When voting closes, we tally the results to determine the order of this article. The game with the most points is our Game of the Month.