WHEN my Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII disc arrived though the post this morning, any thoughts I had of jumping on with my friends later that day were soon quashed.

On putting the disc into my Xbox One X, I winced to see that I required a 50 gig day one update before I could even jump into multiplayer. The disc itself had the tiniest slither of information on it, acting as little more than a proof of purchase key.

As a gamer, it’s pretty frustrating to get hold of a brand new game and have to twiddle your thumbs before you can start getting your money’s worth. With my state of the art internet (state of the art in 1907, that is), it will take me the best part of 20 hours to be ready.

But I suppose it’s the price we have to pay if we want these eye-pleasing graphics, sweeping open worlds to explore and intricate soundtracks. The games use up a lot of memory for a reason.

There is a certain irony though to the fact the internet exploded with rage when Microsoft revealed plans to make the Xbox One digital only in 2013, with no disc tray, before backtracking in face of massive criticism.

Now we are pretty much where Microsoft envisaged all consoles would be. A CD with less than 200mb of a date and a 50g download is a digital future in all but name.

I will let you know if Black Ops IIII is any good next week – if my internet has downloaded the patch by then.

IT may even be time to upgrade my internet as October has other blockbusters than Black Ops IIII up its sleeve.

And there will be none bigger than Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar’s epic Western and almost-certainly the best-selling game of 2018.

Rockstar Games, the outfit behind the phenomenon that is the Grand Theft Auto series, are renowned for their world-building and their attention to detail in bringing those worlds to life.

In GTA, pedestrians would shout at you if you bumped into them, or the radio DJ’s would make some satirical comment that made the arena you play in feel more alive. More believable. In GTA San Andreas, your character would get fat if he ate too many burgers.

Expect nothing less when Red Dead Redemption is released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26, especially after gaming website Kokatu broke the news that even the horse testicles in the game shrink or expand depending on the game world’s current temperature.

While part of my brain questions why they would make the effort to do this (after all, who will be looking?), the other part realises if Rockstar are going to pay attention to details like this, then the world of RDR2 is likely to be more accurate and lifelike than anything we’ve seen before.

OVERWATCH’S Halloween Terror event is underway, giving fans a chance to grab various limited-time character skins, emotes and voice lines.

The event runs until October 31, which to my mind is when a Halloween event should start rather than finish, but what do I know?

Either way, I’ll be grinding out games of Overwatch for the next few weeks. Firstly because I enjoy it. But secondly because I want to get my hands on the Jack O’Lantern legendary skin for Wrecking Ball.

CULT CLASSIC TowerFall came out on Nintendo Switch the other week and I think it may have found its perfect home.

I played the game, which blends platforming with fast-paced archery in a delightful retro graphics setting, on PlayStation 4 a few years ago and it was a blast. But with the Switch version including the Dark World and Ascension expansions, now is the perfect time to jump back in.

Plus the Switch and its various controllers and joy cons lends itself to couch multiplayer and co-op modes, which is where the game really shines.

 

 

 

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