Here are the seven titles we're looking forward to most:

The season of highly anticipated video games is upon us, and fall is shaping up to once again be a busy, busy season for great gaming. Here are the seven titles I’m looking forward to most:

“Call of Duty Black Ops 4”
Oct. 12, PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Rated Mature; $59.99
This fourth installment has no single-player story mode, but it is taking “inspiration” from “Fortnite” and adding in a battle royale mode with at least 80 simultaneous players. Early reports are good, but can it beat the “Fortnite” behemoth? Well, it does have zombies, so maybe!

“Starlink: Battle for Atlas”
Oct. 16, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Rated Everyone; $74.99 for Starter Pack
Remember “Skylanders”? “Starlink” is the spaceship version of that hit toys-to-life game from a few years ago. Players explore space and fight foes with their custom starships, which exist both in the game and in real life. Swap out a part on your toy ship for a different one, and the ship in the game changes, too. Buy new parts for the toy, get them in the game. The ships look cool, some kids (and kids at heart) will love it, but we still have to see if the game part is actually fun.

“Red Dead Redemption 2”
Oct. 26, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Rated Mature; $59.99
Rockstar doesn’t make many games, but when it does they’re huge events. Its previous title, “Grand Theft Auto V,” came out in 2013 and is one of the most profitable games of all time. This year it returns to the Wild West with a prequel to 2010’s terrific “Red Dead Redemption.” There’s every reason to expect this will be great, even though we still don’t know a ton of details about the story or the online mode.

“Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game”
Oct. 30, PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Rated Mature; $59.99
The perfect Halloween thrill ride, “Call of Cthulhu” is based on the cosmic horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. The tabletop version of this game is a masterpiece and has inspired countless other games and movies. Not for the faint of heart, but hopefully horrific in all the right ways.

“Hitman 2”
Nov. 13, PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Rated Mature; $59.99
2016’s “Hitman” was a surprise reimagining of a tired video game franchise. Putting aside most of the trappings of story and narrative, the sequel is all about finding creative ways to kill your target. It requires a macabre sense of humor to enjoy, but the real fun comes from the intricate challenges and seemingly endless options in each scenario.

“Fallout 76”
Nov. 14, PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Rated Mature; $59.99
Bethesda Softworks’ “Fallout” series is beloved for its epic stories and sweeping open worlds. “Fallout 76” is not another game like that. It’s a multiplayer survival game, where story is likely to be scant unless it involves your interactions with other players online. It’s an exciting new twist for the franchise, inspired by survival games like “DayZ” and “State of Decay,” and hopefully it will be more accessible and less unforgiving than those games.

“Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!” and “Let’s Go, Eevee!”
Nov. 16, Nintendo Switch
Rated Everyone; $59.99
At last, a new “Pokémon” game, and one that takes full advantage of the power and portability of the Nintendo Switch. This new title remasters and expands on the classic “Pokémon Yellow” from way back in 1998, and includes integration with the “Pokémon Go” mobile game. It’s bound to be a blockbuster, and the perfect excuse to get yourself a Switch if you don’t have one already.

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