We are in the middle of what will likely be the best seven-day period of the year for me in terms of gaming.
It started on Tuesday with the release of the first expansion to the excellent "Spider-Man" game that came out last month. Then today (Friday) is the release of "Red Dead Redemption 2," far and away my most anticipated game of the year. Finally, next Tuesday sees the first big update to "Star Wars Battlefront 2" since they added a new level and character skins based on the "Solo" movie in early summer with the addition of General Grievous to the game. It's the first completely new character the game has received since Finn and Captain Phasma were added last December.
The timing of the "Spider-Man" DLC was great. It gave something awesome to play until "Red Dead" unlocked at 11 p.m. our time on Thursday night. As of this writing, I'm about 75 percent done with it and it's told a great story featuring the anti-hero Black Cat, who's kind of like Spider-Man's version of Catwoman. I'm hoping to finishing it before "Red Dead 2" comes out, because otherwise I don't know when I'll pick it back up despite how fun it's been. Developer Insomniac Games has two more "Spider-Man" expansions coming out, one in November and the final one in December. If the next two can keep the same high standards of the current expansion, they're something to look forward to.
Speaking of looking forward to something, I've been anticipating General Grievous being added to "Battlefront 2" since he was first announced back at E3 in June, but it's timing is pretty terrible.
"Red Dead 2" is going to be a massive game. Early reports were the campaign alone is expected to take about 60 hours and that's not including side quests, hunting, fishing, heist and other things you'll be able to occupy your time with. I'm not sure how much time I'll be spending with the General or "Battlefront 2" the next couple of weeks.
A big part of my weekend though is going to be spent in the Old West getting lost in "Red Dead Redemption 2." Every time a new story or trailer comes out, the better the game sounds.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2," "Marvel's Spider-Man" and "Red Dead Redemption 2." You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID, DustRAG316.