Vote Now for August 2018's TA Playlist Game

By Mark Delaney,
August is typically the last month of the year before the fall and holiday releases come rushing in. That's true again this year, so before we all go head first into games like Forza Horizon 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, join us for the next round of TA Playlist. As always, we've tried to pick games from a variety of genres, eras, and franchises. We've got another foursome to sort out with your help and the poll is open for one week. Get your vote in now!

Halo: Combat Evolved

Playable with Master Chief Collection on Xbox One or Anniversary on Xbox 360


Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a spectacularly remastered version of the original Halo campaign. Bundled with seven of the most popular multiplayer maps in Halo history ready for Xbox LIVE, Halo: Anniversary will include a bounty of new features including cooperative play over Xbox LIVE, Achievements, new challenges, and new fiction to uncover.

Shadows of the Damned

06/09/14 - Easter Egg 1

Shadows of the Damned follows a demon hunter named Garcia Hotspur deep into a re-imagining of hell where he must rescue the love of his life by defeating the armies of darkness with the power of the light. Shadows of the Damned delivers shocking and unique gameplay experiences that include over-the-top action, grandiose boss battles, demented puzzles, grotesque enemies, heart-pounding moments and psychotic imagery.

Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 Monarch update

From Respawn Entertainment, the studio that brought you the award-winning Titanfall, comes Titanfall® 2.
In single player, an aspiring Pilot and a veteran Titan combine forces to save their own lives and combat a powerful enemy against all odds. Multiplayer offers brand new Titans, expanded Pilot abilities, and deeper customization to elevate the fast-paced and exciting gameplay fans expect from the series.



XCOM® 2 is the sequel to the award-winning strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Earth has changed and is now under alien rule. Facing impossible odds you must rebuild XCOM, and ignite a global resistance to reclaim our world and save humanity.
In case it's not clear, if Halo wins, it's only the first game we'll be playing, so don't vote for it unless you're comfortable with the potential of having to put the enormous Master Chief Collection achievement list on your profile. The MCC is due to arrive on Game Pass soon too, though we don't know when just yet. Titanfall 2 is also available in EA Access. The other two games have not yet been featured in such free with subscription programs, though they both regularly receive discounts. The poll closes in one week. See you then with the reveal of our winner!
Which game should the community play for TA Playlist in August 2018?
  • Halo: Combat Evolved (via Master Chief Collection or Anniversary)37.23% (921)
  • Shadows of the Damned21.71% (537)
  • Titanfall 227.2% (673)
  • XCOM 213.86% (343)
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Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He has written for GameSkinny, Gamesradar and the Official Xbox Magazine. He runs the family-oriented gaming site Game Together.