Vote Now for December 2018's TA Playlist Game

By Mark Delaney,
We're now about halfway through November, which means it's time yet again for another TA Playlist voting period. Last year, we set up December to give our community one of four games that were brand new from the holiday season. Lots of you didn't love that idea. We want to keep using December as a year-in-review month, so we've found what we hope is a happy medium between new and old. Below are four games that launched earlier this year, none of them garnering the buzz akin to last year's poll that featured the likes of Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed. We hope you see something you like, and maybe even something that may throw a wrench in your Game of the Year voting by the time you're done with it.

A Way Out

A Way Out

From the creators of Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons comes A Way Out, an exclusively co-op adventure where you play the role of one of two prisoners making their daring escape from prison.
What begins as a thrilling breakout quickly turns into an unpredictable, emotional adventure unlike anything seen or played before.
A Way Out is an experience that must be played with two players. Each player controls one of the main characters, Leo and Vincent, in a reluctant alliance to break out of prison and gain their freedom.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice


From the makers of Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and DmC: Devil May Cry, comes a warrior’s brutal journey into myth and madness.
Set in the Viking age, a broken Celtic warrior embarks on a haunting vision quest into Viking Hell to fight for the soul of her dead lover.
Created in collaboration with neuroscientists and people who experience psychosis, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will pull you deep into Senua’s mind.

NieR: Automata BECOME AS GODS Edition


Invaders from another world attack without warning - unleashing the machine lifeforms. To break the deadlock, a new breed of android infantry is sent into the fray: the YoRHa squad. Highly-acclaimed and award-winning NieR: Automata is a fresh take on the action role-playing game genre that gracefully blends mesmerizing action with a captivating story.



London, 1918. You are newly-turned Vampyr Dr. Jonathan Reid. As a doctor, you must find a cure to save the city’s flu-ravaged citizens. As a Vampyr, you are cursed to feed on those you vowed to heal.
Will you embrace the monster within? Survive and fight against Vampyr hunters, undead skals, and other supernatural creatures. Use your unholy powers to manipulate and delve into the lives of those around you, to decide who will be your next victim. Struggle to live with your decisions… your actions will save or doom London.
It's worth mentioning that Hellblade will enter into Xbox Game Pass on December 17th, and although A Way Out isn't in EA Access yet, that may be something that happens soon based on typical timelines by which EA abides when making such a move. A Way Out also demands co-op play, so don't vote for it if you think you'll not have a partner to play with. It offers both local and online co-op, though, and only one person needs to own the game (although the non-owner can't unlock any of the simple achievements).

All four games are likely to be included in sales very soon, probably during the time this poll is running, so watch out for that too. We'll have the results posted in one week! Until then, come and join us on the farm as we continue to play through Stardew Valley.
Which game should the community play for TA Playlist in December 2018?
  • A Way Out16.69% (299)
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice47.68% (854)
  • NieR: Automata22.05% (395)
  • Vampyr13.57% (243)
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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.