TA Playlist game for April 2023 announced

By The TA Playlist Team,

We’ve spent March jumping, dashing, and wall-climbing through the enchanted woods in Ori and the Blind Forest, but now that the month is drawing to a close, it’s time to announce the winner of the April TA Playlist poll.

We’ve had a few high-profile retro games release over the last year or so… games that saw their original releases back in the days before Xbox was even a gleam in Microsoft’s eye but have been remade, remastered, or re-imagined, brought back to life decades later, released on Xbox Game Pass. With four strong contenders available, we decided a little Retro Revenge was in order.

Based on the comments, it looked like a lot of the support was going to Doom 1993, but the votes were telling a different story. Like a covert spy infiltrating an enemy stronghold, one game snuck out to take the lead, and left the other nominees behind like so many nameless henchmen. With nearly 43% of the total vote, the TA Playlist game for April 2023 is GoldenEye 007.

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Originally developed by Rare and released back in 1997 for the Nintendo 64, GoldenEye 007 elevated the first-person shooter to the next level, with its realistic (for the time) graphics and four-player split-screen multiplayer action. GoldenEye has been refreshed and brought to our screens once more by Code Mystics, releasing on Xbox Game Pass at the end of January 2023.

GoldenEye 007 is based on the film of almost the same name, and you rather predictably play as 007 himself, James Bond. You must fight your way through numerous guards and complete an array of objectives in order to prevent a global criminal syndicate from launching the GoldenEye Satellite.

GoldenEye 007 currently sits at a rating of 4.18 out of 5.00 on TA, having been started by over 93,000 tracked gamers. Fewer than 2200 gamers have unlocked all 55 of the game’s achievements, thanks to some tricky difficulty achievements, but the completion is estimated to take 15-20 hours if you can overcome the challenge. GoldenEye 007 came to Game Pass in January 2023 and is also available for free to anyone who purchased the Rare Replay game collection.

Here’s the full breakdown of the votes. GoldenEye took the lead pretty much right from the jump, and while the other three each garnered some support, all the frogs, turtles, and hellspawn in the world couldn’t take down Britain’s greatest superspy.

TA Playlist game for April 2023 announced

Just to clarify, GoldenEye 007 is the only version of the game that will be tracked for this month’s Playlist since, unlike this month’s game, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch), the Switch version of GoldenEye doesn’t have Xbox achievements. Also, before anyone asks, the 2010 Eurocom-developed GoldenEye 007: Reloaded doesn’t count either… sorry!

As always, you’ll get Playlist credit (and increase your badge count) for unlocking any achievement in the game during the month of April or for commenting in the Spoiler and Spoiler-free threads that will be generated on April 1st. This game should be high on the nostalgia factor, so even if you don’t plan to play this month, head on over to the TA Playlist Hub and let us know your favourite memories of this classic.
The TA Playlist Team
Written by The TA Playlist Team
The TA Playlist is a monthly community event. Everyone votes on which of four games to play, and then we all play through it in the following month. There's a dedicated hub to discuss everything about the game, from story beats to gameplay tips – and of course, you can track your achievement progress during the month as well. TA Playlist was created by Mark Delaney and is now run by Miles, Nici and Chewie.
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