Vote now for February 2021's TA Playlist game

By The TA Playlist Team,
Welcome to the New Year. We hope you’ve had a great start, including taunting students, tripping people with marbles, a lot of cycling and taking over school cliques via fistfights and boxing. We are of course referring to the Playlist game for January Bully: Scholarship Edition. As you continue your journey back to school, we must ask you to pay attention in class and place your vote for the TA Playlist game for February.

We decided it would be a good time to have another Second Chance month, where games that have been featured in previous TA Playlist polls, but haven’t won, get another chance at being chosen. This month is a little different to previous months, as all of these games have been nominated at least twice before. A second Second Chance month, if you will.

Titanfall 2

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Titanfall 2 has previously appeared in the TA Playlist in February 2018 and August 2018, where it placed 4th and 2nd respectively.

A game that is generally mentioned in lists of underrated games, due to its release at the same time as Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Titanfall 2 built on the previous game and helped develop its strengths. Developed by Respawn Entertainment and released back in 2016, Titanfall 2 is lauded for its level design, with one notable mission, in particular, receiving high praise. The multiplayer aspect is also a lot of fun.

In Titanfall 2, the main campaign is split between controlling a pilot, Jack Cooper, and your Titan, BT-7274. It takes place on the Frontier, a cluster of star systems far from Earth, where a battle for dominance is taking place between the IMC and the Frontier Militia. As Jack, you fight for the Frontier Militia, and after hearing of a brand new weapon that the IMC obtains, it becomes your mission to destroy it.

In terms of achievements, those that cause the most issues are completing the game on Master difficulty (Legendary Pilot) and placing in the top 3 times in The Gauntlet (...Becomes The Master).

Titanfall 2 has a 4.35 out of 5.00 rating here on TA. It’s been started by over 216,000 users 10,500 (5%) of which have completed it, which should take around 15-20 hours.

Tomb Raider

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Tomb Raider first appeared in the TA Playlist back in May 2017 and then again in August 2017, placing 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Developed by Crystal Dynamics and originally released way back in 2013 to critical acclaim, so much so that it spawned two sequels. It is third-person and focuses on exploration, platforming and survival.

Obviously, you play as Lara Croft, a young archaeology graduate trying to discover the secrets of Himiko, the queen of an ancient, lost civilisation. While on her journey, she is shipwrecked on the mysterious island of Yamatai (off the coast of Japan). You must survive the island, and those that inhabit it, solve the puzzles, avoid the traps and ultimately uncover the myths of the island and Queen Himiko.

Looking at the achievements, those that stand in the way of a completion revolve around the multiplayer aspect of the game, such as reaching level 60 (True Commitment) and purchasing all upgrades (Shopaholic).

Tomb Raider holds a high 4.47 out of 5.00 rating here on TA. It’s a 40-50 hour completion that has been achieved by roughly 6,000 (4%) of the 164,000 players who have started it. We would also count the stats from the Definitive Edition of the game, released in 2014, which holds a 4.41 rating, and the same competition time. 193,000 of you have started the game, with 4,189 (3%) having completed it.

Dying Light

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Dying Light originally appeared in the TA Playlists in May 2017 and October 2018, placing 4th and 2nd respectively.

Dying Light is an open-world, action horror game, developed by Techland and released in 2015.

In Dying Light, you play as Kyle Crane, an undercover agent who is sent to infiltrate a quarantine zone in the city of Harran. Your job is to find a political figure who has gone rogue in the city, with the information that you want. However, the town is overrun with sluggish zombies of all types, and you must scavenge everything you can in order to survive. There are two ways to explore the city without falling foul of the zombies that infest it, by shooting and fighting your way out, or by using parkour to scale the rooftops of the buildings and other structures around you. At night-time though, you may want to simply run, as when the sun sets the slow and clumsy become extremely aggressive at night and will hunt you down across the length of the map.

Some of the achievements shouldn’t pose a huge threat, however, you are required to save a number of other survivors from the zombies, and from other human inhabitants (Homo Homini Lupus Est), complete co-op challenges (Polyamory) and find all the collectables (It’s All In the Writing). That is before you attempt to start the DLC additions to the game including an asymmetrical multiplayer mode, and “The Following”.

Dying Light currently holds an average score of 4.25 out of 5.00. A little over 170,000 of you have started it, with around 1% (2,364) of those earning the completion, which takes 40-50 hours. The DLC will increase this by another 20 or so hours.

Control

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I’m afraid we really couldn’t let this one go. No Second Chance list would be complete without Control, which has featured in three separate TA Playlists, firstly in November 2019, then in April 2020 and June 2020. Each time, it has come in 2nd place.

Control is a third-person shooter game from Remedy Entertainment, the creative minds and studio behind Quantum Break and Alan Wake.

You play as Jesse Faden, the new Director of the Federal Bureau of Control. It's up to you to explore the Oldest House – the FBC's paranormal headquarters – and utilize your abilities to defeat a deadly enemy, known as the Hiss, which has invaded and corrupted reality. Loved by many, including Mr TrueAchievement himself, it's a supernatural adventure that's surely worth a vote. Since featuring in the TA Playlist, it has also gained two sets of DLC, each of which adding a chunk of new content to the game.

It has recently become available on Xbox Game Pass and on xCloud.

Looking at its achievements, there shouldn’t be many to hold you back, with the highest ratio achievements relating to killing bosses (Head of Communications) and killing enemies with certain abilities (Volatile Debris).

Control currently has a rating of 4.35 out of 5.00 here on TA and has an estimated completion time of 20-25 hours, increased by another 15-20 hours with the DLC. It’s been played by nearly 73,000 TA’ers and completed by over 5,600 (8%).

Which game is worthy of a second chance? Will Control ever be the bride? One of these four will be the TA Playlist game for February, and they're all relying on your vote to get that spot. Any other games you feel deserve a second chance? Let us know in the comments below!

As always, join us over in the TA Playlist Hub to discuss all the current TA Playlist game and for your votes for February!
Which game should the community play for TA Playlist in February 2021?
  • Titanfall 2
  • Tomb Raider
  • Dying Light
  • Control
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.