Vote now for September 2022's TA Playlist game

By The TA Playlist Team,

As you spend August exploring the ruin and deciding whether to sin in this month's TA Playlist game The Forgotten City, it's time to vote for the September TA Playlist game.

With the announcement that Xbox 360 games will no longer be a part of Games with Gold, we wanted to celebrate some of the excellent 360 games given away via the program. While this is an extensive list, we've picked four of the highest-rated games, and we hope you like our choices.

The four games we've chosen are as follows:

Assassins Creed II


Kicking off our nominations is the absolutely classic Assassin's Creed II, an action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft Montreal that was originally released way back in November 2009.

In it, you're introduced for the first time to the legendary Assassin, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. After his family is framed for treason in Rennaisance Italy, he is forced to flee with his mother and sister to Monteriggioni and his Uncle, who introduces to Ezio to the Order of Assassins. During and after his training, Ezio embarks on a mission to avenge his father and brothers, while also attempting to foil the Templar plot to capture and use a new Piece of Eden.

Assassin's Creed II holds an amazing 4.45 out of 5.00 rating here on TA, with a full competition coming in at 20-25 hours (and no had to keep track of flags!). It's been started by just under 370,000 people, with 23% of that number having completed it (85,000). It is backwards compatible.

Gears of War 2


Gears of War 2 is the second instalment in the Gears of War series, developed by Epic Games, and was first released in November 2008

Gears 2 begins exactly where the first game ends. As you quickly find out, the Locust weren't completely defeated by the COGs attempts in the previous game and are approaching their last stand. They decide to attempt a direct assault on the Locust in the depths of Sera, including our protagonists of Delta Squad. Will they save Humanity from the Locust?

Gears of War 2 holds a 4.30/5 community rating on TA. Nearly 404,000 people have played it, and only 11,300 (3%) have completed it (although this is likely due to Seriously 2.0). The completion of this one is estimated to take 100-120 hours, and it can be found on Xbox Games Pass, as well as Xbox Cloud Gaming and is backwards compatible.

Saints Rows: The Third


Our third choice is Saints Row: The Third, an open-world shooter developed by Deep Silver Volition and originally released back in 2011.

Set five years after the events of Saints Row 2, you reprise the role of the leader of the 3rd Street Saints, who have now become their own large media empire with a brand of their own, with many of the members becoming celebrities because of it. However, when a job goes wrong, a criminal enterprise known as the Syndicate step in and destroys the whole operation, leading to you having to lead the Saints back to their former glory!

Saints Row The Third has a 4.14/5.00 rating on TA. A total of 16,000 players out of the nearly 272,000 players have completed it, with the completion expected to take 35-40 hours with all the DLC packs included. As always, if Saints Row the Third wins, then any version of the game can be played. It is also backwards compatible.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night


Our final pick for this month is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, a classic Metroidvania game developed by Digital Eclipse and released back in 2007.

A direct sequel to Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, you play as Alucard, the half-human/ half-vampire (a Dhampir) son of Dracula himself, who rises from his slumber to explore and ultimately destroy your father's castle. However, upon arrival, you find there to be deeper plans at work, the attempted resurrection of Dracula. As Alucard is the only one able to stop it, this responsibility falls to him. Can you bear that responsibility?

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has a 4.30/5.00 rating on TA. It has an estimated completion time of 15-20 hours, making it our shortest game this month. Just under 11,000 of the site's nearly 83,000 players have managed to get 100% completion

Let us know which of these four Xbox 360 games you'd like to win and what 360 games given away by the GwG program you would have included in the comments.

Want to suggest a theme and/or games to us for the Playlist? Do so here: TA Playlist Game Suggestion Thread.
Which game should the community play for September 2022's TA Playlist?
  • Assassin's Creed II25.54% (427)
  • Gears of War 223.5% (393)
  • Saints Row: The Third26.02% (435)
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night24.94% (417)
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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.