For every game selected for a month in the TA Playlist spotlight, three games remain in obscurity… three outstanding titles that would have been good picks for the playlist but lost to a more popular choice. Every once in a while it’s nice to go back and give these games another shot at Playlist glory, and since our last month Second Chance was back in October, it’s time to put some- one of these games in the mix. And the nominees are:
South Park: The Stick of Truth
South Park: The Stick of Truth is the first option this month. It’s already been voted twice before, placing 3rd in March 2019 and 2nd in February 2022. Will the third time be the charm? Developed by Obsidian Entertainment and originally released in 2014 for Xbox 360, this RPG was also remastered for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S and released in 2018.
In The Stick of Truth, you are the New Kid, who arrives in the town of South Park, Colorado, during a time of great turmoil between the Wizards, led by the Wizard King Cartman, and the Elves, led by the Great Jewish Elf Kyle, as they battle to control the mighty Stick of Truth. As you adventure through the city, you’ll join many of your favorite characters, including Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman, to uncover all sorts of hidden storylines and easter eggs, while battling a huge array of enemies. opponents in turn-based battles. . You’ll also come across some incredibly well-named achievements, the kind of which you could only get away with in a South Park game.
South Park: The Stick of Truth currently sits at a community rating of 4.5/5.00 on TA. Over 62,000 people have played the Xbox One version and over 5,600 have completed all 50 achievements. These stats increase to over 119,000 players for the Xbox 360 edition, with over 12,100 completions. There are several missing achievements and hidden collectibles, so be sure to check out the walkthrough to keep track of everything.
The Stick of Truth is not available on Game Pass, but the Xbox One version is included with the new Ubisoft+ subscription if you want it. As always, achieving an achievement in the Xbox One or 360 editions of the game will count towards playlist participation.
The next nominee is Maneater, which was previously nominated last January, where it came second to Outer Wilds Achievements. Developed by Tripwire Interactive and released in May 2020, this man-eating shark simulator is everything you could expect from a game where you play as a shark.
Published by Deep Silver, Maneater lets you play as a baby bull shark, seeking revenge against Scaly Pete, a shark hunter who killed your mother. You must hunt and consume all other aquatic life, from small fish to killer whales and sperm whales, as well as a healthy dose of human flesh, in order to grow and evolve to reach your full strength. Then the real hunt begins.
Maneater has a decent 3.88 out of 5.00 rating here on TA. Nearly 222,000 followed TA users have started the game, of which around 3% (just under 6,000 players) have unlocked all 44 achievements. None of the achievements are marked as missing, although there are some collectibles and time trial achievements that increase the difficulty a bit. Completion is estimated at 15-20 hours, including the Truth Quest DLC. It’s also available on Xbox and PC Game Pass.
ReCore is our third second chance nomination for the month. This third-person/3D-Metroidvania shooter was developed by Asobo Studio, Armature Studio, and Comcept, and published by Xbox Game Studios. It was released on Xbox in September 2016.
You are Joule Adams, one of the last remaining humans on the planet Far Eden, a mysterious and dangerous world controlled by robotic enemies bent on your destruction. To survive, you must form friendships with a brave group of Corebot companions, each with unique abilities and powers.
ReCore holds a community rating of 3.65/5.00 on TA. Over 207,000 followed players have played it, and around 2,500 (1%) have unlocked all 73 achievements required for full completion, which is expected to take 48-60 hours with the Definitive Edition title update. None of the achievements are marked as missing, but the site’s walkthrough can help you get the most out of your time in Far Eden. The game is also available on Xbox Game Pass.
Last but not least, we have Dying Light for its fourth chance on the TA Playlist. It came in last place in May 2017 and February 2021, but finished second to Metro 2033 in October 2018. Developed by Techland and published by Warner Bros., Dying Light was originally released in January 2015, but was seven years old. content and DLC updates before end of support in 2022.
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 town with the information you want. However, the city is overrun by sloth zombies of all types and you must collect everything you can to survive. There are two ways to explore the city without falling for the zombies that infest it, by shooting and smashing your way or using parkour to scale the roofs of buildings and other structures around you. At night, however, you might just want to run, because when the sun goes down the slow, clumsy undead become extremely aggressive and will stalk you all the way across the map.
Dying Light currently holds an average rating of 4.24 out of 5.00. Nearly 269,000 of you started it, with about 1% (1,781) of those completing it. The base game’s 50 achievements should take around 40-50 hours, with DLCs and title updates adding an additional 18 achievements and 10-20 hours of content. Don’t be too scared, though; there’s a walkthrough on hand to help you navigate the dark city streets in the most efficient way possible.
Are there any games you haven’t seen nominated that you think the community should play? We’re always open to suggestions for games or themes to feature, so leave us a comment in the TA Playlist game suggestion thread. We appreciate the suggestions that have been posted recently, so keep an eye on this thread to see what might be up for a vote in the not-too-distant future!