The Xbox Drive 78 - Rumor Has It

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 78! Sean finished Far Cry: New Dawn and started Kingdom Hearts 3! Luke played a delightful ID@Xbox game called Treasure Stack, an anti-gravity racing title called Redout, and enjoyed more Anthem loading screens. Buckle up and drive safe!

The Playlist

  • Luke: Treasure Stack, Anthem

  • Sean: Far Cry: New Dawn, Kingdom Hearts 3, ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove!

Braking News

Pit Stop Topics

  • The Great March Preview:

    • Devil May Cry | Capcom |  March 8

    • Lego Marvel Collection | TT Games; WB | March 12

    • The Division 2 Gold & Ultimate Edition | Ubisoft | March 12

    • The Division 2 | Ubisoft | March 15

    • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice | From Software; Activision | March 22

    • Generation Zero | Avalanche Studios | March 26

    • [does anything else catch your fancy?]

  • Meta Rumor Chat

    • They seem easy enough to start. What happens when they get traction. Expectations. Disappointments. Companies can’t confirm or deny - tough spot. Discuss that we haven’t really been discussing rumours. Tough, because we obviously have no insight. What is our responsibility as podcasters?

The Car Pool - Listener Question

  • Bad Bit: So question for the @thexboxdrive when is it okay to release a game on GamePass after its release on retail? I feel like Just Cause and Tomb Raider are a But too soon for me, makes it look like Square didn’t see the return they wanted and threw them on GamePass as a Hail Marry.

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show

  • If Luke Ran 343 Industries, what would Halo 6 be like?

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves
http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri
http://twitch.tv/seancapri


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The Xbox Drive 77 - The Insipid Pants Are Back

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 77! Sean played Far Cry New Dawn! Luke has invested a great deal of time into Anthem, 1K’ed Apex Legends, and continues to dabble in his evergreen titles. Buckle up and drive safe!

The Playlist

  • Luke: Anthem, Apex Legends

  • Sean: Far Cry: New Dawn

Braking News

Pit Stop Topics

  • Does the launch of Anthem, Destiny 2, or Apex change the way betas roll out?

    • Could this hurt sales the way Anthem was seemingly hurt?

    • Consider other phased releases: Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 4, FIFA and other EA Sports games.

    • Breaking News: Ubisoft announces Year 1 Pass will grants 7-Day Early Access to Episodes and Instant Access to All Year 1 Specializations as They Release. Perhaps Early Access should be limited to post-launch content. Is Ubisoft the real genius?

The Car Pool - Listener Question

  • Todd Oxtra @SecretFriendsUnite: With Gamepass being so successful do you anticipate more additional DLC/microtransactions to supplement/offset the lower revenue stream for publishers/dev teams?   Music streaming hasn't been that profitable for artists and most make up their biggest income from tours and merch.

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show

  • In game communication systems. Apex Legends brought a revolutionary (yes) level of in-game communication between players without needed a microphone. While the ping-system is not necessarily new overall, it’s implementation is near-perfect in Apex.

    • Could or should this system be adopted by more franchises given the future rise of things like project xCloud and mobile gaming? Not everyone will have or want access to a microphone while gaming.  

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves

http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri

http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 76 - A Far Cry from Anthemic

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 76! Sean played Far Cry New Dawn! Luke continues to enjoy Apex Legends, completed Crackdown 3, and tackled GwG’s Super Bomberman R. Buckle up and drive safe!

The Playlist

  • Luke: Apex Legends, Crackdown 3, Super Bomberman R

  • Sean: Far Cry New Dawn, Crackdown 3, Apex Legends

Braking News

The Car Pool - Listener Question

  • Adam Leonhardt @theartofadaml: What’s your favorite cereal? Explain it in a deep “suggestive” voice.

  • Blaze Knight@BlazeKnight0923: What are the top 3 investments under 20 dollars on the Xbox Store?

  • Sean: Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, Steamworld Dig 2, Titanfall 2.

  • Luke: (F2P- Apex, DCUO, Realm)

  • Dustin Irvine @BasicExp: Between Anthem and Crackdown, do you believe the current review structure is doing games justice or should we be more critical of reviews as they seem to become less consistent?

  • Brendan Myers @The_WinterGamer: Should we actually trust and follow reviews? I say no we should treat them as guidelines and use experience (betas), opinion of friends who have the game, and if you are still on the edge rent the game

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves
http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri
http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 75 - Crackdown on Apex

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 75! Sean played Crackdown 3, Apex Legends, and Ace Combat 7! Luke continues to enjoy Apex Legends, spent plenty of time in New Providence as an Agent in Crackdown 3, and is looking forward to Metro: Exodus. It was a big week. Buckle up and drive safe.

The Playlist

  • Luke: Apex Legends, Crackdown 3 Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

  • Sean: Crackdown 3, Ace Combat 7, Apex Legends

Braking News

Pit Stop Topics

  • Anthem launches on Friday for EA Access members
    The game is also getting a short film set before the beginning of Anthem directed by Neil Blomkamp.

  • Metro: Exodus, Crackdown 3, Jump Force, Far Cry: New Dawn all launch on February 15th.

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show

  • Crackdown Impressions

Games with Gold

  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon [Xbox One]

  • Super Bomberman R [Xbox One]

  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue [Xbox 360]

  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy [Xbox]

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves
http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri
http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 74 - Vince Zampella Doesn't Make Bad Games

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 74! Sean played Apex Legends, WarGroove and the Anthem Demo! Luke finally played Wargroove, turned into a Boy Monster, and then became an Apex Legend. It was a big week. Buckle up and drive safe.

The Playlist

  • Luke: Wargroove, Anthem Demo, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

  • Sean: >Observer, WarGroove, Anthem Demo, Battlefield V, Everspace, Apex Legends

Braking News

  • Apex Legends launches with 1 million players on day one, 2 million by day 2

    • EA/Respawn didn’t announce the game prior to launch because it was scared to (F2P economy, Titanfall mismanagement)

  • Inside Xbox Announcements

    • Game Pass gets: Shadow of the Tomb Raider, de Blob, Return to Arkham, Walking Dead S1, Pumped BMX Pro, Crackdown 3

    • Microsoft Studios name change to Xbox Game Studios

    • Halo: Outpost Discovery - moving event includes VR/AR experiences of Halo lore, think amusement park meets VR. “Post Halo 3” comment

    • Mortal Kombat 11 character reveal. Neat.

    • Division 2 includes lots of endgame content, including new faction. Ubisoft openly stated Xbox One X was the best place to play Division 2. System bundle announced.

    • Sea of Thieves player base has doubled, streaming numbers up near launch levels. Approximately 35% of SoT players are PC. Players can invite 3 new players to the game for free. Mega Update to the game announced on 3.20.19

    • Jump Force is...a fighting game. I dunno.

    • Metro: Exodus looks insane. Weird and wild. Lots of biomes exist including snow, sand, forest. Native 4K, lots of HDR use and Dolby super awesome something

Pit Stop Topics

  • EA releases Excel Spreadsheet for Anthem release. Sean fights with the Mega Dads. Boss sees it. Embarrassment ensues.

  • Why launch  Apex Legends just prior to Anthem, one month before BFV’s own Battle Royale? Was the stealth launch wise? Does this impact our thoughts for Jedi: Fallen Order?

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show: The Great February Preview

  • Wargroove - February 1, 2019 [Chucklefish, Chucklefish]

  • Jump Force - February 15, 2019 [SPIKE CHUNSOFT, Bandai Namco]

  • Metro Exodus - February 15, 2019 [4A Games, Deep Silver]

  • Anthem - February 22, 2019 [BioWare, EA]

  • The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame - February 26, 2019 [Traveller’s Tales, Warner Brothers]

Games with Gold

  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon [Xbox One]

  • Super Bomberman R [Xbox One]

  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue [Xbox 360]

  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy [Xbox]

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves
http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri
http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 73 - Luke Loves Lore

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 73! Sean played the Anthem demo! Luke visited Arkham Asylum again, took to the skies in Ace Combat 7, and heard the Anthem of Creation. Buckle up and drive safe.

The Playlist

  • Luke: Ace Combat 7, Arkham Asylum, Anthem Demo

  • Sean: Anthem Demo, Never Alone 1K, Realm Royale

Braking News

  • Kingdom Hearts 3 has launched. Yay nerds! The game lands at 88 on Metacritic meaning that at least critically, fans are getting a well made game.

  • Nintendo’s Damon Baker joins Microsoft as Head of Portfolio for Xbox https://www.windowscentral.com/nintendos-damon-baker-joins-microsoft-head-portfolio-xbox

    • Microsoft has hired vets of Red Dead 2, God of War, Tomb Raider and more high profiles over the past year.

  • Phil Spencer was a guest on Major Nelson Radio recently. He dropped several interesting tidbits of information for suggested listening.

  • Games With Gold has been announced for February

    • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (X1)

    • Bomberman R (X1)

    • Assassin’s Creed: Rogue (X360)

    • Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (OGX)

Pit Stop Topics

  • Inside Xbox is launching on February 5th.

    • Expectations/Hopes?

  • For real, why is there no marketing on Crackdown 3?

  • Anthem VIP Demo launched with a plethora of bugs and log-in issues, doing little to dispel qualms fans may have with EA. That said, the team has been very open/transparent about known issues and how they’re addressing them.

    • Another demo hits this weekend (2.1.19)

    • Easy comparisons to other games (Destiny, Warframe, Mass Effect 3 mutliplayer). Is that fair?

    • Impressions by Sean and Luke:

      • Luke - very impressed by the visuals and gameplay. Confused by 1st person in the hub. Guns don’t feel quite as good as other similar shooters. Love the monsters. Motivated me to pre-order, but not the Legion of Dawn Edition.

The Car Pool - Listener Question

  • Garret Bland @blandexplosion
    What's the next most likely 3rd party studio that Microsoft will acquire?

  • Brendan Myers @the_wintergamer
    What is the next gamer friendly move Xbox could make? I feel it could be something to do with the ability to play anywhere

  • AeroSlayer1 @AeroSlayer1
    What is everyone take on fallout 76? I'm having a blast buts definitely getting a bad rap, haha

Games with Gold

  • Celeste (X1)

  • WRC 6 (X1)

  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (X360)

  • Far Cry 2 (X360)

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves
http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri
http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 72 - Not Your Dad's Fortnight

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 71! Sean might be done with Red Dead Redemption 2! Luke finished up Steamworld Dig, enjoyed more Realm Royale, and tackled the bugs in Hive Jump. Buckle up and drive safe.

The Playlist

  • Luke: Ace Combat 7, Absolver

  • Sean: Never Alone

Braking News

Pit Stop Topics

  • Where is Inside Xbox?

  • BioWare has tried and failed to revive Knights of the Old Republic under EA

https://www.gamesradar.com/bioware-has-reportedly-tried-and-failed-to-revive-knights-of-the-old-republic-multiple-times-under-ea/

  • Absolver: a 3rd person martial-arts based Destiny.

    • Excellent combat mechanics, bad frame rate, really fascinating art style

    • Clearing a small dev (Devolver Digital) aiming big

  • Ace Combat 7: completely competent and impressive AC game.

    • Does not iterate on the formula at all

    • Very pretty, excellent controls

    • Poor checkpoint system, ground is not detailed

The Car Pool - Listener Question

  • Brendan Myers @the_wintergamer
    What is the next gamer friendly move Xbox could make? I feel it could be something to do with the ability to play anywhere

  • Antonio Guillen @hypecaster
    If you had the power to ensure ONLY ONE of these things happened to ensure a bright future for Xbox, which would you choose? 1.  Halo Infinite releases and exceeds all expectations 2. Titanfall 3 announced as an Xbox Two Exclusive 3. Sunset Overdrive 2 announced as X2 Exclusive

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show

  • Inside Xbox

    • We’ve not yet heard when the next Inside Xbox is. How will Inside Xbox change in 2019?

Games with Gold

  • Celeste (X1)

  • WRC 6 (X1)

  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (X360)

  • Far Cry 2 (X360)

Upcoming Titles:

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (1.18.18)

  • Resident Evil 2 (1.25.18)

  • Kingdom Hearts 3 (1.25.18)

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves
http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri
http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 71 - All Is Fair In Love and Star Wars

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 71! Sean might be done with Red Dead Redemption 2! Luke finished up Steamworld Dig, enjoyed more Realm Royale, and tackled the bugs in Hive Jump. Buckle up and drive safe.

The Playlist

  • Luke: Realm Royale, Hive Jump, Steamworld Dig (on sale), RE2

  • Sean: Resident Evil 2 1-Shot Demo

Braking News

  • Bungie leaves Activision

https://www.bungie.net/en/Explore/Detail/News/47569

We Happy Few, Shadow of Mordor, Saints Row: The Third - Bonus cool points if you noticed their twitter feed said “We” “Happy” “Few” in the first word of three tweets in a row. https://majornelson.com/2019/01/16/xbox-game-pass-we-happy-few-middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-the-lego-movie-videogame-and-more/

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/one-of-last-years-best-games-is-getting-free-dlc-s/1100-6464374/
DLC Features: https://twitter.com/MattThorson/status/1083920264461570048

  • Forza Removes Carlton and Floss Dance

https://kotaku.com/microsoft-removes-carlton-floss-dances-from-forza-hori-1831780515

Pit Stop Topics

  • Hive Jump impressions

    • “Controid” 16-bit graphics Contra-style gameplay with a mix of Metroidvania in a roguelike that doesn’t feel cruel. Rocking soundtrack. Available on Wii U, Switch, X1

  • Stop Light Reviews from our community

    • Currently awaiting Absolver. We have Aftercharge to give away

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show

  • “Does Xbox need VR in the next gen?” Our Twitter poll accumulated 44 votes.

    • 52% Yes, 48% No

    • From @MrBadBit: YES, PSVR is an amazing piece of tech. Some of my favorite games from last year, Beat Saber, Moss, Astro-Bot  are AWESOME experiences you can’t get anywhere else. It’s not a huge market yet, but the more players like Microsoft that come into VR the better it is for VR as a whole

    • From @NeoLego: "Need".....absolutely not. It is a novelty at best. I don't ever see Xbox making a VR headset, but I do anticipate that there will be headsets compatible with the Next Xbox. I'll be fine just streaming my games to the Quest later this year.

    • From @SecretFriendsU: I think it's a no brainier to have occulus and Vive be supported on Xbox next.  It'll have the hardware strength and be a boon to those headsets.

    • From @HylianTelligent: I don't think they NEED it. But if they do, they need to make the hardware worth it. Least amount of cables possible, comfortable headset. They really should just partner with Oculus.

    • From @BlazeKnight: I'm playing through RE7 right now and I can say that the game is stressful enough without the action being right in my face.
      I also feel like VR is pretty niche in general as it only caters to certain types of games.
      Can you imagine the cost of a 4k VR headset?

Games with Gold

  • Celeste (X1)

  • WRC 6 (X1)

  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (X360)

  • Far Cry 2 (X360)

Upcoming Titles:

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (1.18.18)

  • Resident Evil 2 (1.25.18)

  • Kingdom Hearts 3 (1.25.18)

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves
http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri
http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 70 - Before All The News Dropped

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 70! Sean might be done with Red Dead Redemption 2! Luke prepared for Metro: Exodus by playing Last Light and even tried Realm Royale. Buckle up and drive safe.

The Playlist

  • Luke: Realm Royale, Steamworld Dig

  • Sean: Warhammer: Vermintide 2

Braking News

  • Gears Tactics Possibly Coming to Xbox One Despite PC Exclusivity

  • Demos are making a return?

    • Anthem demo is coming

    • Resident Evil 2 “One Shot” demo. 30 minutes of gameplay

    • Devil May Cry 5 non-exclusive demo (different from the formerly available Xbox exclusive one. BTW the game runs at native 4K)

Pit Stop Topics

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves
http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri
http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 69- Temporary Death

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 69! Sean might be done with Red Dead Redemption 2! Luke prepared for Metro: Exodus by playing Last Light and even tried Realm Royale. Buckle up and drive safe.

The Playlist

  • Luke: Metro: Last Light, Realm Royale, Battlefield V, Mutant Year Zero

  • Sean: Red Dead Redemption 2, Destiny 2 (Tetris and Spider-Man)

Braking News

  • Game Pass January Slate (initial)

    • Life is Strange S2 Part 1

    • Absolver

    • Just Cause 3

    • Farming Simulator 17

    • Aftercharge

    • Ark: Survival Evolved

  • Will we get another drop of games? Xbox has been doing mid-month drops since October...

Pit Stop Topics

Review a game you played in 2018.

  • 1 From @BravesB_ : Thanks to @XboxGamePass, I got to play Shantae 1/2 Genie Hero. This game nails action platforming magnificently. Beautiful cartoony art style with vibrant colors. Character skill/ability unlockables throughout are always dangling a carrot on a stick to chase. Loved every minute!

  • 2 From Khori @Soulstro: I played hellblade and ashen it was amazing but the game i played that was amazing was pix ark that game is awesome

  • 3 From Jacob Haroldeen @HacHaro231: I finally got into cuphead this year, a little late. The art of the game is amazing but sometimes the difficulty walks the line of frustrating instead of challenging. Excited to peep the dlc next year tho!

  • 4 From Mitch Power @MitchPower1116 [Edited by Luke]: Overcooked 2 is a co-op masterpiece. It brings out the best  in what makes couch co-op gaming so fun. Very rarely has my wife been excited for a game, but when I mentioned Overcooked 2 was installed on the Xbox and ready to play, her eyes lit like Christmas morning. I have never had so much fun playing a couch co op game. 9.9 out of 10 because no game is perfect

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show

The Great January Preview

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition - January 11, 2019 [Bandai Namco Studios, Bandai Namco]

Ace Combat 7: January 18, 2019 [Project, Bandai Namco]

Anthem VIP Demo (Early Access for Pre-Orders) - January 25, 2019 [BioWare, EA]
Resident Evil 2 Remake: January 25, 2019 [Capcom, Capcom]

Kingdom Hearts 3: January 29, 2019 [Square Enix, Square Enix]

Games with Gold

  • Qube 2 (X1)

  • Never Alone (X1)

  • Dragon Age II (X360)

  • Mercenaries (OGX)

Upcoming Titles:

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (1.18.18)

  • Resident Evil 2 (1.25.18)

  • Kingdom Hearts 3 (1.25.18)

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves

http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri

http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 68 - The Xbox Drive Live High Five

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 68! Sean played Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime! Luke wrapped up the campaign of Battlefield V, enjoyed Hellfront: Honeymoon, and played Donut County for some reason. Buckle up and drive safe.

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves

http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri

http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 67 - We love Bonnie and Phil

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 67! Sean played a whole bunch of games! Luke experienced two war stories in Battlefield V, visited a chaotic island in Just Cause 4, and enjoyed The Gardens Between’s tale of friendship. Buckle up and drive safe.

The Playlist

  • Luke: Just Cause 4, Battlefield V, The Gardens Between

  • Sean: Below, Red Dead Redemption 2, Forza Horizon 4: Fortune Island, Lovers in a Dangers Spacetime, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom.

Braking News

Pit Stop Topics

  • Game Discussions:

    • Battlefield V

    • Just Cause 4

    • The Gardens Between

    • Below

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves

http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri

http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 66 - The Winter Solstice of Arcade

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 66! Sean played Dead Cells and Ashen! Luke finished up Sniper Elite 4, ventured with the Strange Brigade and tried out the Mech Combat mayhem of Override. Buckle up and drive safe.

What We’re Playing

  • Luke: Override: Mech City Brawl, Strange Brigade

  • Sean: Horizon Chase Turbo, OnRush, Mutant Year Zero, Dead Cells, Ashen

Braking News

  • Epic Games’ new PC store has massive implications for Play Anywhere as Ashen is not offered on the Microsoft Store.

https://www.windowscentral.com/has-ashen-ditched-xbox-play-anywhere-and-steam-epic-games-exclusivity

  • Winter of Arcade spotlights nine awesome ID@Xbox Games. Get a $5 Gift Card for each game, maximum $40. https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/12/06/id-xbox-winter-of-arcade-features-ashen-below
    Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (12.04)
    Mutant Year Zero [Game Pass, X Enhanced] (12.04)
    Subnautica [X Enhanced] (12.04)
    Ashen [Game Pass, X Enhanced] (12.07)
    Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek (12.07)
    Kingdom Two Crowns (12.12)
    Desert Child (12.12)
    Below [Game Pass, X Enhanced] (12.14)
    Donut County (12.18)

Pit Stop Topics

  • From John Wahl: If you could choose any game studio, internal or 3rd party to resurrect the Perfect Dark series, who would it be? What would that game be like?

  • From Blaze Knight: What Xbox RPGs would you recommend?  What Xbox RPGs is there even?

The Car Pool - Listener Question

  • Antonio Guillen: I would like to hear your thoughts A) What do you think/hope X to announce at Game Awards and during Kinda Funny Games Showcase that would def sell consoles OR B) What did X announce that will def sell consoles?

Games with Gold

  • Qube 2 (X1)

  • Never Alone (X1)

  • Dragon Age II (X360)

  • Mercenaries (OGX)

Upcoming Titles:

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (1.18.18)

  • Resident Evil 2 (1.25.18)

  • Kingdom Hearts 3 (1.25.18)

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves

http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri

http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 65 - Luke Likes Batman

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 65! Sean played Horizon Chase Turbo. Luke tried rolled credits on Steamworld Dig 2 and ventured into the graphic violence of Sniper Elite 4. Buckle up and drive safe.

What We’re Playing

  • Luke: Steamworld Dig 2, Sniper Elite 4

  • Sean: Horizon Chase Turbo

Braking News

Pit Stop Topics

  • Good games that fell short for us in 2018

    • Luke:

      • Far Cry 5, Ruiner

    • Sean:

      • Shadow of the Tomb Raider, The Crew 2

  • Good games we played IN 2018 (not necessarily released)

    • Luke

      • Paladins, Hollow Knight, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, RE7

    • Sean:

      • The Turing Test, Tacoma,The Witcher 3, Superhot.

  • Game Pass spotlight: Shadow Warrior & RAGE  available via Game Pass.

Games with Gold

  • Qube 2 (X1)

  • Never Alone (X1)

  • Dragon Age II (X360)

  • Mercenaries (OGX)

Upcoming Titles:

  • Just Cause 4 (12.4)

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (1.18.18)

  • Resident Evil 2 (1.25.18)

  • Kingdom Hearts 3 (1.25.18)

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves

http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri

http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 64 - Xbox Onesies

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 64! Sean played Fallout 76, Battlefield V, and is nearing the end of Assassin’s Creed. Luke tried his first Final Fantasy game ever, tackled some ID@Xbox titles, and continues to enjoy Black Ops 4 with friends. Buckle up and drive safe.

What We’re Playing

  • Luke: Steamworld Dig 2, FFXVPE, and Horizon Chase Turbo.

  • Sean: Fallout 76, The Long Journey Home, Battlefield V, Star Link.

Braking News

https://www.windowscentral.com/assassins-creed-odyssey-mastery-levels-allow-you-level-till-end-time

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey Legacy of the First Blade, Episode 1: Available December 4. Episodic post-launch content available with $40 Season Pass or with Gold Edition.

https://www.gamespot.com/videos/assassins-creed-odyssey-first-dlc-releases-next-we/2300-6447437/

  • Battlefront 2 free with EA Access

https://www.windowscentral.com/star-wars-battlefront-ii-joins-ea-access-vault

  • Xbox Onesie available on Friday. Fallout 76 version also available.

https://www.windowscentral.com/xbox-onesie-back-and-time-you-can-buy-one

  • Obsidian will reveal new game from two of the original Fallout's creators, Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky.

https://www.windowscentral.com/obsidian-entertainment-teases-upcoming-space-rpg-steampunk-ads

  • inXile working on Wasteland Remaster. Inspired Fallout series.

https://www.windowscentral.com/inxile-entertainment-working-original-wasteland-remaster

Pit Stop Topics

  • Games we’re genuinely planning to get to over the next month (not just backlog stuff)

    • Luke: Sniper Elite 4

    • Sean: Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Game Pass spotlight: Darksiders 1 & 2 are both available via Game Pass

The Car Pool - Listener Questions

  • From Adam Leonhardt: I want to know one thing @MLSReserves hates about the Xbox. There HAS to be something. No backing out just because you’re the most positive person on the face of the planet

  • From @Jim7 - I want to carpool. Have you ever used your phone or tablet as a controller?

Games with Gold

  • Battlefield 1 (11.1 - 11.30)

  • Race The Sun (11.16 - 12.15)

  • Assassin’s Creed (11.1 - 11.15)

  • Dante’s Inferno (11.16 - 11.30)

Upcoming Titles:

  • Battlefield V (11.20)

  • Darksiders 3 (11.27)

  • Just Cause 4 (12.4)

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (1.18.18)

  • Resident Evil 2 (1.25.18)

  • Kingdom Hearts 3 (1.25.18)

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves

http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri

http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 63 - Press X to Thank

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 61! Sean played Assassin’s Creed. Luke continues to enjoy Spyro: Reignited, Mutant Football League, and the back catalog of Game Pass titles. Buckle up and drive safe.

What We’re Playing

  • Luke: AC: Odyssey, Mutant Football League, and Spyro: Reignited.

  • Sean: Assassin’s Creed, Spyro: Reignited Trilogy.

Braking News

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show

  • What are we thankful for in the land of Xbox gaming?

Games with Gold

  • Battlefield 1 (11.1 - 11.30)

  • Race The Sun (11.16 - 12.15)

  • Assassin’s Creed (11.1 - 11.15)

  • Dante’s Inferno (11.16 - 11.30)

Upcoming Titles:

  • Battlefield V (11.20)

Under the Radar:

  • Darksiders 3 (11.27)

  • Just Cause 4 (12.4)

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves
http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri
http://twitch.tv/seancapri



The Xbox Drive 62 - X Oh!

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 61! Sean played Assassin’s Creed. Luke tackled Spryo, struggles with the psychological challenges of deleting a game and of course, the two chat X018 reactions. Buckle up and drive safe.

What We’re Playing

  • Luke: AC: Odyssey, Grip:Combat Racing, and Spyro: Reignited.

  • Sean: Assassin’s Creed, Spyro: Reignited Trilogy.

Braking News

  • XO18 brought a slew of announcements. https://kotaku.com/everything-xbox-announced-during-xo18-1830362310/amp?__twitter_impression=true

  • Microsoft acquires two RPG focused studios

    • Obsidian Entertainment (KOTOR, Fallout: New Vegas)

    • InXile (Wasteland, Bard’s Tale)

  • Crackdown 3 release date is February 15, 2019

    • Crackdown 1 available until November 30th, is X Enhanced

  • Game Pass getting a 16 new titles over the next few months. Standouts include

    • PUBG

    • Hellblade

    • Ori 1 and 2

  • 14 titles getting Mouse and Keyboard support. Standouts include

    • DayZ

    • Warframe

    • War Thunder

  • Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 4, and State of Decay 2 are each getting new content

    • SoT - The Arena - combat heavy focused gameplay for faster and more competitive experiences

    • SoD2 - Zedhunter update coming with new weapons and…?

    • FH4 - Fortune Island - drift heavy, winding roads with lots of storm effects

Games with Gold

  • Battlefield 1 (11.1 - 11.30)

  • Race The Sun (11.16 - 12.15)

  • Assassin’s Creed (11.1 - 11.15)

  • Dante’s Inferno (11.16 - 11.30)

Upcoming Titles:

  • Hitman 2 (11.13)

  • Fallout 76 (11.14)

  • Battlefield V (11.20)

Under the Radar:

  • Spyro Reignited (11.13)

  • Darksiders 3 (11.27)

  • Just Cause 4 (12.4)

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves

http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri

http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 61 - Great X0 Expectations

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 61! Sean played Assassin’s Creed. Luke played a number of ID@Xbox titles and he’s got some thoughts on several of them. Buckle up and drive safe.

What We’re Playing

  • Luke: My Memory of Us, Guns Gore and Cannoli 2, Super Volley Blast

  • Sean: Assassin’s Creed

Braking News

  • XO18 is set to for this upcoming weekend.

    • State of Decay 2 updates

    • Forge Expansion for Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    • PUBG news

    • News on Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, and Forza Horizon 4.

    • www.twitter.com/Xbox  

  • Suicide Squad characters have joined PUBG

  • Starlink will be getting more content.

    • Luke’s close personal friends at Starlink are planning to continue support for Starlink. They also congratulated Luke on 1K. Which means they’re BFF.

    • StarlinkGame‏ @StarlinkGame -Congrats on the 1K, pilot! We do plan on continuing to support Starlink. Stay tuned for more information!

The Car Pool - Listener Questions

  • Joseph Moran @MRBadBit - Assuming the Next Box is out by 2020. As leaks and rumors suggest, is there really a reason to buy an Xbox One X. Before you say yeah the “most powerful blah blah” the console is 500 dollars, and it won’t be the most powerful for much longer. Thoughts?... Bawwww.

  • Blaze Knight - What Xbox game do you have the best memories with?]

  • @XboxCanada - We'd love to know if you've found any hidden gems in @XboxGamePass or any titles that everybody needs to try. If you're answer doesn't include #IDARB, you're missing out!

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show

  • Blizzard recently received a wide range of reactions to their mobile Diablo announcement. Reactions ranged from boos in the crowds, snarky comments, to Twitter tirades. How should gamers go about dissenting with game developers, publishers, or decisions in the gamersphere?

Games with Gold

  • Battlefield 1 (11.1 - 11.30)

  • Race The Sun (11.16 - 12.15)

  • Assassin’s Creed (11.1 - 11.15)

  • Dante’s Inferno (11.16 - 11.30)

Upcoming Titles:

  • Hitman 2 (11.13)

  • Fallout 76 (11.14)

  • Battlefield V (11.20)

Under the Radar:

  • Spyro Reignited (11.13)

  • Darksiders 3 (11.27)

  • Just Cause 4 (12.4)

Plugs

Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves
http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri
http://twitch.tv/seancapri

The Xbox Drive 60 - Canada Goose Flying V Horse Formation

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The Most HorsePowerful Podcast On The Internet, The Xbox Drive is back with Episode 60! Sean played Assassin’s Creed. Luke played so much Starlink..just...so much. Buckle up and drive safe.

What We’re Playing

  • Luke: Starlink, Outlast, Blood Sweat and Pixels

  • Sean: Assassin’s Creed

Braking News

  • ID@Xbox Celebrates Release of 1,000 Titles
    https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/10/30/idxbox-hits-1000-title-milestone/

    • 3,000 Studios, 67 countries, $1B in revenue.

    • Examples: Studio MDHR’s Cuphead, Fullbright’s Tacoma, playdead’s INSIDE, Chucklefish’s Stardew Valley, Matt Makes Games’ Celeste, Team17’s Overcooked 2, Dark Star’s Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption

  • Game Pass adds new games for the second week in a row.

    • Grip Combat Racing launches day and date.

    • Olli Olli 2, Sniper Elite 4, Sheltered, Rise and Shine

    • MORE games at XO18

  • Games With Gold has been announced.

    • Battlefield 1 (11.1 - 11.30)

    • Race The Sun (11.16 - 12.15)

    • Assassin’s Creed (11.1 - 11.15)

    • Dante’s Inferno (11.16 - 11.30)

  • Backward Compatibility titles added today.
    http://mjr.mn/BackCompat

    • Just Cause, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today

The Car Pool - Listener Questions

  • John Wahl - A MegaDad - @Wahlnut77

    • Which old, abandoned Xbox franchise do you see being most likely to make a successful comeback in the next few years? Perfect Dark? Viva Piñata? Crimson Skies?

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show

  • Great games vs “Fun” Games

    • Early impressions around the community for Red Dead are suggesting that the game is slow in the beginning, but vastly impressive. It’s certainly a contender for Game of the Year but some are saying simply “it’s not for me”.

    • Does a game need to be “fun” for you to enjoy it? Should everyone try a Last of Us or Red Dead simply for the experience?

Games with Gold

  • Battlefield 1 (11.1 - 11.30)

  • Race The Sun (11.16 - 12.15)

  • Assassin’s Creed (11.1 - 11.15)

  • Dante’s Inferno (11.16 - 11.30)

Upcoming Titles:

  • Hitman 2 (11.13)

  • Fallout 76 (11.14)

  • Battlefield V (11.20)

Under the Radar:

  • Spyro Reignited (11.13)

  • Darksiders 3 (11.27)

  • Just Cause 4 (12.4)

Plugs
Luke:
http://twitter.com/MLSReserves
http://mixer.com/insipidghost

Sean:
http://twitter.com/seancapri
http://twitch.tv/seancapri
http://patreon.com/makeusbetter