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Xbox Game Passengers

Welcome to Xbox Game Passengers. One a month, host Derek Kraneveldt and a guest will dissect and discuss one game available on Microsoft’s Game Pass service, which was (usually) chosen completely at random — they're not in control... they're just the passengers.Whether it’s a magical or horrible experience, they'll force themselves through it, share their thoughts, and let you know whether or not the game is worth your time!Xbox Game Passengers is brought to you by Geekscape.netFollow Xbox Game Passengers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/xgppodcast

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017 - Middle Earth: Shadow Of War

Welcome to Xbox Game Passengers. Every other Wednesday, host Derek and a guest will dissect and discuss just one game available on Microsoft’s Game Pass service, which was chosen for them completely at random. Whether it’s a magical or a horrible experience, they’ll force themselves through it, share their thoughts, and let you know whether or not the game is worth your time! At the end of each episode, they’ll also randomly select the game for the following show, so you always know what’s coming up on the next adventure. This time around, newcomer (and host of the Super GG Radio gaming podcast) Joel joins Derek to chat about the well received Lord of the Rings basically Assassin’s Creed game, Middle Earth: Shadow of War. It really, really feels like Assassin’s Creed, and it also really doesn’t do a great job of getting you invested in its characters (especially if you haven’t played the first game in the series, Shadow of Mordor). Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth. In Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™, nothing will be forgotten. We’ve had a blast making Xbox Game Passengers so far, and we really hope that you’re enjoying it too! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear it at derek@geekscape.net. Anything you listeners can do to help spread the word about the podcast would be immensely appreciated — from sharing it on social media like Facebook or Twitter, to leaving us five stars (or even a review) on Apple Podcasts, to sending it to a single friend, it can all make a massive difference! Thanks again for coming along on this ride! You can also follow us on twitter @XGPPodcast Theme Song: I Adore My C64 by Nicolai Heidlas from HookSounds.com

58mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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The PAX West 2019 Special #1

Welcome to a very special edition of the Xbox Game Passengers podcast. Typically, every other Wednesday, host Derek and a guest will dissect and discuss just one game available on Microsoft’s Game Pass service, which was chosen for them completely at random. But... today isn't typical, and today isn't Wednesday. Host Derek and regular guest Mikaela have descended on Seattle for the annual PAX West convention. They've spent the day playing a ton of games — some beautiful, some intense, and some featuring impressive hardware, and are simply dying to talk about them. The duo spent time with titles like Borderlands 3, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Gamedec, Liberated, MortalKombat 11 (on Google Stadia), Wanderlust, No Straight Roads, Death Stranding, LUNA The Shadow Dust. Derek also got some hands-on time with Panic Inc.'s upcoming Playdate console, and he neededto talk about that. They also hit up events for Cyberpunk 2077, and The Elder Scrolls Online, and share a few details about what was available at each. Mostly, they just talk about how freaking cool PAX is, and also how Graveyard Keepermay just have the best booth. If this episode isn't your thing, the show will be returning to its regularly scheduled programming on Wednesday, September 4th, when Mike returns to the show to chat about Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.But before then, tomorrow you'll see anotherPAX episode release, and a PAX developer interview special coming later in the week. Also, as Derek details pretty early on, he has kind of lost his voice over the past few days, so thanks a ton for bearing with him as he struggles to talk! We’ve had a blast making Xbox Game Passengers so far, and we really hope that you’re enjoying it too! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear it at derek@geekscape.net. Anything you listeners can do to help spread the word about the podcast would be immensely appreciated — from sharing it on social media like Facebook or Twitter, to leaving us five stars (or even a review) on Apple Podcasts, to sending it to a single friend, it can all make a massive difference! Thanks again for coming along on this ride! You can also follow us on twitter @XGPPodcast Theme Song: I Adore My C64 by Nicolai Heidlas from HookSounds.com

1hr 13mins

1 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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006 - Cities: Skylines

Welcome to Geekscape’s newest gaming podcast, Xbox Game Passengers. Every other Wednesday, host Derek and a guest will dissect and discuss just one game available on Microsoft’s Game Pass service, which was chosen for them completely at random. Whether it’s a magical or a horrible experience, they’ll force themselves through it, share their thoughts, and let you know whether or not the game is worth your time! At the end of each episode, they’ll also randomly select the game for the following show. Mikaela returns this week to chat about her new obsession, Cities: Skylines. The duo dish about how rewarding it feels to watch your city grow and grow, to how heartbreaking it can be to watch it all fall apart, and everything in between! “Cities: Skylines is a modern take on the classic city simulation. The game introduces new game play elements to realize the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real city whilst expanding on some well-established tropes of the city building experience.” We’ve had a blast making Xbox Game Passengers so far, and we really hope that you’re enjoying it too! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear it at derek@geekscape.net. Anything you listeners can do to help spread the word about the podcast would be immensely appreciated — from sharing it on social media like Facebook or Twitter, to leaving us five stars (or even a review) on Apple Podcasts, to sending it to a single friend, it can all make a massive difference! Thanks again for coming along on this ride! You can also follow us on twitter @XGPPodcast Theme Song: I Adore My C64 by Nicolai Heidlas from HookSounds.com

53mins

10 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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The E3 2019 Wrap-Up Special!

It's hard to believe it's already over. After a few phenomenal days of announcements, reveals, and basking in our newly acquired Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (seriously, check it right here), E3 is over and we're back to... well, just waiting for all of these cool looking games to come out. But first, it's time to wrap up E3. Geekscape's own, and Geekscape Games alumni Josh Jackson rushed home from the convention centre to join Derek for this episode. In it, they talk about the E3 show floor and how it's changed over the years, how damned cool Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be, how they feel about the new combat in Square-Enix' upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake (and how it actually feels to play), some of the odd choices at the Nintendo booth, and much more! We know that we've been flooding your feed this week — we love chatting with all of our great guests about video games (good and bad), and with an incredible event like E3, we hope that you're okay with a couple of extra episodes filled with our thoughts on the expo itself, along with the many games that it featured. For now, we'll be back to our regular schedule of one game every other Wednesday! We’ve had a blast making Xbox Game Passengers so far, and we really hope that you’re enjoying it too! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear it at derek@geekscape.net. Anything you listeners can do to help spread the word about the podcast would be immensely appreciated — from sharing it on social media like Facebook or Twitter, to leaving us five stars (or even a review) on Apple Podcasts, to sending it to a single friend, it can all make a massive difference! Thanks again for coming along on this ride! Theme Song: I Adore My C64 by Nicolai Heidlas from HookSounds.com

1hr 9mins

14 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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007 - Wargroove

Welcome to Geekscape’s newest gaming podcast, Xbox Game Passengers. Every other Wednesday, host Derek and a guest will dissect and discuss just one game available on Microsoft’s Game Pass service, which was chosen for them completely at random. Whether it’s a magical or a horrible experience, they’ll force themselves through it, share their thoughts, and let you know whether or not the game is worth your time! At the end of each episode, they’ll also randomly select the game for the following show. This episode, new guest Evan joins Derek to examine Chucklefish's extremely charming, and endlessly challenging Advance Wars homage, Wargroove. The turn-based tactics title brings full crossplay between PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One, and features a cool campaign, local and online multiplayer, and an insane amount of create-your-own options. "Take to the battlefield with Wargroove, a strategy game for up to 4 players! Choose your Commander and wage turn-based war on battling factions. Design and share maps, cut-scenes and campaigns with easy-to-use editors and in-depth customization tools!" We’ve had a blast making Xbox Game Passengers so far, and we really hope that you’re enjoying it too! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear it at derek@geekscape.net. Anything you listeners can do to help spread the word about the podcast would be immensely appreciated — from sharing it on social media like Facebook or Twitter, to leaving us five stars (or even a review) on Apple Podcasts, to sending it to a single friend, it can all make a massive difference! Thanks again for coming along on this ride! You can also follow us on twitter @XGPPodcast Theme Song: I Adore My C64 by Nicolai Heidlas from HookSounds.com

48mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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018 - Oxenfree

Welcome to Xbox Game Passengers. Every other Wednesday, host Derek and a guest will dissect and discuss just one game available on Microsoft’s Game Pass service, which was chosen for them completely at random. Whether it’s a magical or a horrible experience, they’ll force themselves through it, share their thoughts, and let you know whether or not the game is worth your time! At the end of each episode, they’ll also randomly select the game for the following show. Mikaela returns after a long hiatus to chat about the quirky, spooky, and gorgeous adventure game, Oxenfree. Spoiler: she very clearly doesn’t like it and Derek spends the entire episode defending it. Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift. Play as Alex, a bright, rebellious teenager who brings her new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight party on an old military island. The night takes a terrifying turn when you unwittingly open a ghostly gate spawned from the island’s cryptic past. How you deal with these events, your peers, and the ominous creatures you’ve unleashed is up to you. YOU determine every aspect of Alex’s story while exploring Edwards Island, uncovering the base’s dark past, and changing the course of your friends’ lives. We’ve had a blast making Xbox Game Passengers so far, and we really hope that you’re enjoying it too! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear it at derek@geekscape.net. Anything you listeners can do to help spread the word about the podcast would be immensely appreciated — from sharing it on social media like Facebook or Twitter, to leaving us five stars (or even a review) on Apple Podcasts, to sending it to a single friend, it can all make a massive difference! Thanks again for coming along on this ride! You can also follow us on twitter @XGPPodcast Theme Song: I Adore My C64 by Nicolai Heidlas from HookSounds.com

44mins

8 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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004 - theHunter: Call Of The Wild

Welcome to Geekscape’s newest gaming podcast, Xbox Game Passengers.  Every other Wednesday, host Derek and a guest will dissect and discuss just one game available on Microsoft’s Game Pass service, which was chosen for them completely at random.  Whether it’s a magical or a horrible experience, they’ll force themselves through it, share their thoughts, and let you know whether or not the game is worth your time! At the end of each episode, they’ll also randomly select the game for the following show.  This episode, guest John (who you just heard on our special E3 episode) joins Derek to chat about theHunter: Call of the Wild. An Avalance Studios-published hunting title that brings with it a lot of beauty, and a lot of... weird hunting stuff.  We'll give you a quick warning that Derek's audio is a little messy in this one. We're not quite sure what happening, but we fixed it by picking up a much nicer microphone, so future episode should sound much better. Thanks for sticking with us!  "Experience the thrill of the hunt in a visually breathtaking, technically groundbreaking, vast open world. Immerse yourself in the atmospheric single player campaign, or share the ultimate hunting experience with friends."  We’ve had a blast making Xbox Game Passengers so far, and we really hope that you’re enjoying it too! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear it at derek@geekscape.net. Anything you listeners can do to help spread the word about the podcast would be immensely appreciated — from sharing it on social media like Facebook or Twitter, to leaving us five stars (or even a review) on Apple Podcasts, to sending it to a single friend, it can all make a massive difference! Thanks again for coming along on this ride! Theme Song: I Adore My C64 by Nicolai Heidlas from HookSounds.com

52mins

12 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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009 - Observer

Welcome to Geekscape’s newest gaming podcast, Xbox Game Passengers.  Every other Wednesday, host Derek and a guest will dissect and discuss just one game available on Microsoft’s Game Pass service, which was chosen for them completely at random. Whether it’s a magical or a horrible experience, they’ll force themselves through it, share their thoughts, and let you know whether or not the game is worth your time! At the end of each episode, they’ll also randomly select the game for the following show. This episode, guest Dougie joins Derek to chat about how many times he's finished Mass Effect (a lot of times), how upset he was at the lack of split-screen in Halo 5: Guardians, and of course, the cyberpunk survival horror game that stars Rutger Hauer, Observer.  Sounds like a winning combination, doesn't it?  Also, we definitely recorded this episode long, long before Rutger unfortunately passed away (RIP), so if we sound like dicks, we’re sorry! "What would you do if your fears were hacked? >observer_ is a cyberpunk horror game from Bloober Team, the creators of Layers of Fear. Play as an Observer, the new front line of neural police, as you hack into the jagged minds of the insane." We’ve had a blast making Xbox Game Passengers so far, and we really hope that you’re enjoying it too! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear it at derek@geekscape.net. Anything you listeners can do to help spread the word about the podcast would be immensely appreciated — from sharing it on social media like Facebook or Twitter, to leaving us five stars (or even a review) on Apple Podcasts, to sending it to a single friend, it can all make a massive difference! Thanks again for coming along on this ride! You can also follow us on twitter @XGPPodcast Theme Song: I Adore My C64 by Nicolai Heidlas from HookSounds.com

1hr 19mins

21 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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013 - Innerspace

Welcome to Geekscape’s newest gaming podcast, Xbox Game Passengers. Every other Wednesday, host Derek and a guest will dissect and discuss just one game available on Microsoft’s Game Pass service, which was chosen for them completely at random. Whether it’s a magical or a horrible experience, they’ll force themselves through it, share their thoughts, and let you know whether or not the game is worth your time! At the end of each episode, they’ll also randomly select the game for the following show. This episode, Evan returns to talk about one of the most peculiar games that the show has featured yet, Innerspace. The game is kind of like being inside a giant beachball, there isn't really any up or down, and... well, as you'll hear, things get pretty confusing. Soar through virgin skies and dive into lost oceans as you hunt for the ancient gods of the Inverse, a forsaken realm of inside-out planets. Created by a small team of seven developers and originally funded on Kickstarter, InnerSpace is a bright, colorful exploration flying game with no horizons. We’ve had a blast making Xbox Game Passengers so far, and we really hope that you’re enjoying it too! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear it at derek@geekscape.net. Anything you listeners can do to help spread the word about the podcast would be immensely appreciated — from sharing it on social media like Facebook or Twitter, to leaving us five stars (or even a review) on Apple Podcasts, to sending it to a single friend, it can all make a massive difference! Thanks again for coming along on this ride! You can also follow us on twitter @XGPPodcast Theme Song: I Adore My C64 by Nicolai Heidlas from HookSounds.com

44mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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011 - The Elder Scrolls Online

Welcome to Geekscape’s newest gaming podcast, Xbox Game Passengers. Every other Wednesday, host Derek and a guest will dissect and discuss just one game available on Microsoft’s Game Pass service, which was chosen for them completely at random. Whether it’s a magical or a horrible experience, they’ll force themselves through it, share their thoughts, and let you know whether or not the game is worth your time! At the end of each episode, they’ll also randomly select the game for the following show. This episode, John returns to chat with Derek about The Elder Scrolls Online. Neither has played an MMO in years, and both were surprised to learn just how fresh (and just how familiar) an MMO today could feel. The pair detail their favourite quests, how playing a game like this with a controller feels, some silly bugs, and much more! We’ve had a blast making Xbox Game Passengers so far, and we really hope that you’re enjoying it too! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear it at derek@geekscape.net. Anything you listeners can do to help spread the word about the podcast would be immensely appreciated — from sharing it on social media like Facebook or Twitter, to leaving us five stars (or even a review) on Apple Podcasts, to sending it to a single friend, it can all make a massive difference! Thanks again for coming along on this ride! You can also follow us on twitter @XGPPodcast Theme Song: I Adore My C64 by Nicolai Heidlas from HookSounds.com

1hr 21mins

18 Sep 2019

Rank #10