Xbox One Game Pass Adds The Brand New Warhammer: Vermintide 2 For Free

Invasion of the Ratmen.

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After coming to PC in March, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 has officially launched on Xbox One. And if you're a subscriber to Microsoft's Game Pass service, you can play it for free. That's good news to anyone who wants to help fight off a rat infestation.

A sequel to Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide, Vermintide 2 is basically like Left 4 Dead in a Warhammer setting. It takes place in the apocalyptic End Times. You and three companions must fight through 13 levels to survive against Chaos soldiers and hordes of humanoid rat creatures called Skaven. You do so by arming yourself with an array of medieval and fantasy weaponry (plus a few guns) and hacking, shooting, and magic-blasting them to ribbons.

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From GameSpot's Vermintide 2 impressions: "Vermintide 2 even looks like Left 4 Dead 2 at times, with its same starting camera angles and chatter between characters. But Vermintide 2 is much less predictable; its AI does its best to continually throw new strategies at you. There is no sense of safety, making winning far more satisfying. Tomes and grimoires, which are rewards for risking rat-induced peril and exploring levels, also change the game considerably, adding extra layers of strategy and difficulty. Meanwhile, the diverse class system adds a huge layer of replayability that keeps things fun and varied."

Developer Fatshark says the game has sold well on PC, moving half a million units in its first four days after launch. Not long after it launched, the developer released anupdate that sanded down some of the difficulty spikes. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is slated to arrive on PS4 sometime this year; you can sign up for a beta here.

Vermintide 2 isn't the only new game to appear on Game Pass this week. Rocket League arrived on June 10, while last week saw the additions of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3, among others. You can find the full list of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games available on Xbox Game Pass here.

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