Night in the Woods and Warhammer: Vermintide 2 added to Xbox Game Pass

By Luke Albigés,
Xbox Game Pass just keeps on giving, and this week's additions are some of the best in a while. Night in the Woods and Warhammer: Vermintide 2 are both now available on Game Pass on console, while Game Pass for PC players get detective point-and-click adventure Kathy Rain instead of Vermintide.

Night In The Woods screenshot

Night in the Woods is a stylish narrative-driven adventure game focused on bass-playing cat Mae returning to her sleepy home town. As strange as that may sound, the storytelling is both grounded and fantastic, with relatable characters and well-written dialogue carrying the experience. It takes around 8-10 hours to get through and comes highly recommended, but it's worth bearing in mind that almost all of the game's 31 achievements are both secret and missable, so you might want to use a guide.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 couldn't be more different to Night in the Woods — it's a violent and chaotic first-person melee brawler set in the Warhammer Fantasy Battles universe, with a focus on co-op multiplayer. Think Left 4 Dead but with Skaven (vile rat creatures, for the uninitiated) instead of zombies and you're on the right track. The clear multiplayer emphasis makes this a tough one to recommend for solo players, so it coming to Game Pass is great news. Get a few friends to download it as well and you're in for a good time, although the achievement list doesn't look particularly inviting. It's long and pretty tricky, plus you'll need to pick up the DLC in order to grab all 2,000 GamerScore.

In place of Vermintide, Game Pass for PC subscribers are getting critically acclaimed point-and-click Kathy Rain, a retro-style detective adventure that pays tribute to the Sierra classics of old such as King's Quest. It follows the titular heroine as she investigates the mysterious death of her grandfather, and skews more towards narrative and dialogue than obtuse puzzles, so don't expect it to be anywhere near as frustrating as some of those old games could be. The game has no achievements though, sadly.

These three games join Destiny 2, which was added earlier this week along with all of the additional content added to date. The next major expansion, Beyond Light, arrives November 10th and is set to radically overhaul the game by removing a bunch of content indefinitely. Achievement hunters will want to work fast, since the Leviathan raid — required for two achievements — is one of the many things headed for the content vault, so you've only got a few weeks to get a fireteam together and beat both the regular and Prestige versions.

Which of these new Game Pass additions are you most looking forward to giving a go? Let us know in the comments!
Luke Albigés
Written by Luke Albigés
Hey, I'm Luke! I've been playing games since way back in the 8-bit days, and have spent the last 15+ years writing and talking about them professionally for anyone and everyone who would let me. Monster Hunter fanatic, wearer of many fine hats, and always up for a raid.