Games With Gold December 2017: A very ratty Christmas

Matt Sayer 24 November 2017 NEWS

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Slash your way through hordes of chittering rat-men in Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide, free with this month's Games With Gold.

If you're looking to save some money over the holiday period while still getting your game on, Microsoft has you covered with the latest helping of free games due to hit its Games With Gold service next month.

Headlining the Christmas goodies is the co-op focused fantasy title Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide, which takes the objective-based survival gameplay of the Left 4 Dead games and changes it up with a keener eye to melee combat and a loot system. This encourages replaying missions and bumps up the difficulty to earn flashier weapons and more powerful magic trinkets to help you advance through the game's extensive quest line.

Standing in stark contrast to the bloody Vermintide is the light-hearted Back to the Future: The Game – 30th Anniversary Edition. As one of Telltale Games' first forays into the modern adventure game genre, it takes a more traditional approach to puzzle-solving than the studio's narrative-heavy titles developed in the wake of The Walking Dead's success. However, it does a great job of staying true to the original movies while also giving you a chance to explore more of Hill Valley than the films ever did.

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Last up are December's Xbox 360 offerings, with the trippy rail-shooter Child of Eden and the so-bad-it's-good hack 'n' slasher Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death playable on both the original Xbox 360 and on the Xbox One via backwards compatibility.

Check out the full release schedule for December's Games With Gold below:

  • Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide – available from 1 December to 31 December
  • Back to the Future: The Game – 30th Anniversary Edition available from 16 December to 15 January
  • Child of Eden available from 1 December to 15 December
  • Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death available from 16 December to 31 December
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