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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Joins Xbox Game Pass

The Game Pass library just keeps growing. After adding a slew of titles to the service earlier this month, Microsoft topped off January with one final game: 2014's Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.

If you've yet to experience the first game in the Tomb Raider reboot trilogy, it's available to download from Game Pass right now.


Microsoft rather cheekily teased the fact that a new game was coming to Game Pass a few days ago, tweeting out an image about February's lineup with most of the game titles blurred. At the top of the fake email, made-up Microsoft employee Melissa McGamepass revealed that another game would hit Game Pass on Jan. 31.

It's clear we now have that game in Tomb Raider. But players are wildly speculating about what the hidden February titles could be, too. And while there are some pretty good theories, we won't know for sure until Microsoft officially adds the games sometime next month.

In the meantime, you can enjoy Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, a game that arguably improved the Tomb Raider franchise for the better. Sure, you'll find the occasional diehard fan who will swear off the reboot series because Lara doesn't have her iconic double pistols. But if you join that camp, you'll only be missing out on some really satisfying bow-play, interesting puzzle-solving, and fun platforming that asks you to use all of the tools in your arsenal.


Could the story be a little better? Absolutely. Is Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition the best entry in the trilogy? Not by a longshot. There were some quality-of-life changes added later in Rise of the Tomb Raider and Shadow of the Tomb Raider that really tightened things up. And graphically, there is a very distinct leap between Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider. But Tomb Raider is still an experience worth having, especially because Rise is also available in Game Pass, giving you the opportunity to play both titles back to back.

We'll undoubtedly be back next month when Microsoft announces its February Game Pass lineup. Until then, have fun in Tomb Raider.