Eight Great Games For Couples To Play This Valentines Day
I've heard it said before that the couple which plays together stays together. I'm not certain how true that is, but it seems to have worked for my girlfriend and I thus far. That's worth something, right?
Anyway, I'm not here to ramble about my relationship. Instead, I'm here to talk about Valentine's day. It's one of those special occasions where couples all over the world go out of their way to be extra romantic; a day where love is in the air and anyone who can't seem to find a significant other ends up locked in their room, alone with their bitterness.
By now, I'm sure most of you have Valentine's Day plans. Maybe you're looking at trying out that new Italian place, or going on a trip up to the mountains. Maybe you're planning to stay in and cook your lover the most exquisite meal they've ever tasted. Whatever you're thinking of doing, why not try playing a few games, too? Here's a few games I've found to be perfect to try out with your player two.
League of Legends
We'll start with one of the most popular games in the world. League of Legends - for those of you who somehow haven't heard of it - is a MOBA. What that basically means is that it's a real-time strategy title which pits two teams against one another, with each team trying to destroy the other's base. Each player controls a single unit - their Champion - and manages both their items and skills. Though often more than a little intense (tempers tend to run very high in League), it can nevertheless be a great relationship-building tool.
Just...make sure neither of you have anger issues before you start playing. Otherwise, League might be a surefire recipe for disaster.
I've recommended Portal 2 before, but it bears mentioning again that it might well be one of the greatest co-operative experiences ever made. This first-person puzzle game features a fantastic co-operative campaign, in which each player has to rely on the other in order to succeed. Toss in some hilarious one-liners from everybody's favorite rogue AI GLaDOS and the very real possibility that one of you might 'accidentally' (and repeatedly) send the other sailing to their doom, and you've a surefire means of entertainment.
I'm a little ashamed to say I've lost track of the number of hours I've wasted in Minecraft. Something about the block-based sandbox survival game just grabbed me and pulled me in. This one's great for the aspiring architect in all of us, and even better for a creatively-inclined couple. After all, haven't you always talked about building your dream home together? Now's your chance.
Just make sure a creeper doesn't blow it up.
Virtually Any New Mario Game
One thing I've noticed about Nintendo is that they're making a very concerted push towards local multiplayer in their first-party franchises. The Mario series, in particular, features some of the penultimate party games available on the Wii U. Mario Party, Mario Kart, and the New Super Mario Bros series are all great choices for a gaming couple this February.
If shooters are more your thing, Borderlands 2 might be right up your alley. Gearbox's game is chock-full of absurd humor, tough combat, and enough loot to make a Skagg sick. Plus, the game's positively huge - I can all but guarantee that even if you play it for the entire day, you'll only get partway through it. Oh, I should probably mention - this game's designed for co-op.
The Lego Series
One thing I've noticed about the Lego games franchise - a fault shared by pretty much every title from Star Wars to Lord of the Rings - is that they can be painfully boring when played alone. Travelers' Tales pretty much designed the games to be played with a friend or loved one. See where I'm going with this? This Valentine's Day, why not pick out a Lego game based on your favorite fandom and give it a whirl?
Diablo III (Or Diablo II)
The Diablo franchise pretty much defined the dungeon-crawler, and even though Blizzard kind of messed up with Diablo III, it still remains one of the better hack-and-slash RPGs out there - and it's still a blast to play with friends. Of course, if you can't quite get past the always-online requirement and the horrifically hammy storyline, you could always seek out a copy of Diablo II, and the expansion, Lord of Destruction.