Heads up fellas! Valentine’s Day is soon approaching (Saturday). If you haven’t already, it’s time to think about not only what you’re going to give your significant other, but what you’re going to do for fun.
If you’re here, chances are you enjoy playing video games. While your girlfriend may or may not share that hobby with you, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some co-operative time together in the virtual world. No matter what they say, there’s a game for everyone.
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In the list below we have 10 games that you may find suitable for the occasion. Choosing the right one(s) comes down to understanding the tastes of your significant other, and knowing when it’s the right time to turn the console on.
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Platforms: PC, PS3, PS Vita, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Players: 1 - 4 Best For: The girlfriend who likes shooting stuff. Borderlands 2 was one of 2012's best co-operative games, allowing for up to four players to choose one of four characters and start kicking butt together. It reigns as arguably the best first-person shooter for co-operative play, sporting customization and seemingly endless weaponry to keep things interesting.
Borderlands 2 has a good story, charismatic visuals, and a heavy dose of addictive FPS gameplay. It helps that it isn't an overly violent shooter like most games these days. There's nothing quite like it. Most of all, it's fun.
Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition
Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Players: 1 - 4 Best For: The girlfriend who likes dark themes. Diablo 3 isn't cutesy, and it sure as hell doesn't have anything to do with Valentine's Day, but if your girlfriend likes Gothic citadels, black magic, and zombies, she'll fall in love with it. Related: Diablo 3 Review
Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition is a consolized version of Diablo 3 that features split-screen co-op. In it you and up to three partners destroy cruel enemies while on the search for gear and weapon upgrades. It isn't a game suitable for all couples, but fits a great niche.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Players: 1 Best For: The girlfriend who loves an epic story.
Does your girlfriend enjoy fantasy TV shows and/or film such as
Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings? If so, Dragon Age: Inquisition is a great pick. Related: Dragon Age: Inquisition Review
Dragon Age: Inquisition might be single-player only, but what you can do is play while your girlfriend enjoys the story and helps you decide what to say during dialog sequences. Your girlfriend probably just wants to watch you play anyway.
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Platforms: Xbox One Players: 1 - 2 Best For: The girlfriend who can't stop dancing
Fantasia: Music Evolved is a game that gets you up off your couch and moving in front of the TV. As with games like Dance Central and SingStar, it features a ton of popular music, from Queen to Drake and even Bruno Mars. But instead of dancing traditionally or singing, you move your arms as if you were a composer. It's a lot more fun than it sounds, and there's a free demo on the Xbox Store if you want to give it a try.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Platforms: PC, DS, 3DS, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One Players: 1 - 4 Best For: The girlfriend who loved The Avengers.
Lego games are always a safe bet, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes is arguably the best game in the series. It lets you and up to three others take on the role of one of many popular heroes. It's action-oriented, finds ways to make co-operative play fun, and is so light-hearted there's no way your girlfriend will dislike it.
Platforms: PS3, PS4 Players: 1 - 4 Best For: The girlfriend who loves adorable things. LittleBigPlanet 3's world is constructed of the sort of materials you'd find at Michael's, and sounds the alarm on the cute-o-meter. Whether your girlfriend is an artistic type, or just loves fluffy animals, she's sure to fall prey to LittleBigPlanet's charm. Related: LittleBigPlanet 3 Review
If Mario is a winner, but you want to try something new,
LittleBigPlanet 3 is a great choice. It plays similarly, but deviates enough to feel like a new experience.
Mario Kart 8
Platforms: Wii U Players: 1 - 4 Best For: The girlfriend who likes to compete.
First and foremost, it's important to know that
Mario Kart 8 isn't a game that fare well for people who aren't adept at video games as flying off the stage and getting last place every time is demoralizing. But, if your girlfriend has a champion's spirit and you think she would find joy in trying to destroy you with koopa shells to take the lead, then Mario Kart 8 is the game for the both of you.
Platforms: Just about everything Players: 1 - 2 Best For: The girlfriend who loves making things. Minecraft is a crafter's paradise. Its world is built entirely on large square blocks with various properties. In it, you can build anything your mind can think of, even Game of Thrones' King's Landing or a 3D model of the Earth. There's a reason Minecraft is one of the world's best-selling games.
Alternatively, you and your girlfriend can try to stay alive in Survival mode where you need to craft a home, acquire food, and avoid being killed by foes.
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Players: 1 - 2 Best For: The girlfriend who is proud of her problem-solving skills.
Portal 2 is a thinker's game that features both an award-winning single-player component and an array of two-player puzzle-oriented challenges. Overcoming its challenges requires both teamwork and timing, offering you and your girlfriend a chance to see how sharp your video game chemistry is.
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360 Players: 1 - 4 Best For: The girlfriend who just wants to jump like Mario.
Rayman Legends is just about as good of a competitor to Mario as you'll ever see, but has the benefit of being on more than one platform. In it you jump on stuff, over stuff, in stuff, and any other combination you can think of. It's simple, stylish, and will keep you on your toes.