The Best Video Games To Play As A Couple

Happy Valentine's day. Or not. Whatever. Maybe you think this day is a fat old waste of time and money. Maybe you think the opposite. Regardless, you probably like video games and this is a list of some very good games to play as a couple.

This article was originally published 14 February 2017.

Disclaimer: These are video games I've played with my partner, who only kinda likes video games. This is my list. Maybe you like playing Left 4 Dead co-op with your partner, that's just not gonna happen for me.


Pixel Junk Monsters

Honestly, Pixel Junk Monsters provided my wife and I with one of the early highlights of our marriage!

Pixel Junk Monsters is super balanced, super tense and - most importantly - requires an intense amount of teamwork when played as a co-op game. Particularly when the levels get super difficult.


Rock Band

My wife and I played this solid for the better part of a year. We both managed to get up to expert level on our respective instruments (her on drums, me relegated to guitar).

Guitar Hero is similar, but Rock Band is just super powerful when it comes to making you feel like part of a team. Part of it is the pure presentation, part of it is the ability for people to rescue each other when they suck. There's a real 'in it together' vibe that makes it perfect for gaming as a couple.


Tricky Towers

Tricky Towers is awesome. But it's only awesome when you're playing against others. This is my wife and I's go-to game on Friday nights. The kids are sleeping, it's too late to do anything, let's just play shitloads of Tricky Towers.

It's the simplicity of the design, how easy it is for beginners. Everyone knows how to play Tetris, it's like that... kinda. It's also fun to play competitively with one another. We just play on loop for hours.


Until Dawn

The only single player game on my list.

I say single player, but I really feel like Until Dawn is the perfect game to play collaboratively. It also has that date night feel about it. Watching a trashy horror film loaded with jump scares - it's the most coupley thing a couple can do.

Until Dawn is the video game manifestation of that. It's awesome.


Critter Crunch

I hate Critter Crunch so much.

My wife is obsessed with it.

She made me play this every weekend for two years straight. It nearly broke me. It nearly broke our marriage. I have no idea why I've added it to this list. It's the worst.


Super Mario 3D World

When I played Super Mario 3D World alone, I was very underwhelmed. I felt like it was the most conservative Mario game I'd ever played. Now that I play it regularly with my wife and children and I truly understand how incredible it is.

It's perfect for co-op gaming. It's the perfect game for young children, but it's also a fun game to play with your significant other.


Portal 2

Portal 2 same-screen co-op is world class. The end. Might be my favourite co-op game of all time.


Overwatch

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A team-based first-person shooter that has a character choice for every playstyle imaginable?

Yes, this is a very good game to play as a couple. My brother-in-law and his wife are obsessed. They play side-by-side every Saturday night and it's the cutest thing I've ever seen. She plays mostly as D.Va, he plays as Mercy. It's a beautiful thing.


That's my list, what games do you play with your partner? Any suggestions?

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Comments

    Diablo 2 / 3 are great for local co-op.

      Played through 3 twice with my wife (second time for Ultimate edition) on the PS4. Was a great introduction to games with loot systems for her as well.

    Minecraft is always fun, along with other similar games like Starbound or Portal Knights. Anything that gets you building a house together.

    Though I'M going to be playing Brutal Doom 64 with my wife tonight, seeing as we had loads of fun in normal Brutal Doom. What a great way to spend Valentines Day.

    Also speaking of Tricky Towers, you can get it for $1 in the current Bundle Stars Chaos Bundle
    https://www.bundlestars.com/en/bundle/chaos-bundle

      Thanks, I picked Tricky Towers up

    My wife and I used to enjoy the Lego games, but lately Ive been cheating on her and playing them with my kids instead

    We play the "whatever the hell I feel like playing streaming to my PC while my wife watches Married at First Sight" game.

    Oh ... and Worms. We've played some Worms together.

    Overcooked is king of this list.

      Isn't that more like the first step onto a very steep, fast, slippery slope to divorce?

        I dunno, my wife and I take turns of the 'blame game' and barking orders at each other. It's semi-organised chaos. If we clear, it's bliss. If we don't, it's hell. Either way we still love it.

    The wife enjoys playing a bit of NBA2K with me. its been a while though.
    But she has also recently discovered Tricky towers, and we have spent a little bit of time playing that. Shes not a very big gamer at all so it doesn't happen very much at all.

    Lovers in a Dangerous space-time. It's one of the best local co-op games I've played.

      Played this with my husband, it gets tough! Teamwork becomes very necessary, though I found myself calling the shots since he's new to games, it was quite fun. Looking for more games to play together since console games don't have local co-op these days, Earth Defence Force 4 looks fun.

    Have to agree with portal 2 being the best co-op game ever. So so clever, was absorbed from start to end. Yet to experience anything near this co-op experience.

    I play LoL with my wife - she's a solid support and I'm an average ADC, so we make a good team :)

    Bronze4Lyf!? - but we have fun :)

    Mrs Tigs doesn't really like 'playing' games so most of what we do together is co-cooperatively.
    Quite enjoy the Assassins Creed series as plenty to look at and collectables give her something to keep an eye out for when we play.
    Another awesome one has been hand of fate, plenty of choices to make and she is better at tracking the card movements than me so she helps a lot there.

    Street Fighter.

    ...If you let your partner win a few times, or give yourself a massive handicap so it's actually a challenge.

    Honestly, split screen Halo is still the most fun.

    And with Street Fighter, she kicks my arse every time. I'm the one that needs a massive headstart in it.

    World of Warcraft - my wife isn't interested in playing it but my guild has a number of husband/wife couples that play together just about every night.

    My main 5 man dungeon group has me as a tank and then a couple who are healer and ranged dps as the core 3 members, works well. We swap the other 2 dps around depending on who is online.

      My wife and i just recently started playing together. She's pretty shy of grouping with strangers so we just quest together. But we're having great fun doing it, i find we spend more time talking than if we just sat on the couch watching some shit tv together.

      Last edited 14/02/17 2:15 pm

      My wife and I played it solid for years since vanilla, and on and off again since Pandaria. Great fun and so many memories. If you've got good synergy with your partner, it makes for some great dungeons and raiding.

      These days the game just isn't as much fun, plus it's much harder to devote time since we don't have the hours we used to, especially since we've both got so many lvl100+ characters, but it's always more fun to grind with someone else than on your own. ;)

    My wife played Overwatch for the first time on the weekend. Well, not really "played"... more like Heisenberged it. She could move forward, backwards, strafe and look around... just not at the same time. We didn't even make it to advanced level like pressing buttons and triggers like shoot. Epic fail.

    I'd add Kalimba to that list. A brilliant platformer! :)

    Really? Thats the whole list?

    GTA
    Dying Light
    Monster Hunters
    the division
    Fortnite
    ghost recon wildlands
    diablo
    COD WW2
    ...and then some.

    Unless the list is specifically 'dumbed' down for the significant other, the selection is pretty abrupt and the game quality is somewhat lacking

    My wife played/plays all of the above and whatever else ive forgotten

    **edit**

    My apologies for missing the last 'disclaimer' - please excuse me

    Last edited 14/02/18 1:28 pm

    I know everyone loves to rag on the LEGO games, but they were great for those weekends (before kids) when we just wanted to chillout on the couch, eat, drink and take it easy.

    Really enjoying Lego Dimensions with the wife now. She's not a gamer, the most she can do is one of the endless hidden object games. But Lego Dimensions means she can play as Unikitty and the Doctor and take on the Joker with Scooby Doo at her side. And the controls are easy. And then she gets to build the characters as well.

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