Who says playing video games can’t be a date?
Valentine’s Day dates usually consist of dinner, flowers, fine clothing and maybe even a movie, which can get a little mundane when sticking too much to formula. So for this year, maybe don’t watch Sonic the Hedgehog or Parasite for your very special date. Why not switch things up a little and try out game night for a change? Contrary to popular belief, there’s plenty more options to couch co-op games than cliché shooters. Your non-gamer partner might even enjoy gaming with these titles we’ve handpicked for you.
Here are the top 8 couch co-op games that the two of you can play this Valentine’s Day:
1. A Way Out
The first game to come to mind, A Way Out is designed to be played by gamer pairs as if they were protagonists in a crime thriller film. It may start out as a by-the-numbers 70s’ prison break story, but it welcomingly goes off the rails and subverts expectations to be something more than its supposed gimmick, delivering a seamless two-player experience – an eclectic of cinematic sequences and amusing minigames – that would be impossible to play alone. A must-play if you want to gamify your movie night, where both of you are characters in the movie. It’s like a Telltale game if it were to expand upon its point-and-click adventure formula.
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch and Wii U.
2. Borderlands series
Ever wondered why the Borderlands games frequent other lists of top multiplayer games? Because it’s simple, has satisfying gunplay and powers, wacky as heck, and – most importantly – you can play it split-screen with up to four players (not that you need two more players to shoot up with)! This loot shooter has light RPG mechanics that’s relatively easy to pick up, but otherwise, it’s a free-for-all bullet buffet of lasers, explosions, gunpowder and awesome superpowers of galactic proportions for you and your partner-in-crime to enjoy. Borderlands’ signature toilet humour might put your partner off, but that probably won’t diminish its interstellar adventure.
Platform: PC, PS4 and Xbox.
3. Overcooked series
It doesn’t matter if you like cooking or not, because it’s impossible to resist the charm and stress of cooking in Overcooked. Dubbed as “a chaotic couch co-op cooking game”, your task is simple: pick up ingredients, prepare them, cook them, and serve. But of course, you may encounter the likes of rats, penguins, slippery ice floors, earthquakes, ghosts, and moving food trucks that stand in the way of you two getting the high score. It takes some getting used to, but once you know the ins and outs of Overcooked, it’s deliciously good fun. Now you never need to cook Valentine’s Day dinner, unless your partner still prefers that.
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch.
4. Portal 2
Few games have dedicated co-op campaigns separate from the main one, which makes Portal 2 an ideal game to play with your lover. An ingenious game where you’re equipped with a portal gun, the goal of the game is to solve puzzles via teleportation, with co-op mode encouraging teamwork to progress. Complementing its original gameplay is its charming writing, excellent voice acting and well-executed dark humour, so prepare for an entertaining video game date night with the wifey/hubby. If you’re playing on PC with only one controller available, this will help.
Platform: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Remember the classic cartoons you watched as a kid, such as Mickey Mouse, Popeye the Sailor and Betty Boop? No? That’s cool, because you and your beloved can still enjoy Cuphead, a zany run and gun game that uses the same rubber hose animation, packaged as a 2D platform shooter that’s a visual treat. But don’t let its captivating hand drawn visuals fool you – it’s a difficult game that encourages muscle memory, bringing to mind Dark Souls but in a compact colourful interactive medium. If any of you liked playing Metal Slug, then you’d appreciate this immensely.
Platform: PC, Xbox One and Switch.
6. Resident Evil 6
Regardless of the strong mixed reception that this Resident Evil game received, one can’t deny that it’s a solid shooter with B-horror elements. Refining upon the gameplay standard set by Resident Evil 4 sans awful cover system, the supposed final Resident Evil entry saw a departure from its survival horror roots, opting for a cinematic action game that suits its explosive finale. While it’s far from perfect, it’s fluid mechanics, intuitive controls and split-screen mode make this an enjoyable showdown against zombies and mutants with your other half.
Platform: PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Switch.
7. Guacamelee! series
Wrestling games may not be for everyone, but this lucha libre (Mexican wrestling) themed Metroidvania indie is an arcade platformer that two can only have fun with. You play as Juan, a humble farmer who was resurrected as a powerful luchador (male wrestler) by Tostada, a mysterious luchadora (female wrestler) that player two will control, to save his beloved from an evil skeleton. But who says you can’t have fun whacking, kicking and wrestling your enemies in your heroic journey?
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch.
8. Knights and Bikes
A combination of Life is Strange, Stranger Things and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Knights and Bikes is an eccentric game where you play as two friends and their pet goose, innocently exploring an ancient island before it turned into a fantasy story. From pimping your bikes and caring for your goose to fending off enemies with your powers, it’s a coming-of-age and heartwarming escapade that our inner child craves for. Who knows, the two of you might even learn a thing or two about life from this tale of nostalgia, childhood and friendship.
Platform: PC, PS4 and Switch.