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Tutorial 9 Games That Can Boost Your Relationship

Discussion in 'Love' started by La Freak, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. La Freak

    La Freak Support Team Staff Member Support Team

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re dating a gamer, you have tons of creative gift ideas they’ll love to choose from. It’s more than just giving a gift, though; spending time together is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday, and fortunately lots of games are meant to be enjoyed with a Player Two.

    First we’ll look at some games accessible to everyone, no matter their skill level, and what positive attributes they’ll bring to your relationship. Next, we’ll highlight some titles for advanced couples to work through together; finally, if you’re in a long-distance relationship, we’ll check out awesome games for you both to enjoy online. Let’s play!

    Games for Any Couple
    Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Lend a Helping Hand! [Wii; 2010]
    Super Mario Galaxy 2 is pure Mario magic and includes support for a second character. Player Two can use a second Wii Remote to control an on-screen pointer that picks up Star Bits, freezes enemies, grabs mushrooms, and flips switches, making the Player One’s adventure easier. Nothing that the co-player does is essential to the game’s progress, but they give Mario the upper hand.

    Nintendo Land – Just Have Fun! [Wii U; 2012]
    Nintendo Land, much like Wii Sports, is a pack-in title meant to showcase what the Wii U and its GamePad are capable of. In it, you’ll find a dozen different minigames featuring some of Nintendo’s classic franchises. Three of the games are co-op, another trio are competitive, and the rest are meant to be played solo.

  2. La Freak

    La Freak Support Team Staff Member Support Team

    Games For Advanced Partners
    The previous games are fun and accessible for anyone. In these more difficult titles, however, cooperation is often essential, and you’ll need experience in platforming, first-person controls, and puzzle solving to progress. These games are recommended for couples whose members both have some games under their belt, or for those with one expert and one particularly adventurous protege.

    Portal 2 – Rely on Each Other! [PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC; 2011]
    Portal 2 is one of the best puzzle-platformers of all time, and it includes an excellent co-op mode. In it, two robots, each armed with their portal gun, go through test chambers specifically designed to require cooperation. The solution won’t always be evident at first, and figuring out where to place each player so as to get them both to the exit is exciting. The game never gets so difficult as to discourage players, though.

    TimeSplitters 2 – Shooting Double! [GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox; 2002]
    TimeSplitters 2 is considered a spiritual successor to all-time great N64 first-person shooter GoldenEye 007, so of course it features tons of zany multiplayer modes perfect for dorm gaming. However, the feature of this game most attractive to couples is that you can play the entire campaign with two players cooperating.

    It takes some serious coordination between players, especially on Normal or Hard; you might have to time your shots so one person shoots out a camera as the other takes out a guard. You’ll also have to share ammo and body armor that you find so that one teammate isn’t under-equipped. For couples who like to perfect their approach and be in sync, the missions ofTimeSplitters 2 will be a blast. The game’s varied locations and meaningful objectives are a welcome change from today’s dime-a-dozen military shooters.

    Donkey Kong Country – Tag Team! [SNES; 1994]
    The original DK Country includes a two-player mode, but due to system limitations only one player can control the action at a time. Because of this, Player One will control Donkey Kong, and when he finds a DK barrel with Diddy inside, the other player will be ready to control Diddy. If DK takes a hit, or if both players tap Select, Player Two assumes control.

    It’s a great system for couples of varying ability, as the weaker player can swap out any time they feel overwhelmed. However, DK Country is not a cakewalk, so beginner players might not be so keen on the idea; lots of precise platforming is required.

  3. La Freak

    La Freak Support Team Staff Member Support Team

    For Long-Distance Lovers
    Unfortunately, many folks in relationships won’t get to be with their better halves on Valentine’s Day. Therefore, we’ll close the list with a few titles that even those separated by thousands of miles can enjoy playing over the Internet together. Of course, they’ll each need a copy of the game and the system to play it on.

    Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Build a Life Together! [3DS; 2013]
    Animal Crossing is a pleasant series where you live in a town populated by animals. The gameplay is laid-back and lets you take things at your own pace. It’s great by your lonesome, but with your boyfriend or girlfriend owning a copy, too, you can visit each other’s towns and hang out together.

    LittleBigPlanet 2 – Make Something Awesome! [PlayStation 3; 2011]
    You can create virtually any level or game you want in LittleBigPlanet 2. Two players can join up together in a party and play the pre-created story levels, check out the millions of levels available online, or make their own stages from scratch. If you have an awesome idea for a stage, you can both go into the creator studio and work in separate areas at the same time, if you wish.

    Play For Love
    Now, no matter how much experience you or your plus one have with video games, you’ll have some to enjoy and experience together at your level. You’ll have to find which genre and type work for the two of you best, but after popping a few discs in you should find one you both can have fun with. And if you can’t get a rhythm going or just really don’t enjoy video games? At least you made an attempt to try something new for your sweetheart!

    Need to brush up on your skills before you play with your true love? Check out Joel’s tips for getting better at video games.