The Best Games to Play with Your Partner

What happens when you don't let her win at Mario Kart.
What happens when you don't let her win at Mario Kart.

Whether you and your partner are just looking for a date night in or your other half doesn’t quite get video games, there’s something that everyone can enjoy in gaming. There seems to be a stigma and fantasy around so-called ‘gamer girls’.

My girlfriend isn’t a video gamer by any means. She enjoys the occasion Sims session now and then, but by and large, she is not an avid video gamer. There have been many times however where we have spent the night in playing some video games and both a great time.

Some of these games felt slightly outside of my comfort zone and would be titled I probably wouldn’t have played without having looked for something that we could both play together. The great news is that these are still excellent games that offer a different kind of fun.

So if you’re like me and your partner isn’t the seasoned gamer you are, why not try these titles and see if you have the same fun I did.

Portal 2

The great thing about playing Portal 2 with your partner is that this game requires you to communicate all the time. It’s an essentially a puzzle game that needs both of you to get through it.

Portal 2 also has a narrative co-op story mode, which is only about 4 hours long, so a long attention span isn’t needed to enjoy this game either. I played this game with my partner over a weekend and we managed to finish the story mode easily. If the 4-hour long campaign isn’t quite enough for the two of you the good news is there is plenty of user-created content for you to download and enjoy together.

With great voice acting, interesting and dynamic puzzle’s you are sure to have a great time working together to solve each section of the game. This is the perfect couch co-op game for a rainy weekend indoors.

Overcooked

Overcooked is manic it time, but that’s the charm. If there was ever a game that could replicate the sheer rush of a working kitchen it’s this one. Players work together to cook meals for customers. Someone chops, someone grills, etc..

This is another game that really requires a lot of communication and teamwork. Cook the perfect meal for your customers together, learning new recipes and improving your culinary class. You can even add more players to the party if you wish and have up to four chefs playing at one time.

This is one of the best and weirdest offline multiplayer games I’ve played and may possibly be the greatest party game ever. Overcooked is proof that sitting next to people, shouting at them is still one of the greatest feats in gaming.

LittleBigPlanet 2

LittleBigPlanet 2 is a platform game with the added bonus of being a fantastic co-op experience. Its simple in its platforming design and the mechanics are very user-friendly. Anyone can pick up and play LittleBigPlanet 2.

The beauty of this title comes from its unique art style, the character customisation, and its soundtrack. Players can dress up their Sack Boy in various clothing items and unlock new ones along the way.

The world created in LittleBigPlanet 2 is cute and funny and it’s almost impossible to not find that appealing. The game is challenging enough so that’s it’s not too easy, but neither does it step into the realm of frustration.

Players can even create their own levels to tackle together or play an endless amount of user-created ones. LittleBigPlanet 2 has enough content to last you a lifetime. I challenge anyone to sit and play this game without a smile on your face.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart is the original party game so who can argue with its inclusion on this list? Characters are instantly recognizable, as is the world you play in. Mario Kart offers a different kind of cooperative play than the other games on our list and that’s a competitive element.

As long as no one in your party is a sore loser then you can have hours of fun racing against one another in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Pick your favorite character from the series or the one you like the look of and race round brilliantly designed tracks, all whilst throwing a few shells at each other.

Everything that made the Mario Kart series special is here in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and it’s a must-have for any switch owners or party throwers. Its graphics and soundtrack are more than impressive, considering this a portable game.

Start your engines and prepare to race as you play possibly one of the best Mario Kart games in the series. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is perfect for introducing people to the world of video games.

Don’t Starve Together

Don’t Starve Together is the only way to play the Don’t Starve franchise with a friend. By improving on everything from the previous game Don’t Starve Together pits players against a strange world, filled with creatures, dangers, and surprises. Players need to work together to gather resources and survive the harsh environment.

The aim of the game here is quite simply not to starve and what better way to do that than with your partner. Don’t Starve Together has a really great art style. Its hand-drawn, black and white look is really appealing and easy on the eye.

This game is a blast and despite its somewhat bleak color scheme, it’s actually really funny. Its relaxed to the point where you can still have a conversation, but engaging enough where you have to communicate and problem solve.

Don’t Starve Together is a great survival sandbox game and the perfect way to find out how compatible you are as a couple in dire situations. Test your ability to adapt to situations and above all else, laugh whilst you’re doing it.

Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.
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