Editorial picks

5 awesome co-op games to play with your better half

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching which means that it’s time to start planning your romantic night out. Us, gamers, understand romance a bit differently. I, for one, love to play games with my girlfriend. I can consider myself a lucky dude since my girlfriend knows how to appreciate a good game, but Valentine’s Day is all about doing things together. That is why I’ve taken some time to pick out some great co-op games. So, if you’re anything like me, and still trying to figure out what to do on February 14th, read on! Maybe you’ll find a co-op game that suits you and your lover’s needs.

Portal 2

Let’s start this list with a no-brainer. Portal 2 was released in 2011 and to this date is still considered one of the best co-op games ever to be conceived. It’s witty, smart and very funny. Not many games can pull off insulting their players, but Portal 2 does this constantly leaving a smile on the face.

While the majority of the game is created for a single player, Portal 2 features an amazing co-op mode balancing between cooperation and friendly rivalry. Additionally, after completing the main co-op campaign you will be able to download various community created maps which accumulate to hours upon hours of joy.

Minecraft

Love is all about creating and enjoying things together. When I hear about creation, one game, in particular, instantly comes to my mind. Minecraft is a well-known game with incomprehensible freedom and a vast unending world to explore. However, the game’s popularity lies with its social aspect, so if you’re looking for a co-op game where you and your partner could express yourselves, look no further, and start building your dream home (or a castle) together.

Diablo III

If you’re into fantasy worlds and don’t mind some on-screen violence I recommend you give Diablo III a try.  It’s one heck of a co-op game which can be played together in its entirety. Diablo III has a compelling story with some jaw-dropping plot twists which might leave both you and your better half in tears. Additionally, it has a huge replayability value, many classes to choose from, and an insane amount of varying difficulty levels. It’s easy to pick up, but hard to put down, and that’s how good co-op games should be.

Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 is probably my favorite game on this list. It’s something about its colorful design and engaging gameplay that always draws me back to give it another go. Borderlands 2 has a rich world full of quests with superb stories and areas to explore. And you know what makes this game even greater? The ability to experience all of this together with a partner! Definitely, a must-try if you’re looking for good co-op games.

Towerfall Ascension

The last and the only game on our list created by a single person is an indie project, which is weird, considering that its one of the greatest in its genre. Towerfall Ascension essentially is a 2D arena platform game where you can beat the crap out of each other using bows. Besides that, the game also has a two-player co-op Quest Mode which will pitch your duo against computer-controlled opponents trying to dodge not only their attacks but also the ones released by your friend. Towerfall Ascension might be the simplest game in our list but it’s definitely one for people who can appreciate original co-op games.

And that’s it! You’ve made through my list of recommendations. While not all games on the list can be loosely called ‘romantic’, they will grant you tons of joy and will give plenty to talk and laugh about. Whatever you choose, don’t forget that games are better when you play them together.