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10 Great Co-Op Games for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to get together with the one you love and blast through an addictive little title. Another Castle is here to offer up some of our favorite games to play with our significant others, because we believe the couple that plays together, stays together!

The order below is not indicative of rank. We also made it a point to not include exclusive versus or deathmatch type games in the list. Sorry Super Smash Bros. fans! We want to encourage an enjoyable experience where your skills can compliment each others rather than start a real life Valentine’s Day brawl!

1. Dungeon Defenders ♥

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Source: Examiner.com

Difficulty: ♥♥/♥♥♥♥♥

Dungeon Defenders is a delightful, quirky tower defense action-RPG combo. In this game, you and your hunny can play online as one of 4 colorful characters, each with their own unique take on their class. Emphasis is on defense, and as a result there are a plethora of traps you’ll learn and utilize while fighting off hordes. Dungeon Defenders boasts a lot of cool features, such as customization maps, interesting NPC’s, challenging dungeons, and more at a low-cost.

Available on PC, Xbox Live Arcade, and PSN

Pros:

  • Easy learning curve, simple leveling and armor systems
  • Decorative worlds and challenging dungeons
  • Unlockable abilities
  • Lots of loot and baddies

Cons:

  • Multiplayer is ONLINE only
  • Single player has a slow paced start
  • Micro-transactions exist, but aren’t necessary

2. Kirby’s Epic Yarn ♥

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Difficulty: ♥/♥♥♥♥♥

Kirby’s Epic Yarn is adorable, relaxing, and perfect for the partner who isn’t too deeply invested in gaming. Why? Because it’s so easy on its own you almost need another player to pump up the volume! But for what this game lacks in substance, it makes up for as a leisurely title you and your sweetheart can cuddle up and play together. Epic Yarn operates mechanically like a classic Kirby staple, but with an artful twist.  Unravel your enemies and explore the platforms find triggers and interact with the beautiful environments.

Available on the Wii.

Pros:

  • Local cooperative campaign
  • Classic Nintendo nostalgia
  • Beautiful levels and artful design
  • Backwards compatible for Wii U
  • Fantastic graphics and music, similar to classic title Yoshi’s Story

Cons:

  • Simplistic, especially on single player
  • Doesn’t utilize Wii controls to full potential
  • Multiplayer adds little substance to the gameplay save for a few gimmicks

3. Portal 2 ♥

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Difficulty: ♥♥♥/♥♥♥♥♥

Portal 2 is a fabulous and funny puzzle game for you and the Mr(s)!  Work together, complete all the test chambers, and enjoy the quick wit, without getting bogged down. Time flies when you’re playing Portal! This game is quick paced and amusing. Although it might sound simple, you will find yourself surprised by how obscure some puzzles can be. Teamwork is key in this fantastic title.

Available on PC, Xbox 360, PS3

Pros:

  • Everyone loves Portal 2
  • Simple controls and surprisingly complex combinations
  • Quick-paced and consuming

Cons:

  • None, it’s Portal 2
  • Just kidding, there isn’t much replay value once completed
  • No split screen co-op on PC
  • Patience for one another is required

4. Gears of War Franchise ♥

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Difficulty: ♥♥♥♥/♥♥♥♥♥

In a time when 2-player couch-side gaming is becoming extinct, Gears of War is a franchise that insists on keeping your local connections strong. Although there is room to play GoW on extreme difficulty, neither 1, 2, 3, or Judgement need to be played at that level.

There’s a lot of blood and gore, but we think your partner will enjoy chainsawing and shotgunning the emerging locust scum. Despite dystopian and post-apocalyptic scenery Gears of War on campaign and online multiplayer is always lively! Not to mention, the story lines are gripping.

Available on Xbox 360.

Pros:

  • Complete local multiplayer
  • Intense online team multiplayer
  • Exclusive co-op extras
  • Universal difficulty levels
  • Captivating storytelling
  • Weapons selection is a blast!

Cons: 

  • Excessive gore which may not be for everyone
  • Slight learning curve for new gamers
  • Judgement’s online multiplayer games are a joke, and the best maps cost money

5. Resident Evil 6 ♥

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Difficulty: ♥♥♥/♥♥♥♥♥

Disclaimer: Chris’ endgame levels, in my experience, are broken, and must be played as one player to complete. Although this is inexcusable, the campaigns are actually a lot of fun, and offer a great amount of variety.-Paige

Resident Evil 6 had the potential to bring back RE4 level praise. Although it failed, there’s still some significant charm within the game. Leon’s levels are entertaining, the best of the set, and reminiscent of a classic RE feeling. Ada’s levels are multiplayer, but player 2 will have less abilities as she’s intended to be alone.

There are plenty of tense moments, and then those where you’re swimming in BOW’s! An enjoyable added element of finding the Serpent Emblems, following from Resident Evil 5, also available for local 2 player.

Although we wouldn’t suggest picking this baby up at full price, it’s good enough to pick up at a bargain and play with your partner for some jump scares, laughs, and to see which style of gameplay makes your partner shine.

Other notable Resident Evil titles for multiplayer are Resident Evil Revelation (Raid Mode 3DS), RE5, RE0, Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles, and Darkside Chronicles.

Available on PC, PS3, Xbox 360.

Pros:

  • Playing each campaign is not required
  • Hilarious endgame music, and Leon has some comical lines, naturally
  • Variety of chapters with very different gameplay
  • Ability to change characters at any time, despite which controller is chosen

Cons:

  • While Chris’ levels are probably the most mainstream accessible, 2 chapters were partially unplayable on multiplayer
  • Ada’s level had a handicapped 2nd player (cannot open doors or carry on ahead)

6. Left 4 Dead 2 ♥

Difficulty: ♥♥♥♥/♥♥♥♥♥

Both Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 are strong choices for your perfect Valentines Day zombie killing spree. They offer a substantial emphasis on teamwork, with the ability to offer coverage for one another during dire moments. It doesn’t hurt that Left 4 Dead 2 is just fun. We cannot put it more simply!

Available on Xbox 360 and PC.

Pros:

  • Great incentives and emphasis on teamwork
  • Emphasis and intent is on multiplayer
  • Extremely fun
  • Available for local co-op

Cons:

  • Slight learning curve involved, not for beginners
  • Not the most substantive monster game
  • Not “Plug and Play” for local co-op on PC

7. Obscure: The Aftermath ♥

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Source: IPArchive

Difficulty: ♥♥/♥♥♥♥♥

Obscure: The Aftermath (Obscure II) is a survival horror game with a twist. ObsCure’s environments are reminiscent of teen summer slasher flicks. It is without a doubt that Obscure II was made with couples in mind. There is raunchy humor, some legitimate scares, a vast array of weapons and puzzles, this game has it all.  Although it isn’t the best title in the survival horror genre, it hits all the right notes while allowing for a coherent multiplayer story.

If you’re interested, the prequel ObsCure (Xbox & PS2) is also multiplayer and now available on Steam.

Available on PSP and PC.

Pros:

  • Humor and outlandish sexual innuendos permeate all the crevices of this exploration intensive experience.
  • Switch out between any character after initial introductions
  • Enjoyable mystery element

Cons:

  • Prequel is outdated for modern consoles
  • Occasional wonky camera angles
  • Characters can die permanently
  • Possibly offensive

8. Tales of Xillia ♥

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Source: Epicbuzz.net

Difficulty: ♥♥/♥♥♥♥

A must play for any JRPG couples. Tales of series of games have been known for their immersive stories and unique combat systems. The exploration is one player but a player two can join in and assist in the action based battles, which involve hack and slash mechanics, powerful spells, and weapon techniques called artes.

Available on PS3.

Pros:

  • A beloved title within a beloved franchise
  • Dynamic Battles with a sick dual raid system
  • Gorgeous scenery and character designs

Cons: 

  • English only, no Japanese audio
  • Not the most captivating story line
  • Fragile linked artes system

9. Child of Light ♥

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Source: videogamesblogger

Difficulty: ♥♥/♥♥♥♥♥

Child of Light is a current generation indie turn-based RPG/side-scroller. To say this title visually stunning is an understatement. Its artistic merits utilize the modern graphics in a way that is subtle but optimized. The world looks like the inside of a hand drawn and skillfully crafted storybook.

You are Princess Aurora and you have to find your way back to your father, who believes you have died. Aurora is tied to player one. She uses her competent skill sets to explore the levels. Aurora also has flight and a plethora of combat skills at her disposal.

Player two will be Aurora’s following ball of light, Igniculus. The second player acts as support both inside and outside of combat. This combined with repetitive levels could be a turn off for more experienced pairs. Igniculus uses his light to reveal hidden spaces and to interact with objects when not fighting enemies. During combat Igniculus utilizes healing powers and stun effects.

Available for Xbox One, Xbos 360, PS4, PS3, PC, and Wii U.

Pros: 

  • Visually appeasing, like an intricate child’s storybook.
  • Narrative expertly handles Aurora’s struggles
  • Appropriate for inexperienced gamers
  • Affordable and relaxing

Cons:

  • Second player is bound as support
  • Roughly 8-10 hours of story mode gameplay
  • Simplistic gameplay with a very limited level variations

10. Halo: Master Chief Collection ♥

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Difficulty: ♥♥♥♥/♥♥♥♥♥

The greatest selling point about the Halo: Master Chief Collection is how one can play through just about every stellar Halo story ever published, and get the enjoyment of a shooter without any of the gore. The added array of online maps allow you and your partner to play together or against one another online.

Halo is a perfect blend between science fiction fantasy and  massive shooting galleries. Couple that with their diverse vehicles and weapons, and get one of the most widely played franchise for friends and couples alike. The Master Chief Collection also has completely remastered versions of Halo 1 and Halo 2 on board. In which you can choose to play on the new or old graphical settings.

Halo has a rich story, which you can get choose to jump into on a later title, or play from the beginning. Regardless, you and your lovey will certainly have a great time working your way across alien landscapes.

Available on Xbox One.

Pros:

  • Fast-paced gameplay
  • Full cooperative campaigns
  • Halo has a vast array of media you and your partner can enjoy when the game is over
  • All the action expected of a AAA FPS, without any bloody gore
  • A range of difficulty settings and ability to cover one another make this game easy for any gaming level

Cons:

  • There is no Halo Reach, which is a fantastic annex to the Halo saga
  • Massive amount of storage required on your Xbox One
  • An expensive purchase

 

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Author:Paige Six

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6 Comments on “10 Great Co-Op Games for Valentine’s Day”

  1. 02/08/2015 at 2:10 PM #

    Love the Portal 2 Valentine’s Card, lol. The Mrs. and I prefer Halo, out of the list above – Reach is what we started with and might have been the best, 4 was pretty solid but the better part was Spartan Ops. Eagerly awaiting 5. As for this Valentines, it’s probably co-op “Dying Light” :)

  2. 02/08/2015 at 2:37 PM #

    I’ve enjoyed many hours of Halo with my boyfriend. :) Gears of War is probably my favorite out of the list above, and Kirby is my daughter’s favorite IP so the franchise always makes me happy. Out of the above I was most surprised by how much we enjoyed RE games together. They’re so surprisingly versatile which is a downside for a lot of solo players. But as a co-op experience I’ve appreciated their variety and experimentation.

  3. 02/08/2015 at 3:40 PM #

    Reblogged this on Coiled 薔薇 Rose and commented:

    After working to near insanity on this list, I’ve compiled a list of 10 games you and your Valentine should try together this upcoming Lover-Day. Hope you enjoy each title as thoroughly as I have. :)

  4. Nemesis
    02/10/2015 at 1:09 AM #

    Resident Evil 5 is way better than 6.

  5. 02/10/2015 at 8:03 AM #

    That’s a matter of opinion, of course. But I made it a point to include 5 in the article because it does have merits as a multiplayer experience.

    What sets 6 apart is the genuine variety in the campaigns. Not so great for one player, in my opinion, but fantastic for multiplayer.

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