It’s that time of year again, Valentine’s Day! The day when everyone pairs up and exchanges controller shaped chocolates and PS2 memory cards made out of candy with adorable phrases like “There’s never insufficient space in my life for you, valentine” printed on them. What better way to express your love and affection for another than by sharing your favorite past-time with them. I refer of course to video games! I’ve put together a small selection of games and series that I think would be a great way to show your budding beau or Bonnie lass a great time this V-day!
The Cook Serve Delicious series:
Set in a distant and wacky future, the Cook Serve Delicious series puts you and an optional teammate in the role of a rookie chef whose only goal is to run the best restaurant in the world. Working together to prepare various dishes for your impatient customers starts off as a fairly chill experience, but as you progress it evolves into a fast paced and chaotic gameplay loop that, if perfected, will leave you and your partner feeling like a well oiled machine. Currently CSD is on its third iteration released in early access this past January, adding new twists, turns and dishes to its exciting co-op campaign.
The Halo series:
A launch title for the original Xbox back in 2001, there isn’t much to be said about the Halo series that isn’t already common knowledge. The core halo series consists of 7 games and almost all of them are couch co-op friendly with the exception being Halo 5, which will require two systems with two separate accounts to co-op successfully. Even so that’s still a TON of couch co-op and having worked through the first couple with my partner just recently, I can tell you the series is still a blast to play through with a friend.
A multi-platform release in 2019, Heave Ho’s only objective is to make it from A to B, either playing solo or as a group of up to 4 player local co-op. It only took my friends and I five minutes to figure out that this could be both a herculean effort as well as a hilarious one. Each player takes control of their character who is essentially a grape with arms. These arms are controlled by L and R respectively in a grab and release style (think a Mount Your Friends sort of situation). What the game doesn’t make clear to you right away is that it is possible for any player to hold down a button to fart hard enough to knock someone else off a platform or even worse out of a goal seconds before a level is completed. Depending on who you’re playing with this is either the best or worst part of the game. For the two of us it was a blast and I spent my entire time with Heave Ho grinning ear to ear.
Since there are so many MMORPG’s to choose from these days I grant you that this is a more generic entry in this list. Couch co-op is all well and good but there’s something equally satisfying about booting up the same game on two screens right next to each other and talking through your gaming session in person. My partner and I have spent many evenings running dungeons, crafting and gathering, or simply killing random mobs indiscriminately while just shooting the shit and telling each other about our day. While it’s true that this option may have a bit of a longer setup at first I often find it to be an easy, low key way to spend time with someone while each of you have your own control over the game itself. Additionally, it can be kind of fun to browse your options for an MMO together, deciding what your likes or dislikes are for each game you consider. Personally we’re a Final Fantasy XIV house; chocobo’s for life!
If you and your significant other feel a hankering for simpler times than you need only look to the past to find the joy in your future. There are SO many classic games to choose from: Streets of Rage, Battle toads, X-men Arcade, Simpsons Arcade, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: the Arcade game, the list goes on and on. Most of these classics are limited to two players only and are often pretty short and easily finished in an afternoon. That being said there are just so many options out there that you’ll probably never run short on the co-op joys of eld.
And there you have it. 5 options that should be more than enough to show your valentine just how much you care. So after the dinner, dancing and romance are out of the way, fire up your system of choice and share with your valentine your true love. Video games!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!