Cole and I love video games. We love that they provide immersive worlds for us to lose ourselves in. We love that they challenge us. Most of all, we love that they give us something to do together. From beating the villain and saving the day to playing soccer in a car, playing video games is definitely an activity that we recommend doing with your significant other. The only problem is that sometimes it can be hard to find the right game. We’ve played a ton of them, and with years of experience in the gaming world (both alone and as a couple), we feel like we’ve figured out some of the best video games for couples to play.
Now, some of these suggestions will require you to use your imagination. Normally when you look for video games for couples to play, you focus on multiplayer games that have clear cooperative and/or competitive aspects. And that’s fine – but that isn’t always how we do things. We’ll explain more as we go, but rest assured that you won’t find your typical cooperative games on this list. Let’s get started!
The Borderlands Series
With three full games in the series, Borderlands is hands-down one of our all-time favorite games for couples to play. Why? Simple: a truly cooperative gaming experience. We’ve never seen another game that does co-op quite like this. In Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, you can play the actual story of the game with your friends – or, in our case, with your significant other. You’re not restricted to online play or specifically co-op play modes. You can play through the entire open-world game with your partner, completing the same quests, fighting the same enemies, and even sharing loot!
The one complaint that we have about this game (me more so than Cole) is that the landscape can get a little boring after a while. The setting of the Borderlands series is a fictional planet called Pandora, which is apparently almost entirely desert wasteland. Or frozen wasteland. Or some other kind of wasteland. Basically it’s all a big, dead, barren expanse without any vegetation. Don’t get me wrong, this makes sense for the story, and it’s still quite well done in terms of the graphics… I just happen to prefer pretty, lush vistas.
The Borderlands games are fairly typical first-person shooters, but the story lines go above and beyond most of the other FPS games that Cole and I have played. There are several different base characters throughout the games, all of which have skill trees that let you customize them to your play style. We thought that there were enough different gun types to keep things interesting without overwhelming, and the game mechanics were quite easy to grasp. On top of all that, all three games have gorgeous, unique graphics that we absolutely love!
The Pokémon Series
We’re going to shift gears here for a minute and talk about Pokémon. Cole and I played Pokémon for years before we ever met each other, so it was to be expected that we would have a blast playing the games together, too. We like to play through the games together, staying as close to each other as possible in terms of progress. This means that we try to trigger the cut scenes at about the same time, we try to do the major battles at the same time, and we don’t move on from an area until we’re both ready. This is the best way we’ve found to make these into video games for couples to play.
The nice thing about playing through it this way is that our Pokémon stay pretty close to the same level. That means that whenever we want to make use of the competitive features of the Pokémon games, we’re on fairly even footing. Plus, when new Pokémon games come out (like Pokémon Sun and Moon just last month), we get to experience all of the new content together!
The Pokémon games have evolved significantly over the 20 years since the first one came out, but any and/or all of them are worth playing. Each generation has introduced new Pokémon, so now there are just over 800 unique creatures to catch in Pokémon Sun and Moon. You do have to beat the game in order to find most of them, but it’s still amazing to have so many different Pokémon available. The gameplay revolves around turn-based battles that require you to use strategy to win. The Pokémon series is a great one to tackle either by yourself or with your partner!
One thing you’ll be starting to notice right about now is that every game on our list of amazing video games for couples to play is very different from the others. Rocket League is no different. If you’ve ever dreamed about doing donuts in your car in an attempt to hit a giant ball into a goal, this is your game! That’s right – this game is all about playing soccer… in a turbo-powered car. Interested?
If you are (and, let’s be honest, why wouldn’t you be?), then you’ll be pleased to know that you can choose to play competitively or cooperatively both on- and offline. There are one-on-one, two-on-two, and three-on-three matchups, and you can play against the computer or against real people. There are also different modes of play, like Rocket League: Rumble, which allows you to play with 11 different power-ups. Cole and I like to play two-on-two, though I’m quite bad at it and he usually carries our team!
The best part about Rocket League is that you don’t have to be good at it to have fun with it. And this is coming from a perfectionist who has to be good at everything she ever tries! If I can let go and enjoy this game, then so can you! It’s a really fun and unique twist on sports games. It’s definitely worth checking out!
The Little Big Planet Series
To complete our list, let’s talk about the Little Big Planet series. This one is a bit more of a casual game than the others. These are mostly puzzle-based games, with cute stories and some adorable characters that you will love. The cooperative mode allows you to play together to get through each puzzle, and some of the levels even have areas you can only access with a friend. This is a game series that was built for cooperative play, and it’s worth checking out.
One really cool thing about the Little Big Planet series is that you can actually build your own levels. Thousands of players all over the world have already made community levels that are available to you. Even though the stories are relatively short, the community levels add a ton of play time to the game. Many of them are more fun and challenging than the story levels, so it can be a great brainteaser to take on with your significant other!
The graphics are lovely, with each level being built in three “layers” that you can move between. The characters are all adorable and can be customized with a variety of outfits and accessories. Cole and I have a ton of fun with these games! They are great for days where we want to play something a little less intense than our usual picks, or when we want to play something that really makes us work together. This series is a great addition to any list of video games for couples to play!
Do you and your partner play video games together? Do you have a favorite that we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments!