What’s good.. It’s Fevir. Today I wanted to go over some great options…
for co-op games.. to play with your wife.. your girlfriend.. your significant other..
maybe all 3 of them. Great co-op games can be rare.. and a lot
of the usual suspects for team oriented games.. don’t quite work when you want and need to
keep the tone while playing positive- and end on a good note. This is a list of games that.. Me and Skwert, me and wifey.. have put together
from playing most co-op games we can get our hands on- she is a bit of a gamer herself. A quick note about the list.. I’m disregarding MMORPGs- and most 1st party
games.. like say.. any co-op Nintendo Game.. or even some of the Playstation titles just
to make the list more accessible for all.. going through every Mario game one after another
could get boring. The list is also weird.. because it is kind
of a top 10.. but is more accurately 2 separate top 5s, mine and hers.. which will be indicated..
and there are also a ton of additional recommendations peppered within. To start the list off strong.. Castle Crashers. Even single player.. this is on my list of
most unexpectedly.. fun games. It has a great art style.. it is incredibly
noob friendly.. and most important.. local co-op.. or couch co-op. Something you’ll see a lot of this in this
list. There is incredible variety and as someone
who grew up visiting arcades.. this game.. more than most.. captures that 4 joystick
to a machine.. side scrolling casual beat-em-up feel better than most games. I want to also point out.. that the developers,
The Behemoth.. also have a suite of other games.. Pit People, BattleBlock Theatre and Alien
Hominid- that all.. do co-op.. so well. In a similar type of art style and quality
level that make them almost auto recommends to anyone looking for a great game. You can’t have a list about co-op games..
and not mention the giant catalogue of LEGO games. I truly believe that much like a mario game.. LEGO games are distilled.. fun.. that play
well with other people. Those other people can be avid gamers.. new
gamers.. young kids.. adults.. it really is a one size fits all way to .. play. At this point there are a lot of titles..
and while I think most of them are worth playing.. I would have to rank the Lord of the Rings
and the Harry Potter series very high.. and the Indiana Jones and the Batman ones very
low. Orcs Must Die 2. This title.. I had to really sell to her to play.. it’s
a 3rd person.. tower defense game.. it comes off cartoony and a little cheesy.. in essence..
you are trying to stop waves and waves of Orcs.. and watching a youtube video of the
game.. doesn’t do it justice. It seems very bleh.. but as she found out..
being in the game.. was incredibly different. The levels are designed for co-op.. it’s mindless
fun where you’re laughing and it’s goofing off.. but more than anything.. there is a
strong understated gameplay of relying on the other.. you grab left spawn.. I’ll grab right. Holler if you need help and reacting with
good communication when shit ends up hitting the fan.. and then reassessing a strategy
if you fail.. which you might not.. because the difficult is pretty meh. We both went into the game thinking not much
of it.. but then our major criticism was that the game didn’t have enough levels- we wanted
more // We tried to get that same feel from Dungeon Defenders and Sanctum- both games..
that are good.. but really didn’t do it the same as Orcs Must Die… the only game that
got close.. was Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare.. which I think hit a little harder just because
we’re familiar with the IP. Shifting to a completely different genre..
the shooter.. let’s talk Borderlands 2. There seems to be magic in the second installment
of games. For people who somehow haven’t played the
Borderlands series.. these are loot and shoot games. Action RPGs with guns… many different types
of guns.. guns with different stats.. and elements.. shot by characters.. characters
with unique skills that you can build individually.. that all funnel into killing stuff.. and as
we get better stuff.. the damage from our guns and abilities.. goes up.. and up.. and
up. Borderlands 2 was one of the best meldings
of RPG and Shooter that has come around.. it’s a shooter that people who don’t like
shooters.. might like.. and because of the graphics style.. it’s aged.. ok.. and much
like a lot of the games that she found fun.. it’s a game that doesn’t take itself seriously..
at all. Sticking with the ARPG.. Diablo 3.. console edition. Now I enjoy the PC version.. I think a lot of people do.. even the people
with strong opinions about the game.. a lot of which turn out to be negative.. I think stem not from a failure of the title,
as is.. but frustration that it isn’t updated and supported to the same extent that they
want.. or that other games are. Regardless.. the console edition of Diablo
3.. plays and feels like an entirely different game. Again.. much like a lot on this list.. couch
co-op.. incredibly controller support.. and winds up feeling like a next gen Gauntlent
Game.. which side note- great games- and it just works. The game has a lot of it rebuilt for console..
whether it’s the interface or the gameplay.. which makes it much different than just playing
the PC version with a controller.. it just feels so fluid and simple.. and pure. If you were to play on PC.. I’d suggest probably Torchlight 2. Next we have.. the Rayman games.. specifically
Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. These are my least favorite games on the list..
yet some of her favorites. Rayman games are great platformers in their
own right.. in fact they are a great example of modern platforming games.. and are designed
well for co-op. Again.. the aesthetic and the art style, the
music.. it’s almost.. jovial in tone.. that she loved. Her big take away from the game is that it
felt fair. If we died it wasn’t due to some cheap obstacle..
and very little stress on personal performance. As long as you end the level.. your score
gets added together.. and it doesn’t feel like you beat the other person.. you beat
the level together.. equally. Which is more important if there is a mismatch
in the gaming ability of the two players. Another great platformer is next on the list. Trine 2. This is a different take on the platform genre
than Rayman. Also.. yes, Trine 3 is out.. but Trine 2 was
the winner for me in this trilogy. There are very few games that I would say
are beautiful.. this one definitely is on that list though. As a platformer.. this is more.. puzzle oriented. Playing around in an almost physics based
sandbox to deal with puzzles.. and more importantly.. a ton of interactions between characters with
their unique strengths.. to enable different methods of clearing levels. The constant back and forth of.. hey babe
can you do X.. cool.. can you handle those baddies.. what should we do here. Definitely was more prominent in this game
than others and really gave you that.. working together feel.. another game that strongly
relies on that feel, overlooked a lot.. is Chariot.. that I liked.. that she thought
was a bit tedious… and similarly.. an honorable mention to Lara Croft and the Guardian of
Light.. it’s a good game that I don’t think aged well. If you are really scraping the bottom of the
barrel looking for things to play.. it’s not bad.. just make sure you use a controller. I’ve never been a fan of survival type games. I think it’s been a visual quality level thing
thing.. I just can’t get over the super blocky, grid
based.. aesthtics that are common.. and a lot of the 3D ones are very.. janky, indie
looking- so without a love of the genre- I was skeptical before trying this next game
on the list.. Don’t Starve Together. This is a multiplayer version of the original,
Don’t Starve.. and puts you into this hyper stylized nightmare fueled wilderness.. where
you’re doing a lot of what you would do in other survival games. Forage for materials, secure food, defend
against enemies.. and really.. just survive. Don’t Starve Together has quite a few.. interesting..
things that can happen- which I wouldn’t spoil for you.. but appealed to me more than.. oh
no a creeper.. and I forgot where I read the term.. the game acts as a great story generator-
loading a game up for the night.. play til we die.. generally leads to some sort of situation
that you laugh off.. because we cut down too many trees or the pigmen with forks got angry. And the last.. specific game callout on this
list.. was probably the game we had the most fun with.. and that is Final Fantasy Crystal
Chronicles. It’s an old game cube game. This isn’t an underrated game.. but an underplayed
game.. most who have played it.. in co-op.. up to
4 people.. know just how incredible a game this is.. it’s been a while since it’s been
released and isn’t worth playing without someone else.. it’s a game that I’m rooting for Nintendo
if they ever make a Gamecube MINI- to include so more people can get the oppurtunity to
play this… and since we’re talking about old games here.. Neo Geo and Smash TV also are top tier. And for the number 1 spot.. I guess in our top 10. We’re going a little off the wall here.. because
between both of us.. when we made our own lists.. and compared- something we both liked
a lot.. we both said it was sharing our favorite games and almost backseat gaming sometimes..
re-experiencing them.. through watching the other person play it.. regardless of if they
were single player games or not… sometimes we made up weird co-op rules.. like swapping
the controller back and forth.. or alternating decision making.. or I control X character
and she controls Y character… but there is something about watching someone experience..
say Journey or Shadow of the Colosuss or Link to the Past.. for the first time.. and they
are someone whose reactions and enjoyment you care about. I know that this might seem like a cop-out..
which is why I jam packed so many different titles as recommendations.. but so many people
enjoy watching strangers on Twitch.. and we found watching each other.. sometimes as background
noise.. sometimes invested.. sometimes relaying walkthrough or achievement criteria.. or telling
them to kill a specific NPC or use a special party member.. or mad lib the character names. Was fun. At the end of the list here.. I should cover my bases to curb some of the..
you didn’t mention this and that game. Portal and Magicka are games people enjoy,
we didn’t.. honestly I think Portal is overrated as hell. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.. Overcooked.. most MOBAs.. Rocket League.. again… these could be games
that you might enjoy.. for us.. both as gamers who can get a little competitive.. it’s not
that we ever started yelling at each other.. but sometimes might feel like we mess up and
goofed.. and end up letting each other down and just didn’t hold on to that pure positive,
fun experience that you want to have playing with your significant other. We do things outside of gaming together to
fulfill that competitive drive.. so when we do play games.. we just want to have fun. So.. that’s our.. my.. list of games. If you have any other great ones. Leave them in the comments.