The Best Games for the Gamer Couple


January 16, 2013 by khrisgolder

Video Game CoupleContributed by Karyn W.


Thanks to smart phones and the Wii, video games are now more than ever being embraced by the masses.  This is good news for the hardcore gamer who doesn’t want to sacrifice quality gaming time to entertain his/her significant other.  But what video games are best for couples?  In my opinion, the most important factor is the probability of a fight breaking out because, let’s face it, no one wants to ruin their chance of achieving *ahem* the post-gaming trophies.  Here are some recommendations along with the odds of each game starting a fight:


Toe Jam and EarlToeJam and Earl (Multi-platform, co-op)

Just in case you missed it the first time around, this 2D Genesis classic is available once again, through the virtual game stores on all your favorite consoles.  The premise is simple: you and your significant other play as rapping aliens searching for pieces of their spaceship after crash-landing on Earth.  Along the way, you have to deal with all the typical Earth crap that many of us face in our day-to-day lives: psycho mailboxes, boogeymen, and homicidal ice cream trucks. Normal things like that. The game play is easy enough for novice players to pick-up, and replay value is high due to the levels being randomly generated.  Overall, it’s a great gateway game!

Odds of a fight breaking out:  30-1 – The sheer ridiculousness of everything in this funky 90s throwback, coupled with the fact that it only takes about 2-3 hours to beat, makes the likelihood of a shouting match practically non-existent.

Lego Indiana JonesAny of the Lego games (Multi-platform, co-op)

Batman, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings – it seems like all your beloved nerd series have been embraced by the Lego company.  Again, an easy game to get into, as 90% of it is smashing stuff.  Plus, who doesn’t want to see their favorite movie scenes played out by blocks?  Next stop: Marvel superheroes.

Odds of a fight breaking out: 25 -1 – It is impossible to die in this game, which negates most conflict.  However, you will occasionally come across a difficult puzzle. Of course, there’s always the inevitable fight about who gets to be Superman in Lego Batman (the guy is an unstoppable machine).


You Don't Know JackYou Don’t Know Jack (Multiplatform, versus)

A franchise that has been around since 1995, You Don’t Know Jack is the only title on the list that pits you against your significant other.  Games are fast and furious, consisting of ten multiple choice questions and a lightning round.  Since up to four players can play, this is a great choice for double dates as well!

Odds of a fight breaking out: 20-1 – Unfortunately, every game has a loser, but the randomness of the question topics and the hilariously sarcastic host make this game too enjoyable to get angry over.

Portal 2 Portal 2 (Multiplatform, co-op)

The co-op sequel to its single-player predecessor, Portal 2 enables you and your soul mate to solve various puzzles using guns that create inter-spatial portals.  It’s not as boring as it sounds, and it gives you a chance to show off that big ol’ brain of yours.  Nothing is sexier than intelligence, right?

Odds of a fight breaking out: 15-1 – All of your brainpower will be used for puzzle solving, leaving only a little for fighting!


Uncharted TrilogyThe Uncharted trilogy (PS3, single player)

Never underestimate the fun of taking turns and sharing the fate of a character!  With great action, beautiful graphics, and plenty of romance, the three games in this adventure series play out like delightful mini-movies.

Odds of a fight breaking out: 10-1 – The fact that the person who isn’t playing is hands free to imbibe in food and/or alcohol makes handing over the controller that much easier. However, there’s a slight chance of getting angry if your partner dies or wastes all the bullets in your best gun.

Borderlands 2Borderlands 2 (Multiplatform, co-op)

This split-screen first person shooter is for the more adventurous couple who appreciates a little dirty humor.  It has just as many awesome quotes as it does moments of gunplay. A tad advanced, this title is for the ladies and gentlemen who have been around the gaming block a few times.

Odds of a fight breaking out: 5-1 – You may be cooperating toward a common goal, but it’s a free-for-all when it comes to picking up loot.  Be ready to do some hardcore negotiating and compromising unless you want to end up sleeping in the spare bedroom!

Black Ops IICall of Duty (Multiplatform, co-op)

The Revolution DLC is about to provide even more opportunities to bicker. Playing online is meant for only the bravest of couples. Not because the game requires it, but because someone always suggests, “Let’s play full-screen and take turns.”

Odds of a fight breaking out: K-DWho destroys whose K/D ratio better just hang onto your keys.

So those are my favorite options for a fun night at home.  What are some of yours?

5 thoughts on “The Best Games for the Gamer Couple

  1. Portal 2 co-op with my girlfriend was definitely a blast.

  2. Nny Meese says:

    The boy and I definitely have a ridiculous amount of fun playing Borderlands 2 on the PS3. For the loot aspect though, when you pick up ammo, it goes to both parties, but everything else (skins, guns, etc) is definitely a free-for-all. I am a sucker for stealing the skins away. :X

    • karynwolo says:

      My secret to getting the best loot: I play as Axton so I can throw my turret and let it do most of the work while I start opening chests and lockers. Since my boyfriend plays as Zer0, he doesn’t have that option. Gives me time to evaluate the loot and decide what I want most :) I usually let him have the best sniper rifle, and it keeps him happy…hahaha. I hope he doesn’t read this!

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