Guys and girls, believe it or not, on Valentine’s Day not everybody wants to be wined and dined. In a holiday that is crassly referred to as “intended by Hallmark” many people choose to look past the obligatory displays of mandatory affection. If you’re lucky, you’ve got someone who just wants to spend time with you instead. So if you’re looking for something to do with your special girl or guy on the holiday, check out our recommendations for the best cooperative video game experiences.
Gears of War Ultimate Edition
Gears of War is one of the all-time greatest co-operative experiences. You and your partner team up as a special forces squad trying to fight back the Locust invasion on the planet Sera. The game is designed for two players, and the mission variety keeps things spiced up. You’ll go deeper and deeper into the pits of hell as you attempt to find a way to stop the invasion once and for all. Gears of War Ultimate Edition is a remastered version of the Xbox 360 exclusive, and once again this is Xbox One exclusive. We can’t recommend it enough. The story is great, the gameplay is tight and thrilling, and you can rock a machine gun with a mounted chainsaw. Need we say more?
Halo: Master Chief Collection
Further proof that the Xbox last generation had an incredible library, the Master Chief Collection is another remaster on the list, only this time you get all the bang for your buck. The game includes Halo 1-4 in their entirety. That’s right. Every single multiplayer map of over a decade of Halo. You and a partner can tear through every campaign in every game, or you can go online to replay the glorious and expansive Halo multiplayer. While Halo 5 is trying new things with the formula, it’s still nice to have the originals playable on the Xbox One in one convenient package. Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 both are given beautiful graphics upgrades. Halo 2 in particular, has new cutscenes done by Blur Studios making it one of the best looking remasters of all time.
It’s soccer with rocket powered racecars. Sounds silly, and it very much is. But it quickly will become one of the most satisfying and fun sports games you will ever play. The game is easy to play but difficult to master, yet you’ll have fun even during your worst games. It’s the little indie title that could, having popped up on plenty of top ten lists. Matches are only five minutes long so it’s a great palate cleanser if you want a short break, but trust us, you’ll be playing Rocket League all night if you’re not careful.
Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls
Diablo III proves that couch co-op isn’t dead. The PS4 and Xbox One versions are the final product of several patches and expansions, but the Reaper Of Souls edition is the hack’n’loot gameplay at it’s finest. You can choose to be one of six different characters from wizards and barbarians to demon hunters and crusaders. You can team up with up to three other players to defeat the Lord of Terror, Diablo himself, once again. The Reaper Of Souls edition has five acts to tear through as well as tons of options for replayability. The addictive Diablo gameplay is very much alive and kicking, and your Valentine’s Day will turn into the Fourth of July if you’re not careful.
At first glance, Rayman Legends looks a cute and cuddly platformer for kids. In some cases, and in some cases it is. The game has an oddly cartoonish style that is both weird and childish at the same time. However, this game is pretty dope with a buddy. There aren’t that many platforming games on the Xbox One that will provide a ton of levels, different costumes and customers you can fight enemies with, high replay value, and possibly one of the dopest levels that recreate an actual popular rock song. We won’t spoil it for you, but you’ll realize what it is on the Castle Rock level while you attempt to successfully run away from a wall of fire.
To be extremely honest, this third-person shooter will require you to cough up some cash to buy DLC if you want some real heat while you travel through different missions. On the other hand, buying DLC will actually keep you interested in playing Warframe for the long haul. The free-to-play game offers a tremendous amount of planets to travel and complete different missions, and their weapon-crafting system will motivate you to keep grinding to get a new pair of those twin pistols you wanted since peeping them at the online store. Add that with some serious character customization, melee combat, and a potential parkour system, and you’ll be playing Warframe for some time It only gets better playing with four people.
We get it, Sunset Overdrive was a good game, but once you get done with all of the lukewarm humor from the single player, you get the feeling that it is all it has to offer. But try out the online multiplayer world of the game. With Sunset Overdrive’s trick-based play mechanics and unique weapons, co-op multiplayer is actually fun as hell to play. You take on massive numbers of monsters in a certain area, but the crazy weapons that are upgradeable during the game and ends up causing a lot of chaos. Just don’t play some young kids online, because that’s when it gets really annoying.
It’s very disappointing to see Halo 5 lack couch co-op, a feature that’s been in the series since Combat Evolved, however, the new story mode gives more friends online to team up and take on the campaign. The latest edition offers four-player drop-in co-op this time around, as well as completely rebuilt multiplayer as well. The new shooting mechanics also makes the battles a lot faster and more intense than its past predecessors If you thought wiping out waves of the Covenant and the Promethean with two players was fun, try four Spartans and let the bullets fly.
This is a game that is extremely fun only when you’re playing with your friends, because playing with the AI will get you killed in minutes. Payday 2 doesn’t have a unique array of weapons or crazy characters with interesting dialogue, but it flourishes off of successfully requiring players to come together to get the job done. The gunplay with cops is so intense and action-packed feels like you’re in the middle of the bank heist in Heat. When you complete heists successfully, the money you make off of these missions can be used to customize your character’s equipment as well so you can look good robbing more establishments in the game.