So you wanna play a Couch Co-Op?

I’ve been fortunate that my partner enjoys playing video games with me.  I’m a rough beginner.  When I first began I could not grasp the notion of moving the camera in sync with movement. In that, where your camera points, you go.  To this day I still struggle with managing this but with enough practice, I will soon be able to not only run but also shoot accurately with with the best of them.

In the meantime, playing a video game with me takes patience.  Thankfully, there are several games that can provide enjoyment to both experienced and inexperienced players.

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Laura Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Up to a four person co-op, this version of Laura Croft is unique in that the puzzle aspect of the game will change depending on how many players are playing.  More importantly, there are a few high stress coordination dependent events however, if you have a more experienced player, it can take the pressure off of newer players.

I thoroughly loved this game and some of the boss fights were a good mix of being challenging and fun.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

While not an actual two player game, if you share a controller with your partner, you get to go on an amazing but also traumatic journey as two brothers on a quest to save their sick father.

Each side of the controller controls one brother.  When I had the pleasure of playing, I was on the left side of the controller as the Big Brother of the pair.  If you are total newbie, the Big Brother is much more forgiving as you are the stronger of the pair and oftentimes, you are not required to do a lot of the coordination aspects of the game.

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare II

If you caught my publication on Video Games for Beginners, then you know Garden Warfare II is one of my favorite games.

The biggest issue with this game is that the text is incredibly small when using the split screen couch co-op mode.  This makes it nearly impossible to read if you are not sitting close to the television or if you don’t have perfect eyesight.  While this has obviously irked me in the past, I manage to overlook it due to the overall fun the game delievers.

Resident Evil [Note: My partner are going to play this game after we finish Trine, so stay tuned for a review.]

Trine Enchanted Edition

Trine.  It is probably the best couch co-op on the market and not only visually stunning but also has a physics engine that delivers some incredible amounts of frustration.  Styled like a classic side scroller, you don’t have to worry about a split screen or onscreen commands to play as three different characters: A Thief, A Knight, A Wizard

You and your partner will switch between the different characters in order to solve puzzles, navigate terrain, and collect experience.

Hidden Agenda

I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up this innovative take on the story game.  Making the best use of tech, this game does not require a controller, but a PlayLink app that each player needs to download.  Through the app, you will help or impede an investigation into a brutal serial killer loose in your precinct in order to get points.

For up to five players, you’ll find the story change as you and your friends make decisions or you inflict your ‘objective’ on the action.

If you are planning a party, you’ll want to queue up this dark cinematic game.

Are there any other couch co-ops you enjoy?  Let me know!

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