If you’re anything like me, you probably think that Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that was invented by cards companies. This is one of those days when restaurants charge you double, flowers are much more expensive than usual and being single sucks all of the sudden. Then again, you don’t have to do any of the traditional things. If gaming is one of those hobbies you share with your significant other, then some of the titles below might be a good alternative to flowers and chocolate (still, you should get your girlfriend flowers and chocolate or else you’ll be playing these games by yourself.)
10. Chulip (PlayStation 2, PlayStation Network)
In Chulip, you assume the role of a young man who has just moved to a new town where he meets the girl of his dreams. Sadly, she doesn’t want to go out with him, so the boy decides to write a love letter to convince her. When the letter is stolen, the main protagonist decides to explore the city to retrieve all the pieces. Chulip is an simulation game and many people have described it as an acquiring taste, so it’s definitely not for everybody.
9. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game (PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade)
In Scott Pilgrim, main character Scott is trying to win Ramona Flores’ love by fighting with her 13 exes. This side-scrolling platformer might be way too challenging for people who don’t play video games often, but it works well as a throwback and is soundtrack is worth listening to.
8. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Nintendo Wii)
If there’s one fighting game that should be included on this list, that’s Super Smash Bros. Technically, this is a fighting game, but unlike most games from the genre, this isn’t extremely violent and hard to learn. Someone who barely knows the what each button on the controller does can still have a great time with this game. And probably beat you up.
7. Little Big Planet (PlayStation 3)
Little Big Planet’s fantastic level design, charming characters and adorable aesthetics make it a terrific game to play with others. Additionally, if you enjoy customizing Sackboy, you can spend dozens of hours just on the editor. Take into account that some people who don’t play video games on a regular basis might have some issues with the high difficulty though.
6. Dance Dance Revolution (PlayStation)
There’s a video game out there that teaches you how to dance. Do I even need to say more?
5. Dance Central (Xbox 360)
While Dance Dance Revolution is the title that started it all in terms of video games that teach you how to dance, Dance Central is the title that took the Kinect and did something interesting with it. Dancing in front of the camera means that you get constant feedback and even if you consider yourself a terrible dancer, you can have loads of fun with Dance Central.
4. Singstar (PlayStation 3)
Although Rock Band is arguably a better game, Singstar only focuses on the karaoke aspect of music. And playing some of your favorite songs with another person is really fun. Take into account that while the disc comes with dozens of songs, you can significantly expand the setlist with the songs available on the Singstar Store.
Mario Kart is one of those titles that’s so easy to pick up that you shouldn’t be surprised if one of the people who have just started playing the game, beats you after a couple of races. And that’s simply one of the best qualities of this racing games. Intuitive controls, colorful tracks, time-tested gameplay and adorable characters make Mario Kart a blast.
2. New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo Wii U)
I could have included pretty much any Super Mario game from the past few years. New Super Mario Bros U is one of the best because it finally adopted high-definition visuals while retaining the basics of the series. One of this game’s best features is the fact that you can bounce off players while playing cooperatively, which means that one player will be extremely happy and the other one will be extremely annoyed. Fair enough…
1. Rock Band (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii)
Rock Band is one of the most entertaining and intuitive experiences you can have with a peripheral-based video game. This is one of those games that has something for everybody: find the singing part too intimidating? Play the bass. Is the bass too simple? Ramp up the difficulty. Is it still too easy? Play the guitar. There are always other options and mastering one instrument only means that you have other instruments to choose from.