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The Weekly Round Table: 5 Games to play with that special someone

Welcome to another Geek Getaway Round Table! This week, with Valentine's Day on the horizon, we are tackling which games you should be playing with your special someone. Hopefully these recommendations will result in a closer relationship and not a fight.

Having been married for 13 years, I've played a ton of video games with my ex-wife. Some of these were great experiences, others not so much. That said, I feel my picks can help you move from playing in front of the TV to playing in the bedroom!
screenshot courtesy of EA
The Sims 4 (various systems):
First off, The Sims 4 is currently free with PS Plus. While I am not telling you to be a cheapskate, it is nice to get a game like this for free. That said, The Sims 4 is a single player game, so you may be confused as to why I am suggesting it. Allow me to explain. A lot of women love decorating  and designing a house and the Sims 4 allows you to do that ad nauseam. You don't even have to actually get into the actual gameplay of this title to have a good time placing furniture and decorations. Its a great way to "play" a game with someone who isn't a gamer while not having to worry about them losing or getting upset.
water sheep courtesy of Mojang
Minecraft (various systems):
Another game were the focus is more on creation than competition. Minecraft has multiplayer splitscreen so you and your loved one can break blocks, run from creepers, and build giant Swedish meatballs together. The game is only limited by your imagination and ability to have goofy fun. As long as you like spending time with your special someone this game should be a great way to get a bit closer.
screenshot of Pacman & Galaga Dimensions (3DS) courtesy of Bandai Namco
Pac-Man (various systems):
Pac-Man is a simple yet fun game that both men and women really love. Women more so than men, the original arcade release data showed women played the game more than men, so getting your girlfriend or wife to give this game a go should be a piece of cake. You could add a dare or a "strip" condition to spice up the game and make winning or losing a bit more enjoyable.
screenshot courtesy of Sony
Knack and Knack 2 (PS4):
I know it is a bit of a cheat to include both games here but they both feature fun, couch co-op gameplay that you can enjoy with that special someone. Neither game is too hard, so no worries about your special someone holding you back. The story in both games is also pretty good so you shouldn't get bored playing the game.
screenshot courtesy of TonyTGD
Dragon's Crown Pro (PS4):
This game is a mix of classic beat-em ups and RPG elements that features awesome graphics and fun co-op gameplay. The game also has quite a bit of sex appeal, so getting your special someone in the mood will be that much easier! All joking aside, this game is really fun and will keep you both mashing on buttons for hours.

Rango the Merc:
What I've listed here are just a few of the many examples of great games to play together. If you enjoy shooters, you can also find action with Halo. If racing games are your thing, Team Sonic Racing and Crash Team Racing came out last year.

The first two featured list options alone can fill up the list itself. Hopefully I could add a few extras on here that will fit the games you enjoy the most! Please note that, as much as I enjoy Fighting Games, the point here is to bring each other together, not destroy your relationship! Unlike Smash, which features a 2v2 option, I'm not so sure bodying your significant other in Tekken is a great way to spend Valentine's!
screenshot courtesy of Nintendo
Nintendo Party Games (Nintendo Switch)
Perhaps an obvious first choice, we opted to cover *all* of them in order to save room on the list. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Party, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Luigi's Mansion 3 are all available on Nintendo Switch! Each of these games feature a cooperative or competitive flair, allowing you customize the type of match you want and whether you want to compete or cooperate!

If you enjoy shooters, you can also add Splatoon 2 to the mix. In the online lobby modes, you two can play together in the same room. However, sometimes you may fight one-another while other times you cooperate.

Either way, these games will bring together your favorite characters for the best possible choices for multiplayer gaming!
screenshot courtesy of Nintendo
2D Platforming Titles (Nintendo Switch)
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Super Mario Maker 2, Kirby: Star Allies, Yoshi's Crafted World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition all released on the Nintendo Switch. Unlike the above titles, these ones focus exclusive on a cooperative experience. All games will feature dozens of levels and boss battles for you to challenge. In particular, Super Mario Maker 2 also lets you build levels, so you and your loved one can create something together!

Note that this section specifies 2D platforming. Super Mario 3D World on Switch...maybe one day...
screenshot courtesy of Capcom
Resident Evil 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
A classic among horror fans, Resident Evil 2's remake sets to redefine the horror genre. Set using the modern gameplay of Resident Evil 4 and onward, this remake throws the series back to the days where you focused more on survival and less on blasting BOWs with maximum firepower. The dark, ominous atmosphere sends you to a place where you must procure weapons, ammo, and healing items while constantly in danger.

While RE2 doesn't focus on multiplayer, the bonding part is getting the support you need from your loved one. Maybe running from the Tyrant won't be as bad when someone is there to share your fear.
screenshot courtesy of Blizzard
Overwatch (Multiplatform)
Stepping away from couch co-op, Overwatch allows people to play online together. This means if both of you have the same system set up, like two PS4s in the living room, both of you can play in each other's lobby. Overwatch became one of the most defining multiplayer titles of the last decade. With several battle types to choose from, one can heal and the other can attack, or both of you can attack! You'll make plenty of memories bringing your favorite Overwatch characters together as you try to secure victories and Play of the Game!
screenshot courtesy of Konami
Rhythm Games (Various)
Whether you choose to enter your local Dave & Buster's, head to a convention, or bring out your PS2 for old time's sakes, DDR's a wonderful choice to pair yourself up with your loved one. However, it's only one of several choices here.

If you prefer staying home without exerting too much energy, you'll find Rhythm Heaven Megamix on 3DS to be a fantastic choice. Wireless multiplayer grants you access to all the featured mini-games in several different modes. Plus you can also play Taiko no Tatsujin for Nintendo Switch or PS4. Bandai Namco's classic drum session offers dozens of songs. Plus you can also play with traditional controls or import the Taiko drum controller from a site, like Play-Asia.

What games do you enjoy playing with your loved one? Let us know in the comments below!And as always, please feel free to share this on all your favorite social media platforms.