My boyfriend loves playing Xbox. When he’s not at school or work or hanging out with me, there’s a good chance you’ll find him in front of the TV, controller in hand. He even jokes that it’s his second girlfriend!
If he had it his way, Xbox would be the perfect pastime for when we’re together. Unfortunately, I didn’t grow up playing any video games. My parents did finally buy us a Wii when I was in high school, but we really only had games like Wii Sports and Just Dance, so I didn’t find myself playing too many of the first-person shooter games that he seems to enjoy.
Point is, I am terrible at video games, and if it weren’t for Scott, I would also have virtually no interest in them either. However, supporting the interests of your significant other is important and can also be a lot of fun! So over the last few months, we’ve finally found a few that aren’t too challenging for me to get the hang of, but that he enjoys playing too.
Here’s our list:
1. Rayman Legends
This was one of the first co-op games we started playing together, and one of the first games that I really got into. It is a platform/adventure game and the object is for Rayman (or whatever character you choose to play as) to rescue the all Teensies who are trapped in cages (as pictured above). To do so, you must slide down waterfalls, swing on vines, wall-jump up cliff sides, and even solve puzzles and mazes, taking out monsters as you go. There are also some fun music-based levels where you get to run, jump, and attack monsters to the beat, and a mini-game called “Kung Foot.”
2. Rocket League
The goal is simple. Get the ball into the goal. Think it sounds easy? Here’s the catch: the ball is huge, heavy, and bouncy, and you have to drive a car to push it around! It took a little getting used to since the steering isn’t like the familiar driving in Mario Kart Wii, but eventually I caught on. Even though the ball pretty much never goes where I want it to, it’s still fun to cruise around and occasionally I score a goal! This game is great because you have the option to work together and be on the same team, or you can show off your competitive side and play on opposing teams. I prefer teamwork, but you do you.
3. Worms Battlegrounds
I may prefer to work together, but sometimes a little friendly competition can be fun. In this game, you play as a small army of worms trying to take out the other team of worms by using weapons anywhere from grenades to bazookas to the dreaded concrete donkey. I don’t think I have ever actually won, but something about this game still has me trying.
4. Super Mega Baseball
Well this one is pretty self-explanatory; it is basically just regular baseball! Although you have way more control options than in the Wii Sports version I was used to. You have more control over your pitches, and you can direct where players run or throw to on the field. Scott always has the upper hand when we play this too, but one of these days I’m gonna beat him! Also, I promise I didn’t lose this game 9-0, he just had a really good first inning.
I actually used to play the PC version of this game when I was younger, but we recently discovered the Xbox version. It’s super easy to learn and even after all these years, it’s still pretty fun. They have a multiplayer mode, but we found we liked single player Adventure mode better. We just pass the controller back and forth, taking turns completing levels. I would recommend this if you’re looking for something a little easier and more relaxing.
Tumblestones is a puzzle game, and requires a little more thought than Peggle, but is still a fairly relaxed game. The goal is to clear the board by taking out groups of three matching-colored blocks at a time. It is tricky because you need to be careful not to take out a block at wrong time because you might need it later!
6. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
This is definitely not a relaxed game, and is more of the first-person shooter situation. I’ve only played three times, but I’ve done okay in a supporting role. My recommendation: choose to play on the plants side and let your lady be the sunflower so she can heal you as you lead the offensive attack on the zombies.
This is the latest addition to our list, as it is fairly new for Xbox, and it is also my new favorite! In the story mode, you work together to fill orders and feed as many customers as fast as you can before the time runs out. If you get enough stars on the level, you will get to move on to the next. In higher levels, watch out for fun complications such as conveyor belts, shifting counter-tops, and even slippery icebergs and hot lava!
I will be adding to this list as we discover new games that the two of us enjoy, so check back soon for more ideas!