Ultimate List of Xbox Games for Couples: 20 Local Multiplayer Games

Whether you and your partner are dedicated gamers or you’re trying to get your partner to discover how much fun video games can be, this list has you covered. From complex first-person shooters to simple party games, any of these Xbox games for couples are perfect for an evening of gaming with your special someone.

1. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a great game for breaking in new gamers. The controls are simple, and while the game does become increasingly difficult, there are stations that are simple to manage if you want to give your partner less complex tasks. For serious gaming couples, the game won’t take long to beat, but it’s a worthwhile addition to your collection that’s a fun escape from your more time-consuming and complex games.

2. Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is a great game for both serious and casual gamers. Backyard Battleground allows new gamers to get a feel for the controls of the game—while still leveling up their characters—without the demands of achieving a goal. Serious gamers can take on wave after wave of dangerous, heavily armed zombies in Garden Ops for a challenge that will keep you coming back for more.

3. Overcooked

Overcooked is a great game for both casual and dedicated gamers. New gamers will enjoy simple controls and straightforward goals, while dedicated gamers will revel in the challenge of increasingly complex levels, harried tasks, and demanding customers. People who love to cook will be especially fond of Overcooked. This simulation game offers all of the joys, and struggles, of putting together a masterpiece—without the mess.

4. Gears of War

Gears of War isn't for new gamers. If you want to convince your non-gamer partner to play a shooter with you, start off with a game like Plants vs. Zombies, then move into the Halo franchise before taking on Gears of War. Gears of War is a slow-paced game that requires refined control and intense strategy, so it’s recommended for gamers who are experienced with the shooter genre. If you like the original Gears of War, you'll enjoy playing the game's many sequels.

5. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

The game mechanics for Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris are fairly straightforward, and while there are certainly enemies to kill along the way, it feels much more like a puzzle-solving game than a third-person shooter. This makes it fun for novice and experienced gamers alike—the slow pace of the game makes it accessible to new players, and the difficult puzzles will challenge even the most experienced gamers.

6. Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo is a somewhat soft introduction to the first-person shooter genre, and its sci-fi storyline is less off-putting to non-gamers than bleaker games like Call of Duty. While the series may be a bit too complex for brand new gamers, it’s great for experienced gaming couples and could bridge the gap between platforming or RPG games into shooters.

7. Borderlands

Borderlands may be too complex for brand new gamers, but fans of RPGs will enjoy the game even if they’re not fans of first-person shooters. For this reason, Borderlands is probably better for couples who are dedicated gamers—or at least those who’ve enjoyed playing games together in the past—than new gamers. If you enjoy the original, you'll also love the game's sequels.

8. Sacred 2

Sacred 2 is a great game for couples who like to play RPGs together. The game isn’t terribly difficult, so it’s good for beginners, and it offers many hours of gameplay. The game can get a little slow at times—you’ll do a lot more running around than fighting for some quests—but there’s always the main storyline to speed things back up if you tire of running errands for townsfolk.

9. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

Diablo III is an excellent game for all couples. Dedicated games will enjoy destroying treasure goblins, collecting loot and ultimate weapons, and playing on hardcore modes. New gamers will find the controls for the game simple to master, the storyline easy to follow, and upgrading characters a compelling feature that keeps them wanting to come back for more.

10. Portal 2

Portal 2 is a good introduction to gaming for partners who like board games and mystery novels but think all video games are graphic first-person shooters. Portal 2 caters to a different audience, favoring problem-solving and clever banter over action, explosions, and quick thinking. While dedicated gamers will also enjoy Portal 2, it’s a great game for convincing your non-gamer significant other that video games are a fun pastime.

11. Terraria

New and dedicated gamers alike can find things to love about Terraria. For new gamers, the controls of the game will take some getting used to, and you’ll also likely need to have the Terraria wiki on hand to help with determining what order to take on bosses and how to craft better items. However, with a little patience, Terraria is the perfect game for converting video game novices into dedicated players who crave finding another game that’s as immersive and addictive as this one.

12. Fable 2

Fable 2 brings solo RPG players together for a shared gaming experience. Best for couples who are already fans of role-playing video games, Fable 2 allows you to share the experience of conquering a game world with your partner. Play as partners with shared goals, or set up your separate agendas to alter the game world for both players and their characters.

13. LEGO Dimensions

Both casual and dedicated gamers will enjoy playing LEGO Dimensions. Simple controls and ease of play make it accessible to non-gamers, and it’s easy to talk a non-gaming partner into playing because the game features so many recognizable characters and scenes. Embrace nostalgia with characters from the A-Team, Gremlins, and Back to the Future, or play with your favorite modern characters from Adventure Time, Harry Potter, and The LEGO Movie.

14. Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead is a great game for fans of the horror genre. Even if your partner isn’t a dedicated gamer, he/she will enjoy how creepy the game is. Dedicated gamers and first-person shooter fans will also find things to love about Left 4 Dead, assuming they’re also horror fans. The game isn’t for the lighthearted or easily frightened. If you enjoy the original, you'll also love the sequel: Left 4 Dead 2.

15. Rayman Origins

Like most platformers, Rayman Origins is fairly straightforward: hop on enemies and don’t fall off the edge of the world. However, when one player meets an early demise, he/she appears in a bubble on screen. Simply pop the bubble to release your partner and keep playing. This makes it nice when playing with an inexperienced player because it doesn’t really matter if they keep dying—you can revive them as often as necessary. If you enjoy the original, you'll also have fun playing the sequel: Rayman Legends.
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16. BattleBlock Theater

BattleBlock Theater is a fun game for dedicated players and an awesome introduction to gaming for new players. Because the game is simple, new gamers can play without getting too frustrated. It’s a bonus if your partner has a sarcastic sense of humor. The game’s narrator is full of sarcasm, so people with a matching sense of humor will enjoy playing just to see what hilarious and ridiculous things the narrator comes up with.

17. Child of Light

Fans of RPGs will enjoy Child of Light. Though it won’t take long to beat the game, experiencing the beauty of the game is worth the disappointment you’ll feel when it ends more quickly than you would have preferred. Child of Light is also a great game for convincing a princess-loving girlfriend that video games are fun because it will remind them of their favorite childhood movies.

18. Castle Crashers

Castle Crashers is a great introduction to gaming for partners who aren’t fans of video games. The controls ared simple and the characters are cute, making it appealing and not too challenging. And while it’s no Halo, Destiny, or Skyrim—it’s not complex and you won’t find yourself too challenged while playing—playing is still a satisfying experience for experienced gamers. Especially if it allows you to convince your partner to play a game with you for the first time ever.

19. Minecraft

Minecraft is an awesome game to play as a couple because there are several different ways to play. If you and your partner like a challenge, you can play through the game in survival mode, avoiding creepers, retreating back to your home at night, and dying over and over in the nether. If you like exploring but don’t want to die and lose all of your items, play on easy mode. And if you just want to create fantastic worlds, play in creative mode and get access to all in-game materials.

20. Peggle

Peggle is great for both new and experienced gamers. You can literally play through the entire game using only the thumbstick and a single button, so the controls are exceptionally simple. And even though the game seems simplistic, it becomes challenging and addictive over time. The best way to play Peggle as a couple is to take turns playing levels in single-player mode. While only one person can play at a time, you’ll enjoy rooting for each other and lamenting your losses together.