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In a relationship nothing can cause a wedge between you like one of you being a gamer. One of you wants to go out, or watch a movie and the other won’t leave the house till they reach level 72 and a save point.
It’s a disastrous combination (trust me, I speak from experience) but one that can be solved. You simply have to turn your partner into a gamer too. If your partner is a man then this is fairly easy to accomplish – brandish a variety of shooters and the latest GTA and insist they’re only chicken to play them in case you’re better. Problem solved.
But when it comes to enticing your woman into playing things can be a bit trickier.
Here’s some advice and some video games your girlfriend will like to help you on your way.
Cool Video Games to Play with your Girlfriend
What Video Game Should I Get my Boyfriend?
The first thing to remember is that you were new to games once too. Think about what pulled you in and see if you can use it.
I can’t even remember the first game I played (I was three and playing on the Spectrum) but after a few years abstinence in my teens I do remember what pulled me back in – Final Fantasy VII. This is a smart choice even now. It’s bright and interesting to look at (no n00b is going to appreciate Limbo, trust me), the fights don’t require insane reflexes and the story is extremely compelling.
Get her hooked on the story and before you know it she’ll have to play for 100 hours to see what happens. In the same vein I’d suggest Final Fantasy X. This is possibly even better than VII, and not just because of the better graphics (check out the upcoming rerelease and be impressed).
All the battles are turn-based allowing for as much thinking time and back-seat gaming as necessary (try to limit this or she will throw the pad at you and it will hurt).
Try to limit this or she will throw the pad at you and it will hurt.
It’s also worth thinking about her other interests. If she’s an avid cook, try Cooking Mama, if she adores crime TV why not try the CSI point and click series? It’ll certainly earn you brownie points for paying attention!
If she’s going to stand a chance you need to keep the control system simple and it doesn’t get any easier then Kinect titles. Kinectimals is so utterly adorable that any animal lover will be over the moon. Meanwhile Fruit Ninja is so simple even your cat can play it!
Lastly, the franchise every girlfriend wants to play. If there’s one video game character she wants to play as its Lara Croft. Whilst many of the games are too tricky to be good entry games one of them might just work. Tomb Raider: Legend is slightly more arcadey and flows very well. It still has everything that makes it Lara but little tweaks make this a simpler experience whilst still being awesome.
If there’s one video game character she wants to play as its Lara Croft.