Four co-op games to avoid on Valentine's Day

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 5:20 PM


“Cuphead” by itself is a tough-as-nails jump and shoot game, with projectiles, enemies and colorful background effects fighting for your attention at any given second. Add a second player and almost instantly the game goes from challenging enough to nearly impossible as movement becomes a difficult to follow ballet of chaos and destruction. It’s doable, and it sure is still fun, but maybe don’t pick this one to play with your boo this Valentine’s Day unless you’re both professionals.


Before the patch that hit this game a couple months ago, this game was deceptively simple, hard to control and just generally unpleasant to play. Now, it’s only one of those things! Keeping in mind the fact that your placed bombs can not only eliminate you, but also your teammates, co-op in this goes about as well as you’d expect. Set a timer for 30 minutes. If you and your partner can last that long without breaking up or committing arson because of a failed boss battle, you’ve found your soulmate.


Ah, Battletoads. This classic co-op disaster pits players as disgusting and edgy toad-human hybrids modeled in the vein of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as they punch, kick and glide through each Saturday-morning cartoon backdrop. While the game has plenty of reasons for not being an enjoyable co-op experience, from friendly-fire to bad movement, it also features a game-breaking bug that makes it completely unbeatable when playing with another person. Have fun!


“It’s just ‘Portal,’" you say. “We both played the first one, it’ll be fine,” you said.

It starts out fine but, take this as a warning, turn it off and find something more wholesome to play like “Overcooked.” Co-op in this game is a devious trap that ruins friendships, relationships and potentially the structural integrity of your place of residence. Under no circumstances should you play this with someone you want to date or are dating. I beg of you.

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