What’s Up PlayStation Nation,
We have to admit that some of the best video games in our lifetimes have the best story lines. A lot of those stories revolve around a romance involving the game’s main protagonist. Some relationships are subtle while others are very direct and may be the motivation for an adventure. Some stories brighten our day while others shatter our hopes and expectations. At the end of it all, they make such an impact on us because they are at times reflective of our experiences or cravings for love. In one way or another, they tug at our heart strings. When analyzing this, it brought to mind so many of my guy gamer friends that either longed for a girlfriend that played video games or at least had an interest in them. This gave me an idea. Follow me if you will…
I asked myself, “How can I help my guy friends get their partners more interested in gaming?” And a light bulb went off! Aside from co-op gaming, decision based gaming with your partner is a great way to get your partner involved! Most of us ladies love a good story and sometimes, we just want to know what it is that keeps our other halves so intrigued an immersed when playing video games. So, how fun would it be to watch a story line unfold with your mate while helping you decide the next course of action? This would be an opportunity for them to be inclusive and become a part of the experience! Let’s evaluate a few games where that scenario would play out:
Heavy Rain – A gripping psychological crime thriller filled with innumerable twists and turns, where even the smallest actions and choices can cause dramatic consequences. The hunt is on for the Origami Killer, named after his calling card of leaving folded paper shapes on victims. Four characters, each with their own motives, take part in a desperate attempt to stop the killer from claiming a new victim.
Until Dawn – Eight friends trapped together on a remote mountain retreat, and they aren’t alone. Gripped by dread, with tensions running high, they must fight through their fear if they all hope to make through the night in one piece. Play as each of the eight characters and experience fear like you never have before. Every decision you make in your terrifying search for answers could mean the difference between life and death, but for whom? Your actions alone will decide who survives Until Dawn.
Life Is Strange – Play as Max Caulfield – a shy, unassuming 18-year-old girl who has returned to her hometown of Arcadia Bay to study photography and hopefully reunite with an old childhood friend. She discovers she can rewind time by chance after experiencing a strange vision of a devastating storm and then witnessing a girl getting shot right in front of her. Life Is Strange has branching dialogue options where you choose how you want to interact with other characters – but your actions have consequences.
There are many other games along these lines such as Beyond Two Souls and The Last of Us, which is a game that has quick time events with similar decision making features as well but doesn’t necessarily influence the game’s ending. Couples who participate in gaming together don’t simply spend more time with one another, they also communicate more. This always has a positive impact on relationships. When you play with your significant other, you play in the moment. Not only do you appreciate the game while playing it, you don’t want to reach the end. You’ll want to shut out the real world for as long as possible, enjoying every moment you can with your love by your side. So, try it out and let me know how it goes!