Multiplayer games are the best because you get to play video games without people thinking you’re a nerdy loner.
But not everyone has the ability to play multiplayer games all the time. Some of us might only have one controller, or maybe we simply don’t own any multiplayer games for the occasion. What should you play when you have friends over, but don’t have any way to play something multiplayer?
We’ve got a great list for you to help you with exactly that. The following is a list of some of our favourite non-multiplayer games that we think are great to be played with friends, whether cheering you on or helping you out.
Ever since I was a kid, I can remember being obsessed with Crash Bandicoot. When my dad picked it up on the PlayStation One I would sit as close to the TV as he would let me and watch him grab wumpa fruit after wumpa fruit and spin away those pesky turtles until his thumbs were sore. When he grew out of Crash, moving onto bigger and better things with the release of the PlayStation 2, I grew into it.
If you’ve ever played Crash Bandicoot you’ll know that the difficulty level is pretty high, so for a young kid I wasn’t great at it. That’s why I always recruited my sister and our best friend to play. We would pass over the controller after every level, making sure everyone got a turn. We were kids so naturally we were never patient enough to get completely to the end of the game – but we were experts at the first fifteen or so levels.
Now as adults, we’re still experts at the first 15 or so levels and crap at all the rest. Strange, right?
Ace Attorney is a popular series of visual novel adventure games where you take on the role of Phoenix Wright, a defense attorney who studies cases and defends his clients in court. The gameplay for Ace Attorney is two-fold. During the investigation portion of the trial you’re able to look around the environment for clues related to each case as well as ask clients, the police, or any witnesses questions. The second part is the trial, where you’re tasked with trying to achieve a “not guilty” sentence for your client by cross-examining any clues you gathered during the investigation portion.
The reason I really enjoy playing Ace Attorney games with friends is because I’m incredibly awful at puzzle games. Especially games where I have to pay attention to a million different clues in order to solve something. I’ve accepted this as truth, and thus I play with friends. “Two heads is better than one” as they say. Or in my case, “Anyone but her.”
I just can’t play horror games by myself, not unless I already know exactly what’s going to happen. That’s why, when I first played Until Dawn, it was with friends. Until Dawn is a horror adventure game released in 2015 from developer Supermassive Games. The game has a great mechanic that caters specifically to your fears to make the game even scarier. In order to make the game scary for all of us, during the portion of the Until Dawn where you’re picking through your fears, we did majority rules and ended up with quite a cohesive horror fest.
I’ve played through Until Dawn twice, and both times I was scared out of my mind. Not because the game is legitimately terrifying – although I suppose it can be at certain times – but because my friends and I were all huddled together in front of the television, in a darkened room, our fear being fuelled by each other. Most horror games are better played in a group because you’re much more likely to feel really properly scared if your friends are there with you, screaming at the top of their lungs. And you know, safety in numbers and all that.
4Bit Trip Runner
Bit Trip Runner is one of those games that is so rage inducing that I have to play it with friends or else I can’t be held responsible for what happens to my controllers. Specifically, Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. I picked up Runner 2 on my Xbox 360 quite a few years ago and I asked my sister if she’d like to play it with me. We’re both pros at Guitar Hero and Runner2 boasted being a fun, challenging rhythm game, so we figured we were shoe-ins.
We were wrong.
Even with our switching back and forth between each level strategy, the further we moved on into the game the more impossible it became. During our Runner2 binge my sister went out of town for a few days and I was left alone with it constantly calling to me, begging me to give it another try. And the bite marks that randomly showed up on my controller while she was gone were inexplicable and are still a mystery to this day.
My two roommates were outraged I hadn’t played Danganronpa, so insisted I give it a try. Without knowing what I was getting into, I got totally addicted. Danganronpa is a series of visual novel adventure games that tells the story of a group of elite high schoolers who are forced into a horrible game where they must kill each other in order to escape.
I’ve been playing through the first one, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and I honestly couldn’t ever see myself playing it on my own. Much like Ace Attorney, there’s just so much to take in and I’m sure I’d never solve anything by myself. Plus, it’s so much fun to discuss your favourite characters as well as who you think did the dirty deed. Double plus, there’s just a lot of screaming, and that wouldn’t be fun alone, would it?