You might not be home for Valentine's Day this year, or you may be lucky enough to get to spend a night in on the couch with your loved one. Regardless of your circumstances, spending February 14 with a new crush or an old flame, from near or afar, there are plenty of games to help make your Valentine's Day fun.
And if you're lucky enough to have found your Player 2, or just want to treat Player 1, all this month you can get great deals on HyperX gear in the HyperX Valentine's sale.
Local co-op Valentine's Day games
If you're safely tucked away together somewhere, perhaps you'd like to heighten the mood of your home being a haven by playing Haven. It's a co-op exploration game about a pair of lovers who have absconded to a lost planet. Glide and zoom around an alien world together, with a pretty great story told throughout with brilliant writing. It's from the makers of Furi and has the same maestro on the soundtrack (Danger), so it's exceptionally stylish as well.
Recommended for: New couples who want to take their relationship to the next level.
It Takes Two
A game about a bickering pair of parents on the verge of divorce may not sound like the ideal Valentine's Day treat, but trust us: It Takes Two is one of the best co-op games of the last decade, let alone recent years. Lead stars Cody and May are two incredibly incompetent (bordering on dangerously so) parental figures, yes. But honestly, who cares when their adventures are this much fun? It Takes Two flits between genres as you ski across frozen lakes, race on the backs of frogs, and soar through the air. Every segment will have you doing something new, and you'll always be utterly reliant on one another. A must play for all co-op couples.
Recommended for: parents who want to feel better about themselves.
For the couple who have run out of wardrobes to organize in the pandemic, how about an entire warehouse to keep organized together? This falls into the "you'll know if you're meant to be together" class of game that requires solid communication and a level of being on the same wavelength that can't really be discovered outside of a game about organizing and delivering goods to warehouse customers.
Recommended for: Long-term couples who enjoy organizing stuff.
Overcooked! All You Can Eat
Some couples love to cook together. Overcooked will change that. This is more of a relationship test than a chance to chill out together, so make sure you're ready for it. Overcooked! has plenty of love-themed challenges for you to fall out over, or forge your relationship strong in the fires of a kitchen that is inexplicably also two trucks on a highway.
Recommended for: Couples who want a reason to break up.
Online co-op Valentine's Day games
It Takes Two (again)
Hold on, didn't we already cover this one above? Yes, but It Takes Two isn't just good for local play. Thanks to developer Hazelight's generous friend pass system, only one of you actually needs to own the game. The other can download the friend version of the game and join in the fun entirely free. Now all you have to do is avoid arguing over which of you has to pay.
Recommended for: Couples looking for more affordable online co-op.
The bevvy of new stuff in Desters is enough to coax anyone back, or introduce someone new to their other love. If you can't be together this Valentine's Day, maybe try going on a thrilling ride through Bungie's space opera and popping alien heads together instead. You don't have to test your compatability in the crucible, just a couple of laidback strikes should be enough for a memorable Sunday afternoon together.
Recommended for: The couple who slays together.
Sea of Thieves
Likewise, Sea of Thieves' Season One update has brought plenty of reasons to take your love on a romantic cruise through cobalt blue waters and take it easy this weekend. Serenade your other half as they relax on the beach of a tropical island and then quickly slash that skelly that was going to ruin the mood. Keeping a ship running together is basically just a relationship in itself, but at least this way you get to blow up sharks together and when you finish for the night you can blow the ship up, too. Traditions must be observed at sea.
Recommended for: Stealing your other half's heart away. And half of their loot.