While playing video games with a friend can be fun, sometimes you may want to just relax and watch the action unfold as they play. Also, sometimes you may also have a great single-player game that you and your partner can’t wait to jump into, but that means taking turns and waiting for your chance to play. But not all games are well suited for an audience and, if you are trying to enjoy the interaction together, this can quickly turn your focus from having fun to looking for a way out.
If you and your favorite gaming partner are looking for a game with great cinematics or story that is both fun to play and to watch, try one of the following suggestions:
- The Uncharted series (PS3) - Like junk food and sweatpants, action movies are fun, comfortable, and perfect in limited quantities. The Uncharted series is one of the best action-adventure games for this generation of consoles and they are hugely engaging to watch. With great voice acting and fun cinematic cut scenes, each game is like living in your own personal action movie and, speaking from personal experience, you may go hours before requesting your turn at the controller.
- Shadow of the Colossus (PS3) - Originally released for the PS2, Shadow of the Colossus is
a combination of action-adventure and puzzle game that takes you through a beautiful landscape to defeat a series of colossi to save the life of a young girl. What makes this game wonderful to watch is its artistry and design, as an audience, you will be drawn into the world of the character and can be entertained by the setting alone.
- Silent Hill 2 (PS3, XBOX360) - Another re-release from the PS2, Silent Hill 2 is one of the greatest examples of survival horror games ever released. Besides being beloved by gamers, this is a game that has also birthed multiple movies and an army of cosplayers who always terrify me in
person.This specific genre of games is perfect for watching and sharing in the experience of being completely terrified.
- Bioshock (PC, PS3, XBOX360) - While everyone is enjoying the latest game, I highly recommend revisiting the original series. Bioshock shares a commonality with most of the other games on this list which is the fun of exploring a new world together. With a unique and gorgeous setting and a story that reveals itself throughout the game, the fact that Bioshock movie rumors have been bounced around since its release is no surprise.