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Jordan Love
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List Rules Vote up the two-player games that are fun to play with people who don't usually play video games

Some games are great to play alone. Others are fun to play online and with fellow gamers. Then there are the awesome games that anyone can pick up and play. We’re not talking about Resident Evil on hard mode here, we’re talking about games for non-gamers. Games that someone who’s only ever played bowling on the Wii can still pick up and play as part of a duo or group without too much of a problem.

If you’re playing Assassin’s Creed and your little cousin shows up, which game do you pop in to play? Do you switch over to the Wii or keep the PlayStation rolling? Do you pop in Portal 2 or throw it back to Super Smash Bros. on the N64?

Playing alone and getting through a game's story mode is a great feeling, but sometimes playing through an entire story mode with your girlfriend or boyfriend for the first time can be even better. You guys worked together and tackled the game that you could barely beat yourself the first time around. What are the best games to play with your boyfriend, girlfriend, or plain old friend who’s a non-gamer?

Or do you prefer multiplayer games were you can take your friend down? Forget about that nice and friendly co-op mode and throw down in one of the Soulcalibur arenas. It’s all fun and games until their button mashing throws you off the side and they win with a lucky ring out.

Whether you prefer playing with your inexperienced friends or against them, what’s your favorite multiplayer game for non-gamers. Vote up the most accessible group games and vote down the ones that will end in heartbreak for gaming novices.

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Mario Kart 8


Mario Kart 8 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Games to Play with Non-Gamers
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Racing games don't get more accessible than almost any entry in the Mario Kart series. Mario Kart 8 is endlessly fun for just about everyone. It's perfect for players with mixed skill levels because of the varied characters and the unpredictable power-ups. Non-gamers will love the wide array of playable characters and the power-ups throughout the races ensure that a race stays interesting. Even if someone is a whole lap or two down, a blue shell can even the playing field.

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Games to Play with Non-Gamers
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Super Smash Bros. can be very attractive for gamers and non-gamers. It pits several familiar, colorful video game faces against each other and puts them in arenas based on some of the best games in the Nintendo universe. There's a character for everyone, whether you're the non-gamer looking for a cute pink ball of Kirby or a gamer looking for the classic thrill of Starfox or Samus smacking down Link. Plus, button mashing can result in unexpected triumphs for fresh players without much skill.

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Super Mario 3D World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Games to Play with Non-Gamers
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Just about any game with Mario in the title is great for players without much experience. Super Mario 3D World in particular relies heavily on teamwork at times, making for an ideal opportunity to teach non-gamers how to play. Because you're playing with each other and not against each other, nobody's as likely to be upset or discouraged by a loss or two.

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Super Mario Galaxy 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Games to Play with Non-Gamers
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Super Mario Galaxy 2 is one of the best reviewed games on the Wii. It's bigger and better than the original in many ways, and it adds a unique cooperative aspect: the second player in the game controls a small star that helps Mario in his adventures. Its fun no matter who is first or second player. If the gamer plays as Mario, then the non-gamer can help as little or as much as they can. If the non-gamer plays as Mario, then the gamer has a lot of opportunities to really help, giving the non-gamer a boost with the star.

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Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Games to Play with Non-Gamers
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Really any Lego game you like is great to play with people who think they don't like video games. The gameplay is light but gripping and simple, with a story mode that is just the right mix of puzzles and action. Even though you play as a team, you exactly don't need to work together most of the time, so the expert gamer doesn't have to rely too much on the non-gamer. If your know someone who loves DC superheroes, Lego Batman 2 could be perfect for them.

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LittleBigPlanet 2


LittleBigPlanet 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Games to Play with Non-Gamers
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Need a light game to play with someone who doesn't like the shoot 'em up/beat 'em up style games? The cute world of Little Big Planet is the way to go. LBP2 is a puzzle game that's all about fun. It's imaginative, cooperative, and perfect for all ages.
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Portal 2


Portal 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Games to Play with Non-Gamers
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Shooters and fighting games tend to be great for non-gamers because of their general straightforwardness, while some puzzle and action/adventure games often leave non-gamers confused and annoyed. Portal 2 manages to be the exact opposite of that. It's a fun, easy to pick up, and engaging game for anyone who likes puzzles and adventures, even if their gaming experience is more or less non-existent.

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Soulcalibur IV


Soulcalibur IV is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Games to Play with Non-Gamers
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The Soulcalibur series is as simple or complex as you want it to be. Easy to play but hard to master, the game is fun for veterans and rookies alike. Button mashing and ring outs can give even the most inexperienced gamer a chance against all but the most serious players.

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