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The Best Games To Play With Non-Gamers

Updated October 15, 2020 1.1k votes 170 voters 13.2k views17 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 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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    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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  • There aren't too many family-friendly multiplayer games on the PlayStation or Xbox. That's why it was such a nice surprise when Rayman Legends was unexpectedly released on all consoles. The game is a whimsical adventure for up to four players that has some of the best visuals and gameplay around. It's a nice counterbalance to shooters full of spent rounds and explosions.
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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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