6 best video games for couples this Valentine's Day - Dexerto

6 perfect games for couples this Valentine’s Day

Published: 10/Feb/2021 12:11 Updated: 10/Feb/2021 12:15

by Lauren Bergin


The conventional dating world has become practically non-existent over the last year, but don’t worry! We have compiled our six best games for online dates – just in time for Valentine’s Day – that you can try from the comfort of your gaming chair.

2020 and 2021 are pretty determined to kill off romance as we know it. With public spaces closed for the foreseeable future in most countries, being able to take that special someone literally anywhere has become an impossible quest in itself.

While Pokemon Go has come up with a week-long, fun-filled Valentine’s Event it’s limited to, well, Pokemon fans.

So, if you’re not too into your Pikachu, we’ve got a list of awesome titles that are perfect for you and your crush to try out. Or, alternatively, for you to vet whether or not that person on your online dating app is quite who they say they are – but the first is more romantic!

Best Valentine’s Day games for couples

Portal 2

Portal 2 Valve Robots
Portal 2 is the perfect team game!

If your crush hasn’t heard of Valve’s Portal series then you really need reconsider your life choices, but if you’re feeling charitable then Portal 2 is definitely one of the best games for couples.

Available on Steam, the title perfectly balances humor alongside fiendishly difficult puzzles. The game’s co-op mode offers an ever-changing array of challenges make it both entertaining as well as difficult.

In order to weave your way through the Aperture laboratory, you’ll have to work as a team coordinating your blue and orange portals to ensure that you don’t end up falling to your doom.

Plus, there’s cake involved so that’s a nice little date night treat, right?

Animal Crossing

Fancy channeling your inner love bird like Celeste? Animal Crossing is one for you.

On the very opposite end of the spectrum, we have Animal Crossing, the game that literally everyone had back in the Nintendo DS days. With the title made a resurgence back in 2020 with New Horizons on the Switch, fans everywhere decided that it was the perfect tool to escape from our perplexing world.

So what better date night game than the adorable adventure game? Featuring some of the gaming sphere’s cutest characters in a cartoon realm designed to be user-friendly, you and that special someone can escape to your own little island for a slice of tranquility.

If you fancy being a little more active though you can catch some bugs together, chill in each other’s homes or go on a fishing date. Hopefully, you catch some rainbow trouts instead of some old boots though…

League of Legends

Riot Games
Riot Games
Xayah and Rakan are the perfect bot lane couple to try together.

League of Legends might strike you as a strange one on this list, but the bottom lane of Summoner’s Rift has become Runeterra’s prime romantic location. It’s also available for free on PC and runs smoothly on low-level machines, making it perfect for everyone.

If you fancy a walk through the lush terrain of the Rift you can partner up as ADC and Support in the bot lane, where you’ve got a whole host of dynamic characters to choose from. Teamwork is key, so make sure you’re ready to work together to shatter some turrets and blow up the enemy nexus.

If you’re feeling extra romantic, though, suggest to your partner to run Xayah and Rakan or Senna and Lucian. LoL’s resident couples have unique voice lines that, if you direct them at your partner, will make them blush.

Who said esports couldn’t be romantic?! Just make sure you mute the chatbox before you go into a game.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Nintendo Logo
Nintendo Inc.
Stardew Valley will breathe fresh air into your dating life.

If you’re looking for a slightly less explosive title, Stardew Valley is the one for you. Available across a whole range of platforms, it’s not too difficult to get your hands on.

At its core, the game revolves around farming, planting crops and managing your own little patch of happiness. However, there’s a lot more to the title than originally meets the eye. The multiplayer feature allows players to group up as three and interact, whether that’s fighting monsters or just hanging out.

Another aspect of the game is the relationship-building mechanic though, so if you’re looking to get a little more serious but can’t quite make it happen due to the current situation, then you can work towards blossoming together amid the quaint hills of the Valley.

Second Life

Autumn Ashdene Second Life Snow Linden Lab
Flickr: Autumn Ashdene, Linden Lab
If you’re looking for a more real-life experience, Second Life is for you.

Fancy going to a concert? Going shopping? Or even just hitting the clubs? These are all things that the modern world prohibits us from doing at the moment, but the virtual world of Second Life doesn’t have all that red tape to wade through.

Available across Windows and Mac, the title is a massive open world with no active objective. It literally is an alternative life where you can do as you please. Once you and your partner have created your avatars you can start exploring together.

You can channel your inner Autumn Ashdene (pictured above) and take a cute walk in the snow, or head to a bar for a more traditional date night. Not a fan of either of those? No problem. Second Life literally has every activity you’d ever want, all you have to do is look.

In a world where normality seems a long way off, sometimes it’s nice to taste it again.

Valorant Spike Rush

Viper holding the spike in Valorant
Riot Games
Wait, what?

Yes, I hear your question marks. Valorant is one of the best games for couples? Really? Riot Games PC exclusive shooter hardly seems the title for a chill dating session, but there’s method in my madness (maybe).

While dodging bullets and rapid-paced rounds might not be everyone’s couple of tea, Spike Rush is a great introduction to the Valorant universe. The lightning-fast game mode is full to the brim with fun power-ups, tactical challenges and team-centric gameplay.

Sure your aim is to blow up the area which hardly seems romantic, but Future Earth can be the perfect place to lay the foundations for a second date. Why am I so sure? Well, let’s just say I have Valorant to thank for my own little slice of happiness.

So that’s it for our list of games to try out with your special someone. Of course, there’s a whole host of games that we haven’t included, but what matters here isn’t the exact game you play. After all, as long as you’re having fun and staying safe, then that’s what’s important.

League of Legends

TFT b-patch 11.4 notes: Olaf nerfs, Nasus & Nidalee buffs

Published: 25/Feb/2021 2:28

by Andrew Amos


A small update for Teamfight Tactics is here with TFT b-patch 11.4. Riot is finetuning some adjustments after their big changes, with the February 24 patch including nerfs to Olaf, as well as buffs to Nasus and Nidalee.

TFT patch 11.4 drastically shook up the game’s meta. Reroll comps were nerfed into the ground, leading to the rise of Slayers and Vanguard-Mystic Neeko.

However, the changes went a bit too far. With Olaf becoming the number one comp instantly, Riot are keen to draw back his power in a big way. On the other hand, Nasus and Nidalee were hit a bit too hard for the devs’ liking.

TFT b-patch 11.4 includes changes for all of these units, and more.

Olaf AD increased, but Runaan’s change is huge nerf

Olaf has quickly risen to the number one carry in TFT with the big nerfs to all his rivals in TFT patch 11.4. Paired with Runaan’s Hurricane, he could cleave through entire teams 1v9. Now, that interaction is changing.

“Hurricane has proved to be too synergistic with Olaf, making him too powerful with the item, but too weak without it. We’re removing the Hurricane interaction, but will be giving him some AD to compensate and open up other build paths,” TFT dev Rodger ‘Minionsrpeople2’ Caudill said in the amended patch notes.

The loss of the Runaan’s proc on his ultimate makes his damage output significantly weaker. While an increase in AD will help balance out the nerf, Olaf forcers will certainly feel the change.

Nidalee in TFT Fates
Riot Games
Nidalee was hit the hardest in TFT patch 11.4, so Riot are giving her a bit of love.

Nasus & Nidalee get compensation buff after early nerfs

On the other side of the equation, after getting nuked in the last update, reroll carries Nasus and Nidalee are getting some assistance. Nasus’ mana is getting decreased so he can cast more readily, while Nidalee’s damage at two and three-star is also up.

The changes may not make either comp S-Tier in the meta, but it’s a handy buff. Talon is also getting a huge bugfix that keeps his mana bar full if a target dies midway through his ability animation.

Quicksilver and Runaan’s bugs have also been squashed in the b-patch. You can find the full TFT b-patch 11.4 notes below, courtesy of Riot.

TFT b-patch 11.4 notes


Tier 1


  • Mana: 0/80 ⇒ 0/70


  • Nidalee Javelin Toss Damage: 100/150/250 ⇒ 100/175/300

Tier 4


  • Ragnarok Cleave effect no longer triggers on Runaan’s Hurricane bolts
  • Attack Damage: 80 ⇒ 90


  • Fixed a bug where Talon would lose his Mana if his target died as he reached full Mana



  • Fixed a bug where Quicksilver was preventing damage from Nasus’s Wither and blocking some non-CC debuffs (e.g. Grievous Wounds, mana reave)

Runaan’s Hurricane

  • Fixed a bug where Runaan’s Hurricane’s bolt was benefiting from damage amp (e.g. Slayer, Giantslayer, Hand of Justice)