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Resident Evil 5 and the recipe for a successful marriage

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There aren't many video games that do a good job of bringing in significant others, at least not of the kinds of games that I like to play. Sure, there are the standbys like Guitar Hero and its ilk. Super Mario Galaxy did sort of okay in this respect, albeit in a limited fashion. Of course, there are many Wii games that appeal to spouses, such as Wii Sports, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, and countless other lesser titles. But those aren't the kinds of games I usually want to play. So what's a gaming-oriented guy to do? Enter Resident Evil 5.

I should preface this by saying that I was recently able to get my mostly non-game-playing wife to play through Resident Evil 4 on the Wii, which she loved. If not for that, she may not have been ready to graduate to the more complex dual-analog controls of RE5. Husbands considering introducing their wives to RE5 without any prior learning curve should consider themselves fairly warned. But I digress.

We started playing RE5 about a week ago and are now roughly half-way through the game. The verdict thus far? RE5 just might be one of the best two-player games out there for husbands and wives to play together. It promotes cooperation, teamwork, patience, sharing of resources, and a shared sense of accomplishment. If my wife needs shotgun ammo, I help her out. If my machine gun is getting light, she'll toss me a mag. When she's attacked by vicious mutant spiders, I'm there to slash them away. When a crazed villager grabs me from behind, my wife is there to deliver a spinning roundhouse kick. That's what a good marriage is all about.

So far, my wife and I have been having a blast with it. Personally, I think it's one of the best co-op experiences out there. The frequency and variety of situations requiring one player to help the other goes way beyond the teammate-reviving bits in, say, Gears of War. The cooperative elements in RE5 are so good in fact that, assuming at least a basic familiarity with video games, I could imagine this being an excellent relationship-building tool for married couples. If a husband is having trouble trusting his wife, or the other way around, then successfully downing a giant sea-monster while cooperatively operating opposing machine-gun turrets might be just the thing.

Of course, I could also see RE5 tearing some couples apart, destroying their relationships, and prompting them to divorce. But hey, if that happens then it probably wasn't meant to be.

Category Tags
Platform(s): Xbox 360   Wii   PS3  
Developer(s): Capcom  
Series: Resident Evil  
Genre(s): Shooting   Horror  
Topic(s): Sex & Relationships  

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Glad to hear it was such a

Glad to hear it was such a positive couples experience. The wife and I plan on going through it in co-op as well, we're just waiting on a second copy from GameFly. i'm really, really glad that co-op seems to be back in such a big way. my wife would never take part in standard deathmatch, CTF or whatnot, but for something that has a beginning, middle,and end, she's there. same for me, really.

good co-op just rules.

it's a bit

it's a bit myopic/anachronistic to assume it's the wife that doesn't enjoy video games. I can't tell you how often i'm bored to tears by my boyfriend's obsession with cutesy wii games. Even manhunt was censored. i found this article condemning.

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