There are some games that, while not the best games when played alone, make for great party games. Would you sit there and play them by yourself? Probably not. But get a group of friends together, and you just might have the time of your life playing them.
While most games are going the way of multiplayer gaming over the Internet, there are still some gems floating around out there that you can play with people in the same room. After all, there is nothing like seeing the look on a friend’s face when you crush them without mercy.
Of course, not all party games are competitive, and some offer you the chance to work with your friends, rather than against them. Either way, getting together with a group of close friends and having a video game night is one of the best times you can have, and these games will help you make your next video game party a smashing success.
Rock Band/Guitar Hero
The meteoric rise and fall of the music genre was fascinating to witness. Even though the genre is all but dead in the water in terms of new releases, the existing games are evergreen, and are fun to play no matter what. Personally, I prefer Rock Band over Guitar Hero, based on its extensive library of downloadable content.
Whichever game you choose, busting out the plastic instruments and living the rock star fantasy with your friends is a blast. Even if you and your friends are not so skilled at rhythm games, the inclusion of no fail mode makes it easy for anyone to pick up the game and start rocking.
Dance Central/Just Dance
When you and your friends are done living out your rock star fantasy, why not put away the instruments and do a little dancing. One of the best uses of Xbox 360’s Kinect is these dancing games, and they are quite a bit of fun. I will readily admit that I am a terrible dancer, but it’s people like me who make playing the game even more fun.
After all, who doesn’t want to laugh at their friends as they stumble around like an idiot?
I side with Dance Central over Just Dance (I guess I am just a Harmonix fanboy), but both games are quite fun. Not only that, they are great exercise, so not only can you have a great time dancing, you will shed some calories, which is always a good thing.
The Wii Sports franchise launched the Wii into another stratosphere of gaming success. People who would never call themselves “gamers” were running out in droves to buy up a Wii, and it was primarily because of the pick up and play good time offered by Wii Sports. Nintendo even followed it up with Wii Sports Resort, and even though it was not quite as successful as the original, it’s still a really fun party game.
The beauty of Wii Sports is that anyone can understand it. Even if you’ve never held a gaming controller in your life, the concept of swinging the remote like a bowling ball or baseball bat just feels natural. Whether you are playing with the most hardcore or casual gamers, Wii Sports is the perfect game to bust out when you just want to have some good old fashioned fun.
If you don’t have a Wii, but have Move for PlayStation 3, the Sports Champions games are similar, and offer the same type of gameplay.
All of the Mario Party games are fantastic for playing some local multiplayer with friends. If you are trying to stick to the more modern versions, especially those with motion controls, Mario Party 8 and 9 for the Wii are the perfect choices. They offer the same type of frantic minigames as the classic N64 and GameCube versions, but they do it with a motion controlled twist.
While I will readily admit that I am not a huge fan of motion controlled games (I guess I am a gaming purist), I love them for parties. The simple nature of the controls makes it easy for me to pull them out even if I am hanging out with people who don’t play video games often. Mario party is no exception. Now, let’s just hope Nintendo does something cool with the franchise on the Wii U.
Next time you have friends over, pull out any of these party games, and I promise you will have a great time.
What party games do you enjoy the most? Hit the comments section and let your voice be heard!