We turn the page in DLC and find a tale of the greatest co-op experience of all. Randy Lamberson tells us how Lego Batman 2 is better with a wife
Everyone has that special person in their life. The one person you share everything with – laughs, tears, and your deepest secrets. I am, of course, talking about your co-op partner. Your co-op partner was there when you found Dom’s wife in Gears of War and sniped the guy on the left as you counted down to three in Call of Duty. This person may be your best friend or a family member. But for me, my co-op partner shares my bed – my wife, Karla. Till game over do we part, I now pronounce you co-op partners.
Karla and I have been co-op partners for some time now. Even though she didn’t play video games until she met me, I have fine-tuned her to help me complete many games including LittleBigPlanet, Rayman Origins, Scott Pilgrim vs the World and many more. Sure, sometimes I have to grab the controller from her or explain to her how to solve a puzzle, but over time she has learned to hold her own.
I have become very proud of what you could call a protégé. There have been ups and downs, bonding during the good times and giving silent treatments when we let the other one die. Overall, we have a blast and I find myself enjoying games the most when I share them with someone I love. Recently, we set our sights on Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes in an attempt to make the game our Lego collecting bitch.
Let me start off by explaining how we began playing Lego Batman 2. Karla loved the first Lego Batman and had been asking me to pick up the sequel. With so many games on my plate I had been pushing it off. Recently, however, we had a whole weekend to ourselves so I decided I would go out and surprise her with the game.
I went to two stores until I found it and headed home eagerly, awaiting her joy when I walked in with it. As I opened the door and exclaimed, “Look what I got!” She responded saying, “Cool. It’s late though I don’t want to play right now.” My heart broke but I didn’t give up that easily. It didn’t take too long after playing alone before I caught her attention and suddenly she wasn’t so tired. If only that would work in other scenarios… but I digress.
Karla and I beat the first Lego Batman together so we were excited to sink our teeth into the sequel. Right away we faced off against Harley Quinn followed by Riddler. Karla dealt the final blows on both villains and made it a point to rub it in saying, “I took out Harley and Riddler. Looks like I am better than you.” Did I get angry at this statement? Inside, maybe, but I hid it well saying, “Great job! You have always been good at these games.”
If you’re in a relationship and want your significant other to play games with you as well then take notes. This statement I made to her accomplishes two things. First, it shows that I am humble, proud of her. Second, it keeps her happy, giving her a sense that maybe, just maybe, she can do better than me at the game, which in turn will make her want to play more (even though I could have owned her.)
Lego Batman 2, is a great co-op game that is easy to learn but difficult to find everything. Karla also loves the game as long as I don’t take Robin.
Speaking of Robin, he gets all the best upgrades in this game. One upgrade is the acrobatic suit where Robin can jump and flip like a ninja and use his pole to deal out damage. At one point Karla threw the pole into a hole to swing on and I said, “Look your pole stuck into the wall.” She responded by saying, “Giggity.” At that very moment my love for her was reconfirmed and stronger than ever.
We beat Lego Batman 2 fairly quickly. Although, when I am sleeping I can hear my wife in the other room trying to collect every puzzle piece in the game, which tells me she really is a true gamer at heart.
Conquering another co-op title reassured me of one thing. Nothing is better than having a life partner to share laughs, love, experiences, and most importantly, video games. I look forward to growing old with my wife as we take out noobs together.