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Howsit gents and ladies,

I want to get the 'ol gaming PC up and running again. She will probably live as a plex server and media center in the living room for the time being.

Inspired by the 'AAA sale game' thread, do you guys have any recommendations for good PC games from the couch?

Would be great to include some fun games that can be played with friends or SO in the same room. Controller support would be great too...

My PC gaming experience has been mostly at the desk sinking thousands of hours into CSGO, DayZ and EscapeFromTarkov. Those days are over though, I want to spend time in the same space as others in my home. The office space/desk is for working or studying.
 
I have a small setup in the lounge I play some games with my daughter so not sure if the games would appeal to you.
Steam has a category for co-op/split screen.
 
Wife and I have jammed

Palworld (with Nucleus)
It Takes Two
Baldur's Gate 3
Overcooked
Portal 2
 
I have a small setup in the lounge I play some games with my daughter so not sure if the games would appeal to you.
Steam has a category for co-op/split screen.
Thanks dude!

Yeah I've been going through the co-op list, as well as the controller support list. Most of these games I would never have considered before... But with the idea of playing it in the living room/couch I am taking a second look at quite a lot of them.
 
Solo games:
- Any major third person RPG game, they're all designed for controller/couch
- Any racing game, as above
- Basically all the sports games
- Side-scrollers
In this section I have recently played and enjoyed:
- Disco Elysium (extremely strong recommend)
- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
- Hi-Fi Rush
- Forza Horizon/Motorsport
- Art of Rally
- Dave the Diver

Couch co-op games for two:
- Divinity: Original Sin
- It Takes Two
- Unravel Two
- A Way Out
- (Fighting games e.g. MK, Tekken)
- (Sports games, e.g. Fifa)
- (BG3 is here but I haven't played it)

For two or more:
- Broforce (high recommend)
- Helldivers: Dive Harder
- Overcooked
- Moving Out

A lot of these are in Game Pass and the included EA Play, make sure to check these services for value.
 
@PandaAttack1 just some info from my end to help out with my experiences. Game Controllers for PC 2024 | Gaming Other

PC being used is now my wifes pc (specs in my sig)

I've always been a fan of split screen. It just brings back nostalgia. Been playing It Takes Two and SS5 / Tekken 8 with the Mrs. We are planning on starting A Way Out soon as well. She is absolutely loving Hogwarts and Uncharted and I'm personally happy with CyberPunk and Valheim on the couch. The Series X controllers (OEM ones) are really great to work with (I was always a PS console / controller guy but I am more than happy with the move)

Even if you buy another PC, I've seen a few in the same base spec region as the HP (as in model number / type) for decent prices here on carb. I would just say, try avoid an SFF unless you can fit a dual slot LP GPU into it.

Other than that, good luck and happy gaming.
 
Solo games:
- Any major third person RPG game, they're all designed for controller/couch
- Any racing game, as above
- Basically all the sports games
- Side-scrollers
In this section I have recently played and enjoyed:
- Disco Elysium (extremely strong recommend)
- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
- Hi-Fi Rush
- Forza Horizon/Motorsport
- Art of Rally
- Dave the Diver

Couch co-op games for two:
- Divinity: Original Sin
- It Takes Two
- Unravel Two
- A Way Out
- (Fighting games e.g. MK, Tekken)
- (Sports games, e.g. Fifa)
- (BG3 is here but I haven't played it)

For two or more:
- Broforce (high recommend)
- Helldivers: Dive Harder
- Overcooked
- Moving Out

A lot of these are in Game Pass and the included EA Play, make sure to check these services for value.
Poggers response.
 
I've been playing It takes Two, Moving Out 2 and Overcooked! with my kids (all of us on controllers). All of these are casual fun, although it can get stressful at times!

My kids are on the young side, but I have been meaning to see how well/if Divinity Original Sin 2 is optimized for controller (my 11 year old might enjoy it). I know it has multiplayer support.

Just my 2cents. Happy Gaming.

edit: Geforce Now Ultimate has been a lifesaver, my gaming pc is starting to get a bit outdated.
 
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@PandaAttack1 just some info from my end to help out with my experiences. Game Controllers for PC 2024 | Gaming Other

PC being used is now my wifes pc (specs in my sig)

I've always been a fan of split screen. It just brings back nostalgia. Been playing It Takes Two and SS5 / Tekken 8 with the Mrs. We are planning on starting A Way Out soon as well. She is absolutely loving Hogwarts and Uncharted and I'm personally happy with CyberPunk and Valheim on the couch. The Series X controllers (OEM ones) are really great to work with (I was always a PS console / controller guy but I am more than happy with the move)

Even if you buy another PC, I've seen a few in the same base spec region as the HP (as in model number / type) for decent prices here on carb. I would just say, try avoid an SFF unless you can fit a dual slot LP GPU into it.

Other than that, good luck and happy gaming.
Thanks for the recommendations bud.

I have a 5800x3D machine just in need of a GPU. :)
 
Thanks for the recommendations bud.

I have a 5800x3D machine just in need of a GPU. :)
Nice (y)

Personal experience I would suggest a GPU that can slay in 1080p no issues. Its up to you if you want to go for something 1440p or 4K (if your TV supports it) but for casual gaming, to give a reference I'm getting lows of 34 during intense scenes and averages of between 68 to 75 fps with a mix of high - max with Hogwarts on the HP on 1080p on a 40" Hisense. It's only with Uncharted that the machine gets a little nuked so I've frame limited to 30fps on 1080p medium - high mix. The TV isnt anything fancy either so trying to push more than 60fps is pointless for the casual gaming we do
 
I have a small setup in the lounge I play some games with my daughter so not sure if the games would appeal to you.
Steam has a category for co-op/split screen.
Funny enough some of those games that are more "kiddies games" are actually brilliant especially if you're gaming with your significant other or the kiddos of course.
 
  • Tribes of Midgard, but not sure if it's "split screen" or shared screen able.
  • Overcooked and Overcooked 2 as mentioned.
  • It Takes Two
  • Multiversus (Smash Bros re-skinned with all DC and Warner Bros characters)
  • Vampire Survivors (Arcade style roguelike similar to Crimsonland)
  • Heavenly Bodies (Astronauts with no motor skills doing tech repairs to a space station)
  • Rotwood (Also from Klei entertainment - Don't Starve)
  • Pummel Party (Similar to Mario Party) - Turn based board game, with a bunch of mini-games built in.
 
We enjoy playing WWE together. Play on the same team beating up the AI team lol.
Otherwise I pretty much only play rocket league on the TV pc by myself
 
I played the below from the couch with my Steam controller:

Laying on couch:
Sekiro
Elden Ring
The Witcher 3
Limbo
Inside
Little Nightmares
God of War

Sitting on couch (because aiming):
Tomb Raider series
Control
Metro Exodus
The Last of Us

The couch gaming is way more relaxing for me than sitting in front of the PC as well, sitting in-front of the PC feels too much like work now because I do it the whole day.
 
Well any gaming pc will do. I assume your using a 4k tv so if it can push some titles at 4k that would be great. I unplug my current rig and connect it to the tv in the lounge whenever I wanna game with it on the tv. I use an xbox one s controller I kept from my old xbox. Bluetooth dongle on the pc and those cheapie mini wireless keyboards you can get off takealot for R130.

I leave it there until I want to use it by my desk with kmb and monitor. I just bring it back, mainly for fps games. It does more than just gaming cause its just easier surfing the internet with a pc than your tv's browser. Watching movies and such is easier.

Wife and I jammed these games
* It takes 2
* Unraveled
* Overcooked 1 and 2
* Moving out
* River City Girls 1 and 2
* Streets of Rage
* The Jackbox games (1 - 8)

A gaming pc attached to a tv in the lounge does so much more than a console. Its also cheaper in the long run. River City Girls 2 on ps5 was R800, its R219 on steam. I only buy games on the ps5 if I have no choice such as FF7 Rebirth.
 
When you decide on something on number 99 and need to get a gpu asap. Blegh.
 
Smol hijack:

What's best to use as a 'desk' when sitting on the couch with one's back against the backrest? Obviously it needs enough space for a keyboard and mouse. I'm thinking of getting a pine board and screwing some block legs onto it so the 'desk' spans over my lap and the surface is stable enough for the mouse.

Any other suggestions?

Leaning/stooping forward over the coffee table is getting a becoming a pain in the neck...
 
Smol hijack:

What's best to use as a 'desk' when sitting on the couch with one's back against the backrest? Obviously it needs enough space for a keyboard and mouse. I'm thinking of getting a pine board and screwing some block legs onto it so the 'desk' spans over my lap and the surface is stable enough for the mouse.

Any other suggestions?

Leaning/stooping forward over the coffee table is getting a becoming a pain in the neck...
I don't game on the couch but maybe something like a laptop desk/stand: Takealot.

Or maybe a lap desk with a cushion? Takealot

Takealot links just as examples.
 

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