I have been desperatley searching for games me and my girlfriend can play in coop. She loves fantasy RPGs but isn't that much into the combat aspect, she loves them for the story and would not mind having the combats beeing cutscenes. I will start on the list with some short descirptions of how the attempts went in hope that people will continue :) What we have tried so far:
World of Warcraft, Rift, The Old Republic
I'm making one post for the three of them because from our perspective they are pretty much the same. Our favorite so far have been Rift for the gameplay and TOR for the story, we played much more TOR and are still playing. Tor we like because the both of us can have actual characters with personality and dialogue choices (which is pretty much a must for us) unlike the other two where you are just an avatar. One of our greates moments in gaming happened here, only once, where my character actually spoke to hers. We want more stuff like this! However the usual issues with MMO stories like beeing the only one who can save the galaxy... with thousands others on the same quest still persist. We play this pretty much like a single player game, if the server would be empty besides the two of us and our friend we play with, we would not mind much, actually might be an improvement. I think that Tor is the game what has worked best so far for us even with all it's issues.
It was a nice experiance for me but not so much for her, untill we changed and she played the main character. The biggest issue with Fable as most RPG coop games is that the other player dissapears as soon as some story element is played out, in this case quite literary. So what this is is a RPG game which you play alone and your partner can join in on the combat, which was very frustrating for her and basicaly pointless unless she played the main character. I didn't mind just tagging along and beeing the main actor during combat. But what we really want is a game where both of our characters have personalities and can impact the story. The moments when one of us is gone have been very frustrating, but we did finish the game...
Neverwinter Nights 2
We haven't really played more of this that the tutorial. I have finished the game on my own a while ago, but playing it together didn't feel satisfying at all. It is as if we were in two separate parties that are on the same quest, so the only thing we can really share is combat and equipment... In fairness maybe we should give it another try, but the first impression doesn't encourage to it. I have been looking for some story heavy mods for two playes, but to no avail.
New Super Mario Bros Wii
This is totaly not a role playing game but the fun factor made it work for us anyway. We laughed a lot and thew eachother in lava a lot or cause other forms of death not allways intenrional. I think she enjoyed it more than i, i suck at mario. There's not story to speak of.
Games i think about trying but haven't yet:
- Hunted: Demons Forge
- Epic Yarn
- Vampire the Masquarade: Redemption.