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Games aren’t all about violence and destruction. There are so many games which allow us to build and create, so many with engaging, gripping stories. Sometimes what you’re building is a relationship, and sometimes these stories involve love.
To celebrate that, we’ve prepared a little feature on some of the most prominent video game trysts, romances, tragic love stories, and relationships in general. Happy, sad, or funny, we don’t discriminate. So, without further ado let’s plunge right into the main event: the best games with romance stories playing a big part. As always, these are our subjective picks.
OH. OH! I forgot. THERE BE SPOILERS! SPOILERS!
Volition’s delightfully cooky third-person gangster simulator takes a lot of piss out of video games in general.
With the absurdity ramping up to 11 in the SR4, so did the humour and since the “real world” sections of the game take part in a spaceship, it created a perfect setup to poke BioWare’s Mass Effect in the ribs with a cattle prod. Proving that he (or she) isn’t worse than The Shepard, the Boss gets to have a tryst with all the crew members. Yes, even the blue-eyed floating younger brother of HAL-9000.
Only two characters voiced by Keith David aren’t open for casual boinking on the bunk, but their cutscenes are funny nonetheless. And all it takes is pressing a button, perfecting (or satirising, your choice) the somewhat simplistic and straightforward romance mechanics in BioWare’s games.
What makes this whole thing even better is that the lines don’t change between female and male version of the Boss. It’s cheesy, it’s surprisingly genuine, and not at all preachy one way or another. Fun times all around (the ship).
You’re watching at your own risk. Snickering guaranteed.
Saints Row IV
Un-Attano-ble love Kind of low-key romance, as long as only the events depicted in the games are considered.
During gameplay Corvo and Empress Jessamine shared maybe two minutes before things came to a head. In the backstory, however, it’s clear that Jessamine and Corvo were lovers for a long time, and the fruit of this tryst was Emily Kaldwin – the girl we need to rescue in Dishonored 1 and an adult, fully-trained assassin-Empress in the sequel.
The misalliance didn’t go unnoticed, of course, and rumours spread, especially since babies usually don’t pop out spontaneously after nine months of confusion. It’s a shame Jessamine only got a brief appearance. It’s also goddamn terrifying that one of the gadgets gifted to Corvo by the Outsider is her steam-punked still beating heart which tells secrets about locations and people. Talk about “My heart will always be with you”. Sheesh.
Bear-ly acceptable dad jokes Who would’ve thought that a silly dating sim game likely made on a lark would possibly be an example of a game showing a pretty healthy way of meeting new people.
Sure, the premise is controversial, because 1) a dating sim, and 2) it’s all about relationships between, well, dads. It’s also funny, cheeky, self-aware, and heartfelt although the last part mostly comes through in the relations of the protagonist-dad and his teenage daughter.
There is a bunch of dads to romance, coming from all walks of life, from rebels to more settled and mellow, to dark and brooding types, and there’s enough personality and sicnerity thrown in there to make sure it’s not what’s usually expected of visual novel/dating sims. It’s a nice game, and a brief one, too.
Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
Monogamous Wanderer What is it with sad stories that sticks with people? Shadow of the Colossus (recently remade by Bluepoint) is a remarkably sad game, whichever way you look at it.
Take the basic premise. A young man called Wander travels to a remote temple, carrying a body of a young woman named Mono. His goal? To resurrect her, reverting a seemingly undeserved sacrifice made to avert some sort of bad fate. Wander makes a deal with a devil, quite literally, and is willing to kill several enormous beasts as payment for the resurrection.
Of course nothing is ever easy, and the deal goes south in a way that would make Greek tragedies consider it harsh. In attempting to resurrect a woman close to him Wander allows the second coming of a demon and dies in the process. Meanwhile, Mono may or may not be possessed by the female half of said demon, and a weird horned baby is found, suggesting further hurt. To paraphrase Meat Loaf: he would do anything for love, but he shouldn’t have done that.
Shadow of the Colossus
All hope is Santiagone Yet another sad story, because apparently people can’t get invested in happy ones?
The story of Dominic Santiago and Maria Flores dates back to the times when the two of them were still kids, way before the Locust emerged. For a while, everything seemed fine, good, even. They married, and got themselves two children. But then the Locust attacked.
During the Emergence day the kids died, and Maria herself disappeared without a trace, only to be found later on, merely a husk of herself after enduring heavy torture (“Processing”) at the hands of the Locust. The wedding vows say ” ’till death do us part”, but after euthanising Maria to end her suffering Dominic couldn’t move on so easily. For a series of bombastic shooters, the story of Dom and Maria struck a chord with many people, and with good reason. Seeing it unfold across games and books is something best experienced by oneself.
Gears of War
Material girl No, it’s not about Yuffie. So who is it about? Aerith and Zack? Cloud and Aerith? Tifa and Cloud? Cid and his ship? Vincent and Lucrecia?
There are several options to consider here, is what we’re saying. And, true to this list’s running motif, they all end in hurt. Zack smashed into Aerith’s life and died promptly after that, leaving a strong impression on her and the flowers.
Cloud smashed into her life (and flowers) too, and took her on an adventure that ended with the, admittedly rather cocky and headstrong, woman dying by being drowned (Sephiroth did nothing wrong). Tifa found herself endlessly caring about the detached Cloud fixated on Aerith and his own unclear past. Vincent spent several decades sequestered in a coffin to atone for the sin of not being able to stop his love Lucrecia from unwittingly becoming Hojo’s incubator (ew) for Sephiroth. Somehow all of it bounces back to Sephiroth and Hojo being big ol’ Richard-blockers.
Final Fantasy VII
Hot blood, cold steel A story as old as time: an immortal man who lives hundreds of lives, and a young tiefling raised on the streets of a bizarre city.
The unlikely story of The Nameless One and Annah’s uneasy relations is rather brief when compared to other stories in P:T, but worth remembering nonetheless. It’s almost a non-romance, in a way. TNO and the young tiefling Annah tend to bicker and quarrel quite a bit, both of them headstrong and snarky, but during the events of the game there is a connection forming up in subtle ways between the lines.
Black Isle, much like its direct descendant Obsidian wasn’t big on love stories, so the budding affection, punctuated with a literal hot kiss, between the two broken people has been doomed from the start. The protagonist soon catches up to his past, regains mortality and finds the strength to atone for the sins he committed across lifetimes. It’s anybody’s guess what happened to Annah.
Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition
Celestial shenanigans Once there were two powers, before the world was formed. Angelus and the Darkness.
In addition to an eternal war between what they represented, they had a thing going on, from which the Witchblade was born. But that’s another story, best read from the pages of the Top Cow-published comic books. Skip eons forward. Jackie Estacado is a boy living in an orphanage, where he met his life paramour, Jenny Romano. They spent years together, but things started to go south when Jackie was adopted by a mafia boss to be trained as a contract killer.
They stayed in a relationship, until Jackie’s boss executed her in front of him, while Estacado, now a freshly awakened Darkness host, was forced to watch, immobilised by the entity. After several roaring rampages of revenge and many, many nightmares in the second game Jackie descends into Abyss to discover that The Darkness kept Jenny’s soul hostage, and in the final moments it’s shown that she is in fact the new host of Angelus. The game end with the reborn avatar of Light leaving and Jackie and the Darkness trapped in Hell. This love was clearly cursed from the start.
The Darkness II
Finding love in weird places When Shepard was already Kirking around the galaxy there came Dragon Age: Origins, which solidified the new era of prominent romances in modern BioWare games.
The Grey Warden (a unisex title attributed to the player character to avoid confusion) could have trysts with multiple characters (not at once,unless it was Zevran and Isabela), but none as essential as female Warden’s possible romance with an unwilling soon-to-be-king Alistair or male Warden’s with witch Morrigan, whose mysterious plan can save your character’s life.
In Dragon Age: Inquisition the Inquisitor has many more Big Romance options, including a cynical incognito god and a Templar going through withdrawal. The quality differs from game to game and from character to character, but it’s usually cheesy and harmless enough, and the BioWare characters typically have enough personality and identity to carry the writing when needed.
Dragon Age Inquisition Game of the Year Edition
‘R’ in ‘RPG’ stands for romance Ah, Shepard. What a trail of broken hearts you’ve left in your wake. To talk about just two ME romances is to sell these games short.
Even considering just the core crew of each game, male Shepard could get romantic with Ashley, Liara, Miranda, Tali, Jack, Samara, Morinth, or Kaidan. FemSheps could romance Kaidan, Liara, Jacob, Garrus, Thane, Samara, Morinth, Javik, or James. Apparently fighting a war against primordial biomechanical ships from the void makes people more willing to pursue happiness.
As you see, picking a particular pair isn’t easy, but there are some obvious choices which play into the story more than others. These are Tali and Liara for male Shepard and Garrus for female. Word is he has reach. Even when they aren’t romanced, they are Shepard’s best friends, and when they are romanced they benefit from a relationship built over three games. Good stuff. Oh, by the way, if you like seeing NPC romance, don’t romance Garrus and Tali to see them flirt later in the series.
Teenage Rampant Edgy Students Much like Dream Daddy, the brand of romance shown here isn’t going to be for everyone, not least because you could package it neatly in a “teen love drama” paper and mail it to Edgy Magazine.
Depending on where you are standing in your life, the convoluted, and, honestly, pretty messed up story of Max, Chloe and Rachel’s relation(ships) may be either a cathartic return to teenage years or a schmaltzy drama you can’t resonate with. Or anything in-between. But let’s get through the basics.
The story of teenage romance between Chloe Price and Rachel Amber would be rather sweet, if not for the fact that one of the girlfriends is dead by origin story, the second leading cause of death for video game characters. The sudden explosion of passion between those two unlikely gal-pals may or may not have been manipulative on Rachel’s end and driven by her desire to escape the town she loathed, but it sure felt real to Chloe, and influenced her life forever. Good job being terrible, Rachel. Overall, there isn’t much joy left for anyone involved, but life lessons and valuable experiences rarely are joyous.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
The true Drake’s fortune When you take a dashing treasure hunter and a scrappy journalist you’re in for a very interesting dynamic whenever they butt heads.
They clash, make up, break up again and get together multiple times across four games, in no small part due to Nathan being the loveable thrill seeker that he is, unable to adjust to normal life. In the end, however, as shown in the epilogue for Uncharted 4: Among Thieves, they managed to stay married for years, and they even raised a daughter.
She’s called Cassie, and seems to take after her parents as far as character and interest in adventures are concerned. Nathan and Elena’s twisting and turning relationship takes the best hints from decades of adventure fiction, perhaps most notably Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood. And unlike most stories on this list, it has a happy, wholesome ending. And that’s worth celebrating.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4)
Yen, dos, Triss Geralt has a way with women, and especially sorceresses are all over him, but none more than Yennefer of Vengerberg and Triss Merigold.
Although in the games Yennefer has been mentioned only in the second game and wouldn’t appear until the third, her tumultuous relationship with Geralt has been explored at length across the original books by Andrzej Sapkowski. The on-off trysts (it really is a wonderful word) with Triss has been cause for some tension, and she’s been a prominent romance option in the first two games, building up the conflict for the last entry.
There are choices to make in TW3 regarding Geralt’s love life. There’s even a chance to break the djinn wish/spell binding Geralt and Yennefer together, a delightful nod to a short story describing their first meeting. In my playthrough, Geralt broke up with Yennefer, after years of mutually assured headaches. Who’s the better pick for your image of Geralt? A love-struck Triss, for a happy, if mellow relationship? Or stormy Yennefer, guaranteeing many extreme ups and downs along the way? Another alternative is making Geralt alone, that works too. Just don’t try to score with both Yen and Triss, it won’t end well for Geralt.
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
Good days are over Both of you have been riding with a gang romping around the Wild West, but you fell in love and ran away, leaving your past behind.
You have a cottage, you have a son and had a daughter, free from the past you ran from. You are respectable, productive members of your community. That’s the story of John and Abigail Marston of Red Dead Redemption before the game begins. And then the federal Bureau of Investigation comes knocking and kidnaps Abigail and Jack in order to force John into cooperation.
They want the remnants of his old gang gone from the Old West. They don’t care that they have reformed, John has dropped his criminal, violent ways. The country needs you, whether you want it or not. Red Dead Redemption has a really harsh, but captivating story, and John’s hopeless final stand so that Abigail and 16-year-old Jack can escape remains a fantastic, heartbreaking moment, possibly one of the best in the entire line-up of Rockstar games.
Red Dead Redemption
It’s all Greek to me Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey wasn’t particularly limiting as far as romances go.
Whoever you chose as the Misthios, be it Kassandra or Alexios, could romance just over a dozen different characters, non-exclusively. Most of them are affairs more than romances, but they still play out over several missions in a questline, and have time to develop a bit. Which is nice. Things change in the DLC. Legacy of the First Blade which deals, in part, with continuing the bloodline, since genealogy is extremely important in this franchise.
Since the game doesn’t limit the trysts to heterosexual relationships, the DLC, in its present state allows the player to choose whether Alexios/Kassandra settle out of love for their partner, or they state it was just a matter of duty. As a result, the romance might not even be there, even if a child was born and cared for by the parents. It’s complicated.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
He really didn’t ask for that Every playthrough of Deus Ex: Human Revolution begins with you a gruff security chief Adam Jensen, casually speaking with your ex, Megan Reed. And it sounds nice, although brief, it sets up their relationship well, suggesting that they had a lot of history.
Despite their pre-story break up it’s clear they still care about one another. Of course, things go pear-shaped quickly and Jensen ends up getting the Robocop treatment, minus the brainwashing.
Regardless, when Jensen gets back in the swing of things, his feelinsg for Megan remain essential, and they get very complicated later on, but that’s what makes it interesting. One might argue that since they were one another’s exes it shouldn’t count as a romance, but it plays out like one, so it ends up here.
Deus Ex Human Revolution
EnSourcelled Original Sin 2 gets a spot here by virtue of providing memorable romantic options that few games, except maybe BioWare productions, dare to have, so let’s go over them.
There is a human minstrel haunted by literal demons. An elven assassin with a needle she needs to bury in a few throats. A dwarven exiled noble turned…revolutionary. A haughty lizard prince, also exiled. A human ranger with a few plot-relevant grudges. And an undead, or rather: undying scientist from a forgotten era in Rivellon’s history.
The funny thing is that you can play as any of them and romance more or less any other, or you could make an original character…and romance others as well. And the relationships take their sweet time to develop, since a linear progression through regions and events allowed the writers to handle pacing pretty well. Some prospects are more rewarding than others, but pursuing certain romances is quite nice and involves building trust and support. Very good voice acting also helps.
Divinity: Original Sin II
Single parent, will travel The presence of romance options in Fallout 4 is a bit amusing, because, from your (customisable) player character’s point of view, they’ve only JUST lost their son to kidnappers, and only JUST lost a spouse to a destroyed cryopod.
But since you’re a fresh widow/widower there’s no harm in looking around, is there? There are eight prospective partners total.
The weird thing about Fallout 4 romances is that should you work the Affinity up, and take a nap alongside your partner, you get a minor experience gain rate bonus. And you can nap with the likes of Preston Garvey, if you’re into powerful men, or Magnolia, if you take a shining to a more artistic soul. Either way, you’re likely to find an agreeable companion and a nice bedfellow.
Love is the cure GreedFall doesn’t get much exposure, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to write about.
The romances, for instance. If you didn’t know better, you’d be able to mistake GreedFall for a BioWare RPG, so of course there are romance. There are only five options, rookie numbers by standards set by BW, but that means they could have received more attention from the developers.
Every romance subplot plays over a few quests, and depending on who you want to woo, it will take a different amount of time before you’re able to finalize the relationship. The characters are quite likeable, because they are given the time to be, and their personal questlines give the player a good chance to see what matters to them, and to show support. Like the game itself, romances are worthwhile while they last.
Drown your regrets L.A. Noire, like any good noir crime story, has an ill-fated romance bound to happen – the genre demands its tropes.
As a result we’re dealing with a story about Cole Phelps’ troubled marriage with Marie Phelps, as well as his extramarital affair with a singer, Elsa Lichtmann. The story doesn’t end well, because of the Okinawa campaign. Cole’s time as a soldier changed him and Phelps returned to Marie and their two daughters as an emotionally distant man, who threw himself into his work.
This is where he met Elsa, amid an investigation. Their affair ended up costing him a rapidly developing career, and his marriage. Like many other romances on this list, this one gets only a bad ending, but it also plays out true to the literary genre it refer to. And the real, human drama underlying the story beats of Phelps’ romantic meanderings can be quite sympathetic, even if you disagree with his choices.
L.A. Noire: Complete Edition
Not even death can do you part Romance isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when you launch Hades, but it is, in fact, something you can pursue in Supergiant Games’ hit roguelite.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, mildly brooding Zagreus can have three characters feeling for him. That bunch includes” his rather hostile ex, Megaera; mild-mannered, easily-flustered Dusa; gloomy scythe-boy Thanatos, basically the grim reaper.
Unlocking the relationship options requires a variable amount of rare resources (Nectar and Ambrosia) and doing them a favour, but after that, you’re good to good. The interesting part is that the resolution of the romance substories are very different from each other, and don’t necessarily mean physical relationship. Also, Hades being big on Greek myths, you can pursue all three with no issue.
To V or not to V In the open world cyber-metropolis called Night City every V can find some temporary companionship or a more long-term relationship, if only they play their cards right.
Each option has a preference for Vs of a certain body type and voice (female or female), with a few going for either. Certain characters, like the by-now famous Judy and Panam feature in the main story, others require going off the beaten track.
Unfortunately for some, there is no way to romance the rockerboy himself, Johnny Silverhand, but you can romance…as him. It’s complicated, there are neurochips involved, and characters who used to be young when Johnny died long ago. Yes, it’s weird. On the upside, you DO establish a working relationship with Johnny, which may even make him a bit less of a jerk by the end. Who knows.
When a Manaan loves a woman If you are into wet blankets with trust issues you CAN roll a female protagonist and go after a relationship with Carth Onasi.
But it is much more fun to romance Bastilla Shan as a male protagonist, and not only because MMO The Old Republic canonises that union. Voiced by Jennifer Hale, the best Commander Shepard, Bastilla is a prim and proper Jedi…you don’t have to be.
By which we mean, you can spend every conversation with Bastilla teasing her and trying to get an exasperated reaction out of her, and it’s always fun. But when the push comes to shove and things get dire, it becomes clear your relationship grew beyond the Force bond and you save each other in more ways than one. Not a love story for the ages, perhaps, but it feels good and the resolution is great.
Knights of the Old Republic
Cultivate your love In some ways, the setup for romances in Stardew Valley is a classic.
A disillusioned office worker from big city comes to the countryside to take care of inherited farmland, but instead finds not only a sense of fulfilment for the first time in their life, but also a chance at reciprocated love for one of the locals. No wonder this game is a so satisfying to play, it’s a wholesome fantasy for the modern age.
Like most things in SDV, romance takes time, care and effort, expressed through the hearts you gain as you do nice things for your chosen villager and spend time with them. When you reach 10 hearts, you’ll have the option to propose and marry them. It even has gameplay benefits, if you need a reason to care: your spouse, when happy, will help you out on the farm.
Persona kind of grata In Persona 5 you are a member of a group of teenage psychic freedom fighters confronting what troubles the society by developing manifestations of their own psyche.
But it’s also about these teen’s daily lives, exemplified by the game’s protagonist, a guy using a codename Joker. It’s not surprising that romantic relationships are a part of the game, it is, after all a part of life.
There are nine (ten in P5 Royal) characters you can romance as Joker. Some of the options are nice and sweet, some are kind of weird, each takes some effort and attention to flourish. You can romance all your options simultaneously, but it’s not necessarily beneficial, unless you want to see what happens. We won’t go talking about who’s the best girl, you’ll find out on your own soon enough.
Persona 5 Strikers
Yeah, the list turned out to be a little bit less upbeat than originally intended. Sorry about that, but apparently video game writers tend towards sad and ill-fated romances over happy and rewarding ones. Possibly it tells something about us as consumers that we gobble such stories whole.
Either way, PC and console games with romance options are plenty, and most people will find one that suits their dramatic or emotional preferences. Alas, to close it off on a slightly more positive note, may your own romances be like Nathan and Elena’s – adventurous and dynamic. And if you’re going to be out there hunting for love, hopefully you’ve found some inspiration and renewed hope from at least one love story in the games we covered.