TOP 14 Best Romances in PC Video Games (2018)
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TOP 14 Best Romances in PC Video Games (2018)

September 11, 2019


Top 10 Romances in Gaming Valentine’s Day has put us in quite a romantic mood and what better way to spend the holiday
of love than by playing a game with a great romantic subplot? Whether you’re spending this time alone
or with a significant other, we’re sure you’ll appreciate those fourteen amazing
interactive love stories, so let’s dive in! Warning: this list is not spoiler free! Saints Row IV
Volition’s insane gangster simulator makes fun of many video games tropes, and romance
is just one aspect parodied by the fourth installation of the series. The Boss can easily challenge Commander Shepard
when it comes to romantic prowess – they get to have a tryst with all the crew members,
including the blue-eyed floating younger brother of HAL-9000. All it takes is initiating the conversation
and pressing the correct button, perfecting (or satirising) the simplistic and straightforward
romance mechanics in BioWare’s games. The romance between Corvo and Emperess Jessamine is quite low key, and the two don’t share
much time on screen during the gameplay. However, the backstory makes it clear that
the two had been 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. It’s a shame Jessamine only got a brief appearance,
and it’s downright terrifying that one of the gadgets in Corvo’s disposal is her still-beating
heart. The premise of the game might be considered controversial, because 1) it’s a visual
novel slash dating sim and 2) it focuses on romantic relations between dads. But the game is surprisingly wholesome, as
well as funny, cheeky and self-aware. 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 thrown in there to make sure it’s not just a boink-a-thon
usually expected in the genre. In order to resurrect his beloved Mono, who had been sacrificed to avert a catastrophic
event, our hero, Wander, is ready to make a literal deal with the devil. Of course nothing ever is easy, and the deal
goes south in a way that would make Greek tragedies consider it harsh. Wander’s attempt to bring Mono back causes
the second coming of a demon, the hero dies in the process, Mono potentially ends up possessed
by the female half of said demon. Oh, 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. Dominic Santiago and Maria Flores had a nice life, living as a family with their two kids
and a white picket fence, probably. But everything changed when 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 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. The story of Dom and Maria struck a chord
with many fans of the bombastic shooter series, and with good reason. Seeing it unfold across games and books is
something best experienced by oneself. Aerith and Zack? Cloud and Aerith? Tifa and Cloud? Cid and his ship? Vincent and Lucrecia? There are several options to consider here,
and most of them don’t have a happy ending. Zack appeared in Aerith’s life and died promptly
after that. Cloud smashed into her life (and flowers)
and took her on an adventure that did not end well for her at all. Tifa found herself endlessly caring about
the detached Cloud. Vincent spent several decades sequestered
in a coffin to atone for the sin of not being able to stop Lucrecia from unwittingly becoming
Hojo’s incubator for Sephiroth. Generally speaking, Sephiroth is bad news
for any romantic relationship. But hey, Ferris Wheel rides are fun, right? 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 the game, but
it’s worth remembering nonetheless. The Nameless One and 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. Sadly, the budding affection between the two
broken people can’t seem to gain traction, since before long the protagonist catches
up to his past, regains mortality and finds the strength to atone for the sins he committed
across lifetimes. In this romantic story, Jackie and Jenny meet in an orphanage where they were raised together,
and the couple is quite happy for a while… Until Jackie is adopted by a mafia boss and
through a series of unfortunate events becomes the host to The Darkness, a cosmic power of
evil. After several roaring rampages of revenge
and many, many nightmares, Jackie descends into Abyss to discover that The Darkness kept
Jenny’s soul hostage, and in the final moments it’s revealed that she is in fact reborn as
an avatar of Angelus, the force of light and good. Being possessed by opposing forces entangled
in an eternal cosmic war is a challenge for even the healthiest couple, and Jackie being
trapped in Hell surely didn’t make it any easier. This love was clearly cursed from the start. Shepard had already been Kirking around the galaxy when Dragon Age: Origins arrived and
firmly solidified the new era of prominent romances in modern BioWare games. The Grey Warden could romance multiple characters,
but none so essential as female Warden’s possible romance with an unwilling heir to the throne,
Alistair or male Warden’s with witch Morrigan, whose mysterious plan can save your character’s
life. The sequel and the third instalment of the
series came with new romantic options for the player characters, including various gender
and race variants, and getting rid of the “give gifts and agree with everything I
say to get a kiss” mechanic. 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, there were thirteen romantic options to choose from, though some exclusive to a
particular gender. As you see, picking a particular pair isn’t
easy, especially since none of them carry any importance for the overall plot. As far as personal preference goes, it would
be Tali or Liara for male Shepard and Liara or Garrus for female. What can we say, interspecies relations with
aliens are fun, and the best part of them is Mordin’s medical advice on what not to
do with them in the sack. 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 Rachel’s
disappearance was a devastating blow for her. Good thing Max comes back to town shortly
afterwards and helps Chloe get through the trauma. Or leaves her for dead to save everyone else
she knows. Choices! 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 together. Unlike most stories on this list, it has a
happy, wholesome ending. And that’s worth celebrating. Geralt has a way with women, especially sorceresses, but none more than Yennefer of Vengerberg
and Triss Merigold. Yennefer didn’t make an appearance until
the third game, but her tumultuous relationship with Geralt was a major theme of the original
books about the Witcher. The on-off relationship 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 many choices to make in TW3 regarding
Geralt’s love life. One of the most satisfying was a chance for
breaking the djinn wish binding Geralt and Yennefer together, a delightful nod to the
short story describing their first meeting. So, what’s your choice? A happy, if mellow, relationship with Triss,
or a passionate and stormy one with Yen? Maybe you prefer your Geralt alone, or are
saving yourself for Shani in the DLC? Just remember – trying to score with both
Yen and Triss will not end well for anyone. 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 got 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. That’s it for our list! Do you agree with our choices? Or did we forget about a love story that captivated
your heart? Let us know in the comments, and make sure
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  1. What are your favourite games with romance options? Did we include your favourite video game romance on our list, or are we missing your preferred romantic options? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

  2. …. I hope you're mispronouncing Geralt and Shani intentionally to avoid some kind of copyright strike…. because that was literally nails on a chalkboard. >_<

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