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In most forms of entertainment, romance Give Cupid A Helping Hand: 4+ Poem Generators Perfect For Valentine's Day Give Cupid A Helping Hand: 4+ Poem Generators Perfect For Valentine's Day Poetry is one of the oldest forms of art, predating literacy thanks to its use in prehistoric society. Back then poems were used in order to help the story contained within them to be memorized... Read More is a key part of the story. Even horror movies tend to have some sort of hidden or not so hidden romance tucked away in the film. Video games tend to escape this in many cases, as the storytelling in video games has not evolved as well as some of the other mediums. After all, it’s a pretty new way for people to tell stories, so it has not had much time to mature.

That being said, there are some examples of video games with romance done right. I am not talking about the weird relationship where Mario seems to constantly allow Princess Peach to get kidnapped so he can rescue her. No, I am talking about genuine romance that actually feels like true love blooming. Romance goes a long way towards humanizing a fictional character, and when it’s done right in a game, it can really take a character to the next level.

SPOILER ALERT: Some of these will contain spoilers, as I might have to talk about how the romances develop throughout a game, which could ruin the ending if you haven’t played it. Consider yourself warned.

Uncharted Series

Uncharted 5 Awesome Games That Make PlayStation Plus Worth The Price [MUO Gaming] 5 Awesome Games That Make PlayStation Plus Worth The Price [MUO Gaming] I recently wrote an article about the biggest rip offs in the history of video games. In it, I was quick to point out that Microsoft charges $60 a year for a service that simply... Read More , a franchise known for its ultra-manly violence, actually has one of the best romances going with Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher. The slow development between these two feels truly genuine, and all the way through the series, it feels like something you would expect to see in a movie with a big budget.

Part of what makes the romance in Uncharted work so well is that the characters run into problems throughout the game that, even though they are taking place during a crazy unrealistic treasure hunt, feel like something that could actually happen between two lovers. Another great thing about the love between the two is that it is always there, but Naughty Dog does not throw it in your face at every turn, so it actually feels quite subtle.

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Red Dead Redemption

In my most humble opinion, I think the story in this game is among the best ever told in the land of video games. The love between John Marston and Abigail Marston, the main character and his mostly off-screen wife, adds a great deal to the story. John has ample opportunity to be unfaithful to his wife, but being the genuinely good person and loving husband that he is, he ultimately passes.

At the end of Red Dead Redemption My 3 Favorite Video Game Endings Of All Time [MUO Gaming] My 3 Favorite Video Game Endings Of All Time [MUO Gaming] One of the best parts about playing a video game is the ending. You spend hours upon hours digging through the content of the game and you get to the huge payoff at the end.... Read More , the player even takes part in a small section featuring no action, and just John and his wife living out their happiness together. It’s very interesting from a gameplay perspective, but it also adds a lot to the story. The ultimate ending of the game sees John making a huge sacrifice for his wife and family, and while I did give a spoiler warning at the beginning of the article, I am going to let you find out for yourself just what that is.

Persona 4

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Personally, I ended up going after Yukiko in P4, but each of the characters has their own quirks that might attract gamers to go for them. On top of the enjoyable romance from a story perspective, reaching the highest relationship level with another character actually offers benefits in battle, which is something you don’t see too often.

Mass Effect

Like Persona, the Mass Effect series How A Dream Job Comes True: Interviewing World-Class 3D Artist Rafael Grassetti How A Dream Job Comes True: Interviewing World-Class 3D Artist Rafael Grassetti It's not every day that I get to pick the brain of a world-leading 3D artist -- but that's exactly what I got to do with Rafael Grassetti. You may not recognize Rafael's name, but... Read More doesn’t force a certain romance upon players. Instead players can choose who they wish to pursue, and this feels much more like the real world. Of course, Persona is a little more sweet in its relationships than Mass Effect, but that’s because it features first love and high school students. Still, even if the ultimate goal is getting someone to sleep with you, the process of learning about the characters and ultimately hooking up is quite entertaining.

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In Mass Effect, relationships with other members of the crew can lead to drama, which is also something very authentic to the real world. Issues like jealousy can come up from other parts of the crew, which adds a lot of entertainment to the story. While not perfect, Mass Effect definitely does a great job of portraying romance in an authentic way.

Conclusion

Who says video games can’t do authentic love? It’s not easy, and many games screw it up, but it most certainly is possible, and these games prove just that!

What video game romances do you think are the best? Hit the comments below and let us know.

  1. Mustahsin S
    August 4, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I would also say dragon age II, though its an action and strategy based games but there r some nice romances throughout the game. :)

  2. Craig Snyder
    August 1, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Final Fantasy VII was the first game I played with a storyline that seemed infected with a love story. It worked out well.

    • Lisa O
      August 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Agreed. Those in FFIX are nice too, namely Zidane-Garnet and Beatrix-Steiner pairings.

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