It's that time of the year, where everyone looks at their significant other or talks about them at least. Here, we want to celebrate the way gaming, in any of its forms has shown some fantastic romances and these are our favorites.
Don ParsonsI spent a while thinking on this because I'm not typically that much of the romantic type. The first that came to mind is in Tabletop RPG where a rather sidetracked one sprung up around my character there and was interesting to explore as Markan was a dynamic character who grew a lot throughout the adventure as a character and his significant other was a foil to his more serious side that showed up at times. That did feel a bit like cheating though, so then I went thinking and I went through a few like Cloud and Aerith which is a classic tragic one, but I think if I'll go with Valkyria Chronicles Welke and Alicia. Their relationship grew well over time and was at the heart of the story around the World War 2-styled conflict there.
Runner up would probably be Suikoden 5 Prince and Lyon as that feels like it evolves over time well and we see it as the player grow. Mass Effect's Commander Shepherd and Liara also deserve a shoutout, especially with how Liara evolves throughout the games and so does their relationship.
Paul DevlinNathan Drake and Elena Fisher, from the incredible Uncharted series, spend an awful lot of their time fighting; fighting against armies of heavily armed soldiers, fighting supernatural beings and fighting each other. When one of them messes up (okay, it's mostly Nathan), they work through their issues before resolving things. When they cuddle up on the sofa to play Crash Bandicoot, it's heart-warming. You can feel every bit of tension and passion - it's not a perfect marriage, but a perfect representation of one. Plus, spoiler alert, the introduction of their daughter, Cassie Drake, in the epilogue of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End left me desperate for another adventure starring the hero's daughter.
Trevor WhalenMy favorite video game romance? You know me: I am obligated to choose one from my favorite fantasy world of Thief. With aplomb, I answer this prompt with a cloud of cigarette smoke, neon light, red lipstick, late-night streetlamp, steamy steampunky romance. I give not an example from one of the official Thief games, but from one of its fan missions: Calendra’s Cistern.
In this moody heist, Garrett’s eye is set on the priceless gold of companionship. Former Keeper and current sorceress-thief Mercedes is Garrett’s once-flame. She has “invited” Garrett to a secret cult’s crazed party to steal a trinket called the Cylix of Jortul. The two meet in the cellar of a tavern and then coordinate the theft before heading back to Mercedes’ place.
Team Calendra, led by Purah (Anthony Huso), crafted this mission and its love tale, a type of story atypical for Thief. Why is it my favorite game romance? Because it’s the kind I can see having in my life: late night liaisons and undercover adventures.
I consider myself a Garrett looking for a Mercedes and love experiencing the late-night meetups between these two thief collaborators whenever I replay Calendra’s Cistern or its sequel.