The smell of love is in the air… Or is that napalm? Video game romances have been around for as long as we have had male and female characters. From the generations of the perpetually friendzoned heroes of Link in Legend of Zelda and Mario in the plethora of Mario titles, to today’s engrossing romances and love triangles in games, romance is often an important plot-point and often a great distraction from the violent hordes on your doorstep.
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Hmmm, I had to do quite a bit of thinking for this one, trying to remember all the video game couples that I actually liked. I’d have to say that Squall and Rinoa from Final Fantasy VIII would be my top pick. It took a while for them to actually get together during the game but when they finally did, it resulted in the lone wolf Squall finally opening up as a likable character and also opening up to the other party members.
I have come across many video game couples in the past; however, there has only been one couple that has actually caught my attention… That’s right! Zidane and Garnet from Final Fantasy 9.
Why you ask? Well from the moment Zidane and Garnet meet you can instantaneously feel the connection. Things are tense at first; however, both of them start to grow a much stronger bond, which is strengthened even more by the games powerful music score. They are truly a perfect match – and let’s not forget that we all probably shed a tear at the end of Final Fantasy 9… right?
When Bastila later is seduced by the Dark Side, Revan’s love towards her plays a huge part in her redemption. In the extended Star Wars Universe, their relationship continues and they have a child, although Revan’s quest to recall his lost memories eventually separates them, as he is kept captive in stasis by the Sith Emperor for hundreds of years, meaning that Bastila will have sadly died, along with their child, who he would have never met, by the time he was released.
Not quite the ending we all hope for, hey?
So, you’ve heard our favourite gaming romances, now let us hear yours! Did you enjoy the heavy-metal accompanied romance of Eddie Riggs and Ophelia in Brütal Legend more than any other? Was Cole McGrath’s dysfunctional relationship with Trish the best one you’ve found in gaming? Or did you sample the likes of Mass Effect’s Miranda, Liara, Kaidan and Garrus to find your one coded love? Let us know in the comments below!