14 Great Love Stories From Video Games
1. Tidus & Yuna, Final Fantasy X
We get it. Tidus and Yuna annoy the hell out of everyone. But regardless of your feelings for them, there’s no denying the chemistry in those gorgeous CG cut scenes.
2. Ellie & Riley, The Last of Us
The most realistic and mature relationship in games happens between two teenagers on the run from zombies. Who would have thought?
3. Shepard & Liara, Mass Effect
On again and off again like Rachel and Ross. If your Commander chose to romance the blue beauty, you were in for a bumpy ride. That’s what ultimately gave the story its tremendous weight.
4. Layton & Clair, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
Back in his youth, Layton was quite the heartthrob, and his relationship with the whip smart scientist Clair is the best story in the entire franchise. A true gentleman stays strong and never makes a scene in public.
5. Hero & Bianca, Dragon Quest V
While the debate rages over who makes the best wife in the game, Bianca’s the clear frontrunner here. A charmingly humble tale of life and loss, told with a delicate touch.
6. Jimmy Hopkins & Duncan, Bully
Admit it. Who hasn't made out with their share of townie dropouts? If you took a walk on the wild side, Duncan's bad-boy attitude proved irresistible to Rockstar's Holden Caulfield inspired rebel.
7. Drake & Elena, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Another on the rocks relationship. The will-they or won’t-they tug of war’s always so entrancing. Chloe’s a great person in her own right, but Elena will always have Nathan’s heart.
8. Prince & Elika, The Prince of Persia
After she saves his skin a couple dozen times, the prince induces worldwide corruption to revive his climbing companion. It may be selfish and ignoble, but what other choice did he have?
9. Jeff & Tony, EarthBound
Sometimes the greatest loves go unrequited, and that’s certainly the case with Tony and Jeff. At one point Tony literally lays down his life for his crush. One day you’ll find your prince, Tony.
10. The Nameless Couple, Passage
One of the rare titles that tells its story entirely through gameplay, Passage is also one of the most powerful. Our lives are defined by the ones we love and the ones we lose.
11. Manny & Mercedes, Grim Fandango
The most delightful undead duo since Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis in Beetlejuice. These two have love in their bones on their journey to the Ninth Underworld. Blam!
12. Fang & Vanille, Final Fantasy XIII
Serah and Snow steal the spotlight, but the love between Fang and Vanille (platonic or otherwise) rings true. Their friendship may be the only glimpse of human warmth in this otherwise ice-cold adventure.
13. Fei & Elly, Xenogears
Love is a battlefield, especially when you fall for a soldier from the enemy camp. Elly abandons her health and her country, all for the charms of a man with an overriding Id.
14. Ken Masters & Eliza, Street Fighter II
Everyone knows Ken’s true love is clobbering cowards with his hurricane kick. But after he delivers a knockout punch to M. Bison, Ken’s lost lover flings herself into his arms for a passionate embrace. Oh Eliza, indeed.