Video games have always been an immersive experience. Whether it’s the world, the characters, or the story, there’s always something to love. Often, the writers will create romances that will make players weak at the knees or tug at their heartstrings. Whether it’s the player’s choice or part of the story, these relationships are just a few of the iconic romances in video game history. Some are recent, and some have been around for a long time. No matter the age, the impact they had on players will be remembered for a long time.
7. Kairi and Sora ('Kingdom Hearts')
Kingdom Hearts has one of the best examples of young love. Sora has literally travelled through different worlds and fought different villains to save Kairi, one of his best friends. No matter how long they’ve been separated, they still seem to find each other (even if it’s through their Nobodies). When Sora turned into a heartless, it was Kairi’s heart that saved him and brought him back to his normal self; And when Kairi was held hostage by Organization XIII, Sora saved her with the help of his friends. No matter what kind of trouble happens, they will always find a way to save each other. Because of that dedication, they deserve to split the paopu fruit together.
6. Tidus and Yuna ('Final Fantasy X')
The lost boy who gets transported to another world and the shy priestess who just wants good in the world. Tidus and Yuna are frequently thought of as one of the best couples in the Final Fantasy franchise. Their casual flirting and sexual tension is off the charts, and when they finally kiss, it’s magical. Their kissing scene is one of the most memorable scenes in the game as the trees light up with magical orbs and illuminate the scene. Unfortunately, that happiness ends when Tidus gets sent back to his own world. Seeing Yuna’s face as she struggles to cope made playing that game feel like a waste of time.
5. Link and Zelda ('Legend of Zelda')
These two go back to the 1980s when Link was saving Zelda in 8-bit form. The games have had such an impact on the video game community that anyone can say “Link and Zelda” and people will know who they’re talking about. Their relationship has developed through the years and they’ve gone from close allies to potential love interests. In Skyward Sword, the potential romance is more obvious than in any other game. Link and Zelda have been friends forever and there’s enough chemistry and set-up to insinuate that they get together in the future. Regardless of what their relationship is, it’s always beautiful to look at.
4. Mario and Peach ('Super Mario')
Mario and Peach are the quintessential couple in the video game world. The story between them has usually been the same. Mario has to go on an adventure and save Peach from Bowser, the primary antagonist. Unlike other relationships, Mario and Peach's hasn’t really evolved through the years. It’s simple and focuses on a cute rescue story that you know will always have a happy ending. But the “damsel in distress” role isn’t the only thing that’s iconic about Mario and Peach. Their relationship is also about social prejudice and how people can fall in love with each other no matter what their social class is.
3. Geralt and Triss ('The Witcher')
What has helped Andrzej Sapkowski skyrocket to fame was the video game adaptation of his book series called The Witcher. His characters have become icons in the fantasy genre alongside the likes of Game of Thrones. Geralt of Rivia is a cold individual who spends his time fighting beasts and women off of him. Triss is a sorceress who takes care of Geralt when he loses his memory. While there are a couple of options, romance wise (including spending time with prostitutes), Triss Merigold was always the perfect compliment to Geralt. Her spunky, optimistic attitude contrasts with his wild and cold personality, but she was able to make him look at the world differently. Also, their bathhouse sex scene ranks as one of the top love scenes in video games, so that’s another reason why they’re so perfect.
2. Commander Shepard and Everybody ('Mass Effect')
Bioware knows how to make a compelling series. Storyline aside, the character of Commander Shepard can go so many ways with the different paths that the player is given. The romance options are all so different and fun that it’s impossible to choose one person overall. Kaidan is sensitive, Garrus is badass, and Tali is just adorable. Those are just some of Shepard's romance options, and it’s fun seeing the different types of scenes and dialogue that come out of choosing different people.
1. Lavellan and Solas ('Dragon Age: Inquisition')
If Dragon Age: Inquisition was ever turned into a film, Solas and Lavellan’s romance would most likely be the one used. It felt like the most natural out of the other romances offered. However, their relationship is not a happy one. The biggest twist in the game is that Solas was not exactly one of the good guys and had his own selfish motivations in mind. At the end of the game, he leaves without a trace, leaving Lavellan heartbroken. But even with that sad conclusion, you can tell that Solas’s love was real. He took off Lavellan’s elven “slave” markings and was worried about her drinking from the Well of Sorrows.
Players were frustrated when they seemingly didn’t get any closure at the end, but the last DLC, Trespasser made us even more sad. Lavellan comes across him and there is genuine sadness on his face. He’s so understanding of her anger towards him and accepts any hatred she may have. That doesn’t stop him from kissing her while healing her arm. If and when Dragon Age 4 gets made, I can only hope that this story continues. Even though Bioware has a tradition with starting with new characters in this franchise, there’s no reason why they can’t start anew. If Mass Effect can do it, so can they.