The Most Romantic and Bro-mantic Couples in Video Games
Love, friendship and beyond.
Love is in the air. Valentine is around the corner (oh it’s today! I wrote this yesterday…). And you know what that means – tons and loads and lots of love-themed articles from website such as ours trying to tell you something or the other about love and how it relates to video games. We thought we might help kickstart the bandwagon a little.
Video games are long trying to identify themselves as a means of art and expression. And while they are still getting there, one form of expression has been consistent, and that is of course, of love. Love stories have been an integral part of many an epic – some have been silly, some have been cheesy, some mushy, many tragic and few of them even engaging. Below is a list of all of those, or maybe not, but these are the most romantic and bro-mantic couples we have ever played as, or experienced, in our lore-worthy gaming careers.
5. Gordon Freeman and Alyx (Half Life)
Odd couple? Yes. They are on this list because we can insert ourselves into Gordon’s boots because he doesn’t have a personality and also because Alyx is cute? Fine, yes, we admit.
This is a love story that doesn’t need words. Based purely on chemistry, coy glances and silence (lots and lots…and lots of bloody silence), Gordon and Alyx has our heart for being just do damn endearing. Also because Gordon doesn’t have a personality and we can place ourselves in his boots and also because Alyx is cute.
4. Guybrush Threepwood and Elaine Marley (Monkey Island)
Guybrush and Elaine are the video game adaptation of the English phrase ‘opposites attract’. Elaine is a tough, strong-willed woman, who can aptly handle herself while held captive by an evil doer carrying an impressive glowing beard. Guybrush’s incompetence is legendary and well documented. But when it comes to saving Elaine, Guybrush uses his mastery on tactical use of words to form magnificent insults, and in-born knack for solving the most ridiculous puzzles, and surprisingly almost always succeeds. They are the goofy couple you would like to know.
3. Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher (Uncharted)
Despite being a d*ckward – leaving her stranded in the middle of nowhere in the first game, going bowchika-woaw-woaw with Chole in the second, and apparently, almost calling it quits in the third, Nathan has always found Elena’s love. That lucky bastard seems to get everything anyway.
Penned and performed with incisive effort, theirs is the most natural and heartwarming love story. They are both witty, they are both adventurous, they both can kick some ass, and they both understand each other so well.
2. Tidus and Yuna (Final Fantasy X)
Square Enix likes to get all lovey-dovey with their Final Fantasy games, shoehorning, at times, multiple love stories in the hopes to string our hearts. While the series itself have had many such dramas, one of Tidus and Yuna from Final Fantasy X stand out.
We could list a number of reasons why we picked this couple, but nothing quite nails it than this awkward portrayal of jubilation. Nothing tells ‘I Love You’ more than agreeing to LOL in front of all your mates in the most ghastly way possible, now is there?
1. Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan (Starcraft)
Their story began when they were ugly, low-res sprites. Jim and Sarah’s love spans generations of visual leaps, unwavering and intrepid, even after a series of events which saw Sarah mutate into one of the Zergs, officially becoming “the Queen B*tch of the Universe”.
They may be at war, and probably end up killing each other, but a tiny flicker of love still burns somewhere in their tough exterior, causing them to break norms, break rules and take gigantic risks for one another. Blizzard should have just called it Lovecraft.
Honorable mention: Dovahkiin and Aela
Sure you had the option to marry whoever you wanted. But if you chose someone other than Aela, you probably don’t exist, statistically speaking.