Video game romance is a tricky proposition: Except in dedicated dating sims, relationships tend to be overlooked, and many are optional elements of a bigger story.
Fans love when games get it right, though. This Valentine’s Day, we're sharing our love for some of the best optional relationships in video games.
Gale is notable for being the most romanced and most killed NPC in Baldur’s Gate 3’s early access — a perfect encapsulation of players’ complicated relationship with NPCs.
Yennefer is a complicated character, and a perfect fit for Geralt. She’s Geralt’s partner from the books, so many players see Triss, another possible partner, as an interloper.
Owner of one of the best mustaches in gaming history, Dorian's wit and moving storyline made him one of Dragon Age's most popular romance options.
Cyberpunk 2077 got a lot wrong, but it got Panam right. This charming character leads to some of the game’s best quests.
Cyberpunk 2077's other success, Judy is a skilled technician and a fan-favorite character who had players swooning as soon as she was revealed.
Thanatos comes off as cold at first, but when he makes his feelings clear, his chemistry with the much cheerier Zagreus is undeniable.
Getting back together with your ex isn't always a good idea, but plenty of players ignored that advice and fell for Meg's mix of dominance and sweetness.
Garrus’ storyline is great at building a genuine connection between him and the player, making it worth figuring out how to make out with someone with mandibles.
Persona 5 has a lot of popular romance options, but Makoto is on another level. Makoto stans (who call her Queen) admire her for being the most independent and capable NPC in the game.