Up For Debate - What Are Some Of Your Favourite Videogame Relationships?

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 5:13 PM

It’s Valentine’s Day, so scenes of joy and commiseration abound. Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t avoid the teeth-gnawing pressure of wondering whether the special someone in your life loves it or hates it too. Relationships are complicated beasts, obviously, and it’s long been an aim of videogame developers across the globe to try and express some of this complexity in games.

Here we are in 2017 however, and it would be fair to say the majority of games haven’t quite got relationships down yet. Either they’re strutting around like Duke Nukem and aren’t even comprehending what a relationship is beyond groping a stripper, or we’re forced to sit through some of the most stomach churning dialogue as two low-poly character models get it on in the most spectacularly awful way possible. Fahrenheit I’m looking at you. Yes, you with your QTE sex scene. Have you no shame David Cage.

Every so often there’s a few gems that surface however. Little gaming miracles that can players hugely invested in the fate of a character, or characters. Over the years BioWare has proven itself the master at this, so much so that most people can’t wait for Mass Effect Andromeda purely so they can bang every alien in sight.

For me my favourite relationships have been a little more platonic. Joel and Ellie from The Last of Us is of course a standout example; you can’t help but be moved by the bond which forms between these two over the course the post-apocalyptic adventure. It was great to see Naughty Dog take its own lessons on board for Uncharted 4, helping elevate what is essentially a pulpy action movie into a heartfelt journey as the cracks appear between Nathan and Elena.

Moving away from your typical cinematic fare, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is also a relationship that has stayed with me. Brothers is about two young boys whose father is desperately in need of medicine. In an effort to save their father, the two brothers head out on an epic quest in order to find the cure. The entire tale is told without a single word being spoken, yet in a stroke of genius, Starbreeze Studios decided the player would control the brothers simultaneously, one with each analogue stick. As you are working out your own relationship between hand and eye, the bond between the two brothers tightens.

So what are some of your favourite relationships or hook ups from the weird and wonderful world of gaming? Are you more of Mario and Peach person, or has BioWare got you hooked with its intergalactic luvvin'?

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08:30 Feb-17-2017

Shephard and Garrus. They have the best bro-mance ever. I wouldn't mind sharing space-beer with those guys!
The romantic-side relationships, Shephard and Liara is my all time favorit. Geralt and Yennifer coming in close second!

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15:09 Feb-15-2017

not in a weird way!! is Geralt and Ciri in a sexy way is Geralt and Triss

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19:02 Feb-15-2017

Geralt and Ciri are like Father and Daughter. That is creepy af.

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19:34 Feb-18-2017

I think he ment something like "not in a weird way, but i like Geralt and Ciri's relationship. In a sexy way, however, i like Geralt and Triss' relationship"

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11:40 Feb-15-2017

Geralt as Vlodimir and Shani at the wedding was good fun

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11:19 Feb-15-2017

Cloud-Tifa-Aeris triangle (FFVII)

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11:18 Feb-15-2017

Geralt and Yennifer

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10:08 Feb-15-2017

Favourite videogame Relationship? Must be me and Dark Souls

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09:47 Feb-15-2017

Honestly, I've always been attracted to Liara (don't blame me, the Asari are hot af)... Her and Shepard are my favorite. I've never had Shepard with other women throughout all 3 games since I always imported.

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09:14 Feb-15-2017

Tali was cute I ended up being her brother instead of her BF in the ME trilogy :D

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10:41 Feb-15-2017

I ended up killing her the first chance I got

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14:42 Feb-15-2017

^ Renegade Shepard confirmed!

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11:27 Feb-17-2017

Actually it wasn't on purpose- This is the reason why I enjoyed playing the game - the choices mattered - at the beginning I wasn't interested, but when on Vermire I edned up killing Ashley AND Rex in just one mission, where only 1 was supposed to die (Kaiden or Ashley), I just jizzed with excitement what else could be

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08:06 Feb-18-2017

Lolz :D


Tali was nice and caring that's why I didn't flirt with her :D

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08:03 Feb-15-2017

Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan.

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07:41 Feb-15-2017

We all remember this mess I sometimes question life ever since I played this game

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07:46 Feb-15-2017

^This XD

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07:40 Feb-15-2017

Zack and Aerith from FFVII...

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14:29 Feb-15-2017

broo Crisis Core was amazing, hope they do some sort of remaster before they release FFVII

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06:57 Feb-15-2017

Booker and Elizabeth.


Incest is Wincest.

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13:44 Feb-15-2017

Thanks for the spoiler, another game I never have to finish...

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14:30 Feb-15-2017

Nooo you should definitely play this, its an amazing game

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14:50 Feb-15-2017

Moooom I found another guy like me!


Hear hear dude, I can not play the game if I am spoiled too. MGS V was ruined because of a huge endgame spoiler on one random YT video. Glad to know I'm not the only one.

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16:06 Feb-15-2017

Sorry, dude. Didn't meant to. :(

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04:41 Feb-15-2017

The love triangle between Mario, Peach, and Toad.

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07:44 Feb-15-2017

I thought about 2 girls 1 up, but didn't see this coming XD

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03:03 Feb-15-2017

Geralt, Triss and Yennifer! What other relationship spans a book series and 2 of the best video games in recent history.

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02:19 Feb-15-2017

Shepard and Jack. People who never romanced her in ME2 missed out. You gotta be willing to put up with her BS and really get to know her before she drops the tough girl armor; and then you meet the real Jack. Hard to look at her the same after that romance. Would recommend watching it on Youtube.

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07:08 Feb-15-2017

Ahhh, yeah I forgot about Jack! That is a really good romance; always felt way deeper and more meaningful than Shepard and Miranda.

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01:47 Feb-15-2017

Tali and shepard always man

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00:03 Feb-15-2017

Tali and Shepard from Mass Effect and Geralt and Yennefer from Witcher

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23:10 Feb-14-2017

Gorion's Ward and Jaheira for me, gotta love a classic. Revan and Bastila's another one.


It just feels like Bioware handled romances much more organically in their older games, and they started to feel very formulaic post Mass Effect 1.

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22:50 Feb-14-2017

Squall and Rinoa from FF-VIII...

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03:34 Feb-15-2017

^ This :')

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22:33 Feb-14-2017

I feel like I'm missing out, having never played The Last of Us or the Uncharted series.

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