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The Best Couples in Video Games

Our favourite video game couples

Love. What’s better than love?

Even in video games, it’s hard to escape the lure of a great romantic storyline. Perhaps it’s the main focus of the game – like Catherine – or perhaps it’s merely a side distraction (Mass Effect, I’m looking at you). It could even be something that’s subtly implied through the narrative – George and Nico in the Broken Sword series, perhaps. It’s always important for players to be able to relate to video game characters, so characters with relatable relationships make for a great story.

Whatever your preferences and whoever you are, even the toughest, most steeliest among us can’t deny the pull of a great love story. As it’s coming up to Valentine’s Day, the day of love and all things mushy, we’re celebrating by revisiting some of our all-time favourite video game couples.

Click on through to see our picks of the best couples in video games.

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Vincent and Catherine/Katherine from Catherine

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Okay, so cheating on your long-term girlfriend shouldn’t technically put you among the best couples in video games, but it’s not that Vincent wants to cheat. In the 2012 puzzle-slash-graphic novel Catherine, Vincent’s got his long-term girlfriend Katherine pestering him to make a commitment. If that wasn’t stressful enough, the beautiful and mysterious Catherine shows up, wanting to get in his pants and get in the way. Vincent doesn’t want to hurt Katherine – he obviously loves her – but he doesn’t do a very good job of getting Catherine out of his bed either…

But depending on the choices you make during the game, Vincent can actually be a really good guy. He can succumb to the admittedly sexier Catherine, but he can also realise how much he loves Katherine. He’s dedicated to his first Katherine and, by the end of the game, if you make the right choices, you might just help Vincent be the happiest he can be with his long-term Katherine. Er, girlfriend.

Read our review of Catherine: Full Body

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Professor Hershel Layton and Claire from Professor Layton

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The Professor Layton series has a surprisingly in-depth storyline for a game that’s all about solving puzzles. Throughout the series we found ourselves getting extremely attached to its characters. Professor Layton’s love interest, Claire, is first introduced in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future where it’s revealed that 10 years earlier, Claire and Professor Layton were a couple. Oooooh.

Throughout the game, we get to see what happened to Claire and why she and the professor are no longer together. Their love story is adorable and ends up being pretty important, as Claire is the one to give Professor Layton his signature hat. Cute, right? This pair is definitely among the best couples in video games; they remind us that love can be found in the most unusual of places. Even puzzle games.

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Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher from Uncharted

If any video game couple is #relationshipgoals, it’s got to be Nate and Elena from the Uncharted series. Sure, they’ve had their ups and downs – lots of ups and downs, actually – but in the end, they’re meant for each other. Nate realises that no matter what gold and glory he goes chasing after, his one true treasure is Elena. And Elena knows that no one can kill hundreds of people and get away with it like Nate can.

From the first scene of them fighting off pirates in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune to their final scene in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, players young and old know that Nate and Elena are one of the best couples in video games. Plus, at the end of Uncharted 4 we get to see their adorable future with their daughter. Awwww.

Read our review of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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Manny and Merché from Grim Fandango

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Manny Calavera’s stuck in the eighth underworld of Grim Fandango, selling travel packages to the recently deceased to get them to their final destination in style (or not). Mercedes Colomar, or Merché, is mis-sold a package, so instead of getting the luxury train ride to heaven she deserves, she’s stuck travelling on foot. Manny takes it upon himself to track her down and get her the ticket she should have had.

He may have only spent five minutes with her, but Manny sets off on a four-year journey across the treacherous terrain of purgatory to find Merché and get her safely to her final destination. What a true gentleman, Manny! Romance isn’t dead – even if its recipients are.

Read our review of Grim Fandango Remastered

Wander and Mono from Shadow of the Colossus

First released on PlayStation 2 and remastered for PS4, we were blown away by Shadow of the Colossus. When it was first released, the dynamic of having a totally open world with nothing but boss fights was something unique and exciting. Traveling the world and uncovering its wonder was truly a beautiful experience.

But that wasn’t all there was to it.

The tale of Wander and Mono is incredibly romantic. In order to resurrect Mono, Wander has to adventure into this large open world and kill gigantic beasts. Each time he kills a colossus, he is teleported back to Mono who is always there to remind him of his goal. It’s a sad, romantic tale that gets us every time.

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George and Nico from Broken Sword

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When George and Nico aren’t hot on the trail of Templars or hunting down stolen paintings in Broken Sword, you just know they’re getting it on. Come on, you can cut the sexual tension between the pair with a knife; what with Nico’s lusty growl of “Oh Georgie!” and George’s bumbling American awkwardness. And not to mention George’s insane hatred towards André just because he’s Nico’s ex-boyfriend.

A couple of the games have implied they’re a couple, but it’s never lasted. It’s about time they sorted that out! Ahem, Broken Sword 6: The Wedding. Just sayin’. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of playing any of the Broken Sword games, we’re sure you’ll agree that George and Nico are among the best couples in video games.

Read our review of Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse

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Arno and Elise from Assassin’s Creed Unity

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Arno Victor Dorian and Elise De LaSerre in Assassin’s Creed Unity have always been close, what with him being taken in by Elise’s father when he became an orphan. When Elise’s father is murdered, Arno, feeling partly responsible for his death, embarks on a mission to find his murderer. A mission that will see him follow in his father’s footsteps by joining the order of Assassins.

Unfortunately for him, Elise also has a similar plan, and following in her father’s footsteps becomes a Templar. Luckily love knows no bounds and the two are briefly able to get it on before succumbing to their inevitable fate. It’s like Romeo and Juliet for the video game age. Sort of.

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James and Mary Sunderland from Silent Hill

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James loves his wife Mary. So much so, in fact, that he’s prepared to travel to the hellish town of Silent Hill to see her. Deflecting the advances of Maria, an extroverted woman that looks eerily similar to his wife, James battles his personal demons throughout some hair-raising situations to meet her in their “special place”.

Throughout the game players will uncover how close Mary and James were before Mary grew sick. All of his nightmares come back to haunt him, along with the nightmares of those he meets along the way. But it’s always he thought of Mary that keeps him moving forward. It was truly a beautiful romance which is why it affects James so negatively.

It’s just a shame that he smothered her to death really…

Yu and Kay from Haven

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A more recent addition to the best couples in video games list is Yu and Kay from Haven. Yu and Kay have had a rough time of it. They used to live in a society that puts couples together against their wills based on their compatibility. But this couple loves each other and aren’t going to let some high entity choose someone else for them.

So Yu and Kay decide to run away. They land on a deserted planet and as you play the game, you’ll uncover who they are and how they came to fall in love. You’ll also see them bond over their shared rebellion and worry over the future. They’re a normal couple with normal problems – just with a few international crimes thrown in.

Read our review of Haven

Gabriel and Marie from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

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When Gabriel in Castlevania: Lords of Shadows learns there is a chance to bring his dead wife back to life, his mind is set; he must set out to defeat the evil Lords of Shadow in order to rebuild the God Mask that is said to bring back the dead.

It’s a big ask, but Gabriel doesn’t care – his wife is worth it. Hell-bent on preventing the world from succumbing to darkness and being re-united with his one true love, he’s blind to see that he is pawn in a design created by Satan himself.

In the end Gabriel realises his journey has been all for naught. The God Mask’s powers merely allow him to see the spirits of the deceased. Faced with the truth that he will never again hold Marie in his arms, he renounces God. He’s left a broken man, full of anger.

Poor bloke. If that isn’t true love, making this pair one of the best couples in video games, we don’t know what is.

Link and Zelda from The Legend of Zelda series

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Oh, Link. For nearly 30 years, he’s traversed castles and fought demons in The Legend of Zelda to save the princess. Not sure about you, but we get the distinct feeling that Zelda’s just not that into him. We’re sure she appreciates constantly being saved, but she could at least kiss the poor mute elfish boy.

Then again, in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild players get a closer glimpse at the couple and we get to see just as much they care for one another. Sure, maybe in a different timeline, Zelda would have been focusing on being one of the leaders of Hyrule while Link would probably be getting down and dirty with Champion Mipha. But we still think the way this video game couple takes care of each other is adorable.

Read our review of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Leon and Ada from the Resident Evil series

They’re perhaps not the ideal couple, but Leon and Ada from Resident Evil are definitely one of the best couples in video games. They first meet in Resident Evil 2 when Ada, who at the time is working for a rival company to Umbrella, is trying to complete a secret mission. Leon, who at the time is a rookie at the Raccoon City Police Department, is just trying to escape the city with his life.

They’re brought together by the terrifying events of the Raccoon City outbreak and Ada ends up saving Leon’s life. They continue to cross paths in the future, neither one making any kind of obvious move towards the other (although they really bond in Resident Evil 6). Their relationship is up for interpretation, but we like to think that when they retire from their lives of spying and zombie killing, they’ll finally realise they’re meant for each other. Guess we’ll have to wait until Resident Evil 23 to find out.

Read our review of Resident Evil 2

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Sora and Kairi from Kingdom Hearts

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Who cares that they’re probably about 12? Sora and Kairi in Kingdom Hearts are a match made in heaven, and Sora won’t accept anything else. Sora wants to share the legendary papou fruit with Kairi which means their souls will be entwined together forever.

Then some crazy stuff happens in the world and Sora’s swept away to another dimension, separated by worlds from his one true love. He sets out to battle evil to save Kairi’s soul from being devoured by the darkness, and nothing’s going to stop him. He’ll even have to battle his best friend and loads of Disney’s baddest baddies. Bless his heart.

Read our review of Kingdom Hearts III

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Tidus and Yuna from Final Fantasy X

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You’d think being transported 1,000 years into the future would be a big deal for Final Fantasy X‘s Tidus, but luckily it enables him to meet the love of his life, Yuna. They happily spend their days frolicking around Spira, chasing after cactuars and trying to save the world.

Then, Yuna casually drops the bombshell that in order to stop the apocalypse she’ll have to die… bugger. That doesn’t discourage him though. Tidus is young and in love and, as he says in the game, “This is our story! Now let’s see this thing through together!” He isn’t willing to give up and loves Yuna to the very end.

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Squall and Rinoa from Final Fantasy VIII

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Final Fantasy VIII hero Squall may spend more time talking to himself than Rinoa, but that doesn’t stop them falling head over heels in love with each other. But he struggles with his anxieties, and he’s unable to tell Rinoa exactly how he feels. The fact there’s an evil sorceress trying to destroy the world doesn’t help either; especially since the pair are the only ones who can stop her.

At least it all works out in the end when they finally reveal their love for each other. Sometimes all it takes for us to open up is the sense of impending doom and the end of the world.

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