C’mon, did you think that we would ignore the day of love? Sneaking in a little early, we present some ideas of what you can play in the (spare) bedroom on Valentines Day with our list of games that feature lovers.
How else could we begin without mentioning Mario and Princess Peach? We have lost count how many times has Mario had his love snatched away from his arms and locked up in yet another castle. Without fail though, Mario will always embark on a rescue attempt to regain his lover from whatever devious scheme Bowser has concocted. Following the old “Play together, stay together” rule, in the rare time they are together Mario and Peach can be found enjoying driving karts, playing tennis or board games – mind you perhaps the less said about Super Smash Bros the better.
Next, let’s look at the on again, off again, kidnapped by a ghost pirate relationship between loveable pirate Guybrush Threepwood and Governor Elaine Marley. Starting off as a hopeless wanna-be, Guybrush manages to work his way into Elaine’s affections through many adventures, narrowly avoiding losing the love of his life to the Ghost Pirate LeChuck. You can’t help feeling Guybrush is punching above his weight but as the Monkey Island games progress you can see that they genuinely do love each other. Oddly though, this must be the only courtship in history that involves a rubber chicken (unless you are reading some very niche websites….let gloss over that and quickly move on…)
Taking a darker turn we look at the story of Wander and Mono in Shadow of the Colossus. The game starts with Wander embarking on a heroic quest to bring life back to return Mono’s soul, and therefore life, back into her body. In what seems like a selfless act, Wander throws himself into killing the many colossi that inhabit the forbidden land but what happens next…is something we won’t spoil, just go and play the game.
Finally, how can we not mention the romantic tour-de-force that is the Mass Effect trilogy? I can think of no other game has the sheer amount of options and opportunities for romance. Starting with the first Mass Effect game, decisions made there on who lives, who dies and who shares your bed can cascade across the other games in the trilogy. Seemingly inconsequential comments you choose to say can come back to haunt you years later as the final battle with the Reapers approaches. The choice to allow Shepard to follow love wherever they find it, regardless of gender, was truly groundbreaking. Think what you want, but I just knew Tail was the one for me from the first time I heard her voice.