Top 10 Most Romantic Moments In Video Games
VOICE OVER: Adrian Sousa
WRITTEN BY: Thomas O'Connor
Especially with it being Valentine's Day, romance is in the air, even if that air is entirely digital. Today weâ€™re counting down the Top 10 Most Romantic Moments in Video Games. Some people may think that games are just about violence and destruction, but these touching moments prove those people wrong. But given that not all video game romances end in a happily ever after, beware of spoilers for the games ahead.
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Top 10 Most Romantic Moments in Video Games
Romance is in the air, even if that air is entirely digital. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down the Top 10 Most Romantic Moments in Video Games.
For this list we’re looking at the moments from our favorite video games that made us get all misty-eyed. Some people may think that games are just about violence and destruction, but these touching moments prove those people wrong.
But given that not all video game romances end in a happily ever after, beware of spoilers for the games ahead.
#10: Cortana’s Death
“Halo 4” (2012)
The romantic aspect of “Halo” protagonist Master Chief and his AI companion Cortana has never been overtly romantic, though their deep and powerful connection is certainly on display for those willing to see it. But when it came time for these two to finally part, the creators of the fourth installment in the series gave us one of its most touching and sentimental moments. Moments before her death, Cortana creates a hard-light hologram, allowing her to touch her stoic companion for the very first time, something she’d always wanted to do. A bittersweet moment, but then the most romantic moments often are, even for nigh-invincible space warriors.
#9: The Hawaii Dates
“Persona 5” (2016)
We’ve all dreamt about escaping to the sunny tropics for a much-needed vacation, and if anyone truly deserves some fun in the sun, it’s the Phantom Thieves of “Persona 5”. After all, fighting the manifestations of your enemies’ twisted psyches from within their own minds is kind of a stressful lifestyle. As part of the mechanic that allows you to build up your affinity with your fellow party members, you can pick one to take on a day out in Hawaii, where you can enjoy delicious coconut shrimp and take in a frankly breathtaking sunset. It almost makes the horrors they endure in the rest of the game worth it! Almost.
#8: Arthur and Mary's Last Date
“Red Dead Redemption II” (2018)
Unless you’re one of those absolute crazy people who ignored the side missions in Rockstar’s smash-hit cowboy ‘em up, you’re doubtlessly got familiar with Arthur Morgan’s lady love, Mary. Though their romantic history is rocky to put it mildly, Arthur (or at least our version of Arthur) still came to her aid when she needed it, culminating in one last day together in scenic Saint Denis. The two can take in a show at the opulent Theatre Râleur, giving players a glimpse of the spark that once brought them together. But sadly, the life of an outlaw doesn’t leave much time for romance, and the two are forced to part once again.
#7: Nate and Elena Patch Things Up
“Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” (2016)
You’d think that after sharing numerous globe-trotting, world saving adventures in which they’d saved eachothers’ lives countless times, “Uncharted” hero Nathan Drake would know not to lie to his lover interest turned wife Elena. But when his estranged brother re-emerged, Nate still fed Elena a bogus story before setting off on another caper. Naturally, Elena eventually catches on and tells her hubby that he’d hecked up bigtime. After being reunited in the lost city of Libertalia, the two are able to talk it out and put it all behind them. After all, what mends a broken marriage better than gunfights and mayhem in a lost city founded by pirates? Uhh, maybe couple’s therapy, come to think of it…..
#6: Ico and Yorda
Ask a video game fan what their least favorite kind of mission is, and there’s a good chance they’ll answer “escort missions” without hesitation. This much beloved PS2 classic is basically one long escort mission, but we’re not actually complaining. True, we’re stretching the definition of “moment” a bit here, but there’s just something touching about the way the titular hero protects his love interest from all manner of harm, taking her gently by the hand and leading her out of danger. A bit old fashioned sure, but sometimes something as innocent as taking your partner’s hand can be a more romantic act than even the fanciest of dates.
#5: Johnny and River go to the Moon
“To the Moon” (2011)
No, it isn’t a video game adaptation of “The Honeymooners”. This endlessly charming 2011 indie game follows two scientists gently re-writing the memories of a dying man in order to grant him his final wish, that being a trip to the moon. As the game progresses, you learn this isn’t just about walking in Neil Armstrong’s footsteps. No, the truth is much more tragic, a sad tale of lost memories and a marriage fraught with tragedy. But get to the game’s ending, and you’ll see that dream realized in a sequence that, when you know the full significance, is a moment more heartwarming….and heartbreaking…..than you might expect.
#4: The Carousel Ride
“The Last of Us: Left Behind” (2013)
You’d think that there’d be precious little time for romance when a terrifying fungus is turning people into growling, clicking, mushroom headed zombies. But in the “Left Behind” DLC for “The Last of Us”, protagonists Ellie and Riley have a touching moment on an abandoned carousel despite it all. The ride sadly breaks down after only a minute, but the moment is saved when Riley breaks out a book of wonderfully terrible jokes, taking the “adorkable” factor of this moment up to eleven. It sadly isn’t too long before things start to get hectic and scary again, which honestly makes this moment all the more touching and meaningful.
#3: Cullen Gets a Dog
“Dragon Age: Inquisition” (2014)
Like most Bioware RPGs, this entry in the “Dragon Age” franchise, lets you woo various party members, adding a dash of romance to your fantasy action epic if that’s what you’re looking for. One of these is Cullen, the protagonist’s lantern-jawed military advisor, who makes an adorably nervous marriage proposal at the end of his romantic questline. And to make the whole thing even cuter, it comes moments after Cullen adopts an adorable dog! Now true, workplace romances are kind of risky, even when that workplace is a fledgling order dedicated to combating dark magic, could you say no to those eyes? We mean Cullen’s eyes, by the way, not the dog’s.
#2: To Kill a Mockingbird
“The Darkness” (2007)
It’s important to remember that romance isn’t all about big moments of soaring emotion set against epic backdrops. Sometimes the most romantic thing of all is just curling up with your partner for a quiet, intimate moment. Jackie Estacado gets such a moment with his girlfriend Jenny, as the two stretch out on the couch to watch classic 1962 drama “To Kill a Mockingbird”. And we don’t mean like clips from it, or a CGI recreation using the game’s engine. You can actually watch the actual, entire film in-game if you choose not to interrupt the scene. All the romance and intimacy, but without your arm falling asleep under your partner’s head!
Before we draw back the curtain on our number one pick, here are some heartwarming honorable mentions:
Mona Rescues Max
“Max Payne 2” (2003)
“I Never Stopped Wanting to”
“Marvel's Spider-Man” (2018)
Tango with Garrus
“Mass Effect 3” [Citadel DLC] (2013)
Sly and Carmalita's Dance
“Sly 2: Band of Thieves” (2004)
BJ and Anya on the Train
“Wolfenstein: The New Order” (2014)
#1: Romance in the Lake
“Final Fantasy X” (2001)
The Final Fantasy series overall has a lot of romantic moments to choose from, with Squall carrying Rinoa also being worthy of a mention. But as sweet as that sequence is, it pales in comparrison to the 10th entry’s most memorable moment. In this quiet moment; we see Tidus trying to comfort Yuna after she had been betrayed by the religious order she had devoted herself her entire life to, they slip away from the rest of the party and share a peaceful and romantic moment in Lake Macalania, culminating in arguably one of the most beautiful cinematic sequences ever seen in a video game. J-pop song and all.