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Video Game Characters We Want to Romance but Can't?

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: FL
Every new video game generation improves not only graphics but features, and we're seeing more and more video games with decision making, including romance options. So we were disappointed when we realized that none of these characters were romanceable, because they should have been!

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Video Game Characters We Wish Could Be Our Valentine

Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder, and since love is in the air we can’t help but wonder. Welcome to MojoPlay’s I’m Ricky, and I’m Emily and together we’re highlighting 10 video game characters we wish could be our valentine.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the NPCs that we would love to start an in-game relationship with, but were sadly unable to. And we’re going to take turns here to talk about our ideal Bachelor’s and Bachelorette’s. Let’s go!

So my first pick is
“Horizon Zero Dawn” (2017)

It’s honestly a real shame that for such an immersive RPG, Horizon didn’t have any romance options, because damn are there a lot of fish to choose from. There’s Erend and that moustache, Avad who’s very noble and mature of his age, not mention the very little fact that … he’s a king. But Varl is just too adorable not to pass off. It takes almost no skill to be BFFs with him, and he outright says he would get on his knee’s and worship us. Sure his conservative fear of foreign tribes would be a hurdle, but nothing we can’t help him overcome. Horizon’s director Hermen Hulst, has stated that Romance options are certainly on the table for the sequel. DO IT!

Lace Harding
“Dragon Age: Inquisition” (2014)

Dammit Bioware, don’t give us such a fun and lovable character as well as the option to flirt with her if it’s not going to go anyway. As the Inquisition’s main scout, Harding introduces us to each location we visit across Thedas, and each time we’re given the option to charm her. Given her steamy responses one would assume that she’ll be given the same treatment as other romance options and be given an emotionally investing questline. No such luck. Heck in the Trespasser DLC, if you don’t pursue anyone beforehand, it’s hinted at you did enter a relationship…except we don’t get to see any of it. Lame!

Nick Valentine
“Fallout 4” (2015)

Hey, synths have feelings too! Granted Nick isn’t well built together, but he still managed to deliver in the personality department. As a detective operating out of Diamond City, Nick’s affinity for hacking, dry quips and chewing out synth haters made for quite the entertaining companion. However, no matter how chummy the Sole Survivor gets, there’s no chance of winning his robotic heart. Which is a shame, given how a possible human/synth relationship would have made for some compelling storytelling. Plus; that accent, hot damn that accent.

“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” (2017)

Is it just us, or does everyone want a piece of Link in this game? Granted we all know that Zelda normally takes priority when it comes to earning his affections, but come on, how could anyone say no to Mipha? The beloved Princess of the Zora, she happened to harbour some pretty deep feelings for our mute hero, but was unable to express them before her tragic demise. Regardless, she still left quite the impact on Link and the fandom as a whole, so much so that while Zelda is all well and good we were practically begging for the chance to romance this poor fish girl. Just look at that face!

“Celeste” (2018)

Honestly how could Madeline not end up with Theo at the end of a dangerous mountain climb? Not only is he an Instagram … sorry “Instapix” celebrity, but also he is such a sweetheart. He’s a great conversationalist to help us overcome the most stressful of situations. He offers to take Madeline’s heavy backpack just before she reaches the summit. He’s a cat lover and most important of all: He knows how to make a strawberry caipirinha. It may be corny but we would be eager to shout “YOLOOOOO” with him if we had the chance.

Chidori Yoshino
“Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3” (2006)

Not to be a jerk of anything but…Junpei? Really? That’s who she fell for? As a member of Strega, Chidori utilises the power of her Persona for less than benevolent deeds, though these start to change when she and Junpei start to become close. With such a tortured psyche, shown through her constant self-harming, by the time she ends up sacrificing herself for her new love interest, we were all left pretty much thinking the same thing: why the hell couldn’t we max our social link with her instead of freaking Junpei!

Mordin Solus
“Mass Effect” series (2007-)

He may be the very model of a scientist Salarian, but he also could have made for one of the most investing romance options available for Commander Shepard. Think about it, not only would it be hilarious to hear him babble about the science of interspecies space sex, but imagine if we had the opportunity to sing Gilbert & Sullivan songs with him in the Citadel DLC. Though that of course brings us to his ultimate fate in Mass Effect 3. How much more heart-breaking would his death have been if you had romanced him? Oh that chance for a duet that we’ll never get.

Sadie Adler
“Red Dead Redemption II” (2018)

To be honest, any of the ladies in the Van Der Linde camp would have been a far better choice for Arthur, rather trying to get back together with his ex, I mean what were you thinking bro? There could have been potential to get together with Karen, Mary-Beth or Tilly, though for most players, the ideal match would have been Sadie. For one she’s an amazing gunslinger, she’s incredibly loyal, and she looks damn good in a man’s shirt. True she recently lost her husband, but given what happens to Arthur late in the game its not like he would have had much time.

Keith David
“Saint’s Row IV” (2013)

So let’s get the straight. You can pretty much hook up with every member of your crew, one of whom happens to be a giant floating robotic eye, regardless of gender and sexuality…and yet we still cannot get down and dirty with Keith freaking David? That is beyond unfair. How can you give us the option to bang everyone from Kinzie to Johnny with no consequence, yet exclude the voice of the Arbiter and David Anderson? How could you? It’s not like you guys were trying to make the experience as realistic as possible to begin with. If I want to ship the President & Vice President, …. Wait scratch that.

Cerys an Craite
“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” (2015)

If there’s two things that Geralt of Rivia is known for, it’s slaying monsters and engaging in sexy times with the ladies of the Northern Kingdoms. Whether it’s with his old flame Yennefer, his favourite bunk buddy Triss Merigold or a whole slew of others, the White Wolf certainly gets around. That is except for this possible ruler of Skellige. Known as Sparrowhawk to her friends, this spunky yet cunning young woman sounds like an ideal romance option. Nope. Apparently Geralt prefer his ladies from up north, which kinda sucks for the rest of us.

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