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Five Video Games that redefine romance

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There’s a certain stillness in the matter of love. Time stops, leading the mind to wander and eyes open to follow a trace of pale vigor. That moment of complete and utter silence tells a story. In their truest art form, video games tell stories. There’s magic in being virtually placed into a different perspective. A secret language spoken between the developer and the player. Being able to sit and experience events through the mind of someone else without criticism or disinterest and actually become a part of the experience is what I believe makes a great game. Love stories in video games that captivate and leave an audience whole are just as rare as the real thing. Here are five of the best love stories in recent years of video games that capture that special moment in the unique ways.

1. Final Fantasy XV

Developer: Square Enix
Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Final Fantasy XV has a lot going on for it. 10 years in development, the last ray of hope for a comeback to the popular franchise. While the game boasts an overwhelming bromance between Prince Noctis and friends, the more compelling offset in the game occurs between Noctis and Luna.

The game is very withholding of the relationship between Noctis and Luna but ultimately gives the player enough for them to imagine on their own what the romantic relationship between Noctis and Luna transpired to be.

Final Fantasy XV has sold over 6 million copies.

Early childhood talks to later years of fortune written down in love letters from each other paint the outside walls of the relationship between Noctis and Luna.

Events later in the end of the game truly define the tacit vows between the two and also uncover away the mystery and lore behind the game as well.

Fans of the real time strategy elements will love the new combat and game mechanics, but the overall story is where the magic lies.

2. Stardew Valley

Developer: ConcernedApe
Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Linux

Stardew Valley is a wonderful pixel art mashup of RPG elements from games like Harvest moon and farming and combat elements similar to Minecraft. A small premise with a much larger outcome.

Stardew Valley’s story is so personal and relatable to modern life that I do not wish to ruin it for anyone in this overview.

The game is not small in content by any means and is a perfect candidate for a stress free gaming session. What’s unique about this game more than anything is that you can marry outside of the gender norm without any penalties. The game plays on this aspect very well and is quite realistic about it in many ways.

Stardew Valley topped the Steam sales chart last year in February and has sold over a million copies to date. Video games like this show that despite such a complex time we live in, simplicity seems to be the formula more gamers are gravitating toward.

3. Life is Strange

Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Linux

Life is Strange centers the paranormal with the mundane aspects of life. Novice photographer Max finds out she can rewind time for a few moments in order to change the future. The use of these discovered abilities for good or bad outcomes are solely up to the player.

The game covers topics of suicide and depression through several characters in the story.

Max’s relationship with her childhood friend Chloe starts out distant but grows into something more based on the actions you choose in the game.

Life is Strange blends this life altering phenomenon to a fiction town setting in Oregon and bands unlikely personalities together to stop an unmovable threat that molds an adventure like no other.

4. The Witcher 3

Developer: CD Projekt Red
Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows

Geralt of Rivia’s last tale is one that the video game industry will be talking about for years to come.

CD Projekt Red certainly made an astounding game with loads of extra content and lore, but they also laid out an interesting pair of romance options for the player.

The Witcher 3’s romance options offer a small but rewarding addition to the plethora of content in the main game. The two main love interests in the game come from Triss and Yennefer, both two powerful and cunning sorceresses. While Triss is definitely more free-spirited than Geralt, they both lack the deadly and seductive measure of Yennefer.

Careful though and be sure not to choose both, as it won’t end well.

5. Firewatch

Developer: Campo Santo
Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Linux

Campo Santo’s first official game native to Wyoming has the allure of a novel that won’t let go even after you’ve finished it.

Reality is Firewatch’s strong suit. The voices of the two characters feel real. The wildlife and atmosphere of the forest feels like you are there. The writing and story is a notch above many AAA game titles out now and is most likely one of the few hidden gems in gaming that will stand the test of time.

A film based on Firewatch is currently under development.

The game sets you off as a man named Henry who goes through a great personal loss before taking up the role of a Shoshone National Forest fire lookout. Henry uses this new step in his life as a way to cope with the loss of a loved one through exploring the vibrant Shoshone Forest and constant banter with his boss Delilah via a walkie-talkie. Henry and Delilah are the two prominent characters in the game and tell a unrequited rock of emotion between each day in the forest that will make you ponder the irony of love.