In-game romances who'll be your video game valentine

Let these video game suitors be your virtual valentine in 2020.

For those of us without a Player 2 in our lives, Valentine's Day can be a pretty infuriating experience. The whole world seems to be content in their relationships, and every single advert we see is for couple’s activities or products. Don’t let this one date on the calendar get you down though! You’re an absolute star, and when it comes to gaming there are plenty of virtual suitors willing to lay down their lives to be your companion. To keep you company this February 14, here are our picks for in-game romances who’ll be your video game valentine.

In-game romances who’ll be your video game valentine

Claude, Edelgard or Dimitri - Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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There’s something special about sharing a cup of tea, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses absolutely knows it. This Valentine’s Day, why not share a quiet moment with the heir to an illustrious family from Fodlan? You’ve got your pick between the polite yet haunted Dimitri, the driven and determined Edelgard, or the charming trickster Claude — our choice, every time. 

Heck, why stop there? Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ Garreg Mach Monastery is practically overflowing with figures looking for an excuse to escape the battlefield and enjoy their time with you. Each has their own unique character and charm — well, maybe not Ferdinand — meaning there’s something here to appeal to everyone. Just make sure you pick the right tea leaves.

The entire Normandy crew - The Mass Effect trilogy

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Last month, BioWare went and rekindled our hopes for a Mass Effect trilogy remaster with a little tease on their official Twitter account. It’s left us all nostalgic for interstellar flings of the past, so what better excuse than Valentine’s Day to return to our long lost video game loves. 

Garrus, Tali, Miranda, and the rest of the Normandy’s crew are all brilliant choices for a spot of space smooching. Heck, even the much-maligned Andromeda has plenty to offer on the romance side of things. This Friday, get back out into space to explore a new world and a new love along with it.

Lydia - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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© Bethesda, Emeraldblade95 from https://hero.fandom.com/wiki/Lydia_(Elder_Scrolls)

If you’re into more of a love-hate kind of relationship, look no further than Skyrim’s diligent housecarl Lydia. Bound to your service early in the story, she’s most definitely sworn to carry your burdens as you treck back and forth across the snowy landscape. There’s something about Lydia’s delivery which lets you know that, Dovahkiin or not, she doesn’t hold you in too high regard, and that’s no surprise. 

Lydia has watched you get sent to jail for accidentally picking up bread in front of a guard. Lydia has sighed as you walked backwards off a cliff for the hundredth time. Lydia knows precisely how many volumes of The Lusty Argonian Maid you’re forcing her to carry. Lydia is not impressed by Fus Roh Dah. 

Despite all of that, it’s clear that deep down, Lydia’s got a great deal of love for you in Skyrim. Housecarl duties be damned, there’s no way we’re following someone up a mountain to face an ancient Dragon unless we care a great deal for them. You can be sure that this Valentine’s Day, Lydia will always have your back.

Pavarti - The Outer Worlds

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Credit to Reddit user BluudLust for their image of Parvati.

If getting jiggy with it isn’t much of a concern for you, but you’d still like someone to share your time with this Friday, then boot up The Outer Worlds as Parvati is one of the most compelling RPG companions to arrive in recent years. In her own words, this shy engineer isn’t interested in “physical stuff,” and you can't even embark on romance paths in The Outer Worlds, but that certainly shouldn’t stop her earnest outlook on life from winning you over to secure a permanent place on your companion roster.

Play the journey right, and Parvati might well embark on her own romantic relationship during The Outer Worlds’ story, but you’ll still likely treasure every second you get to spend with this brilliantly written character. Put a smile on your face and team up with Parvati on February 14.

Azami Koshiba - Hatoful Boyfriend: A School of Hope and White Wings

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We could hardly create a list of video game valentines without throwing a visual novel into the mix. While titles like Dream Daddy are entirely acceptable and (slightly) more serious options, Hatoful Boyfriend is guaranteed to bring the cheer. Mediatonic’s aviary of love has so many great romance paths to discover, but our favorite has to be scooter-riding Java sparrow Azami Koshiba. 

If the fact that Koshiba sells delicious takoyaki wasn’t enough, she’s also a badass fighter capable of taking down anyone who crosses her path. And hey, who doesn’t want to form a law-abiding biker gang with their love? Still, if Azami Koshiba isn’t to your tastes, there are plenty of other stories in Hatoful Boyfriend to giggle at this Valentine’s Day.

Triss or Yennefer - The Witcher 3

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Has Netflix’s The Witcher series left you tempted to return to Geralt’s journey recently? Then take a trip back to Velen this Valentine’s Day to reignite your love with one of The Witcher 3’s standout sorceresses. For those on team Triss, we recommend replaying the A Matter of Life and Death side quest to enjoy a secluded spot of romance in the maze. Stalwart Yennefer shippers can relive the infamous unicorn sequence in Skellige’s The King is Dead - Long Live the King quest, or a more, er, family-friendly romance in The Last Wish quest.

There are plenty of other sorceresses and even less-magical folk for your Geralt to romance during CD Projekt Red’s impeccable RPG, but if you’re lacking save files at the right points, you can always just watch the opening bathtub sequence time and time again. We won’t judge you.

Those are our suggestions for in-game romances who’ll be your video game valentine this week, but if you’ve got your own virtual lovebird, be sure to share them with us in the comments down below so we can have a heartwarming Valentine’s Day together.

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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