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.
And if you're lucky enough to find your Player 2, or just want to treat Player 1, all this month you can get great deals on HyperX gear in the HyperX Valentine's sale.In-game romances who’ll be your video game valentine
A whole host of thirsty vampires - First Bite
Released on Valentine's Day 2022, First Bite is a dating sim that wants to get its teeth into you. Literally. A dark comedy LGBTQ+ visual novel, First Bite features three centuries-old vampires to woo. Provided you don't get yourself killed, first. Unlike most visual novels, First Bite includes plenty of ways to get yourself killed on your path to vampiric immortality. The game's first expansion, Bad Blood, is set to release on Valentine's Day 2023, adding even more creatures of the night to become a thrall for.
The entire Normandy crew - The Mass Effect trilogy
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
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.
A hot mess of a monster - Monster Prom 3: Monster Roadtrip
Despite being killed by them all the time, gamers just can't seem to get enough of monsters. That likely explains the huge success of the relentlessly cheerful Monster Prom series. In this third entry, it's time for you and your friends to hit the road, along with a cohort of attractive werewolves, gorgons, and demons, naturally.
Best played with friends or a partner on the same couch, Monster Roadtrip describes itself as a co-op narrative survival adventure, but you'll be laughing at the writing far more than that description might imply.
Claude, Edelgard or Dimitri - Fire Emblem: Three Houses
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. Sure, you could dive into the newer title Engage's character roster, but they don't quite measure up to the crew on offer here.
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.
Dead By Daylight's Killers - Hooked on You
You might have noticed a theme in the dating sims of this list. Gamers just can't stop pining for things that will probably kill them. A joke spinoff to Dead by Daylight, Hooked On You is a dating sim set on Murderer's Island, presumably the place all the game's killers hang out in their downtime. Trapper, Spirit, Huntress, and Wraith await, but can you charm them enough for som loving or are you going to be hooked in the more traditional sense? Maybe you'll even manage both.
Triss or Yennefer - The Witcher 3
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.
Your Confidants - Persona 5 Royal
There's plenty of choice for your wooing ways in Persona 5 Royal, plus an incredible JRPG to boot. Though we're saddened by the inability to become Extra Best Friends with any of the lads, every other Confidant you forge a friendship with can become your girlfriend – which is itself not without raised eyebrows. Looking at you Kawakami, just stick to cleaning our room. And lay off the booze, Ohya, we're still in high school over here.
Will you choose the personality that resonates with you the most? Or simply the one that offers you the best perks for your dungeon crawling days? That's dating, baby! Time it right and you can even harvest all that honmei- (true feeling) and giri-choco (obligation chocolates) from your faves and lesser faves on Valentine's Day in the Persona 5 Royal endgame. Those are the real perks.
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 so we can have a heartwarming Valentine’s Day together.