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Day 7: Who is your favorite game couple?
I think I’m going to open this up to non-romantic couples, as well, just for fun 🙂
Part 1. Best Romantic Couple
Solid Snake and Meryl Silverburgh from Metal Gear Solid Snake – Two equally tough and bad-ass characters, one who sees himself as a monster and one who sees past all that… It’s Beauty and the Beast all over again! I really liked that Meryl was never the damsel in distress and was integral to the story itself. Snake isn’t intimidated by that, and pushes himself to be a better man because of her example, not because he feels like he has to impress her. He even tells her his real name at the end of the game. Aww…
I also refuse to acknowledge Meryl’s marriage to Johnny in MGS4, because… (takes deep breath) I don’t think it’s very realistic. It’s Snake and Meryl, in my book!
-Ico and Yorda from ICO – It’s never explicitly stated they are a romantic couple, but the deep connection between the two is unmistakeable
-Cloud and Tifa from Final Fantasy VII – Although Aeris is pretty amazing as well, I just liked the interaction between the two of these guys a little better
-Wander and Mono from Shadow of the Colossus – Because of its beautifully tragic ending
Part 2. Best Non-Romantic Couple
The Metal Gear Solid series is on the list again, with Solid Snake and Otacon. They make a great team from the very beginning of their relationship, and we can see that relationship blossom in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. By the time Guns of the Patriots came out, the two were acting like an old married couple. There’s something sweet about seeing tough, lone-wolf Snake have such a close friend (bro-mance?).
-Alistair and unromanced (male or female) Warden in Dragon Age: Origins – I’m sorry! But unromanced, Alistair quickly becomes like a brother (or bromance) to the Warden, and the relationship seems very realistic and easy between them.
-Zelda and Midna from Twilight Princess – It’s obvious Zelda knew Midna from before all the madness descended upon Hyrule, as she recognizes and remembers Midna’s name the first time Link sees them together. And then, the Princess of Light gives up her life force in order to save Midna. Although they don’t get much screen-time together, their relationship is definitely deeper than what we see
Part 3. Best “Love Conquers All” Couple
Garrus and Shepard from the Mass Effect series. While I personally don’t understand how someone could be attracted to a guy that looks like a cross between a bug and a cat, I saw a Let’s Play with him as the main romance with Shepard, and despite other “consummation” scenes with other romance partners being somewhat raunchy at times (for a video game… blue alien butts and all that), the scene between Garrus and Shepard is surprisingly sweet. While it might not be possible to pursue a (traditional??) physical relationship, they decide to stay close and otherwise engage in an exclusive romantic relationship. There’s just something very sweet about that.
What about you? Who are your favorite video game couples? Let me know in the comments!
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