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I’m a sappy guy who loves games with romance and close relationships. After searching all around for lists of such games and finding them lacking, I decided to make a big one with content tags, genres, systems, etc. so that we can all find what we want.


The Great Big Romance Games List

In the following games, romance is either a subplot, feature, or major gameplay/story inclusion. They are ranked by flawed personal opinion, descending in order of best to worst execution and depth of content. Mods that add such content are included in the placement decisions, but they're noted where applicable. Additionally, I have not played all listed games, so opinions in such cases are formed based on gathered information and others' reviews.

So that everyone can more easily decide whether or not a game is worth playing for themselves, I've included what's playable on which system and have assigned certain tags to the games as is appropriate per game. A (Mods) designation after a tag means that it's only applicable if added via a mod.

Content tags: (use for easy find-in-page searching)

  • Adult – Content suitable only for ESRB 17 and up is in the game.
  • Bystander – The character you play as is not the one romanced.
  • Choice – You have a selection of more than one person who you can romance.
  • Companion – For most of the time, the character travels with you on your journey.
  • Family – You have, can have, or can adopt children.
  • Linear – A singular non-branching story is told.
  • Mods – Mods containing romance material are available.
  • Multi-game – Relationships span across more than one game.
  • No-Story – Given the nature of the gameplay, you create the romance story.
  • Reactive – The romanced reacts to your choices or the events happening around them.
  • Romance-centric – The main point of the game story is the relationship/romance.
  • Sadness – There are aspects of this relationship story or choices that can be made regarding the romantic content that may induce tears.
  • Shallow – The primary method of relationship progression is via player-given compensation and without meaningful exchange of information (i.e. giving gifts, running errands, soulless interaction, etc.)
  • Talks – The character/s- initiate conversations with you and you can respond in more than one way.

Systems covered: (PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Playstation Now, Switch, XB360, XB1, XBSX)

Genres covered: (Action, Action-Adventure, Action-RPG, Adventure, Horror, JRPG, MMORPG, Platformer, Puzzle, RPG, Shooter, Side-scroller, Simulation, Strategy, Turn-based)

Viewpoints: (1st-Person, 3rd-Person, Isometric, Top-down)

Android and iOS availability will be listed if ported in addition to any of the previous systems: E.g. if a game is made for PS4 and Android, the Android tag will be there in addition to PS4. If it's made only for Android, the game won't be listed.

Due to the nature of the list, minor spoilers may be visible via the tags.


Main List

  • Witcher 3 – One of the best fantasy RPGs of all time.
    • (RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult!, Choice, Multi-Game, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, XB1, XBSX)
  • To the Moon – A bittersweet tearjerker that often finds itself at the top of many game lists.
    • (RPG, Isometric) Bystander, Linear, Romance-centric, Sadness
    • (PC, Switch, Android, iOS)
  • Uncharted Series – A realistic slow-burn story of a relationship that grows through the games.
    • (Action-Adventure, 3rd-Person) Linear, Multi-game
    • (PS3, PS4)
  • The Sims Series – The best framework from which to create your own romance stories.
    • (Simulation, Top-down) Adult (mods), Choice, Family, Mods, No-Story
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB360, XB1, Android, iOS)
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – What puts this above most of the rest are the fantastic npc mods that include romances. Shining examples: Sofia, Recorder, Vilja, Caesia, Rigmor (controversial), Mirai, Serana mods.
    • (RPG, 1st-Person/3rd-Person) Adult, Companion, Choice, Family, Mods, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB360, XB1 *thus far.)
  • Mass Effect I/2/3 – Comprehensive romance options, in-depth conversations, characters grow through the games. Great stories here folks.
    • (RPG, 1st-Person) Adult, Companion, Choice, Multi-game, Reactive, Sadness, Talks
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, XB360, XB1, XBSX)
  • Life is Strange – One of the most moving stories I've ever had the pleasure to play.
    • (RPG, 3rd-Person) Choice, Reactive, Sadness, Talks
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB360, XB1, Android, iOS)
  • Baldur's Gate I* + II – Served up via time-based & choice based "talks" with companions initiating dialogue over the course of the adventure, sometimes with cross-party banter. Mods offer a wealth of more content and options for romances, including new npcs and party banter, as well as the ability to start conversations with your companions yourself.
    • (RPG, Isometric) Adult (mods), Companion, Choice, Family, Mods, Multi-game, Reactive, Sadness, Talks
    • (PC, PS4, Switch, XB1, Android, iOS)
    • Note: The first Baldur's Gate does not include romance without mods.
  • Fallout 4 – Varied potential partners, reactive responses to happenings around you, opinions on choices you make, and companion specific questlines. Quite immersive, and you feel like you have a partner in the disturbing journeys through the wasteland.
    • (RPG, 1st-Person/3rd-Person)(Adult, Companion, Choice, Family, Mods, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, PS4, XB1)
  • Haven – A great sci-fi tale of a relationship in-progress. Sharing doubts, fears, and love in a universe that's out to get them.
    • (RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Companion, Linear, Reactive, Romance-centric, Sadness, Talks
    • (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, XB1, XBSX)
  • Final Fantasy VIII – A relationship that transcends time. Sci-fantasy elements, with a coming of age story that still marks people's hearts to this day.
    • (JRPG, Turn-based, Top-down) Linear, Sadness
    • (PC, PS4, Switch, XB1)
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West – Another slow-burn relationship where the characters grow and change through the game.
    • (Action-Adventure, 3rd-Person) Companion, Linear
    • (PC, PS3, XB360)
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 – Boy this one's a doozy, and was the first Final Fantasy to get a sequel for a reason.
    • (JRPG, Turn-based, 3rd-Person) Companion, Multi-game, Sadness
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB1)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 – Recommended to play on PC. Some of the most realistic characters I've ever encountered in a game. The relationships are completely natural, and in a world full of death and destruction they're a light in the darkness. Pam ftw.
    • (RPG, Shooter, 1st-Person) Adult!, Choice, Reactive, Sadness, Talks
    • (PC, PS4, PS5, XB1, XBSX)
  • Persona 5
    • (JRPG, Turn-based, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Companion, Reactive, Sadness, Talks
    • (PS3, PS4)
  • Persona 4
    • (JRPG, Turn-based, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Companion, Reactive, Sadness, Talks
    • (PC)
  • Nier:Automata – A fantastic game with amazing gameplay, characters, and a story for the ages.
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Sadness
    • (PC, PS4, XB1)
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Series I-III
    • (JRPG, Turn-based, Top-down) Companion, Linear, Multi-game, Sadness)
    • (PC)
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel I-IV
    • (JRPG, Turn-based, 3rd-Person) Companion, Choice, Multi-game
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, Switch)
  • Jade Empire
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Companion, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, Android, iOS)
  • Finding Paradise – Play this after To the Moon. It's another emotional ride.
    • (RPG, Isometric) Bystander, Family, Linear, Romance-centric, Sadness
    • (PC, Switch*) Switch port coming this year.
  • Catherine – Some strange and twisted themes in this.
    • (Platformer, Puzzle, Top-down) Adult, Choice, Companion, Romance-centric, Sadness
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB360)
  • Spiderman – A relationship cooled starts to heat up again. Feels realistic, with fantastic characters, writing, and voice acting.
    • (Action-Adventure, 3rd-Person) Choice, Linear
    • (PS4, PS5)
  • Florence – Simple, thought-provoking, and beautiful.
    • (Puzzle) Linear, Romance-centric, Sadness
    • (PC, Switch, Android, iOS)
  • Grandia III
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Companion, Linear
    • (Playstation Now)
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
    • (JRPG, Strategy, 3rd-Person) Choice, Companion, Reactive, Talks
    • (Switch)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Companion, Reactive, Talks, Sadness
    • (Switch)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
    • (RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Linear, Sadness
    • (PC, XB1, PS4)
  • Monkey Island Series
    • (Adventure, Top-down) Adult, Companion, Choice, Family, Mods, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC)
  • Final Fantasy IX
    • (JRPG, 3rd-Person) Companion, Linear
    • (PC, PS4, Switch, XB1, Android, iOS)
  • Witcher 2
    • (RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Multi-game, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, XB360)
  • Tales of Xillia
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Companion, Linear, Sadness
    • (PS3)
  • Baldur's Gate III
    • (RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Companion, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC)
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    • (RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Companion, Reactive, Sadness, Talks
    • (PC, Android, iOS)
  • Kingdom Hearts Series
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Linear, Multi-game
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB1*, Android, iOS)
  • Divinity Original Sin II
    • (RPG, Turn-Based, Top-down) Adult, Choice, Companion, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, PS4, Switch, XB1)
  • **Prince of Persia (2008) – A unique relationship of unity and destiny vs the freedom of choice.
    • (Action-Adventure, 3rd-Person) Companion, Linear, Reactive, Sadness
  • Dragon Age Origins
    • (RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Companion, Reactive, Sadness, Talks
    • (PC, PS3, XB360)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
    • (RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Companion, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, XB360, XB1)
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
    • (RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Companion, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, PS4, XB1)
  • Dragon Age II
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Companion, Choice, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, PS3, XB360)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
    • (MMORPG, 3rd-Person) Choice, Companion, Reactive, Sadness, Talks
    • (PC)
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
    • (RPG, 3rd-Person) Choice, Companion, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, Android, iOS)
  • Tales from the Borderlands
    • (Adventure, Point-and-Click) Adult, Choice, Companion, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB360, XB1, Android, iOS)
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Trilogy – Time is a tricky thing.
    • (Action-Adventure, Platformer, 3rd-Person) Linear, Multi-game
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, XB1)
  • Emily Is Away Too
    • (Point-and-Click) Choice, Linear, Romance-centric, Sadness, Talks
    • (PC)
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Linear
    • (PC, PS4, XB1)
  • Metro: Last Light/Metro: Exodus
    • (Shooter, Horror, 1st-Person) Adult, Family, Linear, Multi-Game
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, XB360, XB1, XBSX)
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order / II: The New Colossus
    • (Shooter, 1st-Person) Adult, Family, Linear, Multi-Game
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, XB360, XB1) / (PC, PS4, Switch, XB1)
  • Assassins Creed: Valhalla
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice
    • (PC, PS4, PS5, XB1, XBSX)
  • Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
    • (JRPG, 3rd-Person) Companion, Reactive, Sadness
    • (PS3)
  • Assassins Creed: Odyssey
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice
    • (PC, PS4, XB1)
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
    • (RPG, Top-down) Adult, Choice, Companion
    • (PC, PS4, XB1)
  • Emily Is Away
    • (Point-and-Click) Linear, Romance-centric, Sadness, Talks
    • (PC)
  • The Pillars of the Earth
    • (Adventure, Point-and-Click) Adult, Family, Linear
    • (PC)
  • Witcher
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Multi-game
    • (PC)
  • Final Fantasy VII (And remake)
    • (JRPG, Turn-based, Top-down) Choice, Companion, Reactive, Sadness, Talks
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, XB1, Android, iOS)
  • Alpha Protocol
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Reactive, Sadness, Talks
    • (PC, PS3, XB360)
  • Dragon's Dogma
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB360, XB1)
  • Star Ocean: Last Hope
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Choice, Companion
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, XB360)
  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization – Having seen SAO is best when it comes to this game.
    • (JRPG, 3rd-Person) Choice, Companion, Linear
    • (PC, PS4, Switch)
  • Oxenfree
    • (Adventure, Side-scroller) Bystander, Companion
    • (PC, PS4, Switch, XB1, Android, iOS)
  • Rune Factory 4
    • (RPG, Top-down) Choice, Family, Shallow
    • (Switch)
  • Valkyria Chronicles
    • (Action-RPG, Strategy, Turn-based, 3rd-Person) Companion, Family
  • Neverwinter Nights II – A grand story, full of twists, turns, and good characters.
    • (RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Companion, Mods, Reactive
    • (PC)
  • Batman: The Telltale Series
    • (Adventure) Adult, Choice, Reactive
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, XB360, XB1, Android, iOS)
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed I/II – A touching romance, if brief.
    • (Action-Adventure, 3rd-Person) Linear
    • (PC, PS3, XB360, iOS)
  • Shadows of the Damned
    • (Action, 3rd-Person) Adult, Linear, Sadness
    • (PS3, XB360)
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
    • (Shooter, 3rd-Person) Adult, Linear, Sadness
    • (PC)
  • My Time at Portia
    • (RPG, 3rd-Person) Choice, Family.
    • (PC, PS4, Switch, XB1)
  • Assassins Creed: Unity A game-long rollercoaster of a relationship that carries through the game.
    • (Action-Adventure, 3rd-Person) Adult, Linear, Sadness
    • (PC, PS4, XB1)
  • Greedfall
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Companion, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, PS4, XB1)
  • Beyond: Two Souls – If the correct options are chosen, part of the story includes a romance.
    • (Action-Adventure, 3rd-Person, Ghost Person) Adult, Choice, Sadness
    • (PC, PS3, PS4)
  • Divinity Original Sin
    • (RPG, Top-down) Choice, Companion, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, PS4, XB1)
  • Fable 1/2/3
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Family
    • (PC, XB360)
  • Neverwinter Nights
    • (RPG, Top-Down) Adult, Choice, Companion, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, PS4, Switch, XB1, Android, iOS)
  • Fallout New Vegas (Modded Only) – Highlights include Willow and Vanessa.
    • (RPG, 1st-Person/3rd-Person) Adult, Choice (Mods), Companion, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC)
  • Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
    • (Action-Adventure, 3rd-Person) Adult, Linear
    • (PC, PS4, XB1)
  • Rimworld – Very simplistic, with no direct dialogue. Mods give the majority of any relationship/romance options available.
    • (Simulation, Top-down) Adult, Family, No Story, Reactive, Sadness, Shallow
    • (PC)
  • ELEX
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Companion, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC, PS4, XB1)
  • Quantum Break
    • (Action-Adventure, 3rd-Person) Adult, Linear (ha…), Sadness
    • (PC, XB1)
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
    • (RPG, 1st-Person) Adult, Choice
    • (PC, PS4, XB1)
  • Oblivion (Mods) – Per /u/macbone: For mods such as Vilja, The Stranded Light, and The romancing of Eyja.
    • (RPG, 1st-Person/3rd-Person) Adult, Companion, Family, Mods, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC)
  • Morrowind (Mods) – /u/macbone: For mods such as The White Wolf of the Lokken Mountain, Laura Craft, and Constance.
    • (RPG, 1st-Person/3rd-Person) Adult, Companion, Family, Mods, Reactive, Talks
    • (PC)
  • Maquette – A beautiful puzzle game that, per /u/leavethisearth, its story follows a crumbling relationship.
    • (Puzzle, 1st-Person) Linear, Romance-centric, Sadness
    • (PC, PS4, PS5)
  • Heavy Rain
    • (Adventure, 3rd-Person) Adult, Sadness, Shallow
    • (PC, PS3, PS4)
  • Venetica
    • (Action-RPG, 3rd-Person) Choice, Companion, Talks
  • Stardew Valley
    • (RPG, Simulation, Isometric) Choice, Family, Shallow
    • (PC, PS4, Switch, XB1, Android, iOS)
  • Havest Moon
    • (RPG, Simulation, Isometric) Choice, Family, Shallow
    • (PC, PS4, Switch, XB1, Android, iOS)
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
    • (Action-Adventure, 3rd-Person) Adult!, Choice, Linear, Shallow
    • (PC, PS3, XB360)
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    • (RPG, 3rd-Person) Adult!, Choice, Shallow
  • Sid Meier's Pirates!
    • (Simulation, Action-Adventure, 3rd-Person) Choice, Shallow
    • (PC)
  • Saints Row IV
    • (Action-Adventure, 3rd-Person) Adult, Choice, Shallow!
    • (PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB360, XB1)
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Due to post length issues, click here for the secondary list in this post's comments, where romance is not quite a feature or subplot, but the games imply/dance around it/deal heavily in relationships/etc.

Hatoful Boyfriend, Doki Doki Literature Club, Katawa Shoujo, and most other visual novels left purposefully unmentioned. (vndb.org already has what you need folks. NSFW warning for parts of that site.)

I am by no means an expert on this incomplete collated list (especially with having not played most of these) and it will thrive on new additions, so please comment with further game, tag, and order suggestions. Additionally, please feel free to question, correct, berate, and otherwise point out the flaws in my ranking paradigm.

It's my hope that y'all will be able to make good use of this, enjoy.

Source: reddit.com

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