From the Mass Effect series to Stardew Valley, each of these romantic video games offers a nuanced depiction of love and relationships.
Romance is an essential theme of all artistic expression, even video games. Portraying love and the process of falling in love has never been easy in an interactive medium, though. Even now, many games fall back on superficial tropes and nods towards love, rather than trying to show it in motion. From time to time, though, developers have found ways to offer layered, heartfelt stories of romance. If you want to play a game and see love bloom this Valentine’s Day, we have a few suggestions.