It’s that time of the year where we find ourselves bombarded with terrible Hugh Grant romantic comedies, overpriced chocolate shapes, and vomit-inducing teddy bears holding twee little love hearts. But just because it’s the ideal day to showcase your soppy side, that doesn’t mean that your games can’t join in on the festivities, too. With real relationships being a little more grounded than an overpriced gift card, though, we’ve compiled a list of PlayStation 3 titles that tackle love in a manner that isn’t all rainbows and roses. The big question is: which of these would you pick to be your Valentine?
A title more about temptation than ‘til death do us part, choosing to be loyal to your fiancée Katherine or fall for new gal Catherine will leave you with the most brain busting nightmares imaginable. And even if you don’t find yourself dead in the morning, you may wish that you were, as life continues to throw curve balls in your direction that you’re just not ready to catch. At least there’s always a nice warm pepperoni pizza awaiting you at the end of a hard day.
Even in the deepest depths of despair, true romance can bloom. Dowdy dad Ethan Mars may have lost his son to the Origami Killer, but a chance encounter with reporter Madison Paige brings some welcome respite. While a few rounds in a motel bedroom help to cope with the emotional anguish, though, you’ll need to push on for the happy ending on the horizon. After all, one wrong move can shatter this blissful daydream and turn it into a living nightmare.
Like a sleazy supermarket sale, this romantic bundle gives you two for the price of one. While ICO will find you fighting demons to save the life of a snowy spirit, Shadow of the Colossus will see you dismantling beasts the size of skyscrapers to bring a loved one’s life back. We’d argue that it’s better to have loved and lost than never loved at all, but regardless of which adventure you pick here, you can be sure that you’ll be watching the credits with tears in your eyes.
Love doesn’t always batter you over the head with a Hello Kitty plushy, as it can sometimes be as vague as our heroes in PlayStation Network download Rain. This soggy excursion may start out with a simplistic knight in shining armour premise, but it quickly recounts the touching tale of two lost souls stuck under a dark cloud. You must work with your new-found friend to find cover from the downpour, and unlock the sunshine in your burgeoning relationship as a consequence.
Love is a battlefield for poor Welkin and Alicia in Valkyria Chronicles. With their ransacked hometown caught in the middle of a political war, a military squad unites them. There may be very little time to smooch amid the heat of incessant gunfire, but this underrated tactical role-playing game brings new meaning to “through sickness and in health”. If you want to see their journey through to the very end, Valkyria Chronicles 2 has your soppy desires covered.
Are you feeling romantic after reading through our list of loved up releases? Which of these five PS3 classics would you pick to be your Valentine? Blush with us in the comments section below.
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