Many RPGs in the world have managed to keep their relevance and fanbase throughout the years. A lot of time in these RPGs there are romance options that the player can pick from.
Although all these games have romance options, they are implemented differently to suit how the games work. Below you’ll find a list of games that are still popular and easily accessible that feature romance options in them.
We excluded all old titles such as Fable and Jade Empire which are not played much at this time to just give you the more popular/easier to get titles.
10. God Of War Series
Available on: PlayStation and PC
Release year: 2005-2022
Genre: Action Adventure, RPG
God of War is a fantastic series that players have loved for years, ever since its first release in 2005. Although the series doesn’t have any overt romance options there are moments throughout the series where Kratos does have some romantic entanglements.
Many games span this series and it would be too much to detail each of their plots, however, the main story follows Kratos as he seeks revenge for the death of his family. Kratos was tricked by the Gods to kill his family, enraged he goes on a mission to kill the Gods. In the most recent games, God of War (2018) and God of War: Ragnorok follows him after this mission and follows him with his son.
Romance isn’t a key feature of this game, however, that doesn’t stop Kratos from hiring escorts or bedding Aphrodite after Hephestus just helped him out. It makes sense, however, after losing his family, he is most likely not interested in having a romantic relationship for a while. He obviously did, as indicated by the most recent games but it does show why there weren’t any clear options in the previous ones.
9. Stardew Valley
Available on: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Android, Xbox, PC
Release year: 2016
Genre: RPG, Indie, Action, Simulation, Cozy
Stardew Valley is an adorable indie game that was created by one person known as Concerned Ape and it swept the world by storm. It is insanely popular even though it has been out for many years and the community keeps on growing as new players fall in love with this game over and over.
In this game, you play as your own character who you can make to look however you’d like, and you inherit a farm that was given to you by your recently deceased grandfather. Once you arrive at the farm you have chosen to have a lot of options before you. One of these options is talking to the many villagers and becoming friends with each of them.
There are twelve of these villagers that you can romance no matter what gender you chose to be. This means you can date someone the same gender as you and get married to them. You become friends with villagers by talking to them and giving them gifts that they like and once you reach a certain number of hearts with those certain twelve characters you have the option to date them.
These twelve romance options are Alex, Eliott, Harvey, Sam, Sebastian, Shane, Abigail, Emily, Haley, Leah, Maru, and Penny. Of course without mods, dating all of the characters does lead to them being rather upset with you and is separated into different cutscenes for the boys and the girls.
This game is really fun to play and has captured the hearts of many players and is one of the best RPGs with romance options.
8. Persona 5
Available on: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation, Xbox
Release year: Persona 5: 2016, Persona 5 Royal: 2019, Persona 5 Royal to other platforms: 2022
Genre: JRPG, Adventure, Turn-Based Combat
Persona 5 is a popular JRPG that introduced many people to the Persona franchise. It first came out as a PlayStation exclusive by first coming to the PS4 in 2016. A couple of years later, the developer, Atlus, released Persona 5 again but with extra content called Persona 5 Royal. Persona 5 Royal has recently been released on other platforms.
In Persona 5 you play as Joker, a delinquent high school student who goes into the metaverse with his friends to steal the hearts of twisted individuals and make them confess their crimes. It’s very story driven as you encounter new characters that help you along the story to make the world a better place.
The romance options you have in this game are exclusive girls and due to the nature of the confidant system, they provide benefits to the dungeon crawling by leveling them up. The characters you can romance are Ann Takamaki, Makoto Niijima, Futaba Sakura, Haru Okumura, Tae Takemi, Sadayo Kawakami, Hifumi Togo, Chihaya Mifune, Ichiko Ohya, and Kasumi Yoshizawa.
There are special events that happen when you romance characters in this game, such as Valentine’s Day and White Day as well as Christmas, however, there are consequences to dating all the characters at once.
If you’re looking for one of the best romance games to play this year, this is it.
7. Star Wars: The Old Republic
Available on: Microsoft Windows
Release year: 2011
Genre: Multi-player, Action, Adventure, RPG
Star Wars: The Old Republic is an MMORPG that is very popular amongst players of MMOs and Star Wars fans alike. It is a free-to-play MMORPG and as you embark on your own story across the galaxy.
You play as either a Jedi, Sith, Bounty Hunter, or one of the other iconic Star Wars roles. You embark on an adventure to help save the galaxy from a mysterious threat. This mysterious threat has left a path of destruction in its wake and it is up to you to help prevent the universe from being destroyed.
Many romance options are limited to opposite-sex partners and differ depending on the role you pick. There are too many to list and because it is currently an active MMORPG, the game is constantly having new updates with new questlines and story beats so there is certainly more to be added.
6. Rune Factory 5
Available on: Nintendo Switch and PC
Release year: 2021
Genre: RPG, Action, Adventure, Simulation
Rune Factory 5 is a popular video game that brought the franchise to one of the most popular consoles, the Nintendo Switch. This game is very fun to play and has captured the hearts of many players throughout the world.
The story is that you lost your memory and you find yourself in the town of Rigbarth. You help the town stay safe by making sure monsters don’t breach their walls. You farm fruits and vegetables after you clear a piece of land, and you can also go on excursions to fight monsters. This game is similar to Stardew Valley with the farming aspect. The story and gameplay are delightful.
The romance options are Martin, Cecil, Murakamo, Ryker, Reinhard, Lucas, Priscilla, Lucy, Fuuka, Beatrice, Scarlett, and Ludmila. There is so much you can do in this game that it is worth exploring and playing as much as possible.
5. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Available on: Nintendo Switch
Release year: 2019
Genre: Tactical RPG
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a tactical RPG that is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. It has over 100 hours of gameplay and depending on which house you pick, the story will change. Thousands of people love this game and it has a lot of options for romance.
This game has you play as a male or female character that you get to name but is often known as Byleth. Choosing which gender determines which characters you are able to romance, although it is not exclusive to opposite-gender relationships. Same-sex relationships are an option with certain characters.
You play Byleth a mercenary who is enlisted to become a teacher at the Monastery. You can pick between three houses to teach, the Golden Deers, the Blue Lions, and The Black Eagles. Depending on which one you choose, the story will change slightly which leads to interesting gameplay and dynamic relationships. You can take students from other houses except for the house leader and their closest friend. You go on a mission to discover a mysterious plot to take over the world.
The romance options cover almost every character in the game, but since it is limited to whether you picked male or female. The characters you can romance as a female are Ferdinand, Linhardt, Jeritza, Lorenz, Cyril, Hanneman, Hubert, Sothis, Raphael, Caspar, Dorothea, Sylvian, Edelgard, Dimitri, Claude, Balthus, Mercedes, Ashe, Dedue, Yuri, Seteth, Felix, Ignatz, and Rhea.
The characters you can romance as a male are Catherine, Constance, Rhea, Hilda, Yuri, Lysithea, Annette, Mercedes, Ingrid, Gilbert, Manuela, Jeritza, Flayn, Edelgard, Marianne, Lindhardt, Leonie, Sothis, Alois, Hapi, Dorothea, Bernadetta, Petra, and Shamir.
You can only marry one character though and that can only happen late-game if you invest in them.
4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Available on: Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release year: 2011
Genre: Open World, Fantasy, Action RPG, Nonlinear gameplay
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is still an insanely popular game that has been remastered for so many platforms and continues to have a lively and growing fanbase of players. This game allows you to be whatever you want and that is a big draw for its success.
You start by creating your own character from scratch and being able to change anything about its appearance. Once you start the game, a dragon attacks the town where you are about to be executed and you do your best to escape.
Once you escape, you head to a village and hear about a dragon coming to attack the town. You travel a far distance till you eventually kill the dragon and get powers that are very rare. After this, the world is open to you which means there is no limit to what you can do.
There are a lot of characters you can romance and even marry in this game that is both male and female. There are too many to list but you can discover them very easily throughout your gameplay. With all these options, this is one of the best games with romance options on this list.
3. The Witcher 3
Available on: Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release year: 2015
Genre: Action RPG, Open World
The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is a lot of people’s favorite RPG. It has remained relevant and fun for many years. Unlike other games on this list, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt only has two romance options even though it may seem like there is more, however, the two that you are able to romance affect the story.
You play as Geralt of Rivia as he travels to find clues to locate and protect his surrogate daughter Ciri from the Wild Hunt who wants to use her for her powers.
Throughout this game, you will upgrade and get better gear while fighting monsters and taking out contracts to help the people you come across for some coin, and even visit a brothel or two. There are multiple endings and so much to explore and do.
You can romance either Triss or Yennefer or even both during the game, although both lead to Geralt getting some not-nice treatment. You can sleep with multiple different NPCs but they do not affect the story much and the love interests really don’t care as long as you don’t sleep with the other one.
2. Mass Effect Series
Available on: Xbox, PC, PlayStation, Wii U, Android
Release year: 2007 – 2017
Genre: Action RPG
Mass Effect is a popular series that is made by the same people who made the Dragon Age games. These games have been loved by fans for many years and throughout the series of games. The romance options that are offered to the player character depend on the gender that you choose.
You play as your own character with the last name Shepherd. Though you can pick the type of past you had before the events of the story, it doesn’t really matter to the main overall story in the first game. The story of the games is that you go through space to solve issues that threaten the universe and disrupt the order put in place.
You can romance Ashely Williams as the male Shepherd, Kaiden Alenko as the female Shepherd, and Liara T’Soni as both the male and female Shepherd in the first game.
The male Shepherd can romance Miranda Lawson, Tali’Zorah vas Neema, and Jack, the female Shepherd can romance Jacob Taylor, Garrus Vakarian, and Thane Krios, and both the male and female Shepherd can romance Kelly Chambers, Samara, and Morinth in the second game.
There are a lot more that you can romance in the other games.
1. Cyberpunk 2077
Available on: PlayStation, PC, Xbox
Release year: 2020
Genre: Action RPG, open-world
Though Cyberpunk 2077 had a rough start when it was released into the world with numerous bugs and frame issues, causing it to be unplayable on a lot of devices, it has grown since then and has become a lot better, still with bug issues but no-one is perfect.
In this game, you create a custom character with custom starting stats as well by the name of V. You can pick what type of character you’d like to be as well, which changes the start of the story.
You are in Night City and need to deal with this mysterious cybernetic implant that threatens to take over your body with the memories and body of a deceased celebrity. Depending on the gender of your character depends on what their romance options are.
If you have a female body type and voice you can romance, Judy Alvarez, and River Ward. If you have a male body type and voice you can romance, Panam Palmer, and Kerry Eurodyne. The other romance options that don’t depend on your body type or voice are Meredith Stout, Alt Cunningham, and Rogue Amendiares.