Over the years, the platform of videogames has been used to explore more and more of what life has to offer through, what some consider, the ultimate interactive medium. It’s been a bit of a bumpy ride, but videogames are still a very new creative outlet, compared to something like movies, or the even older disciplines of painting and writing.
Like with most creative things, passion plays a very important part. What do most people think of when they think of passion? Love and sex of course. A number of videogames have tried their hand at handling these rather large topics. Some have done very well, some…..well, not so much. The following list shows a number of games that all had their own go at tackling these most intimate parts of human nature. Have a gander, and see which one you think handled it best.
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Beyond: Two Souls
What is it with “interactive movies” and their obsession with wanting to put the sausage in the bun? Does David Cage think that sex is the best way to sell his vision? Well, if he does, he’s probably right.
In this iteration, starring Hollywood mega stars Willem Dafoe and Ellen Page, you can once again attempt to pork a character once certain conditions have been met. If you play your cards right during the events of “Like Other Girls”, Ellen Page’s character Jodie will be able to fully romance the character Ryan Clayton.
During the later scene “The Dinner”, if you’re looking to bang Ryan, you have two options available to you. You can go full on seductress by wearing a nice dress, cooking a meal and putting on some good tunes. This will net you the “Perfect Lover” achievement.
Or, if you’re not into all that effort, you can simply wear some casual clothes, order some pizza and chill out until Ryan decides to turn up. Doing things this ways will get you the “Casual Girl” achievement.
Either way, once Ryan turns up, prepare yourself for a rather boring section involving backstories, interests, and the usual shit small talk polite people who want to slam each other silly typically go through. Come the end of the date and Jodie kissing Ryan, if you done the correct things in “Like Other Girls”, Jodie and Ryan will now take that kiss all the way to the bedroom.
Oh ho ho. Things about to get steamy, right? Sorry to say, my friend, but you’re in for some disappointment. Once the action moves to the bedroom, the screens fades out to black, and starts up again the next day. Looks like you’re just going to have to use good old fashioned imagination. Or Pornhub. Your choice.
Dragon Age Series
One of Electronic Art’s other big developments, the Dragon Age games are sprawling epics (yes, even the 2nd one) that, like Mass Effect, allow you to form romantic relationships with your companions. What Dragon Age takes further though, is the ability to romance same-sex characters. Across the three main entries in the series, there are a total of 17 characters you can form relationships with. Out of these 17, 9 are on the condition you are of a certain sex or race.
That means almost half of the characters available to be romanced are up for fun gender regardless. Not only that, but a number of characters, like Iron Bull from Dragon Age: Inquisition, don’t even care if you’re a completely different gender AND race from them. Talk about being open minded.
If you’re looking to romance a companion you’ve grown particularly attached to, similar rules apply as to those found in Mass Effect. That means following that companions quest line, talking with them and making the right choices (be they good or evil). In Dragon Age, you can also give your crush gifts, in order to further their appreciation for you.
Once their levels of attraction for you have reached a certain point, you can initiate a dialogue with your chosen companion and proceed to take your relationship to the next level. You see a varying amount of the act itself depending on what character you’ve romanced and in what game. Some are more serious and sultry; some are quite whimsical and fun. Some contain nudity; some don’t.
It’s good that Electronic Arts have provided this much variety regarding romance in the game,but there’s still plenty of work to be done yet. If forming a relationship with someone was as easy as doing a few nice things for them, being nice towards them and showing them that you care, wouldn’t people already be doing that in real life? Yeah. Not exactly realistic.