So you’ve finished your newest video game, and don’t have anything to play. We feel you — that’s why we’ve compiled this list of ten video games you may have missed out on the first time. Why not give these classics a spin while you wait for Fallout 4?
Oh, sure, there’s puzzles and platforms, but there’s also a breakup and and time travel. You back back up and recover from mistakes, but then things get more complicated: various objects travel in time differently, and in the end it turns out that relationships aren’t exactly what they seem.
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a surly 13-year-old at a prep school? Wonder no more! In Bully, you can have the fun thrills of going to classes, doing part time jobs, and, oh yeah, becoming the de facto head of the student body through a campaign of merciless violence!
3. Persona 4
It’s the same old story: boy comes to town, boy meets girl, together they fight monsters. When you’re not doing battle, you’re in a social life simulator, and you go on cute little dates like the beach and a slumber party. Aww.
4. Hatoful Boyfriend
Human dating is boring! We want pigeon dating. This delightful game has you matching pigeons for romanic dates after a bird flu kills most of the humans. You play one of the only surviving humans, and it’s up to you to seduce the pigeon of your dreams. It is possible that this game intended to be one big joke, and we are more than willing to go along with it.
5. Final Fantasy VII
If you didn’t get completely attached to sweet little Aeris, there must be something wrong with you. Her relationship with Cloud is complicated, like everything with Final Fantasy, but they can be romantic interests on a date to a ferris wheel, or they could be very good friends. But we like to think there was love blossoming before tragedy struck. And this classic title is being remade for the PS4!
6. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
There’s nothing like a great big rollicking adventure to get the heart pounding, is there? In Uncharted, hero Nate and sidekick Elena engage in Indiana Jones-style swashbuckling and they always manage to come out on top with a wink and a flirt. What’s better, these are two characters whose affection for each other makes each of them a better person. And now… we have something in our eye.
7. Mass Effect
There’s more coupling and drama in this series than in most decades-long soap operas. You have near-total control of your character’s love life here, including their sexual orientation. And your relationships with the other characters evolve and get more complex from one game to the next. Oh and also you have to save the galaxy or whatever.
8. Shadow of the Colossus
Sometimes you spend your whole life climbing up colossal monsters, doing battle with giants and winning trophies, all to revive a Princess. And then when it’s time for her to wake up, your temple collapses and there’s a confusing Japanese 2001-ish plot twist about rebirth. Love!
9. Monkey Island
Among the greatest adventure games ever made, Monkey Island features a hilarious romance between Guybrush Threepwood and a governor’s daughter named Elaine Marley. This is one of the only game series where a female love interest is actually capable of defending herself now and then.
10. Brütal Legend
For your inner metalhead, Brütal Legend follows a burnout roadie played by Jack Black as he’s transported into a world based primarily off of Dio album covers. You’ve got to save the alternate universe from Tim Curry, helped along by Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead. It’s pretty sweet.
Previously published September 15, 2015.
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