3) Stardew Valley
Chucklefish really knew it had a winner on its hands when it published ConcernedApe’s farm adventure game, Stardew Valley. While Stardew Valley does not push the romantic aspect involved in the game in your face, it is a brilliant little feature that allows you to create yourself (or your original character, to each their own) in your mind’s image.
And sure, you spend most of your time farming and smacking rocks to get some of them sweet minerals, but that doesn’t stop you from falling in love with one of the residents that live in the valley. There is a huge selection to choose from regardless whether you play as a lesbian or bisexual (in fact you get ALL the love interests, you lucky bisexual lady you) and all of them are touching in their own way. As you can see above, Abigail was a personal favourite of mine.
What’s more, Stardew Valley treats the relationships with the same amount of respect as it would a heterosexual one. But even if you don’t fall in love with these lovely bachelors/bachelorettes, the game itself is sure to win you over. Do check it out!
4) Life is Strange / Life is Strange: Before The Storm
Ever since Life is Strange came out in 2015 the diverse fanbase of women has been phenomenal. I don’t think I know a fanbase (excluding Bioware’s) that is as passionate and fervent about these characters than the Life is Strange one. And after playing both of these games (as well as the fanmade visual novel, Love is Strange) it’s easy to see why.
In the original Life is Strange you follow the life of Max Caulfield, a young woman who has finally made her way back home to Arcadia Bay where she discovers she has secret powers: time travel. While this is just one of the fascinating aspects of Life is Strange, the reason why this game is included on the list is Max’s relationship with her best friend, Chloe Price. There is an option to kiss Chloe in episode 2 where Max can also hint at her feelings for Chloe – this then continues to develop through diary entries and interactions between the two that are inherently romantic by nature. While the ending of the original left many feeling bitter, to me there’s just one thing left to say: Bae > Bay.
Now, as for Life is Strange: Before The Storm, you play as Chloe Price who is incredibly different from Max in many ways. What isn’t different however is that you too can confess your feelings to the person who sweeps you off your feet, a beautiful girl known as Rachel Amber. Rachel reciprocates these feelings and many other characters involved in the story make mentions of yours and Rachel’s relationships with one another.
It’s an incredible game. Just…remember to keep the tissues at hand.