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Many of the greatest stories ever told in literature, film, and poetry have had love as the primary force pushing the narrative (and the protagonist) forward. As most gamers have already noticed, the video game genre is no exception.

From the early days of the NES all the way through the newest console generation, many of our favorite games are nothing more than an interactive love story once all the boss fights and puzzle-solving missions are stripped away. Much like in other mediums, the love stories in video games don’t always have a happy ending, but that doesn’t make them any less enthralling.

For better or worse, we’re all suckers for a good love story. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are our top five love-driven video game stories…

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