What’s better than hanging with your best friend, talking about your day, chowing down on some food, and killing demons? Er, I mean, playing video games? Seeing awesome friendships between women in those games, of course. It’s something we don’t really see enough of, or much at all for that matter, but the few shining examples are certainly to be lauded. In the spirit of Galentine’s Day, which finds us celebrating our best friends who also happen to be women, here are some inspiring video game besties who are gal pal goals. What? Like you’ve never wanted to spend time with Bayonetta or Chie before?
Chloe and Max (Life is Strange)
Despite Max Caulfield leaving her hometown and childhood best friend Chloe Price behind, nothing could ever tear these two friends apart. Not even a new friend for Chloe in the form of Rachel Amber. While it could be argued (and canon, depending on your choices) that there’s a whole lot more going on here than friendship, watching Chloe and Max hang out and interact is such a relatable part of Life is Strange that it takes you back to your high school days, when you thought you’d have all the time in the world to figure your life out. We may still not know everything, but one thing’s for sure: Pricefield is forever.
Ellie and Riley (The Last of Us)
Life in the quarantine zone is no joke. That’s why The Last of Us’s Ellie finding a true friend (and more) in Riley Abel was such a beautiful thing for both of the girls. Though their first meeting was pretty hostile, they later began relying on each other for survival, with Riley helping Ellie to acclimate to life outside of the quarantine zone in the story. There through thick and thin for each other, despite every attack and every dangerous turn their lives took, Ellie and Riley formed a bond that could never be broken, and it’s clear from their interactions how much they mean to each other. They may have started out as friends, but…well, we wouldn’t want to ruin things for you.
Bayonetta and Jeanne (Bayonetta)
Bayonetta and fellow Umbra Witch Jeanne have been friends since childhood, and while the two parted ways thanks to some frustrating mind control Jeanne succumbed to, they eventually came back to spend time together once more. We even get to see the pair Christmas shopping in Bayonetta 2, which shows us just how normal this pair of amazing witches are despite all their fantastic powers. And it’s clear just how much Bayonetta cares about her friend, as she’d go all the way to the depths of what’s essentially hell (the realm of Inferno) to bring her back. Now that’s friendship.
Chie Satonaka and Yukiko Amagi (Persona 4)
Persona 4's Yukiko Amagi and Chie Satonaka are, like most best friends, two very different people. Yukiko is quiet and introverted, and Chie is boisterous and loud. Maybe that’s why they make such a great pair. When something devastating happens to Yukiko, Chie’s all in when it comes to protecting her and keeping her safe, even though she has a bit of an inferiority complex when comparing herself to her best friend. Through their unique strengths and weaknesses they complement each other perfectly, and they care about each other very much.
Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross (Uncharted: The Lost Legacy)
The unlikely duo of habitual loner Chloe Frazer and the tough Nadine Ross made a strong foundation for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Two lone wolves forced to pull together and rely on each other, Chloe and Nadine warm to each other when chasing after a mutual enemy. While they’re relegated to an icy reception between them at first, they eventually warm up, share their innermost secrets with each other, and become fast friends. Women supporting women is even more important when someone’s out to kill you.