I'd prefer games to throw in a completely optional romance system whereby the main character (who you are supposed to be taking the role of) ends up with whichever girl you seem to be nicest to and pay most attention to.
FF8 annoyed the fuck out of me because I absolutely hated rinoa. "We have to go over there to rescue rinoa! AGAIN!" Fuck that shit, squall is supposed to be a callous prick who doesn't like other people. I want to give a "fuck that" answer, be FORCED to go rescue the worthless bitch and then tell her I only did it because Quistis made me.
It's like when playing Fable and you've chosen to be a badass evil bastard and someone gives you a quest to rescue their kitty from a tree and you go "alright, will do, there you go little girl, your kitten is safe and sound"