If you didn't find the permadeath of beloved soldiers in sci-fi roguelike X-COM 2 heartwrenching enough already, then you need to check out Tom's Ironman logbook-turned-postmission character drama over at The Long and Short blog. The randomly generated and player-tuned sprites are rendered affectionately human -- while anyone who's played just KNOWS the favourites will die. Horribly.
Life in the Avengers' Barracks is 2 chapters in and I'm already shipping characters (Krause & Adams -- rookie lovers!!). Updates Sundays.