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Designed with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Features

Video games are a medium that can be enjoyed by a diverse audience, but sometimes, Deaf or hard of hearing players can struggle to enjoy a game due to information not being conveyed to them properly. Audio cues without visual indicators or captions, spoken narrative or direction without subtitles, for example.

However, games that include well-illustrated subtitles or captions can enable these players to understand what's being spoken through dialogue, and what's going on in the surrounding area.

Providing subtitles and captions is a good first step. But also important is that subtitles are readable and stand out from the game. Some games do this by adding a background, or a heavy drop shadow behind the text while others use colours to separate different meanings. Metro Exodus, for example, will inform the player where an enemy is located in the world through captions.

Where audio is used to locate events in the game world, a visual representation of this information is helpful. Games such as Fortnite have an audio visualiser ring that identifies where key audio (and the related event) is coming from. Assassin's Creed Odyssey uses a similar feature to indicate nearby dangers.

Games that enable Deaf and hard of hearing players with subtitles, captions and visual indicators are hugely welcomed by the community, with wider accessibility benefits for other players who can opt to benefit from these interface enhancements as well.

This list includes 21 games from the last 16 years, with 265 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play games with Deaf/HoH features.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 18+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 265
 

 

Fortnite

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 25/07/2017, updated in 2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: @EpicGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 100 players online

Fortnite (sometimes misspelled Fortnight) rose to popularity via its Battle Royale mode where 100 players fight against each other in online battles to the death. While they play, using shooting, evasion and building skills to survive, a storm is...

Lego (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 01/02/2005, updated in 2020

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Android, GameCube, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Developer: @TTGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

The combination of Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a...

Minecraft Dungeons

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 26/05/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Adventure

Accessibility: 35 features

Developer: @DungeonsGame

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Minecraft Dungeons is an action-adventure game that takes place in the Minecraft universe. You explore various dungeons to complete missions and collect new gear by exploring and finding treasure chests, or by defeating enemies....

The Last Of Us Part II

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 19/06/2020

Price: 36% off

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 45 features

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

Players: This is a single player game

The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after The Last of Us. You control two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States. Ellie is out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby is a...

Scribble It

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 20/10/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @DetachOfficial

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 16 players online

Scribble It is a digital take on the classic board game Pictionary. You take turns drawing a word as the other players try to be the first one to guess it. The benefit is that you don't have to be in the same place to play. Also, there's the added...

Moving Out

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 29/04/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @SmgStudio

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Moving Out is an action-puzzle game where you play a removal company. With up to four players you work together to get items out of the house and into the van. Although this starts simply you soon find furniture that is an awkward shape or needs two...

Overcooked (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 07/08/2018, updated in 2018

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @Team17Ltd

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and Overcooked! All You Can Eat are collaborative cooking games for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated...

Forza Horizon 4 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Price: 55% off

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Racing

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: @WeArePlayground

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 72 players online

Forza Horizon 4 is a thrilling racing game where you race all manner of vehicles across a wide range of landscapes. This fourth iteration is set in the United Kingdom, with Edinburgh’s narrow streets, the Lake District’s hills and rainfall and the...

Disc Room

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: @DevolverDigital

Players: This is a single player game

Disc Room is an action survival game set in a sprawling intergalactic slaughterhouse. You are a scientist from the future exploring the facility and must get through each room that is filled with sharp discs by running and dodging. You have special...

Need for Speed (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Racing

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: @GhostGamesEA

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 16 players online

Need for Speed: Heat is an open-world racing game. Races during the day are legally sanctioned street competitions where you try to win cash prizes. Races at night are illegal races where you aim to build a reputation. When racing at night, you need to...

Frequency Missing

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 07/11/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @UNIofSkovde

Players: This is a single player game

This is a point and click adventure. You play young radio reporter Patricia who has just started her first job at a radio station. However, strange things are happening. Richard, her friend who got her the job has vanished and someone is tampering with...

Life Is Strange (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 19/01/2016

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @DONTNOD_Ent

Players: This is a single player game

This is a click/tap-to-move adventure where you play a student at high school in a sleepy American town. Despite the idyllic setting, you have a foreboding premonition of a disastrous storm. Along with this prophetic vision, you discover the ability to...

Radical Relocation

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 31/08/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Racing and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @_Winglett

Players: This is a single player game

Radical Relocation is an action-puzzle game about moving house. You load objects onto a vehicle and drive from point A to point B without losing or breaking any. Carefully stack and balance your belongings on top of different vehicles before driving...

Wildfire

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 26/05/2020

Price: 25% off

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @WildfireGame

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Wildfire is a running, jumping and hiding game where you hide from (and distract) enemies to get through levels and complete missions. You have specific powers to start fires, freeze water, and move earth that offer different ways to solve the puzzle of...

Lost and Hound

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 35 features

Developer: @DaisyAleSounds

Players: This is a single player game

Lost and Hound is an adventure puzzle game where you play as a scent tracking rescue dogs, Corgi and Biscuit. You use your sense of smell to find things and solve mysteries. Your heightened hearing and senses enable you find your goals, eventually...

Knack 2 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 12/09/2017

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Knack is a platform action series where you control a shape-shifting robot called Knack. Through beautiful arcade-style battles and worlds, you collect Relics that enable you to grow bigger and gain more powers.

Cadence of Hyrule

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 13/06/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Rhythm and Turn-Based

Developer: @‪BYG_Vancouver‬

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Cadence of Hyrule is a Zelda infused version of a popular rhythm action indie game called Crypt of the NecroDancer. Like the original you go on an adventure viewed from above and progressed by moving, attacking and dodging in time with the music.

Gears 5 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 07/11/2006, updated in 2019

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: @CoalitionGears

Players: You can play with 3 players in the same room and up to 10 players online

Gears of War is a series of shooting game about a conflict between humanity, the subterranean reptilian hominids known as the Locust Horde, and their mutated counterparts, the Lambent. It's a big brash game franchise with six games, a comic book series...

Space Wave Race

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 07/07/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Racing

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: @RisingPixel

Players: This is a single player game

Space Wave Race is a racing game. You compete in an intergalactic racing championship where you will challenge the best pilots in the galaxy. It's designed to be able to be played with just the audio feedback, and offers a challenge for both sighted and...

Void Bastards

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 29/05/2019

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @BlueManchuGames

Players: This is a single player game

Void *!@?* is a tongue-in-cheek shooting game, where you control misfit prisoners out of the Sargasso Nebula. You decide which shops to investigate, what to do and who to fight. When you die, you start again with some of the loot you've collected...

Infernium

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 05/04/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: @CarlosGameDev

Players: This is a single player game

Infernium is an adventure horror game where you need to carefully consider your strategy to progress through the non-linear interlocking chapters. Exploring the world, avoiding getting caught by the ethereal enemies and solving puzzles uncovers a story...


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