By jimto 19 Comments
I love subtitles in games.
Before I play any game for the first time I check the options to see if I can turn them on. Too many times I've gotten to a cut scene and some story was being given and a freaking firetruck rolls by the house (I live 4 blocks from a fire station). Or my wife decides right then is the time to start putting pots and pans away. Or the dogs sees a squirrel and barks up a storm. Or whatever. And if the game doesn't have an option to go back and view video content, you've just missed something. Drives me insane.
I am also not a fan of games who have another character shout instructions at me and also decides to blow something up at the same time. "HEY! GET OVER TO THE <EXPLOSION>!" What? Where? And then I end up either hunkering down or randomly running around until the instructions are repeated or I get lucky and happen across where I'm supposed to be.
Subtitles fix this issue. If a noise happens you can read what was said and odds are you hear enough of the audio before and after the missed line to get the emotional context. I know a lot of people hate them, but subtitles are the way to go for me.
What do you folks think?