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This list aims to highlight games that have worked to reduce unintended barriers for players with hearing impairments.

As part of our Accessibility Report, this page lists games that have been flagged with some of the following accessibility:

Controls: How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs. Each game offers the following accessibility features and settings:

Controller Vibration:

Informative Vibration

Reading: How much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose. Each game offers the following accessibility features and settings:

Subtitles:

Large Clear Subtitles or All Speech Subtitled (Or No Speech In Game)

Captions:

Speaker Indicator, Speaker Indicator and their Tone or Speaker Indicator, their Tone and Environment Sounds

Navigation: How the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds. These are only for games that have traversal and exploration in 2D and 3D spaces. Each game offers the following accessibility features and settings:

Clarity:

Visual Directional Cues

Audio: How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see. Each game offers the following accessibility features and settings:

Adjustable Audio:

Balance Audio Levels

Audio Events:

Visual Cues for Audio Events or Visual Depiction of Directional Audio

Play Without Hearing:

Play Without Hearing

Communication: How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction. Each game offers the following accessibility features and settings:

Online Communication Assistance:

Speech-to-text

Watch Dogs Legion

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Watch Dogs Legion is an adventure game, the third instalment in the Watch Dogs series. It's set in a fictionalised future dystopian London. You play hackers in the group DedSec seeking to clear their name for bombings in the city.

Far Cry 6 (Series)

Release Date: 07/10/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Far Cry 6 is the sixth in the series of shooting games. Set on a fictional Caribbean island ruled as a dictatorship, you are guerrilla fighter Dani Rojas aiming to topple the regime. You explore the world and work to liberate the people you find - with...

Halo Infinite

Release Date: 15/11/2021

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Halo Infinite is the latest release in the longstanding Halo series of first-person shooting games. This latest entry continues the story, while adding new abilities, such as the grapple and weapons, differentiating it from the other...

God of War Ragnarök

Release Date: 09/11/2022

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

God of War Ragnarök, the sequel to 2018's God of War, is a hard-hitting fighting narrative game where you traverse the world to battle Norse creatures and gods to prevent Ragnarök, the prophesied end of the world. It...

Ghostwire Tokyo

Release Date: 25/03/2022, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Ghostwire Tokyo is set in Japan where the population has vanished, and supernatural creatures roam the streets. You explore this open world on a mission to find out what happened and to save your ill sister. To do this you develop an arsenal of...

Horizon Zero Dawn

Release Date: 01/03/2017

Out Now: PC and PS4

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Horizon Zero Dawn and the follow-up game Horizon Forbidden West, have a post-apocalyptic feel familiar from movies like Planet of the Apes. It plunges you into an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life where animalistic machines...

Immortals Fenyx Rising

Release Date: 03/12/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Immortals Fenyx Rising is a mythical adventure game where you play Fenyx, exploring the huge open world, solving puzzles and fighting evil fantasy creatures. Fenyx is a newly winged demigod, who was prophesied to be the one to save the Greek Gods' home...

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Release Date: 19/11/2016, updated in 2017

Out Now: PS3 and PS4

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is an action-adventure game set several years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. You play Nathan Drake, a happily married former treasure hunter coaxed out of retirement by his brother. This leads into another...

Forza Horizon 5

Release Date: 05/11/2021

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Forza Horizon 5 is a fast-paced racing game where you drive all manner of different vehicles in races and across the vast open landscape. Building on Forza Horizon 4, this fifth entry to the series is set in Mexico,...

Star Wars: Squadrons

Release Date: 02/10/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Star Wars: Squadrons is a shooting game where you master piloting spaceships. Squadrons offers a single-player, narrative-based game, in which you play as two pilots (one in the Galactic Empire and one in the New Republic) where you'll fight in battles...

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Release Date: 28/04/2023

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is a fighting-adventure game and a sequel to 2019's Jedi: Fallen Order. As in that game, you explore and fight enemies with your lightsaber and force powers, but here you also have a...

Paradise Marsh

Release Date: 03/02/2022, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Hand-Made, Open World and Weather

Paradise Marsh is an open-world collecting game where you explore a varied marsh to find insects to put their stars back in the night sky. You wander an endless wetland and collect creatures, skim stones and eat mushrooms as the weather and seasons...

Beasts of Maravilla Island

Release Date: 12/06/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Hand-Made and Open World

Beasts of Maravilla Island is an adventure game where you play an aspiring wildlife photographer. You play Marina who explores the hidden, magic jungles of Maravilla Island. Follow the sights and sounds of the place, you solve puzzles to discover...

Quake II

Release Date: 09/12/1997, updated in 2023

Out Now: Amiga, PC, PS1, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Pixels

Quake II is one of the first fast-paced shooting games, where you rush through dungeons collecting guns and killing enemies. Play involves finding your way through mission levels while dealing with enemies. Years after its release it is still being...

Korine

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Korine is a puzzle adventure game like Zelda, but with a focus on the state of mind of your hero. You explore, solve puzzles and fight your way through dungeons and ancient ruins built by aliens to activate a long-forgotten mechanism to save the world...

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Release Date: 12/11/2020, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an action-adventure game based on the Marvel Comics superhero Miles Morales. It is similar to the first Marvel's Spider-Man game in mechanics although Miles Morales extends this...

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Release Date: 11/12/2020

Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is an adventure game where you play as a young girl who starts a wildlife conservation club. Play involves exploring the island, using the bird song you hear to find and photograph all manner of real-world birds. It stands out...

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a kart racing game with a difference - You play on the Switch but use it to control a real-life Mario Kart that races around the floor of your living room. You see the race from the view of the car beamed back to the...

Marvel's Spider-Man

Release Date: 07/09/2018

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Marvel's Spider-Man is a series of superhero adventures where you swing through an open-world city fighting crime and advancing a film-like story. Play is a combination of exploration, taking on fights and collecting items. There are also many side...

Bugsnax

Release Date: 12/11/2020, updated in 2022

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon and Day and Night

Bugsnax is a whimsical adventure where you track, trick, catch and eat anthropomorphic food in all shapes and sizes. But as you do, you literally become what you eat. It's silly puzzling fun from the creators of [link to game/Octodad+Dadliest+Catch...

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Release Date: 05/04/2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks and Cartoon

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the latest in a series of Star Wars-themed games where you run, jump, break and build worlds made of Lego. You work your way through all nine of the Star Wars films unlocking new locations and characters as you go...

The Last Of Us Part II

Release Date: 19/06/2020

Out Now: PS4

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Day and Night

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...

Splatoon 3

Release Date: 21/07/2017, updated in 2022

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon

Splatoon on the Wii U, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This...

Smalland

Release Date: 29/03/2023, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather

Smalland: Survive the Wilds is a survival adventure where you are a tiny character in an overgrown wilderness. You work with other players to make your way in the living breathing world full of hazards and opportunities. It stands out for the openness...

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made

Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a running and jumping game. It's a spinoff of the LittleBigPlanet series and follows Sackboy and three friends as they explore, collect and battle their way through a fantasy world. It stands out for the simple exuberant...

Hogwarts Legacy

Release Date: 08/02/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world role-play game set in the world of Harry Potter. You control a wizard character who starts as a student at Hogwarts and then ventures out on a dangerous journey with a mystery to solve. You design your character, learn...

Paradise Killer

Release Date: 04/09/2020

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Paradise Killer is a detective game set in the open world of Paradise Island. It's a strange place with quirky characters and an alien obsessed, demon worshiping world. You are an exiled investigator brought back to solve the mass murder of the island's...

Splatty's Adventure (Dreams)

Release Date: 25/04/2019, updated in 2021

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made

Splatty's Adventure is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play a small (4-year-old) hero who must escape an oversized bedroom and get on your way to save the world from destruction. Like stepping into a Toy Story film, but here you wield a...

Submerged Hidden Depths

Release Date: 04/12/2020, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World

Submerged Hidden Depths is an adventure game where you sail, climb and explore the ruins of a sunken world. With light puzzle-solving and no combat, you discover a drowned city, crumbling skyscrapers and deserted villages. It's the sequel to the first...

Yoshi's Crafted World

Release Date: 29/05/2019

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Yoshi's Crafted World is a running and jumping game where you control a friendly dinosaur, Yoshi in a hand-made world of paper-craft. You work through each level, eating or jumping on enemies while searching for hidden items and collectables. It stands...

The Crew 2

Release Date: 02/12/2014, updated in 2018

Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

The Crew 2 is the latest in a series of open-world racing and exploration games set in a scaled-down version of the United States. The emphasis is on enjoyable and exciting driving more than realism. It's a lot like Forza Horizon, although can be played...

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Release Date: 23/08/2017

Out Now: PS4

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is an action-adventure game where you Chloe Frazer and your counterpart Nadine Ross seek the Tusk of Ganesh. Set in the Western Ghats mountain ranges of India in the midst of a civil war, it's the first Uncharted game not to...

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Release Date: 28/01/2022

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a game in the longstanding Pokémon series of role-playing games where you collect and battle Pokémon. Like the other games, you compete in turn-based battles and try and collect as many Pokémon as you...

Knockout City

Release Date: 21/05/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Knockout City is a futuristic sports game where rival crews take on dodgeball style battles. It combines arena battles with projectile combat. With the focus on the ball as much as the other players, this brings more strategy and a great emphasis on...

Goodbye Volcano High

Release Date: 29/08/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Goodbye Volcano High is a high school coming-of-age adventure set in a world of anthropomorphic dinosaur characters. You play as band members, non-binary Fang and best friend Trish as they navigate the last days of high school. It's a mix of making...

The Cost of Recovery

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC and Switch

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

The Cost of Recovery is a narrative adventure where you play as four different people, one of whom has a stroke. How this impacts each of them is experienced first-hand. Can they all get through this together or will everything start to fall apart?

Valkyria Chronicles 4

Release Date: 21/03/2018, updated in 2020

Out Now: Android, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PSP, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Grid, Hand-Made and Weather

Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a turn-based strategy game where you take command of a squad of soldiers and use your wits and tactics to plan and lead them to battle. You play as Commander Claude Wallace and the soldiers of Squad E and experience a gripping...

Lil’ Guardsman

Release Date: 23/01/2024

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Lil’ Guardsman is a puzzle adventure where you play a 12-year-old covering her dad's shift at the guardhouse. Play involves questioning each person who wants to pass to determine who to admit or deny. It combines Papers Please border-control decisions...

Lego Fortnite (Fortnite)

Release Date: 06/12/2023

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Day and Night and Open World

Lego Fortnite is an adventure survival game that brings classic brick building to one of the Fortnite islands. Play is more like Minecraft than Fortnite (and perhaps could have been better named). Rather than shooting other players, you collaborate on...

Need For Speed (Series)

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

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...

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