Gears 5 is here, and has had a great critical reception. The title is looking like a return to form for Xbox Game Studios and will hopefully set the precedent for the future. However, one area where games don’t always get things right is accessibility for disabled gamers. Gears 5 pushes things forward in the AAA space in regard to inclusivity and accessibility.
Can I Play That is a recently founded organisation set up to review and analyse games from a disabled player’s perspective. The website looked at Gears 5 and found no real flaws with the game in this regard. In fact, it’s the first perfect score they’ve given out for a AAA title.
The highest praise is given for the game’s subtitles system. Not only can you activate it before any sort of gameplay or cutscene is present, but it also works as closed captions. Just like in films, the subtitles don’t only display dialogue. They also translate in-game effects, music cues and general environmental sounds. This makes the closed captions option a much more rounded system for deaf players.
This comes off the back of an extremely successful 2018 for Xbox in this area, with the popular Xbox Adaptive Controller. This accessory was innovative and showed genuine strides towards the industry becoming more inclusive.