10 Most Accessible Video Games of All Time
Accessibility is a major factor in whether some people are capable of playing the games they like the look of. In the modern era, more and more game studios are increasingly interested in providing rich accessibility options. Games are for everyone, and the inclusion of accessibility in every new game should reflect that statement. Industry folks like Steven Spohn and Mark Barlet are pioneers in bringing more attention to accessibility. The Able Gamers Charity is here to provide support and create opportunity for those in need. When it comes to finding accessible games, sometimes it can be a bit difficult to know what you are looking for. This article will list some of the most accessible games in the market. From AAA games to indie titles, there’s something for everyone on the list.
Most accessible games
If you just want a quick summary of some of the most accessible games on the market right now, you can see every game discussed in this article below. The most accessible games are:
- The Last of Us Part II
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Forbidden Horizon West
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits
- Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Life is Strange: True Colors
- Horror Tales: Wine
- Infinite Halo
You can keep reading if you want more detailed descriptions of what each game offers in terms of accessibility.
The Last of Us Part II
The Last of Us Part II is a great example of what true accessibility should look like for an interactive experience. Gaining a lot of attention, the game is loved by many fans. Some of Naughty Dog’s options for accessibility range from sight, hearing, to motor accessibility. There are even presets for each, which means you don’t have to manually configure your accessibility options if you don’t want to. You can choose one of the presets already offered.
There is even voice synthesis which can be activated. The great abundance of accessibility options found in the settings will allow you to happily play through the game with everything you might personally need to fully enjoy the game.
The Elder Scrolls Online
The list of most accessible games continues with The Elder Scrolls Online which recently released an update that includes a range of new accessibility options as well as existing ones that were in the experience. The official blog lists the development team’s intentions for accessibility and acts as a guide for anyone who needs to know more about each option.
There are options to effectively remap, adjust various HUD elements, and even a dedicated accessibility mode that you can select and enable for the game. With the range of options on offer, you’ll be exploring dungeons in no time!
Horizon Forbidden West – A great addition to most accessible games
Forbidden Horizon West takes accessibility to the next level with a dedicated option to access accessibility options on the main menu itself. Subtitles are also automatically enabled from the start, which certainly makes the process of starting the game much easier. Moreover, in the accessibility options, you will be able to find a myriad of features and options waiting for you. Some of them have never been seen before in games.
All three main areas of accessibility are covered and one of the new features seen is the “Co-Pilot” system which allows another PlayStation controller with mirrored controls to access the game. A wonderful option to have for those in need.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Ember Lab made a name for itself again with the release of Kena: Bridge of Spirits. The bucolic world is filled to the brim with vast discoveries to be made and lovable characters to discover. Notably, the game does not shy away from providing players with excellent accessibility options.
If you’re looking for a game that could very well belong in a Disney movie but also provides a rewarding experience, this experience may be just the game for you. Accessibility options cover the fundamentals, and you can tailor your experience to what you need for you.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Insomniac games are consistent in creating effective accessibility options today and this consistency continues with Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. There are again a multitude of options on offer. Everything from visual aids to engine support with options that allow players to customize how weapons can be fired. For people with motor disabilities, allowing players to choose how they can interact with the buttons in a less tiring way is vitally important.
The game can be enjoyed by everyone and it should definitely be for its effective game design and moreover, for its mesmerizing environments and storytelling.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
In terms of accessibility based on visuals, Kirby and the Forgotten Land seems to take pride in making them accessible to everyone due to the wide range of effective visual designs that create an accessible experience right off the bat for many. Bright colors, brilliant use of contrast between menus and text, and much more.
Additionally, many other options can be changed in the game settings, allowing better support for other types of accessibility that players may need. You’ll get through all the enjoyable quests in no time!
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was a game that I didn’t expect at first to have so many accessibility options although in reality there were masses of them available. Not only does it include everything gamers would regularly need who use accessibility options; but it also includes support for Tobii eye tracking, which is extremely useful for those who need it.
Along with eye tracking support, there are options for hybrid mode (using both a keyboard and controller) and auto motion among many other settings that will help many people.
Life is Strange: True Colors
Everyone enjoys a good story game and the Life is Strange series is widely critically acclaimed and supported by fans in countries around the world. Life is Strange: True Colors has accessibility options which will massively help with the overall gaming experience. For most of the game, you’ll be at various points of dialogue, so it’s always helpful to have some help visualizing the text. However, given that the experiment focuses a lot on colors and their connection to emotions; it is important that the color blind parameters are extremely varied.
Fortunately, Life is Strange: True Colors indeed offers many options for color blindness so that players can continue the experience and know exactly what is happening with emotions at any given moment.
Horror Tales: The Wine — Horror finds its place in the most accessible games
Are you looking for a horror game that aims to allow as many players as possible to enjoy? Then this slightly under-the-radar horror experience gives you that on a beautifully crafted silver platter. Horror Tales: Wine has full support for gamepad and keyboard remapping, text tweaks, and assistance with visuals among much more.
Interactions within the world are made easier than ever with options that increase the visibility of any objects you might need to interact with. Including the fact that the size of the glow around these interactive objects can be greatly increased. It’s time to enjoy this horror experience!
First-person shooters should also get significant accessibility options and Infinite Halo ensures that this fact is known with the wide variety of settings offered to people. Colorblind modes are of course part of the settings, but the depth of the settings increases exponentially the further you go through the settings menu. There are settings that will help with sensory issues and the same goes for assisting with motor skills and even includes ways to help with menu navigation.
Accessibility will always be an area of vital importance within the industry. Games should forever be for everyone and so it is paramount that accessibility settings continue to be added and expanded for each experience. With these games, you will be able to get a taste of what true accessibility looks like for gamers.
Many more games could have been added to this list and an honorable mention also goes to Celestial which has great accessibility on the basis of difficulty. An assist mode option where players can be invincible and this mode selection will appear if you are eliminated enough times during a level. Nevertheless, whether you explore the world as Aloy in Forbidden Horizon West where you dive into Horror Tales: Wine. Now is the time to venture into these worlds!