Games for Dad with special taste

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#1 Edited by PrinceLeto (10 posts) -

Hello.

In the next few months, I am going to buy PS4. That means my little old Xbox360 will pass on to my Dad, who wants to learns English while playing games. I've already made a list consisting of games which would probably suit his needs but I am curious what ones you will suggest.

So my Dad doesn't like anything that is hard; games like Dark Souls are out of the question. His aim is to learn English, so games he will play must have a lot of dialogues and it would be best if he could pause the game and tranlate the words he doesn't understand. He doesn't like shooters and anything that goes "bang bang" and "kaboom" too often. He isn't too good with gamepad and will get frustrated very easily if game is too complicated. He also likes when game has good graphics, some outdated games from beggining of the generation are not too welcome. Generally, story is the most important thing, he needs a lot of dialogues so as to get familiar with language.

I've already bought him L.A. Noire, Mafia 2, GTA V and Skyrim (Although I'm sure only about the first one - Mafia 2 might be too hard, GTA too complicated and Skyrim, well, Skyrim might also be okay if he will just run around and stick to main quest). I guess he will also like RDR.

So, can you name your picks?

#2 Posted by GarGx1 (2378 posts) -

Well Skyrim was the first thing to come to mind. Not sure about learning English from GTAV though.

#3 Edited by mystic_knight (13801 posts) -

Rpg's may be your best bet.

Maybe Dragon Age? Witcher 2... although witcher 2 is practically pornographic, may be awkward watching your dad play that

Mass effect series, kingdoms of amalur.

I think the old classic Lost Odyssey is worth a buy if you can find it. But that has more reading than actual dialogue.

#4 Edited by PrinceLeto (10 posts) -

Reading is great too, even better cause he will be able to note words he's not familiar with on the go rather than pause the cutscenes. I've thought about Dragon Age but I'm not sure if he will manage to deal with the difficulty. Can you slide through the game rather easy on easiest difficulty setting in both Dragon Ages?

Mass Effect is a must-buy too, he loves himself some space opera.

I've bought Kingdoms of Amlur for myself just today as I'm RPGs fan and I will check if Casual setting won't be too hard for him.

Wicher 2 is also thing I wish to give him. I'm from Poland where this franchise is super-popular not because of games but because of books. I guess he will find returning to the world he knew from novels quite fun. I also remember thet medium difficulty setting wasn't so much of a challenge so he might deal with casual.

Thanks for suggestions, keep it coming :)

#5 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (17999 posts) -

I'd recommend games with separate settings for speech and subtitles. Unfortunately all I can think of that do it are PS3 exclusives.

#6 Posted by thebest31406 (3222 posts) -

What about Telltale's adventure games?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telltale_Games

#7 Posted by creepychainsaw (18 posts) -

The Assassin Creed games might be good here. Their is literally so much to read in the database where your character has been and its all historical facts as well. History and English with one stone. Plus, its fairly easy to pick up and play.

#8 Posted by Zjun (146 posts) -

@princeleto: Like others have said you should make him play RPGs and such and like

I'd recommend games with separate settings for speech and subtitles.

And like PrinceLeto said, get him to read books! That's your best bet if he's trying to learn english.

And if you can get your hands on some Pokemon games, that'd be really great/helpful too (you can find the old versions on the internet).

Good luck!

Mr. Z~kun

#9 Edited by abaramuchi (25 posts) -

Lost Odyssey really is a good choice for learning English. It contains numerous short stories which are read in small sections that pause indefinitely, so if he needs to look up words, he can. And the writing is top-notch and deeply emotional at times.

Another game is Alan Wake. Not only is there plenty of dialogue, but you collect "manuscript pages" along the way written in a terse narrative style. These manuscript pages relate to events in the game, so it's like reading a novel while watching a movie.

#10 Edited by The-Apostle (12075 posts) -

@creepychainsaw said:

The Assassin Creed games might be good here. Their is literally so much to read in the database where your character has been and its all historical facts as well. History and English with one stone. Plus, its fairly easy to pick up and play.

TC specifically said no hard games, so that means no AC. Maybe Final Fantasy?

Elder Scrolls is also good if he needs to learn English. Or even a D&D-style game. :D

#11 Posted by Tokeism (2266 posts) -

Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3

Alan Wake

Enslaved

Batman: Arkham Asylum or City

The Walking Dead (telltale)

#12 Posted by bezza2011 (2165 posts) -

Loving how you put he doesn't like games what go "bang, bang" or "Kaboom"

and then you put down you have got him mafia and GTAV lol i mean there probably the most violent games there are. lol

Skyrim and Obilivion are probably the best 2 games to play and the mass effect series.

very easy going games, and lots and lots of dialogue which is also accompanied by text.

#13 Posted by Korvus (2216 posts) -

What about Telltale's adventure games?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telltale_Games

This would be my suggestion as well; not just Telltale Games but that sort of games in general; maybe some of the old point&click adventures, most of them still hold pretty decently now and they are mostly just dialogue; I know you mentioned good graphics but most of these games are 2D so they don't look that dated.