I´ve used a couple of games for immersion. Right now I´m playing some Yo-kai watch 4. It has furigana for all of the kanji which is really nice, it isn´t fully voiced though. I´ve gotten way faster at reading in a very short time, so I´m planning to continue using video games as immersion of course. Eventually, when my reading is fast enough, I will watch Japanese series etc with subtitles.
So what I´m wondering right now is; what games do you guys recommend for immersion? Any games that are both fully voiced and have furigana? And what are your thoughts on furigana in general?
I’ll throw in Final Fantasy X here as well, or any Final Fantasy game in fact, but I personally got over the top confused by the amount of Katakana
If you don’t mind the games being unvoiced, it’s fairly easy to get your hands on some old Japanese NES and SNES games which were too obscure to get an official translation. Other than Pizza Ninja Cats (mostly Hiragana), I don’t think they’ll have furigana in them, though.
I´ve already played through FF15 once, so playing it again in Japanese might be pretty fun. Is there a lot of kanji in it though? I like furigana, but I have one problem with it. My eyes automatically aim for the furigana instead of the kanji, even though I might know the kanji.
Genshin Impact is not 100% voiced but has served me well in just hearing the language. I like to run around in the cities and hear the NPCs talk. I’m using it with English subtitles but I think you could switch it to Japanese as well. Not sure about furigana.
Some of the characters speak very strangely though to emphasize personality traits, different origins and social status, so it might be better to not learn phrases from them But I find it useful in learning to distinguish different verb forms and levels of politeness
I would say Final Fantasy X is not the best option. Sure, you can play through it (that’s possible with every game as long as you have very basic knowledge), but the cutscenes will go way over your head. They’re fast and can’t be paused, the subtitles will only help if you’re already pretty advanced.