I recently came back to studying after taking a long break. And reset my WK level from 50, down to 10, since I felt I forgot too much of it. But on to my main point here, I was thinking of playing a video game in Japanese to help with my reading, but I’m worried about how much I would understand of what’s going on, and wondering if maybe I should just study more kanji and grammar before I start playing.
The 2 games I am considering right now are:
Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 1 - I played this in English a few years ago, so that should help with the understanding.
Atelier Ayesha - I’ve seen this one get mentioned a lot here. And I’ve played other games in the series, so I am familiar with some of the game mechanics. But I am a little worried about the time limit they give. How lenient is it? I played Atelier Firis (in eng), and the “main” part of the game has a time limit, but I found it was very lenient and had no problem at all.
The first game I played in Japanese, was Criminal Girls on the PSP about 2 years ago, before I took my long break. And while it was rather simple for an RPG, I felt I understood most of what went on.
For those that play games to study, what do you do when you see kanji or a word you don’t know? Ignore it? Look it up? I imagine looking it up and adding it to an SRS would be best. But pausing the game every minute or two, sounds like it would get boring pretty fast.