I recently found a new way of immersion for me.
Of all gaming, RTS is the one that I loved the most. Nothing beats the experience of crushing your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women (as if they ever have one)!
I’m aware that RTS genre is not that big in Japan but I want to try to find one nonetheless. At first I looked at Age of Empires III with its recently released Definitive Edition remaster as it has the Japanese as one of the playable factions. However, upon checking the unit voices in Youtube, they only repeat the same phrases like 直ちに and other archaic words.
Luckily, the OG Starcraft (and its Remastered edition) have a Japanese version. They have full Japanese voices for both Terran and Protoss units (because Zerg grunts and farts doesn’t translate well into Japanese). The campaign has lots of pre and post game dialogue/discussion so you can listen and read what they’re saying. Sadly as my knowledge of Kanji and vocab is quite low, most of the discussion flies over my head. At least I’m already familiar with the story and have something to replay once I’m decent with Japanese.
For anyone who want to try the free “non-remastered” version of Starcraft, it seems to have a bug with changing languages. Even though I’ve installed it with Japanese as the default language it still displays text and plays voices in English. Only after I’ve purchased the remaster was I able to simply switch to Japanese.
Anyways, it’s really fun to play Starcraft in Japanese. So far, the Japanese voice actors were chosen well.