https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yhrite

French video games to help in learning the language?

Salut!

I recently threw myself into the French localisation of Pokemon Blue in an attempt to better immerse myself in the language I'm so keen on learning. Thankfully the dialogue in the game is simple to understand So I was able to enjoy one of my childhood favourites from an entirely new perspective.

Is there any other games out there with good French localisation that you guys would recommend? I was thinking of checking out Assassin's Creed Unity, given the appropriateness of the setting.

Any other games that may have helped you learn the language, or any that have a strong French voice cast?

September 7, 2017

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EarlCruz2

there is this video game called: Life is Strange. You can change the audio to French if you want. Theres also Heavy Rain, I think it's in french. And Evoland which is a french video game and many others.

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fuffey

I tried playing Life is Strange on Steam in French, but it would only allow me to play with French subtitles and English audio! Is there a version with French audio somewhere?

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yhrite

Right click the game in your Steam library and go to properties. There will be a tab there that allows you to change the language of the game's audio. I think it requires a reinstall of the game, though.

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fuffey

Thanks, I'll give it a try when I get home!

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EarlCruz2

i never played these video games but maybe there fun but easy to understand?

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yhrite

Ah yes. I forgot Life is Strange was created by a French developer. I'll have to replay en fran├žaise! I have heard a lot about Heavy Rain but have yet to play it. Merci beaucoup!

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Merrowmic

These all games on the P.C. : I play Skyrim, Diablo 3, The Sims 3 (only French interface, they still speak Simlish!), Dead Island (only French interface and subtitles are available, still only has English audio) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. All of these video-games have boosted my French language skills in many ways and on many levels.

I think Skyrim works the best for me because the people in the explorable area are so diverse and the voice cast is amazing. Above all, the way they translated from the English that I played it in first long ago; and the way they use the nuances of French expressions and grammar is invaluable in demonstrating the broad scope of French grammar, and even the vocabulary.

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas_Wesley

May I inquire as to how you played Pokemon in FRENCH (edit: not friend...), good sir? Merci!

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yhrite

I bought the French version on the Nintendo Store. Admittedly I played the game a lot as a child so I have memorised all the text anyway. It was difficult to acquaint to all the Pokemon having different names in French but it is very refreshing and interesting to see these games in a different way!

It's useful too since I'm learning the words for elemental types, forms of attack certain kinds of trainer types (schoolboy, martial arts expert, psychic, etc ).

I'm only 35% of the way through Duolingo French and I understood about 70% of the text in the game :D

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas_Wesley

awesome, thanks! Good to know that I can do this for future, ahem, educational purposes...

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeanneGamache

Salut, Are you on Facebook? You can change to French there and it should not be too difficult.

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yhrite

I am not on Facebook but I have changed my phone language to French. I use it all the time so it's helping me pick up on associating certain words with actions (cancel, search, return, etc )

Thanks for the tip though, Jeanne! I may try it with Twitter.

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Milkirisu

The games I know have alrady been mentioned but I'd like to mention another pokemon game which is pokemon x and y since the region, cities, culture and stuff were all inspired by France. However, the english version of the game casually uses some french as well like how all of the cafes found are named in french and how some characters drop in french lines from time to time.

September 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KennyK.Cha

It is Kalos REgion! Anything is inspired by France!

March 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NtateNarin

Assassin's Creed Unity was fun when you put it in French (and English subtitles). I'll admit they were talking too fast many times for me to understand just by hearing, but it's cool since the setting is in France. Definitely try it out!

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fauzan836172

Has anyone played The Walking Dead game - in French? I have played it in English only.

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/akcidentely

we happy few is going to be released with french dialogue, though i'd wait for it to be fully released to jump right to that, since it's early access with a currently too-high price tag imo.

breath of the wild has a french voice option, though it doesn't change any of the normal dialogue sadly, but it could be good for picking up words in spoken conversation with the aid of english subtitles. ;;

i'd check out the games you already do own and enjoy to see if they have a french localization (you can always check in the properties setting of the game on steam)

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joaquimmac1

It's interesting to see let's plays in youtube from french people. put an "fr" in front of the search and you'll find.

Mass Effect (at least the second one) can be fully french. Usually the last spoken line of dialogue remains in the screen while you choose your answer, so that helps. But it is dialogue heavy, It makes my head hurt after a while.

Borderlands (at least the second one) teaches many interesting, coloquial words, but I've played it before in English, so that's how I understood many of the dialogue. Also, many lines are through found audio messages, the kind you listen to while playing: you'll have to play extra attention to those.

X-COM has french support: the base characters speak slowly, and your soldiers speak some quick, action-y words.

There's a french let's play of Deus Ex Human Revolution, which sounds great for me to replay.

Starcraft 2 is a great choice! Lighthearted dialogue - most of the time - and repeating one liners make for fun learning.

Also check the youtube channel Game Movie Land, it offers game "movies" in french!

July 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jessique-Bowie

I just started playing Witcher II in french. The setting is quite good for a medieval france. Its pretty good as you can have french or english dialogue and subtitles. Good for familiarising with spoken french, but difficult too.

October 16, 2018
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