In a recent study conducted by Lenstore, it has been revealed that World of Warcraft and Dota 2 are among the top-five most accessible games for visual impairments. While it may be easy to take clear UIs for granted, settings to cater for conditions such as colour-blindness can make all the difference. So it’s great to see two of the biggest MMOs available top the list. Perhaps that’s why they’re two of the biggest?
In a sample taken from Metacritic’s top-rated games, The Last of Us II came out on top with 60 accessibility setting presets for vision, hearing and motor needs, and options to modify each one to best suit individual needs. With so many in quarantine turning to video games, the demand for greater accessibility has skyrocketed. However, with small text, flashing images and colours that don’t support those with colour deficiency, many top-tier titles aren’t as accessible as they could be.
The Last of Us™ Part II - the most accessible top-rated game
The top five games in the list, which also includes Microsoft Flight Simulator and Into the Breach, each offer settings to cater for colour deficiency. While WoW apparently failed to offer sufficient contrast settings - adjustable font and HUD scaling were two of the features that helped it make the list. Meanwhile, Dota 2 offered adjustable brightness and a limited level of HUD scaling, but no adjustable font options.
Needless to say, it’s not surprising that these games are among the highest-rated when they’re taking the steps to ensure that everybody can play. We certainly hope that upcoming titles aim to imitate these features. Because now that the bar has been set, there’s no reason for any gamer to find themselves excluded.
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