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Games with a *good* German translation

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by Lacrymas, May 12, 2019.

  1. Lacrymas Arcane

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    I'm feeling comfortable now with my knowledge of German grammar, but my vocabulary is still rather poor, and I'd rather do an engaging activity, like playing a game, in German than reading lists of words. So, which games have good translations? I know the Gothics are originally in German and I'm going to play them again in German, any other good games that are originally in German?
     
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    The Daedalic catalog .
     
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    Turrican :)

    Spirit of adventure/Realms of Arkania trilogy, Legend of Faerghail/Fate : Gates of Dawn, Dragonflight/Amberstar/Ambermoon/Albion.
     
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    Baldurs Gate 1 and 2

    German dub of BG1 was hilarious, since they used voices of the most hillibilly Thuringian and Saxons they could find.
     
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    Also Book of Unwritten Tales 1 and 2.
     
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    Jagged Alliance 2 has very good translation and voiceovers.
     
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  7. Ismaul Arcane Patron

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    So this is the thread one would come to update his .txt with a list of german speakers on the Codex. Nice job getting them to doxx themselves Lacrymas!

    Me? Ich spreche kein deutsch, no sir.
     
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  8. Lacrymas Arcane

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    Wir werden ein neues Reich gründen! No idea what you are talking about.
     
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  9. Ismaul Arcane Patron

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    Seriously though, I've had the exact same plan. To learn the basics of German by playing Gothic. I did after all learn English by playing games.

    But that was more than 15 years ago. :negative:


    I've had some beginner courses since then though, it might be worth it to retry. Not sure if I still suck too much for it to be useful and entertaining.
     
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    When learning a new language it is important that you hear it being spoken. As such I'd recommend you games with plenty of voice acting. Try the new Lucas Arts remakes such as DOTT, Full Throttle or Grim Fandango. I think Sam & Max is also german dubbed. Another good one would be the Broken Sword series. System Shock 2 and Fallout New Vegas also have good translations. Their advantage is that they take place in a modern-ish setting so the words that you will learn are still relevant today. On the other hand some games, usually ones which take place in a medieval or fantasy setting, are going to use a lot of words pertaining to that time period which are mostly useless in a day to day conversation. However you should still go on a case by case basis. For example the Gothic titles have a more "modern" approach to conversation, whereas titles such as TWitcher, while very vocabulary rich, are going to be filled with outdated terms.
     
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  11. Lacrymas Arcane

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    I speak German every day, since I'm living in Germany, but my day-to-day conversations are limited vocabulary-wise and I'm not satisfied with the speed at which we are progressing in my German course (it's too slow). I also have to get a solid understanding of it since I'm planning on teaching in a university and continuing my own education here.
     
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    ELEX!
     
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  13. Morgoth Arcane

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    Planescape Torment.
    BG2.
    I even liked the German dubbing in Jade Empire more...
     
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    Thief 1 and 2 had amazing German versions. Unfortunately, they're not sold anywhere (unless you want to buy the old big boxes on ebay), but you can find the necessary files & installation instructions (in German) here.

    System Shock 2 also had a pretty good German version, which should be included with the various versions sold on Steam and gog. The initial German version was censored, but NightDive changed it back to match the original version.

    In contrast, the late 90s offerings by Interplay were infamous for being absolutely atrocious. Fallout 1 and Starfleet Academy are hilariously bad. The translations are riddled with embarrassing errors and the voice actors sound like they have some severe mental impairment. Also for the original Baldur's Gate, they randomly had the voice actors speak in thick regional dialects for whatever reason. You can play it now and have a laugh, for some it might even be so-bad-it's-good. It certainly adds some unintentional comedy to these games but back in the day when this was the only way to play them (unless you wanted to cough up 100+DM for an import), it was infuriating.
     
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  15. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    Piranha Bytes games are the only ones I play in German because the original German writing in these is just so great.
     
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    if you didnt know how read english than don't create a acount in a english weebsite
     
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    Die literarische Qualität der dt. Übersetzung Original Sin 2 beeindruckte mich als deutschsprachigen Autor. Das umfangreiche Vokabular und die Vielfalt an konstant kontextadäquaten Formulierungen bedingen allerdings zum vollen Genuß der soliden Story, des innovativen RPG-Systems und des konsequent-klassischen CRPG-Gameplays (rundenbasierter Kampf) ein fortgeschrittenes Lernlevel.
     
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  18. rusty_shackleford Arcane

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    some of those piranha bytes games have decent german translations
     
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  19. Divine Blessing Novice

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    Piranha Bytes is a german dev. although the writing of any PB-title isnt very elaborated and due to the action-format low in volume (meaning small wordcount), it stills delivers the atmosphere. but neither vocabulary, nor formulations and contexts r demanding, so PB Games only qualify for beginners, not experienced users (OP lives in germany, so he will master any PB title without effort, as every Grundschüler would).
     
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  20. Black Arcane

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    why would you learn a dying language lol
     
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    Final Fantasy IX

    Imo prefer it to the englisch one. It uses dialects though for some charachters so no idea how helpful it will be for you.
     
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  23. Lord Commissar Alexer Novice

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    Einfach mal diverse Spiele auf Deutsch umstellen und zocken.
     
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  24. Ismaul Arcane Patron

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    why would you live a dying life
     
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  25. moleman Learned Patron

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    The Witcher games have good german translation and voice acting. Although the first game has a different voice actor for Geralt.
    Still both are better than the english "I am Batman" version.
     
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    Wasn't my choice, dawg.
     
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