Spoken audio subtitles are critical for:
- I find it difficult to understand spoken audio during particularly-active gameplay moments
- Stylistic Preferences
- Personally, I just absorb written content more easily than spoken dialogue
- Being able to read the storyline as it progresses helps tremendously with an emmersive gameplay experience, and - given a good story - storyline adoption
From my subjective perspective, subtitles are necessary for games such as those in the Torchlight series. Lacking them is almost a game-breaking issue for me in Torchlight III.
Almost. I’ll still enjoy the game until subtitles can be worked into a release. :)