I am a subtitle evangelist. Unless I’m wearing headphones, I use them all the time. But Assassin’s Creed’s habit of dropping the occasional malakas, nekat iadet or requiescat en pace makes it a bit of a special case.
Preferably, they would be one of the mandatory pre-game choices, like difficulty or brightness often are, but as long as I can turn them on before the game starts, I’m fine. The last game I remember that cold-opened without a chance to turn captions on was Tacoma. You had to play through the entire opening sequence, with all of the story set-up, before it let you turn them on. It soured me on that game more than it probably should’ve.
I’ve been playing a ton of AC Odyssey, and I really like the style of Ubisoft’s subtitles. Good size and font. Still, I wish games would give you some customization, or use the system-level styles rather than having them baked in. I’ve got a well-tuned style that I find pretty readable without being overly interfering (75% size, proportional sans-serif or small caps, yellow text with uniform black border, transparent window and background) and I wish I could use it in-game.