If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for new games to get your kids. However, you always end up in the same place… Stuck between what you believe is appropriate for your kid, and what your kid really wants. I know the struggle, so I have compiled a list of 4 great games for kids.
Minecraft has been around for what seems like ages and it’s probably our preschooler’s favorite game of all. We actually have it on the PC, the PS3 and the PS4.
It has avid players of all ages, because there’s just so much you can do. You can choose from a variety of PS4 texture packs and skin packs. you can play survival mode if you want a challenge. Or you can play in creative mode and have endless supplies to build and play with.
On a PC, players are even able to set up their own servers and play with their friends. By getting your own Minecraft server hosting and setting up your own server, you can control who your kids play with and can customize the game to their liking much more than your average video game. You can choose from hundreds of skin and texture packs or even install custom mods that throw you into different scenarios and challenges. This is a huge hit because in most games you are randomly assigned to who you play with and you’re limited to certain play styles or looks. Unfortunately, because the PS4 is still relatively new, there aren’t as many texture packs and skin packs to choose from as with on other platforms (PS3, PC). But I’m sure they’ll catch up soon and have tons to choose from.
Minecraft is very kid friendly and doesn’t have any graphic violence or sexual references in it, unlike many of the other popular games you see today.
FIFA is quickly becoming one of the most popular video games today. This is due to the fact that soccer is reaching an all time popularity level among Americans. Basically, FIFA is a soccer game in which users can play friends, the computer, or even play multiple people at the same time. FIFA is known for it’s amazing graphics and the ability to play as 200 plus different teams. How many other games can brag that there are 200 different teams to pick from when playing the game?
Madden is about 26 years old now and is only getting bigger. Although it isn’t narrated by the legend himself, John Madden, it is making up for in it other aspects. It is known for it’s cutting edge user customization and it’s online play. Users are able to create a team themselves and try to see if they can make it to the Superbowl. Never played before? No problem. Madden offers great user training games and tutorials making it fun to learn the game.
Madden has been and will continue to be one of the most popular games ever made. It has such a loyal fan base, that many users have been playing the game for over a decade. John Madden built the game up to where it is today. These days, he takes a more hands off approach and lets the game market itself.
NBA 2K has just become popular very recently. It is much like Madden and FIFA where you are are able to lead a team to victory. However, NBA is known for it’s online options. The options are endless when it comes to playing online, and we all know that online play is the future of video games.
Finding a non violent game that your kid enjoys can be a challenge, but they are out there. Many game developers are making the move towards more kid friendly games. A few that seem like good games, but I haven’t really looked into or seen our kids play much include The Lego Movie game, Octodad Dadliest Catch and Knack (kids seem to like this one pretty well, so maybe can write more about this one soon!). And don’t forget… if you have a PS4 camera, definitely check out the PlayRoom (see video below).