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7 Best Playstation 4 Games for Kids.

For the longest time, I had been against my husband's idea of buying a gaming console for our son. 'I don't want gaming to affect his studies' and 'we don't need another addictive gadget at home' were my usual reasons for refusal. Yue didn't seem to mind that I wasn't buying his Dad's idea, until he discovered all these 'cool games' (as he puts it) through videos on YouTube. That includes Fortnite, the insanely popular action survival game played by his favorite YouTuber, DanTDM, and most of his friends at school.

Since then, he became hell-bent on having a console, even coaxing his grandmums (my Mum and my aunt) to buy him one - lol. My Mum, who has great negotiation skills, struck a bargain with Yue - if he maintains his 'high honor' status by the end of the school year, she'll buy him a console. Yue did just that and more - he even won first place in Reading Comprehension and got two bronze medals in his first national karate tournament. And with that, Yue finally got what he wanted and what he deserved - his very own Playstation 4.
All smiles! He finally got his reward from Grandma. :)
So what comes next after finally owning a game console? Choosing video games appropriate for my son's age. The games that came with the PS4 Hits Bundle are all rated M (Mature 17+), so it's imperative that I buy new games suitable for my 10-year-old. Although majority of the PS4 titles are geared towards adults, there's also a great deal of kid-friendly games playable on Sony's console. Here are some of them:
Recommended for age 7+
One of the most popular games to date, Minecraft is a virtual sandbox that gets your creative juices flowing. The gameplay in Minecraft is whatever the player wants it to be - a world trying to rebuild after a zombie apocalypse, or a kingdom inspired by your favorite bedtime story. Players customize their worlds and the creatures in it and how they choose to interact. There are infinite possibilities, and your only limitation is your imagination.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
Recommended for age 7+
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
This game brings back a lot of childhood memories - after all, Crash Bandicoot was one of the first few games that my sibs and I enjoyed playing on our Playstation 1. Now, our favorite marsupial is back with a remake of his first three adventures - Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot Warped. These classic games from the 90s have been 'modernized' with colorful graphics, streamlined animation, and updated gameplay, but you'll still be hit with a wave of nostalgia as you go through the tricky levels. More often than not, you'll be asking yourself, "How did I go through this when I was a kid?"
Lego Worlds.
Recommended for age 7+.
LEGO Worlds
Like Minecraft, LEGO Worlds allows players to build constructions in a 3D procedurally generated world. Players can create anything and everything one brick at a time, or use large-scale landscaping tools to create vast mountain ranges or tropical islands. It's like building Lego creations without the fear of stepping on actual Lego bricks.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
Recommended for age 10+.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes features an original story where players take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many other Marvel characters as they unite to stop Loki and a myriad of other Marvel villains from assembling a super-weapon capable of destroying the world. With the entire Marvel universe contained in this Lego-fueled action adventure game, this game guarantees hours of fun for both kids and kids at heart.
Overcooked 2.
Recommended for age 7+.
Overcooked 2
If your kid has a knack for cooking, then Overcooked 2 is the perfect game for your chef-in-the-making. Like the original Gourmet Edition (aka Overcooked 1), this second course is a fun and family-friendly co-op game that requires you to serve as many dishes as you can under time pressure. With new ingredients added and new recipes to choose from, Overcooked 2 guarantees twice the fun and the challenge as the first installment.
Just Dance 2019.
Recommended for all ages.
Just Dance 2019
Work up a sweat and groove to the beat with the latest release of the 'ultimate party game'. Just Dance 2019 comes with 40 hot tracks - from chart-topping hits to family favorites, and even K-pop songs such as Blackpink's 'Ddu-du-ddu-du' and Big Bang's 'Bang Bang Bang'. Players get a more personalized gaming/dancing experience with the latest addition to the Just Dance franchise, as the game learns your dancing habits and suggests songs that you might like. You don't even have to buy a PS Move to play this game - all you need is your smartphone and the Just Dance Controller app and you're good to go!
Hasbro Family Fun Pack.
Recommended for all ages.
Hasbro Family Fun Pack
Family time, fun, laughter, and learning are some of the reasons why board games are important. With the Hasbro Family Fun Pack, classic board games such as Scrabble and Monopoly become more exciting with the 3D experience, and more interactive with new game modes and online PVP options. It's a great way to fire up your competitive streak, get your neurons working, and bond with your family.

You might be wondering why I didn't include Fortnite in this list. In case you're not familiar with it, Fortnite is an online third-person shooter game in which 100 players parachute onto an island, and the last player alive wins. You need to kill the other players to survive, though there isn't much blood and gore in the animation, and the violence is 'cartoon-like'. The game is actually recommended for ages 13 and up so technically, it's not age-appropriate for my son. I only let him play it under my supervision, just to be sure that he doesn't come across weird strangers online.
Fortnite: Endgame, available for a limited time only.
Do your kids play Fortnite, too? What video games do you and your kids play?

28 replies:

Happy Dogs CBD said...

We are debating getting a game console. Thank you for helping us decide.

Steph Social said...

I am on the same level if my kids maintain good grades, a little video gaming is okay! Also these games look like fun especially just dance!

Linda Voltaire said...

Great summary of different games! Hope he liked them all but still does his studies! Comment from Linda

Kenzie said...

These suggestions are so good! I'll have to share with my mom frieds

Ashli Ferguson said...

I love Just Dance! haha and I am 31! Great list!

Blair said...

It’s good to see the Just Dance games still popular. Anything that will get there minds off the mindless and into some motion is great.

Adriana Lately said...

Amazing suggestions! If my son were older he would love this

Anonymous said...

I love the Hasbro classics game. Although in general I like all the games.
Good day!!

Jennifer said...

First, I would like to congratulate your son on his amazing accomplishments. I don’t have any children, but some of my friends do and I’ll be sure to send them this post.

Owen G said...

Minecraft still smashing it I see. It must be one of the best selling games of all time.

Arun said...

Thank you. My little cousins love playing games. It's my cousin brother birthday next week. I am thinking of gifting something from the above recommendation.

Liz Cleland said...

What great suggestions. I find it hard to let my nine year old have games these days. SO much is on the market and unless you shell out the $60 a game you are just not sure if it's deemed appropriate!

sudipa said...

I have not introduced a gaming console to my kid yet.But when I do I will definitely consider these suggestions

KBeautybluemountains said...

Awww I used to play Crash Bandicoot as well! Brings back so many memories. It’s a great post- knowing what your child plays is important to shield him/her from any bad influences.

Nandyz Soulshine said...

That's a nice idea to keep your son's both grades & happiness up. I let my 11-year-old play video games only as reward to maintain a nice balance between studies and funtime...Minecraft would be his favorite from the list.
- Nandita

breenarina said...

These look like great games! My middle child is a huge gamer so I am always looking for ideas!

CityrockaP said...

Wouldn't know where to start as I look for a gift for my nephew. Thanks for the guide!

SincerelyMissJ said...

Some of these games can actually be quite educational and help your kid with many activities. Our little one will likely start early lol. Thanks for sharing!

Tyag's said...

My fiancé loves play station a lot. It is good for adults as well as kids. Liked your detailed information.

Fatima D Torres said...

Thanks for the suggestion. We're looking to buy a couple for the boys this week.

Miriam said...

Haha, I actually play most of this myself! LOVE Overcooked 2!

Kalyan Panja said...

Thanks for sharing about these nice Playstation 4 games for kids. It will be extremely useful especially for parents.

Alexandra Cook said...

My kids don't usually play PlayStation but I think they will love this. Thank you for sharing.

Preet said...

Those were a really great games. My boys would be so happy to have these. I'll have to check this out now.

Becca Wilson said...

All of these games look like they would be so much fun. I know that my son would really love a lot of these.

Jessa B said...

It's funny how my niece and nephews play the same games as your son does! Just Dance is my regular workout! HEHEHE

Twinspirational said...

These games look so fun ! Our nephew would love them all.

A.naberry said...

Just dance is great for adults As well, i play it somedays.... ☺️☺️.