Now that we are coming to the end of the year and the Holiday season, here is a small list of our favorite video games from 2017. This is not a comprehensive list of all of the great games out this year, but rather a list of the games that we personally think are worth it for your kids.
For ease of reading, this list is broken into three age groups: Everyone, 7 & older, and 13 & older. Please note that these groups do not match up with the ESRB, though they are close. We sorted them out based on mental ability, language, blood, people killing, moral ambiguity, and adult themes. You know your child best. If you think they can handle the puzzles in Breath of the Wild at age 6, by all means let them try the game. Conversely, if they do not do well with creepy images, wait on a game like Little Nightmares.
For ease of locating these games, we have provided links to them on Amazon, but you should be able to pick them up at a GameStop as well.
- Ever Oasis – Action/Adventure, Puzzle, Town-Building
- Just Dance 2018 – Dancing
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 – Lego Action/Adventure
- The Lego Ninjago Movie Videogame – Lego Action/Adventure
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Racing
- Miitopia – Action/Adventure, RPG
- Pokémon Ultra Sun – Collection, Battle
- Pokémon Ultra Moon – Collection, Battle
- Pokken Tournament DX – Fighting
- Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World – Puzzle-Platformer
- Portal Knights – RPG, Action/Adventure, World Building
- Rocket League – Cars playing Sports
- Slime Rancher (digital download only) – Collection, Adventure
- Splatoon 2 – Water Gun fights with Ink
- Super Mario Odyssey – Puzzle-Platformer, Action, Exploration
- Yooka-Laylee – Platformer
7 & Older
- Fire Emblem Warriors – Strategy, Hack-n-Slash
- Hey Pikmin – 2d Puzzle
- Hob (digital download only) – Spatial Puzzle-Platformer, Action (you can turn off the blood)
- Knack 2 – Action/Adventure
- Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – Strategy
- Monster Hunter Stories – Collection, Cartoony Monster Battles
- Monster Hunter World (preorder) Fantasy-Themed Hunting, Armor/Weapon Building
- Okami HD – Action/Adventure
- Steep Winter Games Edition – Snowboarding, Skiiing
- Teslagrad – 2D Puzzle Platformer
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Action/Adventure, Exploration, Puzzle
- Voodoo Vince: Remastered (digital download only) Action/Adventure, Platformer
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Action/Adventure, RPG
13 & Older – Parents, please proceed with caution! Each game in here has reasons they are rated T for Teen. There is even a rated M for Mature game included in this grouping.
- Destiny 2 – Online First Person Shooter. If your kid is ready for guns, being online, and potentially shooting other humanoids.
- Fire Emblem Echos: Shadows of Valentia – Strategy. This game ends up here because of the dark storyline. Multiple character deaths.
- Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition – Action/Adventure. Fantastic game, amazing plot, absolutely worth playing. But while your main enemies are machines, you kill a lot of humans.
- Little Nightmares – Puzzle-Platformer, Horror Adventure. Horror. Creepy Horror. Great game, but if your kid is not good with horror games steer clear.
- NieR: Automata – Action/Adventure, Hack-n-Slash. Rated M. If you play this game, you will likely end up googling, as we did, “Why is NieR: Automata rated M?” After eight hours playing the game, we were baffled. All the enemies are clearly goofy looking machines. You can barely see the main android’s behind when she was climbing ladders. We hadn’t encountered any swearing (there is a little bit). So why was this rated M? Well, there are two humanoid machines that show up in the game and you get to see them in full Ken-Doll/mannequin nudity. And when those machines die they have purple-red blood. If that’s a deal breaker, then avoid this game.
- RiME – Puzzle-Platformer. This game is like a great piece of literature that gets classified as a Tragedy because of it’s heart-wrenching end.
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