Let’s begin by saying that one of the best perks of hiring gaming consoles instead of buying them is that you can easily ensure that the temptation of playing is not around during school exams when focusing on studying is paramount. Every parent who’s ever battled this war will be nodding in agreement right now.
And with the topic of battling wars as an ever-present theme embedded within console games, we as parents really need to be mindful of which games we are allowing our children to play. Here is our list of the top five age-appropriate console games that have all the fun without all of the violence.
Sesame Street: Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece
Age: 2-6 years
This fun, interactive game lets you create a musical monsterpiece with Elmo and his Sesame Street friends. Kids can play instruments, explore music and dance with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Count von Count and the honkers as they travel through a music-themed land of wonder!
Super Mario Bros
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Bros has evolved since its initial launch way back in 1985. And yet this game remains an all-time favourite. While there are super powers, destroying opponents, etc., it has all been created in a family-friendly manner that is suitable for the whole family.
Ben 10 Omniverse 2
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS
Ben 10 Omniverse is an all-new adventure with Ben and his Omnitrix-powered alien forms as he battles against a new galactic threat, the Incurseans. Heading to Earth with his partner Azmuth, the two venture into the Incursean’s intergalactic warship to try and thwart Emperor Mileous.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DSi
The game follows the Civil War story of a fight between heroes and villains that causes an explosion which kills 612 civilians (including a number of school children). The government labels the incident “super powered negligence”, and the public demand a Superhuman Registration Act. The government passes the act, and all meta-humans are forced to either adhere to or disobey the law. In the game, players are able to choose between the Pro-Registration side, headed by Iron Man and Mister Fantastic, or the Anti-Registration side, headed by Captain America and Luke Cage.
Wii Sports Resort
Wii Sports Resort includes fun resort-themed activities. It maintains the wide-ranging appeal that attracted millions to the original Wii Sports. Wii Sports Resort is easy to pick up and play, but comes coupled with deeper levels of play that are sure to challenge even the most experienced gamers.
With the ever-increasing array of games to choose from, our kids will likely be requesting games that we have not even heard of yet. As parents, it is important that we remain updated on which games are definitely not suitable for our children to be playing – regardless of how amazing the game appears to be through its multi-million dollar advertising campaign. We have sourced this very helpful link of the 10 Most Violent Video Games 2014. Make sure that you are always staying informed by reading reviews like these as it’s often difficult to determine the full magnitude of the console game simply by reading the back cover before purchase.