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Forza Horizon 4 (Series)

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Forza Horizon 4 is a thrilling racing game where you race all manner of vehicles across a wide range of landscapes. This fourth iteration is set in the United Kingdom, with Edinburgh’s narrow streets, the Lake District’s hills and rainfall and the...

Persona (Series)

Release Date: 20/09/1996, updated in 2022

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Persona 5 (also known as Shin Megami Tensei: Persona) is the latest game in a series of role-playing games that focus on a group of students. You explore the world and take on enemies like other role play games. Here though, you manage relationships...

Need For Speed (Series)

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One

Need for Speed: Heat is an open-world racing game. Races during the day are legally sanctioned street competitions where you try to win cash prizes. Races at night are illegal races where you aim to build a reputation. When racing at night, you need to...

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Release Date: 16/10/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Starlink is a space exploration and battle game. But unlike Elite, or No Man's Sky the focus is on arcade fun and quirky characters and Pixar-style storytelling for younger players.

Battlefield 2042 (Series)

Release Date: 19/11/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Battlefield 2042 is a shooting game in the Battlefield series. This version of the game focuses just on multiplayer and doesn't have a single-player campaign. It's set in a near future with weapons and gadgets like deployable turrets and drones along...

Ni no Kuni (Series)

Release Date: 09/12/2010, updated in 2018

Platforms: DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Ni no Kuni is a series of adventure video games where you play a young character with an important mission. The first games follow Oliver, and his journey to another world to save his mother. The sequel, Revenant Kingdom, follows Evan Pettiwhisker...

The Crew 2 (Series)

Release Date: 02/12/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

The Crew is a series of open-world racing and exploration games set in a scaled down version of the United States. The emphasis is on enjoyable and exciting driving more than realism. It's a lot like Forza Horizon, although can be played on PlayStation...

Overwatch

Release Date: 24/05/2016, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Overwatch is a shooting game but with the focus on teamwork and skill rather than violence. Along with games like Rocket League it has professional e-sports competitions where players compete for prizes.

Watch Dogs 2

Release Date: 15/11/2016

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Watch Dogs 2 is a futuristic adventure game where you explore a city and use technology to foil your enemies. It's the second game in the series and set in a fictionalised San Francisco Bay Area. You explore the city on foot or in vehicles that you can...

Riders Republic

Release Date: 25/02/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Riders Republic is an extreme sports game. You can mountain bike, ski, snowboard, fly in a wingsuit and rocket-suit. This builds on other spots games with tens of online players competing at once in each event.

Far Cry 6 (Series)

Release Date: 07/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Far Cry 6 is the sixth in the series of shooting games. Set on a fictional Caribbean island ruled as a dictatorship, you are guerrilla fighter Dani Rojas aiming to topple the regime.

Watch Dogs Legion

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Watch Dogs: Legion is an adventure game, the third instalment in the Watch Dogs series. It's set in a fictionalised future dystopian London. You play hackers in group DedSec seeking to clear their name for bombings in the city.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Release Date: 05/10/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an action role-playing game set in the years 431–422 BCE during a mythological history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. You play as a male or female mercenary fighting on both sides and attempting to...

South Park: The Fractured but Whole (Series)

Release Date: 21/12/1998, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

The South Park games are based on the sitcom of the same name, and the most notable recent games, South Park: The Stick of Truth and South Park: The Fractured but Whole are role-playing games where you explore the South Park world and gather a team to...

Immortals Fenyx Rising

Release Date: 03/12/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Immortals Fenyx Rising is a mythical adventure game where you play Fenyx, exploring the huge open world, solving puzzles and fighting evil fantasy creatures. Fenyx is a newly winged demigod, who was prophesied to be the one to save the Greek Gods' home...

XCOM (Series)

Release Date: 01/01/1994, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

X-Com (which became XCOM) is a science fiction strategic battle game where you control units to stop an alien invasion. The long running series has come in many forms, but always has in common the finely tuned turn-based ground combat where you control...

Doom Eternal

Release Date: 20/03/2020

Platforms: PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Doom is a shooting game with a focus on movement and close-quarter combat in tightly designed arenas. Originally released in 1993, it was one of the first 3D shooting games to be made and spawned numerous sequels, novels, comic books, board games, and...

Assassin's Creed Origins

Release Date: 26/10/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Assassin’s Creed Origins is an adventure set in Ancient Egypt near the end of the Ptolemaic period (49–44 BC). This game in the series goes back to the start of the centuries-long conflict between the Assassins (who fight for peace by promoting...

FIFA (Series)

Release Date: 15/12/1993, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Mac, Megadrive, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

FIFA is one of the two main football video games (the other being Pro Evolution). Each year it's released with improved visuals, more realistic physics and enhanced competitive play. For those that follow the game closely and play it a lot, it offers a...

Lego (Series)

Release Date: 01/02/2005, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

The combination of Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a...

Surviving Mars

Release Date: 15/03/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Surviving Mars is a colony simulation game based on the real geography of Mars. You build and maintain a liveable habitat while balancing resources and researching new ways to adapt to the hostile environment. You receive occasional rockets from Earth...

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a fighting-adventure game set five years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and 14 years before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Young Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis is hunted through the galaxy by the...

Yooka-Laylee

Release Date: 11/04/2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Yooka-Laylee is a running, jumping, collecting and exploration game where you play a pair of animal friends: a chameleon called Yooka and a bat called Laylee. They act as one, each contributing different abilities, on a quest to retrieve a magical book...

Hitman (Series)

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Hitman 3 is a stealth game where you take on assassination missions and then figure out how to execute them. The dynamic situations you enter unfold as you play and you can try different approaches.

Cars 3: Driven to Win

Release Date: 13/06/2017

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Cars 3: Driven to Win is a racing adventure game based on the 2017 film. You explore the world of Radiator Springs and other locations from the film. As you do, you meet the other cars, collect items and unlock new areas.

Fallout 4 (Series)

Release Date: 10/11/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Fallout 4 is an open world role-playing and shooting game. Set in a post apocalyptic world called The Wasteland, you explore a large map, interact with inhabitants, collect useful items to sell or craft with, build your own settlements, and defend...

The Quarry

Release Date: 10/06/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

The Quarry is a survival horror adventure where nine people desperately try to survive a night at Hackett’s Quarry. Play involves making choices and conversations and actions, in the hope of keeping your group alive. It's a familiar set-up for a game,...

The Last Of Us Part II

Release Date: 19/06/2020

Platforms: PS4

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after The Last of Us. You control two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States. Ellie is out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby is a...

Psychonauts 2 (Series)

Release Date: 25/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS2, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Dice

Psychonauts 2 is a running, jumping and puzzle solving game where you play Raz who has psychic abilities that let him delve into the minds of others. In the game, you control Raz as he enters their mental worlds and uses other Psi-Powers (telekinesis,...

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Series)

Release Date: 18/05/2010, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Red Dead Redemption is a series of open world adventures with a wild west theme. The rich world offers many things to do along with a main story line. It's this living breathing world that attracts players, both in its diversity and beauty.

Tomb Raider (Series)

Release Date: 09/11/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: GameCube, Mac, PC, PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Tomb Raider is a longstanding series that has been rebooted in recent years. This means it not only gets a fresh coat of paint like a re-release but is built from the ground up. All the games feature Lara Croft as the titular hero. She shoots, runs,...

Days Gone

Release Date: 26/04/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC and PS4

Days Gone is a survival adventure game set in a post-pandemic Oregon. You roam an open world pulsing with life (and zombies). It's unusual for its scale and sheer number of enemies. Add to that the changing light and weather and Days Gone creates a...

This War Of Mine

Release Date: 14/11/2014, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo, this is a war game where you play the civilian trying to survive during the fighting. You face tough decisions on how to spend time and resources each day to maintain health, hunger and mood levels until a...

The Elder Scrolls (Series)

Release Date: 11/11/2011, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

The Elder Scrolls is a series of action role-playing games that take you to detailed open worlds with free-form gameplay. The series has sold more than 58 million copies.

Stellaris

Release Date: 09/05/2016, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Stellaris is a strategy game where you play a space-faring empire seeking to expand your territory. It offers complete customisation of your civilisation, with different sets of ethics and morals to choose from that change how you play, from limiting...

Zoo Tycoon (Series)

Release Date: 17/10/2001, updated in 2017

Platforms: DS, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Zoo Tycoon is a zoo simulator series where you take charge of a zoo business, build the park, care for animals and attract visitors. You can build, expand, and upgrade the zoo by purchasing animals, creating suitable animal habitats, and allocate staff...

The Outer Worlds

Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

The Outer Worlds is a futuristic role-playing game where you are a colonist working to thaw your team and colonise the planet. Exploring, talking, shooting; how you do this is up to you, in what soon becomes a tangle plot of corporate control and...

Lego City: Undercover

Release Date: 04/04/2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Lego City Undercover offers an open world to explore. While most Lego games have an open-world element in at least some areas, this one keeps play open throughout so that children can enjoy exploring at their own pace.

Nerf Legends

Release Date: 19/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Nerf Legends is a shooting game where you use Nerf guns to defeat enemies and bosses. It offers a gameplay experience similar to games such as Call of Duty, but without the realism of those games, making it...

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a fighting game similar to Super Smash Bros. The novelty comes not only from its roster of Nickelodeon characters, but also from its fast-paced and intense rounds, rewarding skill...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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