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49 Great Games Like Overwatch

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Overwatch. We also offer games selected by matching genre and age rating.
 

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.

Unfortunately, Overwatch is not available on Android, Mac, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 24/05/2016, updated in 2019

Price: 75% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @Blizzard_Ent

Players: You can play this with 12 players online

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game 'loot box' purchases

Hand Picked Games Like Overwatch

These are our hand-picked games similar to Overwatch. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Overwatch, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12+ or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Roblox

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2016

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Playing and Strategy

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: @Roblox

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online

In this game, amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The library of games is...

Fortnite

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 25/07/2017, updated in 2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: @EpicGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 100 players online

Fortnite (sometimes misspelled Fortnight) rose to popularity via its Battle Royale mode where 100 players fight against each other in online battles to the death. While they play, using shooting, evasion and building skills to survive, a storm is...

Krunker

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/01/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @Krunkerio

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Krunker (Krunker.io and Krunker Free) is a shooting game where you compete against online opponents in various maps. As you level up you unlock weapons that help you in the game. It's unusual because you play it in any web browser with no need to...

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Content Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 10/11/2020

Price: 40% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: This is a single player game

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the twelfth game in the Assassins Creed Series, an open world action-adventure that takes place over several main story quests as well as many optional side missions.

Rocket League

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action and Sports

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: @PsyonixStudios

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...

Rogue Company

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 30/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @HiRezStudios

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Rogue Company is an online shooting game where players compete in teams to win rounds. You play as one of the elite agents of Rogue Company, each with their own individual set of skills, and go to war in a variety of different game modes.

Splatoon (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 21/07/2017

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Splatoon on the Wii U, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This...

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 13/11/2020

Price: 50% off

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 41 features

Developer: @CallofDuty

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 40 players online

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a shooting game. It's a direct sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will have a Campaign, Multiplayer, Zombies, and integration into Call of Duty: Warzone. It's a game that...

Valorant

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: @Riotgames

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Valorant is a team-based online shooting game, where two teams of five compete under the role of agents with unique abilities. It's designed to be competitive and requires considerable skill and practice to win matches. Between rounds players spend...

Free Fire (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 29/10/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @FreeFire_NA

Players: You can play this with 50 players online

Garena Free Fire (also called Free Fire Battlegrounds, Free Fire, Garena Free Fire-New Beginning) is a shooting game like Fortnite but only played on mobile phones and tablet devices. It is highly popular for its online battles where 50 players search...

Spellbreak

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 03/09/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @PlaySpellBreak

Players: You can play this with 42 players online

Spellbreak is an online magic battle like Fortnite, but this Battle Royale is fought with spells rather than guns. This means more varied gameplay and tactics as you master different elemental magic and cast powerful spell combinations.

Plants vs. Zombies (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 04/09/2019

Price: 80% off

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @PopCap

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 24 players online

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare is a series of third-person shooting games about the battle for supremacy between weaponised plants and attacking zombies. It's good for families because the comedic zombies and funny plant powers keep things away from...

Knockout City

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/05/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting and Sports

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: @VelanVentures

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Knockout City is a futuristic sports game were rival crews take on dodgeball style battles. It combines arena battles with projectile combat. With the focus on the ball as much as the other players, this brings more strategy and a great emphasis on...

Dauntless

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/05/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @phoenixlabs

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Dauntless is an action fighting video game where you play a monster hunter in a fantasy world. Cataclysmic events have released Behemoth creatures that prey on the surviving humans. You play a monster hunter who hunts and kills large fantasy creatures,...

Quantum League

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/05/2020

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

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: @NimbleGiantEnt

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Quantum League is a shooting game where you go back in time when you die, to play through the same loop of the battle. You have three lives and so play through the same short gun-fight three times. But each time you have more knowledge about what the...

Hyper Scape

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 11/08/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Hyper Scape is an online shooting game where players battle to be the last man standing. It's unusual because it integrates a feature that allows viewers of matches (on Twitch) to affect the game.

FIFA (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/12/1993, updated in 2020

Price: 80% off

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

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: @EA

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

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...

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 31/03/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: @EvilMojoGames

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free online shooting game, like Overwatch that lets you play as different heroes in the battles. It's set in a world combining fantasy and science fiction, including medieval-looking...

Bad Business

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 29/05/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @RuddevMedia

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Bad Business on Roblox, is a first-person shooting game. It's similar to Call of Duty and Battlefield with shooting, running and sniping with different weapons.

Apex Legends

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: @Respawn

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

Apex Legends is a shooting game where you work with two other players landing on an island and searching for weapons and supplies. You mission is to defeat the other 50 players to be the last team standing.

Due Process

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 20/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @EnemyCrabGames

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Due Process is a tactical shooting game that focuses on both the planning and execution of missions. You are presented with a unique mission where teams of five either have to defend or attack a particular location. Spending time talking through tactics...

Ninjala

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 24/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @PlayNinjala

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Ninjala is an online action battle game where you play colourful gum-chewing ninjas who compete in futuristic tournaments.

Towerfall

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2013

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @Exok_Games

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room

Each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. The arena is a single shared screen. What makes it so competitive is the limited resource of arrows and the ability to dodge...

Otterman Empire

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/07/2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @TriHeartInt

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

The Otterman Empire is a fun shooting game where you battle anthropomorphic characters in Splatoon-like arena encounters.

Deep Rock Galactic

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @GhostShip_Games

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Deep Rock Galactic is shooting game where you play a team of dwarves in a totally destructible world. You explore caves and battle enemy hordes that are different each time you play (like Left 4 Dead).

Risk of Rain 2

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 30/08/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Shooting

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @HopooGames

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Risk of Rain 2 is a multiplayer adventure game where you have to fight to survive and escape a planet you've crash-landed on. It's formatted like a 'Roguelike' game: an iterative game that requires multiple goes to complete a level and where your...

Enlisted

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Skill Rating: 14-18 year-olds

Release Date: 10/11/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @EnlistedGame

Players: You can play this with 50 players online

Enlisted is an online shooting game set in historically accurate World War II battle. You play a squad of soldiers and can switch between them as you take on other players doing the same in large online battles. It's unusual not only for its historical...

Planetside 2

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 20/11/2012, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @RoguePlanetSD

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 2000 players online

PlanetSide 2 is a free online game you play with thousands of other players online. Set in a sci-fi universe, players join factions and then fight together to win territories. These massive battles feature typical first person shooter elements such as...

Destruction AllStars

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 02/02/2021

Platforms: PS5

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @LucidGamesLtd

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Destruction AllStars is a futuristic combat-destruction sports game. You compete in teams in a destruction derby arena battle and slam into other players' cars to disable them. It's Robot Wars and Battle Bots in style complete with special weapons and...

Hypercharge: Unboxed

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 31/01/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: @DCyberCherries

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Hypercharge: Unboxed is a shooting game where you play a small toy from the 1990s in human-sized arenas like a toy shop, back garden and a garage. It combines base defence play with exploration and collection running and jumping in a wide range of...

DotA 2

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 09/06/2013, updated in 2013

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @ValveSoftware

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 10 players online

DotA 2 (Defence of the Ancients) is a series of fighting and shooting games where you battle enemies and human-controlled characters in online matches. The aim is to destroy the other team's Ancient artefact using one of the many characters. Similar to...

Star Wars: Republic Commando

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 28/02/2005, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: @AspyrMedia

Players: This is a single player game

Star Wars: Republic Commando is a shooting game set in the Star Wars universe, where you complete missions as part of an elite squad of Clones. Still regarded as one of the best Star Wars games over 16 years after its initial release, its fast-paced...

Guns of Icarus

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 10/03/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS4

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @MuseGames

Players: You can play this with 32 players online

Guns of Icarus (Online/Alliance) is an online battle between teams of steampunk airships. Join up to 32 players for epic airship battles, with four players manning each ship. Or you can team up with a few friends to fight the AI that learns your habits....

Lemnis Gate

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @RatloopCanada

Players: This is a single player game

Lemnis Gate is a combat game that combines turn-taking with real-time shooting. At the start of the battle, you pick one of your seven operatives for the first 25 second round. The game then rewinds to the start and you go again with your second...

Brawlhalla

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 17/10/2017, updated in 2018

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @BlueMammoth

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Brawlhalla is an online fighting game where, like Smash Bros, the goal is to knock opponents off the stage. You do this by using your characters specific attacks to damage them until they can't get back to the platform.

League Of Legends

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 27/10/2009

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @RiotGames

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

In League of Legends you battle enemies and other players in online arenas. You choose a champion with unique abilities and battle to destroy another human or computer-controlled team's base. Other modes vary the challenge with specific objectives,...

Rocket Arena

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 14/07/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @FSGMultiplayer

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

Rocket Arena is online shooting game where two teams of three battle each other. The twist is that you never die and leave the action. To win you use your characters unique rocket attacks and abilities to champion the other team.

HyperBrawl Tournament

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 11/06/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres:

Developer: @MilkyTeaStudios

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

HyperBrawl Tournament is a sports combat game. Played in futuristic arenas you must smash, brawl and score your way to victory in relentless, high-adrenaline player versus player battles. It's like an updated version of the classic Speedball or...

Titanfall (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 20/10/2016

Price: 90% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @TitanfallGame

Players: You can play this with 12 players online

Titanfall and Titanfall 2 are a movement-shooting game where players control mechanical Titans and their pilots, who are agile and equipped with a variety of weapons and abilities ranging from wall-running to invisibility. This makes it a game that...

Wolfenstein

Content Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 01/09/1981, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @Wolfenstein

Players: This is a single player game

Wolfenstein is a series of World War II shooting video games. They are mostly set in an alternate history of 1960s Europe where the Nazis won the Second World War. You explore on foot with various weapons at the ready. It's a combination of fear and...

Rawmen

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Fighting and Shooting

Developer: @Animal_Labs

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Rawmen is a jovial combat game where you sling soup rather than bullets. Similar to Splatoon, this offers a less violent alternative to shooting games that is also a huge amount of fun in its own right.

Crucible

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 10/05/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: @AMZNGameStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Crucible is a team-based shooting game played on a varied and dangerous alien world. Humans, aliens, and robots converge to hunt the mysterious and powerful substance known as Essence. Fight together, unlock new abilities, adapt to ever-changing...

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 20/12/2017

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: @PUBG

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Playunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a battle-royale shooting game where you take on 100 players. Like a more realistic version of Fortnite, you collect supplies and out strategise your opponents to become the last person standing.

Shadow Frog

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 18/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @Oddrok

Players: This is a single player game

Shadow Frog is a simple running and jumping game you play with a single button/tap on the screen. You play Frogo who needs to escape the caves. Using just your jump button you interact with the cave walls and platforms to get around and collect keys....

Crossfire X

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 31/08/2011

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @SmilegateB

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 16 players online

Crossfire X is a free-to-play shooting game similar to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, where two opposing teams compete to complete conflicting objectives. It's a tactical team-based game, that may seem like many other games. However, it has a huge...

Boomerang X

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 10-15 year-olds

Release Date: 08/07/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @VideoDang

Players: This is a single player game

Boomerang X is a shooting platform game where you explore worlds and fight enemies with a boomerang-like shuriken weapon. Unusually, you can warp to your boomerang once thrown meaning you can slice, fly, and blast through arenas swarming with evil...

Games Like Overwatch Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Overwatch. This includes games from the Fighting, Action and Shooting genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

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Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fads for the latest titles. These are a lot of fun, but children’s choices can end up being narrowed down to big-budget or on-trend games. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects. While offering age-appropriate alternatives to older-rated games, they are still exuberant, intriguing and create raucous gaming fun that fires the imagination of children aged 7 to 12 years old.
 
Arms
PEGI Rating 12+ for Arms
Shu
PEGI Rating 7+ for Shu
Eco
PEGI Rating 7+ for Eco

BAFTA Nominated Games

The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from these categories:
  • The Family Games Award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.
  • The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

 
Hades
PEGI Rating 12+ for Hades
Roki
PEGI Rating 12+ for Roki
Halo
PEGI Rating 16+ for Halo

Big Budget Popular Games

These games are big, brash and popular. They have big budgets which means the visual and interactive quality is particularly high. They also have strong and wide ranging player communities.
 
Halo
PEGI Rating 16+ for Halo

Exuberant Games For Pre-16 Year-Olds

There's a gap when children are starting to outgrow PEGI 12 rated games but aren't necessarily ready for PEGI 16 rated shooting and fighting experiences. The games in this list offer some options that are genuinely exuberant and exhilarating but with lower levels of violence.

We go through some really good examples of these exciting, fast-action game for a range of ages. They are all PEGI 12 or under, apart from Halo, which we have included as this is a lower ESRB TEEN rating in the US for the latest release and mostly features space-themed rather than realistic violence.
 

DualShock PlayStation 4 Games

After the Wii's success, PlayStation added motion controls to its PlayStation 3 controller. Although a novelty at first, this continued to mature in PlayStation 4 games and its Dual Shock 4 controller that included motion detection as well as a Touch Pad and speaker.

The games in this list make intelligent use of the motion controls and other interactive features of the Dual Shock PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 controller.

This ranges from games like Journey that lets you control the direction you are looking with controller motion, to Tearaway Unfolded that uses the gyroscope and touch pad to launch objects from the controller to the screen. Then there are games like Gravity Rush that use motion to direct movement.

Some of these games use motion controls to complement traditional use of sticks for aiming and movement. You can use the Motion Aiming accessibility search to find more of these games on the database.
 

Play And Connect

Online games are great because you have a world of opponents to take on and defeat (or be defeated by). But beyond the competitive element of these games are often a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

Players enjoy making new connections in these games, as well as connecting with wider family and friends. Listen to the chatter while children play these games, and you hear as much talk about homework, television, YouTube or what's happening in the world as who to shoot in the head next.
 
Haven
PEGI Rating 12+ for Haven

Esports Ambition and Talent

When a young child shines at activities like chess, playing the guitar, maths, tennis, football or public speaking parents and carers are used to recognising talent and helping them develop. However, when a child rises to the top of their age group in competitive video games we are often blind to their talent and opportunities.

The British Esports Association is a not-for-profit national body established to promote esports in the UK, increase its level of awareness, improve standards and inspire future talent.

It helps teachers, parents, carers and advocates distinguish between obsession and discipline in their children’s video game playing. This opens the door to the adults in children’s lives being ambitious about their game playing and celebrate successes as they would when children pass music exams, win at football and so on.

Esports offers an opportunity not only to prize money (at the top level) and status, but international recognition, travel, personal development and career potential. There are many roles in esports outside of the professional player position, such as coaching, content creation, management, commentating, production and more.

Below is a list of games that are all played competitively in competitions that require high skill, training and talent. Unlike other video games, Esports are typically played competitively with many people tuning in to watch tournaments online on livestream platforms such as Twitch.

British Esports also runs the British Esports Championships for school and college students aged 12+, and has also partnered with Pearson to offer the Level 3 Esports BTEC, the first qualification of its kind.
 

Hero Shooters

Video games are often known for their gunplay. However, not all shooting games are the same. The simple aiming and firing mechanic is creatively combined with other aspects of play that greatly alters the experience.

While some games add novel or fast-flowing movement to augment the shooting experience, Hero Shooter games expand the experience by offering different characters to play, each with specific abilities and shortcomings.

In the same way that fighting games encourage players to move an intricate move-set of a fighter (to become their "main" on-screen avatar), character-focused shooting games offer a wide range of styles of play across a diverse cast of people.

This not only adds novelty to the otherwise repetitive nature of shooting games, but changes how they are played more generally. While you may go head-on at enemies in a tank-style character, a medic, ranged attack or specialist character will need to be played in different ways.
 

The Game Awards

The Game Awards highlight the best video games each year. It's an award produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley. Games are selected by video game news organizations who then vote on the games to choose the winners in each of the categories.
 


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