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42 Great Games Like Overwatch

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Overwatch and have found the following:

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

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Blizzard Ent (@Blizzard_Ent)

Players: You can play this with 12 players online

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

40 Hand Picked Games Like Overwatch

These are our hand-picked games similar to Overwatch. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick 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.
 

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: 38 features

Developer: Video Dang (@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...

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: Riot Games (@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...

Fortnite

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9-13 year-olds

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: 26 features

Developer: Epic Games (@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 (@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...

Phantom Forces (Roblox)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 31/08/2015

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Sty Lis Studios (@StyLis_Studios)

Players: You can play this with 32 players online

Phantom Forces Roblox is a popular shooting game on Roblox. Phantom Forces isn’t available on iOS or Android. It's a shooting game played in an online arena in teams. Although it looks simple, it offers a high skill challenge similar to [link to...

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: 1 feature

Developer: Hi Rez Studios (@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 3 (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: 24 features

Developer: Nintendo (@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...

Free Fire (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 29/10/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Free Fire NA (@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...

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: 26 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@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.

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 (@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.

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: Play Spell Break (@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: 85% off

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Pop Cap (@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...

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: Phoenix Labs (@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,...

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: 2 features

Developer: D Cyber Cherries (@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...

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: 30 features

Developer: Velan Ventures (@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...

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

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Enlisted Game (@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...

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: 2 features

Developer: Evil Mojo Games (@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...

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: Nimble Giant Ent (@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...

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: 27 features

Developer: Aspyr Media (@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...

Bad Business (Roblox)

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: Ruddev Media (@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.

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: Tri Heart Int (@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: Ghost Ship Games (@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).

Ninjala

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Play Ninjala (@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.

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 (@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.

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: 19 features

Developer: Valve Software (@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...

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: 24 features

Developer: Rogue Planet SD (@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...

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: Hopoo Games (@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...

Titanfall (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 20/10/2016

Price: 75% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Titanfall Game (@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...

Destruction AllStars

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 02/02/2021

Platforms: PS5

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Lucid Games Ltd (@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...

League Of Legends

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 27/10/2009

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: Riot Games (@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,...

Lemnis Gate

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 28/09/2021

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

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Ratloop Canada (@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...

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: Muse Games (@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....

Pokémon Unite

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-15 year-olds

Release Date: 21/07/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Timi Studios (@TimiStudios)

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

Pokémon Unite is an online fighting game where you battle Pokémon in an arena and try and score points against an opposing team. Its short, frenetic matches are similar to DotA or [link to game/League+Of+Legends League of...

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 (@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.

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

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Wolfenstein (@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...

HyperBrawl Tournament

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/06/2020

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

Genres:

Developer: Milky Tea Studios (@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...

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: FSG Multiplayer (@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.

Crucible

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 10/05/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: AMZN Game Studios (@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...

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: Smilegate B (@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...

Shadow Frog

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Oddrok (@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....

3 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.
 

5 Easier Games than Overwatch

If you like the sound of Overwatch but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating required.
 

12 Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Overwatch

If you like the sound of Overwatch but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Overwatch Accessibility Report.
 

Overwatch is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Overwatch in the following lists:

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.

We’re supporting the Every Mind Matters campaign from NHS and bringing you some games that help you connect with friends and family while you look after your mental health.

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 much as how to win the next race in Mario Kart.
 
Piggy
PEGI Rating 7 for Piggy
Haven
PEGI Rating 12 for Haven

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.
 

The Besties Podcast's Games of the Years

The Besties is a podcast about video games with a focus on a Game of Year format. Although episodes do cover new games like other podcasts, much of the content builds towards yearly Game of the Year shows, and head-to-head showdowns for best games in a series (Zelda, Grand Theft Auto and so on).

"It's Game of the Year meets King of the Hill as four of Earth's best friends – Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Chris Plante, and Russ Frushtick – rank and review their favorite video games. Because shouldn't the world's best friends pick the world's best games?"

This is a list of the game that they have picked for their final game of the year show from 2014 to the current year. In some cases we didn't have the game on the database, but generally this is a good representation of their picks over the time of the show.
 

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.
 

DualShock Motion 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 DualShock 4 controller that included motion detection as well as a Touchpad and speaker.

The games in this list make intelligent use of the motion controls and other interactive features of the DualShock 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 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.
 

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.

 
Roki
PEGI Rating 12 for Roki

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.
 

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
Tori
PEGI Rating 3 for Tori
Eco
PEGI Rating 7 for Eco

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.

It's important to say that parents should take a close look at the rating information for these games and make their own judgement on appropriateness for their child.

These are intended as good first steps into older rating games, when you think your child is ready. We go through some really good examples of these exciting, fast-action game for a range of ages. They are mostly all PEGI 12 or under, apart from games like Halo or Jedi Fallen Order, which we have included as this is a lower ESRB TEEN rating in the US.
 

Happy Brain With Dopamine Games

You can aid the happiness of your brain by taking on activities that generate key experiences and chemicals:
  • Dopamine for motivation, learning and pleasure.
  • Oxytocin for trust and building relationships.
  • Serotonin for significance and importance.
  • Endorphins for euphoria and elation.

Without dopamine you can be subject to procrastination, low self-esteem, inability to focus and feelings of hopelessness. It's the chemical that can give you determination to accomplish goals, desires and needs.

Along with getting outside for exercise, eating well and nurturing conversations, video games can also help. Games that generate dopamine are those where you can complete repeating tasks, like Fortnite or Rocket League, which have a lot of chances to win or excel. Other games, like Animal Crossing or Adopt Me, offer the the feeling of a job well done. This is increased in games where you are doing this not only for yourself but for the group you are a part of, like playing in a team in Sea of Thieves, Apex Legends or Sky Children of Light, where new players also need help and kindness.
 

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.
 
Hitman
PEGI Rating 18 for Hitman


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