10 Best PS4 Games for Kids in 2017

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In a world where everything is already run on computers and technology, it should not come as a surprise if your kids would be very happy to open their Christmas Day presents and see their favourite video games. We cannot discount the fact that many computer games can provide benefits to children especially in terms of their cognition and psychomotor coordination. That’s why, with Black Friday just knocking around the corner, we’re sharing with you our 10 best PS4 games for kids this year 2016.

Top 10 PlayStation 4 Games

1LEGO Jurassic World by Warner Home Video

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

Children will love reliving the adventures of Owen and his pack of Velociraptors led by Blue with the LEGO Jurassic World especially coded for the PlayStation 4. With fantastic game play that takes children through the different scenes of the movie. Oh, we forgot. The LEGO Jurassic World is not just based on the latest installment of the film franchise but rather the entire 4-film saga of Jurassic. Yes, that’s 4 movies placed in one very convenient and spectacularly fun-filled PS 4 game. Your kids will love playing Dr. Hammond and his team of researchers, extracting dinosaur DNA from fossilized mosquitoes, and then creating their very own dinosaurs. Or, they can play the other different characters in the franchise such as Dr. Malcolm or even any of the different dinosaurs like our all-time favorites, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Velociraptors, the Triceratops, and the original Dilophosaurus Rex, as well as others. From Isla Nubla to Isla Sorna, your kids will have countless adventures exploring these dino lands and tinkering with a variety of dino DNA. Who knows, they might be able to create another Indominus Rex or maybe a dinosaur that combines the power of flight of a pterodactyl, the speed of a raptor, and the ferocity of a megalosaur.

What We Like about It – There are plenty of things to be learned from the LEGO Jurassic World PS4 game. There’s genetic engineering, the value of paleontology, and the need for the preservation of the natural environment. The ability to tinker with the dino DNA, while only a game play, can really help stimulate cognition especially children’s capacity for making predictions and causal relationships.

2Minecraft by Sony

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

Remember what we said about building toys being highly beneficial for children’s cognitive development particularly their problem-solving and spatial intelligence skills not to mention their imagination and creativity? Well, the only problem is that, if your kid hasn’t mastered the art of storing or organizing his or her building blocks yet, then having several sets of building toys can really be quite annoying to organize. With the Minecraft PS4 game, your child can now play his or her favorite building game right in front of the large TV screen. Minecraft puts kids, and adults, in charge of their imaginary world. They become Gods and Goddesses who can shape their world as they see fit. They can use a variety of tools to shape the different building blocks. They can also destroy their worlds to renew it. And once kids have built and expanded their world, they can start exploring other worlds and begin their world conquest. Minecraft is one of the most addicting games today with a lot of spin-offs trying to capitalize on the large base of followers of the game. Even adults are addicted to the game play of Minecraft as there are countless YouTube game play videos that not only provide entertainment to viewers but also pointers to serious and novice Minecrafters. With the Minecraft for PS4 we’re confident your kids will have countless hours building and rebuilding his or her world.

What We Like about It – While the building game play occurs in a virtual environment, the fact that Minecraft can really stimulate creativity and imagination among kids is something we’d definitely cite as a perfectly good reason to buy this game.

3Rayman Legends by Ubisoft

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

We don’t know if you can still remember the very first Rayman that graced the then-popular Atari game console way back in the mid-1990s but it’s been digitally remastered specifically for the PlayStation 4. Published in 2013, Rayman Legends was Ubisoft’s 5thinstallment in the series specifically for MS Windows, Nintendo Wii U, MS Xbox 360, PS Vita, and PlayStation 3. In 2014, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions were introduced. With Rayman Legends, your kid can invite his or her friends over to play the different characters in the game as everyone tries to advance to the different levels, defeating enemies, collecting Lums, and freeing captured Teensies. Let your kid take control of Rayman, Globox, Barbara, and the Teensies as well as Murfy. With more than 120 levels to go through, children will have endless fun and adventure navigating through each of the game plays.

What We Like about It – Rayman Legends boasts of cooperative play which is very important in developing children’s social skills. This can also help facilitate their language and communication so they can better interact with other kids of their age.

4LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham by Warner Home Video

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

In the world of superheroes, no one can command such awe and admiration than Batman. Perhaps this is because, among all the superheroes, Batman is the only one who clearly doesn’t have any superhuman powers like x-ray vision, superhuman strength, lightning speed, and the power of flight. What he has, however, is the uncanny ability to make use of technology and integrate these in many of his gadgets. Sure, he is agile and quite strong but these are all a result of his constant training. The LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham takes our hero to outer space where he must rely on his cunning and technological wizardry to both survive the emptiness of space and the horde of super-villains such as Brainiac and others. Of course, our hero will not have to do it alone as he can always rely on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps as well as other members of the Justice League like Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Robin, and Cyborg, just to name a few. To help your kid really strengthen Batman’s technical skills, he or she can run a variety of training modules using Batman’s Bat Computer which can include several sessions in battle arenas, detective mazes, and races. The LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham has shops, hero and vehicle customizations, and trophy rooms to let your kid have full control of his or her game.

What We Like about It – The LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is an excellent game for teaching kids about the value of teamwork. The different mini games within the game plot itself can also help children develop confidence in their skills particularly in making decisions related to the final outcome of the game. Perhaps, best of all, having a hero to look up to can be quite beneficial to kids especially in today’s rather chaotic world.

5Just Dance 2016 by Ubisoft

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

We found a PS4 game that we’re pretty sure not only your kids will love; you’ll definitely love it, too especially if you’re in the middle of an effort to lose weight. We know how frustrating it can be to go to the gym and become distracted with all that chatter. Now, you can have your very own lively music to dance to with the Just Dance 2016 PlayStation 4 game. This features more than 150 dance hits and upbeat songs that have topped the charts for the year 2016. These songs and music make excellent companion for increasing your kid’s physical activities so that he or she will not have to grow fatter and more sedentary than other kids. We all know how difficult it is to get kids to exercise. With the Just Dance 2016, exercising is made more fun. You can even join your kids in dancing to the beat, making sure that you move all of those limbs with gusto. The beauty in the Just Dance 2016 is that it comes with a controller application that you can download and install in your smartphone or any mobile device that runs on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. You’re going to use the smartphone Just Dance controller application to track and score your dance moves. There’s no need to install a separate gadget or device. Technically, everyone in your family can be dancing your way to optimum health and fitness. The PS4 game comes in a variety of game modes so everyone can actually have some variety in their dance endeavors. For a dedicated workout routine, you can use the program’s Sweat Mode so you can get highly personalized workouts with your very own unique hit list.

What We Like about It – It’s great for the entire family. This is one game we’re proud to say everyone in your family will love playing. However, if we have to pick a standout feature of the Just Dance 2016, that would be its unique integration with a mobile smart app.

6Ratchet & Clank by Sony

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

Let your kid travel the galaxy from his or her imaginary home planet of Veldin all the way to the home planet of the Galactic Rangers and thwart the evil plans of Alonzo Drek. Let your kid go through the different obstacles and challenges as the Galactic ranger-wannabe Ratchet in the all-new Ratchet & Clank game for the PlayStation 4 game console. The game is a remastery of the original Ratchet & Clank that graced video game consoles in 2002. It has basically the same game play except that it has been fully optimized to capitalize on PlayStation 4’s superb graphics interface winning accolades in 2015 for its stunning visuals, excellent game play, remarkable weapons caches, truly spectacular intergalactic worlds, and superb ease of controls. Allow your kid to take control of Ratchet as he or she goes through the different planets in the galaxy, exploring the various out-of-this-world environments, traversing obstacles, and defeating Blarg forces with an unusually vast array of high powered weapons never before seen, especially in the first installment of the series almost 15 years ago. If your kid wants to play Clank, he or she will be treated to an entirely different kind of game play. This is because Clank is a defective Warbot that is now fully attached to Ratchet. Playing Clank will often require going through a variety of environmental puzzles, perfect for stimulating your kid’s intelligence and problem solving skills. Of course, Clank can always punch his way out of trouble but don’t expect him to be shooting any lasers real soon.

What We Like about It – The Ratchet & Clank is the obvious choice for kids who want a good combination of tactics, strategy, and good old shooting game. The shooting game play trains children’s reflexes while Clank’s mini environmental puzzles will test your kid’s logical reasoning and problem solving.

7Trials Fusion by Ubisoft

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

We know how thrilling it can be to ride a real motocross bike and zoom your way through different racetracks and perform many death-defying, gravity-challenging stunts. While your child may already be old enough to handle an electronic motocross bike, the risks are still too great to overlook. That is why we recommend the Trials Fusion instead. The game play is that of a professional motocross rider taking his x-crosser in different terrains. Now, your child can control his or her very own motorcycle with Ubisoft’s patented rock-solid motorcross physics. The racetrack designs are reality-bending, providing an over-the-top racing experience your child will never forget. The best thing about this is that, no matter how many times your kid will be wiped out for performing outlandish stunts, he or she will still be safely tucked in his or her seat. There are no broken bones, dislocated joints, and cuts and bruises to worry about. The Trials Fusion allows your kid to play it all alone, racing against AI-racers built into the game itself. And once he or she has gained enough mastery and courage to face other riders all over the world, your kid can enter into a world tournament. Ubisoft is continuously developing the game, constantly updating it with tournaments and events as well as a unique team racing activity that will pit riders of one team against each other. The game includes a Season Pass and 6 fully downloadable racing content packs each with new tracks and career mode events.

What We Like about It – The way in which the physics of the game has been integrated into the gameplay is simply astounding. The sense of realism riding the bike is just immense you can actually feel your heart pounding off your chest.

8Rocket League: Collector’s Edition by 505 Games

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Age Range: At least 8 years old

If you require fast-paced action with exploding rockets and fully customizable fun vehicles, then the Rocket League: Collector’s Edition is just for you. This game effectively combines the game play of association football with the rumble-jumble of a battle arena. Technically, we are always reminded of the battle arena that Crash Bandicoot has been famous for. Racers in their fully customized vehicles complete with battle armor and weapons upgrades slug it out in a beautifully landscaped arena where hiding is futile. You can only hope that other riders won’t set their sights on you. In that case you should have the reflexes of a brown fox to make split-second change of direction just before a rocket hits you then use the momentum to strike back. But what really sets Rocket League from other battle arena games is that it features full internet connectivity allowing up to 8 players to slug it out. Each team can come in a variety of sizes and in an astonishingly varied configurations. You’ll need at least a 40-inch screen as the game play may require splitting the screen into 2-, 3-, and even 4- simultaneous players. If you’ve got a tiny 32-incher, we cannot really guarantee the experience to be that superb. The Rocket League comes with the following DLC packs: Chaos Run, Supersonic, and Revenge of the Battle Cars. Your kid will also get a limited edition Collector’s art print and 4 all-new fully customizable vehicles.

What We Like about It – For kids, this is going to be a great test of their marksmanship and agility. Tactics and strategies will also have to come into play. Teamwork is also vital especially in team action.

9LEGO Movie Videogame by Warner Home Video

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

Kids love playing with LEGO building block play sets. That’s why when LEGO Movie premiered in the silver screen, it was such a huge hit not only among the young but also the young at heart for the simple fact that LEGO is one of the most enduring brands of toys. Dare we say that many of us actually grew up with one or two play sets of these lovable bricks? With the LEGO Movie Videogame, your kid will play Emmet, guiding him through the different stages, joining a group or fellowship of do-gooders, despite being total strangers, to stop the greatest menace of all time, an evil tyrant. Unfortunately, Emmet is neither a superhero nor an extraordinary person the fellowship take him to be. But, under the controls of your kid, he might as well be what the universe needs to help save it from the clutches of evil. The spectacular game play pits Emmet against enemies that he has never even knew existed. But with the help of his new-found friends, he will save the day.

What We Like about It – The game play of the LEGO Movie Videogame remains loyal to the storyline of the film itself. But what we really found amazing is the graphics that has been used in the creation of the videogame.

10Snoopy’s Grand Adventure by Activision 

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Age Range: At least 5 years old

Can you remember Snoopy and Woodstock as well as the lovable Charlie Brown? We sure still can remember these Peanuts characters. And with Snoopy’s Grand Adventure, we’re pretty confident your kid will learn to love these characters, too. Snoopy’s Grand Adventure is highly recommended for young kids as the game play doesn’t require any complex controls. It’s as simple as picking up highly valuable items and moving on. Collecting items enables your kid to earn extra abilities as well as additional rewards. It’s great for enhancing the motivation for young children. Snoopy’s Grand Adventure allows for cooperative play for up to 2 payers. Your kid can play either Snoopy or Woodstock while his or her friend will play the other as they attempt to locate Charlie Brown and the rest of their Peanuts friends. Join in the fun and let your kid know you once adored these lovable characters and you still do.

What We Like about It – We have to admit we’re nuts for Peanuts characters, especially Snoopy and Woodstock. It reminds us of the joys of childhood and how even simple things can bring happiness to children.

How We Chose the Top PS4 Games in Our List

When we embarked on our mission of bringing you the world’s top 10 PlayStation 4 games, we were not really sure how to make the shortlist. Perhaps because we have already outgrown our fondness and passion for such games. As such, we knew we had to modify our approach and look at our list from the viewpoint of children. Well, they’re the ones who’re going to play with it, right? So we had to make sure that the games are fun and with just the right levels of difficulty or challenges to help motivate our kids to really think and strategize. Too easy and they get bored; too difficult and they might give up entirely.

To assist us with this, we had to consider the recommended age of the PS4 game and compare that to the developmental abilities of children of that particular age. Is it appropriate for the child’s age? Will it be enough to stimulate the establishment, if not the enhancement, of the child’s developmental needs? We had to look at the game play features and try to determine the specific developmental benefit it can provide to children of a particular age group.

Obviously, we also had to consider the feedback as well as reviews of fellow parents and other consumers. We didn’t particularly gave weight to the reviews of serious gamers as not all parents have the technical proficiency of a serious gamer. We, nevertheless, took into account the different themes contained in these feedbacks, comments, and reviews to gain an understanding of how the PS4 game is accepted by ordinary parents, not avid gamers.

With these 3-point system we devised, we were able to define our top 10 PlayStation 4 games we’re sure every kid will love.

Minimizing the Impact of Computer Games on Children’s Development

While computer games can definitely benefit children especially in terms of their motor reflexes, cognitive abilities, social relationship skills, and even logical, strategic, and critical thinking abilities, there is a great divide regarding the use of these kinds of games among children. On one end of the spectrum are those blaming computer games for the sedentary lifestyle seen among many children of today. On the other end are those claiming cognitive, social, and emotional benefits.

Sitting in front of the computer for how many hours with very few chance of physical activity has been often cited as one of the culprits for the growing number of children who are obese. While faulty eating habits can also be blamed, being glued to the screen can definitely contribute to a sedentary lifestyle. Here’s how we can minimize the impact of such games in the development of our kids.

  • Provide a limit to your kid’s use of computer games. Unfortunately, there are no clear-cut rules on how much time in front of computer games can be considered safe. Like any playtime activity, playing with video games should also have its time limit. Two hours is usually a safe bet.
  • Make sure to provide other toys for your child to play with. Video games can help develop certain aspects of children’s development. These can also be provided by other toys.
  • Establish an agreement with your child to play only video games at certain days of the week and for a certain length of time. You can offer other forms of rewards if he or she can keep your agreement.
  • Choose video games that involve whole body movements. This is where sports- and dance- themed games are highly beneficial. The movement will help your kid get the physical activity he or she needs.

The Bottom Line

Video games can definitely have their pros and cons in terms of kids’ development. Our role as parents is to reinforce the positive ones and minimize the impact of the negatives. With our top 10 PS4 games, you’re now much closer to providing a more holistic development for your kid.

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Selina Marie
Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!
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