Older gaming audiences looking for more mature gameplay experiences shouldn’t be left wanting for more enjoyable titles on the PlayStation5 once it arrives, but as our list of recommendations will prove to you, the best PS5 games for kids are just as engaging and as fun to play for the younger audiences.
Below is a list of all the best PS5 games for kids that will be available on the PS5 at launch and going forward.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Who doesn’t like Spider-Man?
Although the ESRB gave the original Marvel’s Spider-Man a “T” rating, with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales likely to receive the same rating, the game should be fun and child-friendly once it comes out on the PlayStation 5.
The story will pick up right after the events of the first Marvel’s Spider-Man where Miles Morales finds himself being bitten by a genetically-enhanced spider. As a result, he gains similar and different powers from the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker. Miles then gets taken under Peter’s wing as a protege of sorts.
Now, a full year of training later, Miles has fully embraced his role as Spider-Man. The game will revolve around him trying to figure out the movies and take down the villain, Tinkerer. All the while, Miles will have to struggle to live the life of a good son as he tries to support his mother’s campaign for City Council.
Destruction Allstars looks like it’s going to be today’s kids’ Twisted Metal, albeit with a more child-friendly aesthetic.
The game is vehicular mayhem at its finest. It features players fighting it out against each other in an area for the right to be the last man standing. Also, players won’t have access to just vehicles. Instead, players will get to choose characters with their unique abilities as well. This adds a layer of mayhem, destruction, and fun, that’s notably absent in a lot of games today.
For some good old co-op fun with your child, we recommend picking up Destruction Allstars on the PlayStation 5.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Little Big Planet has been sorely missed since 2014’s LittleBigPlanet 3. However, fans of the franchise will finally get a chance to see a familiar face, albeit, it’s just one guy alone, in Sackboy: A Big Adventure.
Focusing less on the level-design creation of LittleBigPlanet and more on platforming, Sackboy: A Big Adventure will see the titular character finally go off on his own.
If you feel like it, you can go and bring along some friends with you as well. The game will feature local co-op for 2-4 players at launch, with support for online multiplayer available later on.
NBA 2K21 is the most popular basketball sports simulation game on the planet. It’s arguably the only one worth caring about today. It’s also relatively child-friendly, with a MyCAREER mode that kids will definitely enjoy as it follows their in-game character from being a high school prospect to playing in the NCAA until they make it to the NBA.
The PlayStation 5 version of NBA 2K21 will also benefit from the haptic feedback of the DualSense. This can make for a lifelike gameplay experience. In a way, kids can take away something from the game and try to incorporate it into their playstyle in real life when they’re basketball with their friends.
With other game modes like MyTeam feeling a lot less microtransaction-dependent, NBA 2K21 is a great game for your kids to enjoy solo and for you guys to enjoy together.
We really wouldn’t trust younger gamers with FIFA 21 on their own. They might just end up spending way too much on microtransactions without them knowing. But, as a game to play and bond with between father and son or daughter, the next-gen iteration of FIFA 21 should make for a great time.
If nothing else, FIFA 21 could act as a way for parents to pass on to their kids their love for this internationally popular sport.
The fact that the game can let players play together only makes it an even better game for kids.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
What happens if you take the mythology and classic Ubisoft gameplay of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and mix it with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild?
Immortals Fenyx Rising is a good example of an open-world action-adventure title that could end up being just as entertaining for adults and children alike, all without relying on classic cartoon characters.
Ubisoft’s latest IP lets players take control of a red-headed mortal with god-like powers as he takes on the biggest and baddest creatures of Greek mythology. The worst of the worst is Typhon, who is wreaking havoc on the world. The game will also feature its fair share of hilarity and shenanigans thanks to narration from Zeus and Prometheus.
Overcooked! All You Can Eat
Instill a love for cooking in your children at a young age by getting them Overcooked! All You Can Eaton their brand-new PlayStation 5 console.
This compilation will include both the first two Overcooked! Games, but with optimizations made specifically for next-gen gaming. This includes, among others, 60fps and 4K resolution support. Also, the compilation will give the older Overcooked title a facelift by remastering everything using the sequel’s engine.
The compilation will also improve on the multiplayer options. The four-player co-op will now be available both online and locally. There’s also the option for cross-platform play online and you can also combine local, as well as online players.
To top it all off, Overcooked! All You Can eat will feature more than 200 levels available and 120 different chefs, some of which are new and entirely unique to the game.
Just Dance 2021
Just Dance 2021 is the latest game in the Just Dance franchise where players mimic an on-screen dancer and their choreography using either the smartphone app associated with the game or the console’s associated motion controllers.
The gameplay will be largely the same as with the previous two installments. However, there will be a few changes. This includes the addition of a 3-song competitive tournament called the “World Dance Floor”. In this mode, players are matched with similarly-skilled players as they do battle against each other.
Just Dance 2021 will also come with a new scoring system that incentivizes players to try harder to improve their dancing skills, as well as a “Quick Play” mode that plays a song at random so that players don’t have to choose.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Platformers are traditionally child-friendly. The way the worlds and the characters are designed to make them more palatable to younger audiences. At the same time, the challenging puzzles allow them to cater to more mature audiences looking for something fun to play.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will look to try and breathe new life to this seemingly dying genre for the PlayStation 5.
After the success of the 2016 reboot, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will pick up from where the reboot left off. It’s set to take full advantage of the PlayStation 5’s capabilities. This includes the SSD, where the game will reportedly take no longer than a second or two to transition from one world to another.
Paired with some classic child-friendly platformer-shooting mechanics, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart should be a launch day purchase for gaming families.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Kena: Bridge of Spirits feels more like an animated film than a game. The entire aesthetic is just like that of one. However, make no mistake, this is a full-fledged one, one that heavily encourages players to explore and experiment with their environment.
In Kena: Bridge of Spirits, gamers will have a team of spirit companions to help them navigate through the beautiful world. These spirit companions, known as Rot, can manipulate the environment and do other things as well.
Just what exactly can the Rot do is something we don’t know much more yet. We also don’t know what kind of gameplay Kena: Bridge of Spirits will have.
However, judging from what the developers and trailers have teased so far, we can for sure expect to see a lot of puzzle-solving with a heavy dose of adventuring and exploring once the game releases.
Hogwarts Legacy won’t be available at launch for the PlayStation 5. Younger kids might also not relate to the name as much as the older audiences. After all, the last Harry Potter film was released almost a decade ago in 2011. Also, the newer films based on the franchise didn’t exactly cater to younger audiences.
Still, we’re talking about magic and wizards here. Both of those things are universally loved by children, regardless of whether they can relate to the franchise or not.
Besides, Hogwarts Legacy will feature a single-player campaign set in an open-world 1800s versions of Hogwarts. This means that younger gamers with zero knowledge of the Harry Potter franchise will get to enjoy it as much as those who grew up reading the books and watching the films.
Hogwarts Legacy is set for a 2021 release on the PlayStation 5.
Rocket League is a rather self-explanatory game that continues to surprise gamers years into its release. In fact, from what was initially seen as more of a novelty, Rocket League has evolved to become an esport title, with an annual championship putting up a prize pool of $1 million and drawing in professional players from all around the globe.
Thus, with its continuously growing popularity, it makes sense that Rocket League will make its way to the PlayStation 5.
Still, despite the fact that it has a professional circuit, don’t mistake Rocket League as a difficult game. In fact, it’s very simple when you think about it. It’s just soccer, but instead of kicking balls, you drive cars to kick the ball around to score goal.
It is this charming and simple premise that makes it an excellent game for kids to pick up and learn.
With new game modes constantly being introduced and cross-platform connectivity, Rocket League should be one of the best PS5 games for kids and will remain so for many more years to come.
Crystal Dynamics’ and Square Enix’s take on the earth’s mightiest heroes in Marvel’s Avengers isn’t off to a good start.
Marvel’s Avengers was released earlier for current-gen consoles, and let’s just say that the reception was less than lukewarm. Many complained about how “monetized” the game was, while others didn’t like how little content there was. Many also felt dissatisfied with how little story there was to the game.
Whether or not these are all valid criticisms isn’t something we’re here to talk about. Rather, we’re here to talk about the fact that it’s superheroes in video games.
A true comic book action movie in video game form, Marvel’s Avengers might not have met initial expectations, but things should only get better from here on and out. For kids, that’s just a bonus. Because, as a video game, Marvel’s Avengers play well, and its charming set of heroes are utilized properly.
Once it releases on the PlayStation 5, expect Marvel’s Avengers to feature little of the bugs that plagued it at launch. This makes it even more of a must-play for children who want to play as their favorite superheroes.
Astro’s Playroom is another cute 3D platformer for the PlayStation 5. Even better is that it’s for free.
The game is essentially a glorified tech demo. It’ll help you get acquainted with everything that the PlayStation 5 can do. This includes how beautiful the graphics can potentially be, as well as what makes the DualSense different from the DualShock 4. In particular, the game is designed with the haptic feedback system in mind.
Astro’s Playroom will feature environments based on the different components of the PlayStation 5.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
What happens when you take one of the oldest video games ever in Tetris and mash it with Japan’s very own tile-matching game in Puyo Puyo?
Well, you literally get a game with those two big names combined.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is the follow-up to the original Puyo Puyo Tetris title, which attempted to create a game that mixed two similar but very different games in Tetris and Puyo Puyo. However, if you’re not up for the challenge yet, the game will let you choose to play just either one of the two games.
The offline component is pretty much like a tutorial of the game because the multiplayer is where the fun is at. Gamers can compete with anyone from around the world, or just with their kids or parents while they play on the couch.
Because it’s essentially a colorful tile-matching game at its very core, it should be a huge hit among kids.
The Battle Royale bug makes its way into a game that’s literally filled with bugs. Yes. Literally.
Worms Rumble is the attempt of the Worms franchise to try and take things into the modern era. Instead of the turn-based gameplay that these games have long been known for, Worms Rumble will instead pit 32 players fighting it out against each other in what can only be described as multiplayer mayhem, all for the right to be the last worm standing.
Worms Rumble won’t just take the Battle Royale formula and plaster their own skins into it though. The game intends to put its own spin. In fact, one of the more unique aspects of Worms Rumble is that it will feature a “Stamina” bar that will limit your movement in the game so you can’t just go in guns blazing.
Other more standard features that Worms Rumble will have include customizable player skins, as well as three different game modes to choose from.
The best PS5 games for kids are creative, thought-inspiring, and loads of fun, which are qualities that you’ll find in common in all our recommendations.
Of course, it should go without saying that we don’t recommend spending hours playing in front of the TV. It’s not healthy. It’s not good for children, teenagers, and adults alike, both physically and mentally. However, there’s nothing wrong with letting your child play a game or two occasionally.
In fact, playing video games has many benefits. Much more so if you, their parent, is right there playing the game with them.