Top video games that children want to play this Christmas

Looking for some great video games for your children to play over the holiday season? Well look no further, our resident tech expert Andy Robertson, offers some options for you to consider for children of all ages.

As with the most popular content on Netflix, iPlayer or Spotify, trending video games change faster than the wind. It can seem hard to keep up or follow what children want to play.

Don’t worry, with a little of the right information we have for you here, you can keep up to date with the latest games. This is important not only to know what to buy children for Christmas but also so you can understand their games and engage in guiding their play in healthy directions.

Console Exclusives

Not all games are available on all consoles. In fact, many games can only be played on one system: PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, PC or smartphone. Understanding which games are available on which platform can help you decide which is right for your family.

With this list of Console Exclusives, you can ask your children which are the games they most want to play and then determine which platform you need to access them. Some examples of exclusives include:

Popular Games

 In addition to specific games on different systems, understand which are the popular games this year can guide the purchasing of gifts, as well as aid your appreciation of what children are playing.

PEGI 3 games

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knock Out

This is a race to the flag competition that you play online with lots of other players. It’s silly fun that is fun for all the family.

  • Release Date: 04/08/2020
  • Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4
  • Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports
  • Players: You can play this with 60 players online
Fall Guys short trailer of the game on PS4
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See our online gaming advice guide for more tips on how to help children get the best out of their experience.

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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

This is Mario Kart but with real remote-controlled cars. They have a camera on them so you can see the action from the Switch screen in the best augmented-reality game so far.

  • Release Date: 16/10/2020
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch
  • Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active, Racing and Sports
  • Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room
Mario Kart Live short trailer on Nintendo Switch

Boomering Fu

This is a comic combat game where you play different edible heroes. It’s fast and funny but requires real skill if you are going to win. Best of all, you can play with up to 6 players.

  • Release Date: 13/08/2020
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One
  • Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation
  • Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room
Boomering Fu short trailer on Nintendo Switch

PEGI 7 Games

Bugsnax

This is an adventure with a difference. As you catch and consume the snack-shaped bugs you take on the different edible properties. It’s great fun with a mystery to solve that has a twist in the tale.

  • Release Date: 12/11/2020
  • Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
  • Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation
  • Players: This is a single-player game
A short trailer of Bugsnax

Summer in Mara

This is a beautiful adventure story where a young girl explores her island home. You get to take care of the harvest and talk to all manner of different characters needing your help.

  • Release Date: 15/06/2020
  • Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • Genres: Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation
  • Players: This is a single-player game
Summer in Mara short trailer on Nintendo Switch

Riverbond

A four-player adventure where you work together to explore a charming block-based land. There is all manner of battles and weapons to find. It’s exuberant fun without the violence taking over.

  • Release Date: 10/06/2019
  • Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting
  • Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online
Riverbond short trailer on PS4

PEGI 12 Games

Immortals Fenyx Rising

This is a mythical online adventure where you explore a huge world, solve puzzles and fight evil. It’s like Zelda Breath of the Wild but with greek gods.

  • Release Date: 03/12/2020
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
  • Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Open World
  • Players: This is a single-player game
Immortals Fenys Rising – official launch trailer on PS5

Geshin Impact

This is a free-to-start online adventure set in a fantasy world. You explore, interact with computer characters and work with other players to complete missions and level up your character.

  • Release Date: 27/09/2020
  • Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing
  • Players: You can play this with 4 players online
Geshin Impact short trailer on PS4

Hyrule Warrior Age Of Calamity

This is a hack and slash combat game. What makes it different and popular is the tie-in with Zelda Breath of the Wild’s story. Mashing buttons combine with tactical considerations in the Hyrule warfare game.

  • Release Date: 14/11/2020
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch
  • Genres: Action and Fighting
  • Players: This is a single-player game
Hyrule Warrior Age of Calamity short trailer on Nintendo
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