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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from January 20 – 26, 2018

Here are all the video game releases that have been rated E-T by the ESRB that are being released between January 20th and January 26th.

Monday, January 21st

Ihugu– Switch

Tuesday, January 22nd


At Sundown: Shots in the Dark- Switch
FutureGrind- Switch

Thursday, January 24th


Achtung! Cthulu Tactics- Switch
Adivine Hearts II- Switch
Cursed Castilla- Switch
Doodle God: Evolution- Switch
Fishing Universe Simulator- Switch
JackQuest: The Tale of the Sword- Switch
LEGRAND LEGACY: Tale of the Fatebounds- Switch
My Memory of Us- Switch
Pikuniku- Switch
Smite- Switch

Saturday, January 26th


Inops- Switch

For the Grown Ups


Resident Evil 2- PS4, Xbone, PC


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Is Mortal Kombat 11 Ok For Kids?

Mortal Kombat 11, from NetherRealm Studios has been formally unveiled during a live stream event. I can’t really show a single frame of the show, but if you are a curious parent you can go to their YouTube page for the announcement trailer.

I don’t know how OFTEN it will come up, but here is my answer to questions about whether or not Mortal Kombat 11 is age appropriate for kids:

No.

Niet.

Não.

Nein.

Non.

いいえ.

“Sometimes “No” is the kindest word.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“Real freedom is saying ‘no’ without giving a reason.”
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“If something is not a “hell, YEAH!”, then it’s a “no!”
― James Altucher

“NO” is a complete sentence. It does not require an explanation to follow. You can truly answer someone’s request with a simple No.”
― Sharon E. Rainey, The Best Part of My Day Healing Journal


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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from January 13 – 19, 2018

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T that are releasing between January 13th and January 19th. 

Monday, January 14th

Forever Forest- Switch

Tuesday, January 15th

Vane- PS4

Wednesday, January 16th

Bash the Bear- Switch

Planet RIX-13- Switch

Thursday, January 17th

Bedtime Blues- Switch

Build a Bridge!- Switch

Crazy Striker Bowling EX- Switch

DYING: Reborn- Switch

Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force- Switch

Feudal Alloy- Switch

Gunman Clive HD Collection- Switch

Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space!- Switch

Left-Right: The Mansion- Switch

Mega Mall Story- Switch

Octahedron: Transfixed Edition- Switch

The Office Quest- Switch

The Shrouded Isle- Switch

Friday, January 18th

ACE Combat 7: Skies Unknown- PS4, Xbone

Old School Racer 2- Switch

Fight of Gods- Switch

For the Grown-Ups

Onimusha Warlords- PS4, Xbone, PC, Switch (Tuesday, January 15th)

The Walking Dead: The Final Season, Episode 3- PS4, Xbone, Switch (Tuesday, January 15th)

YIIK: A Postmodern RPG- PS4, PC, Switch, Vita (Thursday, January 17th)

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes- Switch (Friday, January 18th)


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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from January 6 – 12, 2018

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T that are releasing between January 6th and January 12th.

Tuesday, January 8th

Megalith- PS VR

Thursday, January 10th

A Ch’ti Bundle- Switch
At Sundown- PC
Aftercharge- Xbone, PC
BQM: BlockQuest Maker- Switch
Bury Me, My Love- Switch
Caveblazers- Switch
Clock Simulator- Switch
Combat Core- Switch
Double Cross- Switch
Everything- Switch
Grab Lab- Switch
Hopiko- Switch
Inside My Radio- Switch
Knock ‘Em Down Bowling- Switch
Lightseekers- Switch
Mecho Wars: Desert Ashes- Switch
Overdriven Reloaded: Special Edition- Switch
Sega Ages: Out Run- Switch
Snowboarding: The Next Phase- Switch

Friday, January 11th

Hive Jump- Switch
Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey- 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe- Switch
Stellar Interface- Switch
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition- PS4, Xbone, PC, Switch

 

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The Engaged Family Gaming Games of the Year 2018

I went into 2018 with relatively low expectations. We all know that I am a bottomless pit of hype, but everything is a let down after The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This year ended up being a very pleasant surprise as a result. It felt like I had an exciting game to play every time a turned around, and I finished the year with a large back catalog of games from this year that I am still picking away at as we tread into the new year. Take a look for below for some of my favorites. Let me know how you feel in the comments section below!

The Family Games of the Year

Marvel’s Spider-Man

My game of the year, without question, is Marvel’s Spider-Man. I’m a big web-head to begin with, so I was predisposed to like this game. But, nothing prepared me for how much it would captivate me.

In order for a Spider-Man game to work the developers need to nail the traversal. Spider-Man is a hero built around agility and mobility. Insomniac executed perfectly here. I could have spent literal days swinging around their recreation of New York if I didn’t have to work and feed myself. It was a remarkable achievement that made me sad when it was finished.

The web-swinging was so good that I would have tolerated a hack job of a story and still loved the game. That wasn’t a problem though as Insomniac delivered a very interesting story about a slightly older and more experienced Peter Parker. To be honest, its one of the best Spider-Man stories I’ve experienced in a long time. I especially loved how they handled his relationship with Mary Jane.

Marvel’s Spider-Man is a game I’ll remember for a long time and has me ravenous for its inevitable sequel. It is, as far as I am concerned, required reading for anyone who owns a PlayStation 4.

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee

I’ve always struggled to get into Pokemon games. I love the idea of playing them. I have bought several of them and been enamored with them for a while. But, somewhere around hour 20-25 I fall off. The grind catches up with me and I find something else to play.

Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee was the first Pokemon game to overcome that. It managed to give me all of the charm of the Pokemon franchise without the grind. Game Freak did that by removing random encounters and replacing the long-standing pokemon capture system with the system used in Pokemon Go.

I had my doubts as I was waiting for the game to come out. I just didn’t think that Let’s Go would hold my interest. But, I was wrong.

This is a wonderful departure from the earlier games in the franchise. I can’t wait to see what else they do with it.

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

super Smash Bros Ultimate Box Art

Holy crap. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is a big video game. Every time I turn it on it feels like I am finding something new. The character list alone contains more than seventy characters that all play very differently from each other. I think I’ll be playing Smash for years with my boys. The value is unquestionable.

Smash’s size isn’t the only thing going for it though. It is a polished fighting game that is fun to play alone and in groups of up to eight players! This is a must-own for families who have large groups of gamers in their house regularly.

The Messenger

EFG fans know that I am a sucker for a retro-inspired platformer. My game of the year in 2014 was Shovel Knight. There is just something about a game being made with modern design sensibilities that also reminds me of the games that captured my imagination as a kid.

The Messenger is clearly inspired by Ninja Gaiden, a devilishly hard ninja game from the NES. But, somewhere along the design process, they decided to add a whole other game into it. I’ll never understand why they would do that to themselves, but their efforts paid off. They somehow combined an 8bit (ish) linear platforming game and a 16bit (ish) exploration platformer into the same product.

They also managed to create one of my favorite games of the year.

Grown-Up Game of the Year

God of War

I never liked Kratos or the God of War games. They were crude and juvenile. The only reason we could ever call those games “mature” was for the violence and nudity. The series just echoed on in the background and I ignored it.

But, something about the way Sony was marketing the newest game in that franchise caught my attention. They gave me a glimmer of hope, somehow, that Sony Santa Monica was going to make me care about Kratos and show me that even he could grow up.

I am so glad that I was paying attention, because God of War was the most pleasant surprise I have had in my, near thirty-year gaming, career. Kratos not only grew up, but he matured into a man I could relate to as a father and as someone who has done things I regret.

I, obviously, never hunted down an entire pantheon, but it wasn’t hard to draw connections between his dark past and his obvious pain and regret with some of my more regrettable memories.

Its worth mentioning that I just wrote four paragraphs about a God of War game before I mentioned how amazing the combat was. I loved every second of the combat. It was every bit as brutal as I expected, and it was more personal than I thought I would ever be comfortable with.

This is, obviously, not a game for kids, but I would recommend God of War to anyone who owns a PS4. Grown-ups simply must play this game.

Honorable Mention

Fortnite

It’s impossible to talk about games of the year in 2018 without talking about Fortnite. It’s a game that has stolen the hearts and minds of (most of) our children and has reached further into our wallets than we ever thought possible. I can’t say that it was one of my favorite games of the year, but I think that we will be talking about Fortnite far longer than we will any of the other games I wrote about in this article. (For more info: Take a look at our Fortnite Beginner’s Guide or our Parent’s Guide to Fortnite)

 

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from December 16 – 22, 2018

Here are all the video releases rated E-T that are coming out between December 16th and December 22nd.

Monday, December 17

Hyperdrive: Vector Raid- Switch

Tuesday, December 18

Donut County- Switch

Thursday, December 20

Awe- Switch
Blacksea Odyssey- Switch
Digerati Indie Bundle: INK and HackyZack- Switch
Funghi Explosion- Switch
Guess the Character- Switch
Horizon Shift ’81- Switch
Leopoldo Manquiseil- Switch
Revertia- Switch
The Keep- Switch
Viviette- Switch

Friday, December 21

Clouds & Sheep 2- Switch
Dynamite Fishing: World Games- Switch
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining DLC- PS4
Sundered: Eldritch Edition- Switch

Saturday, December 22

Koloro- Switch
Mana Spark- Switch
Wondershot- Switch

One for the Grown-ups

Firewatch comes out on Switch on Monday, December 17.


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All of the Family Gaming News from the 2018 Game Awards

The Game Awards were held on December 6th. The three-hour live stream celebrated the last year in gaming while simultaneously gazing off into the future. Take a look below for all of the family-friendly video game announcements from the show.

 

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

We didn’t hear anything about Metroid Prime or Animal Crossing, but we did learn about another Nintendo Switch exclusive.

Team Ninja is a developing a new Marvel Ultimate Alliance game! Ultimate Alliance 3 is going to be focused on Thanos and his Black Order and will include characters from the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and (surprisingly) The X-Men!

Previous games in the series have been light on the strategy and heavy on the action. I’m ok with that though. The idea of playing a Guantlet-like game with my kids while we play as our favorite superheroes.

Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled

Crash Bandicoot is experiencing a bit of a resurgence. The N-Sane Trilogy that released last year was one of the best selling games of the year. It only makes sense to bring out another great Crash game.

Crash Team Racing is being remade by Beenox and will release on June 21, 2019.

Anthem Demo Coming Soon

BioWare’s next big game, Anthem, is being released in February of 2019. But, players will be able to get their hands on the game ahead of time in two different demos.

Demo #1: Exclusive to VIPs and will be available to pre-order customers from January 25 through January 27.

Demo #2: Will be, essentially, and Open Beta. It will be accessible by everyone from February 1 through February 3.

Persona’s Joker Coming To Smash

Nintendo announced the first character to be included in the Fighter Pass for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. It was a huge surprise to everyone there when they revealed Joker, the protagonist from Persona 5.

 

Fortnite’s The Block

Fortnite Creative was announced the day before the show. That was exciting news in and of itself, but Epic had more up their sleeves. They announced a new named location on the Battle Royale map called “The Block.”

This new zone replaces Risky Reels and will feature user-generated content from within the Creative Mode. They didn’t provide details, but they mentioned that there would be some sort of voting system to help choose what was going to appear on The Block.

Psychonauts 2 trailer

Psychonauts 2 was announced a few years ago, but we finally got a chance to see a gameplay trailer.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts!

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from December 9 – 15, 2018

Here are all the games rated E-T that are coming out the week of December 9-December 15.

Monday, December 10

Guacamelee 2- Switch

Tuesday, December 11

Everquest: The Burning Lands Expansion- PC
Everspace: Stellar Edition- Switch
Gungrave VR: Loaded Coffin Edition- PS4
Kingdom Two Crowns- PS4, Xbone, PC, Switch
Tiny Bird Garden Deluxe- PC

Wednesday, December 12

Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades- PS4, Xbone

Thursday, December 13

Almightree: The Last Dreamer- Switch
Forza Horizon 4: Fortune Island Expansion- Xbone, PC
GRIS- PC, Switch
Hunter’s Legacy: Purrfect Edition- Switch
Knights of Pen and Paper Deluxiest Edition- Switch
Omensight: Definitive Edition- Switch
Oxyjet- Switch
Rally Racers- Xbone
RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures- Switch
Sega Ages: Phantasy Star- Switch
Starman- Switch

Friday, December 14

Lazy Galaxy: Rebel Story- Switch
Peace, Death! Complete Edition- Switch

For the Adults

Borderlands 2 VR (Friday, December 14)


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super Smash Bros Ultimate Box Art

Here are all the games rated E – T by the ESRB that are being released during the week of December 2-December 8, 2018.

Monday, December 3

Demetrios: The Big Cynical Adventure- Switch
Playstation Classic

Tuesday, December 4

Atelier Arland Series Deluxe Pack- PS4, PC, Switch
GWENT: The Witcher Card Game- PS4, Xbone
Gear.Club Unlimited 2- Switch
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom- PS4, Xbone, Switch
Override: Mech City Brawl- PS4, Xbone, PC
Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight- PS4, Vita
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight- PS4, Vita
Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection- PS4
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales- PS4, Xbone
Toki- Switch

Wednesday, December 5

Energy Cycle Edge- Switch

Thursday, December 6

Battle Princess Madelyn- Switch
Beholder: Complete Edition- Switch
LongStory: A Dating Game for the Real World- Switch
Rival Megagun- Switch

Friday, December 7

8Bitdo Gbros. Wireless Adapter for Nintendo Switch (Works with Wired GameCube & Classic Edition Controllers)
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek- PS4, Xbone, Switch
Inkling Girl Amiibo
Katamari Damacy Reroll- PC, Switch
PlayerUnknown’s Battleground- PS4
Ridley Amiibo
Sega Genesis Classics- Switch
Splatoon Amiibo 3 Pack: Octoling Girl, Octoling Boy, Octoling Octopus
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate- Switch
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate- Gamecube Controller Adapter
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition Pro Controller
Wolf Amiibo

For the Grown-Ups

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey- Legacy of the First Blade DLC (Tuesday, December 4)
Just Cause 4 (Tuesday, December 4)


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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from November 18 -24 2018

Here are all the video games rated E-T that are being released the week of November 18-24, 2018.

Tuesday, November 20

Beat Saber- PS VR
Farming Simulator 19- Xbone
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars DLC- PS4
Squishies- PS VR
Storm Boy- Switch
Wreckfest- PS4, Xbone, PC
Youtuber’s Life OMG Edition- Switch

Wednesday, November 21

Desktop Soccer- Switch

Thursday, November 22

ATV Drift & Tricks- Switch
Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: A Bleaker Predicklement- Switch
Battery Jam- Switch
Bibi & Tina: Adventures with Horses- Switch
Bibi Blocksburg: Big Broom Race 3- Switch
GEM Crash- Switch
Ms. Splosion Man- Switch
Nidhogg 2- Switch
Panda Hero- Switch
Please, Don’t Touch Anything- Switch
Steamburg- Switch
Zeus Quests Remastered- Switch

Friday, November 23

Forever Forest- Switch


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