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If you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for new video games to play with your family. This September is a great month for family-friendly releases, and here’s a calendar of what’s coming out!

Stay busy this fall with these excellent family-friendly video game choices!

Ooblets 

  • Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • September 1

Ooblets has been in early access for a while, but is finally celebrating its 1.0 release on September 1st. The titular ooblets are little creatures that you can collect, train, and dance with. The game is set in the town of Badgeton where you’ll explore, make new ooblet friends, and upgrade your house. There are tons of different ooblets to collect, each with their own unique personalities.

LEGO Brawls 

  • PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • September 2

LEGO Brawls is a new game coming out on September 2 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. In LEGO Brawls, you’ll build your own LEGO minifigure and go head-to-head with other players in multiplayer battles. There are a variety of modes to choose from, including Capture the Brick, King of the Hill, and Super Smash Bros.-inspired arenas. You can also customize your LEGO figure with different hats, weapons, and accessories. WithLEGO Brawls, you can play with up to four players locally or online. So round up your friends and get ready for some brick-smashing action!

Biomutant 

  • PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S
  • September 6

Biomutant is an open-world action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals. The game was first announced in 2017, and was originally scheduled for release in 2018. However, it was delayed several times before finally releasing on September 6, 2020. Biomutant is available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. The game received mixed reviews upon release, with some praising its unique world and combat system, while others criticized its technical issues and lack of polish. Despite its mixed reception, Biomutant has sold well, and is one of the bestselling games of the year so far.

Temtem

  • PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC
  • September 6

It’s official – Temtem is coming to consoles and PC! The long-awaited creature-collection RPG will be released on September 6th for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, and PC. From the developers at Crema, Temtem is a massively multiplayer adventure that lets you capture, train, and battle your way to becoming the ultimate Temtem tamer. With dozens of Temtem to collect, a vibrant world to explore, and intense battles to be had, Temtem is shaping up to be an awesome creature-collection game.

NBA 2K23

  • PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • September 9

It’s finally here! NBA 2k23 is set to release on September 9th and fans everywhere are eagerly anticipating its arrival. This year’s edition promises to be the most realistic and immersive basketball experience yet, with cutting-edge graphics and gameplay that will put you right in the middle of the action. Whether you’re a diehard fan or just looking for a fun and competitive multiplayer game, NBA 2k23 is sure to deliver. So mark your calendar and get ready for some serious hoops action!

Splatoon 3 

  • Switch
  • September 9

The Nintendo Switch is getting a brand new Splatoon game! Splatoon 3 is coming to the Nintendo Switch on Sept 9th and it looks like the ink-splatting action is only getting bigger and better. The third installment in the popular shooter series will feature new weapons, maps, and modes, as well as an all-new single-player campaign. The highlights include an ink bow and arrow and a windshield wiper “splatana blade.” We cannot WAIT to get our hands on this one.

Bear and Breakfast

  • Switch
  • September 15

Bear and Breakfast is a Nintendo Switch game that simulates the life of a bear running a bed and breakfast. You step into the bear’s shoes, find a plot of land, gather resources like wood and stone, and improve the building. Guests will visit the lodge and request various services, such as fishing or hiking. Providing high-quality service to your customers will net you money that you can use to improve the inn. This is such a wholesome-looking game and I can’t wait to play it!

Return to Monkey Island

  • Switch, PC
  • September 17

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a new Monkey Island game, but it looks like the wait is finally over. Return to Monkey Island is coming to the Nintendo Switch on September 17, and we couldn’t be more excited. The last Monkey Island game was released way back in 2010, so it’s been quite a while since we’ve had a chance to explore the wacky world of piracy created by Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer. From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like Return to Monkey Island will be everything we loved about the original games, with updated visuals and gameplay that are perfect for the Switch. We can’t wait to jump back into this classic adventure game and see what new adventures await us on Monkey Island.

Grounded

  • Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
  • September 27

Grounded is finally getting its 1.0 release after spending what felt like an eternity in the Xbox Game Preview program. This is a survival game where players are kids who have been shrunk down smaller than ants who have to survive in the wilds of their own backyard. Picture Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, but in video game form.

Hokko Life

  • PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • September 27

Hokko Life looks a LOT like an Animal Crossing: New Horizons clone. That isn’t a HUGE stretch. They share a lot of the same bones, but there are some pretty significant differences. This is a good thing though! We love that Animal Crossing has inspired other entries in the life sim genre and this one has the advantage of being available on multiple platforms!

The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero

  • PlayStation 4, Switch, PC
  • September 27

The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero was originally released back in 2011 for the PSVITA. It is now being updated and re-released on PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch. This is a long-requested re-release from a long-running sci-fi/fantasy JRPG series. I would recommend that you look at more recent entries in the series if you want to play them, but if you have played a lot of the “Trails” RPGs then this is a great game to pick up. I would recommend against the PS4 version however as it is really just a rerelease of the PSVITA version with no updates or improvements as opposed to the Switch and PC versions.

Tunic

  • PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4
  • September 27  

If you’re looking for an adventure game that will take you back to the days of classic action-adventure titles like The Legend of Zelda, then you’ll want to check out Tunic. This charming little game puts you in the role of a cute fox who finds themselves stranded in a strange land. Armed with nothing but your wits and a few trusty weapons, you’ll set out to explore the massive world of Tunic, uncovering its many secrets along the way. While Tunic may not be as ambitious as some of the other games on this list, it more than makes up for it with its tight gameplay and gorgeous visuals. Plus, it’s just a lot of fun. If you’re looking for an adventure game to play on your PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 4, Tunic should definitely be at the top of your list.

Dorfromantik

  • Switch
  • September 29

Dorfromantik is a unique puzzle game that will be released for the Nintendo Switch on September 29th. The game features a unique gameplay mechanic where players must match tiles of the same type in order to rotate them and change the landscape. The game also features a beautiful art style and calming music, making it perfect for players who want to relax and de-stress. While the game may initially seem easy, it quickly becomes challenging and addictive. Whether you’re looking for a new way to unwind or simply want to test your problem-solving skills, Dorfromantik is definitely worth checking out.


What do you think? are you picking any of these up?

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Nintendo Switch games are all the rage right now! If you’re a parent, you probably want to know what the best-selling games are. Well, look no further! We’ve put together a list of the top 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch games. Here are the 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch games so far. Who knows, maybe your favorite game is on this list!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 46.82 million 

Link Legend of Zelda Mario Kart 8
Link riding a Zelda Themed motorcycle? I’m in!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one of the best-selling video games of all time, with over 46 million copies sold worldwide. That’s an impressive number, but it’s even more impressive when you consider that the game was only released in 2017. In just a few short years, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has become one of the most popular games ever made. And it’s easy to see why. The game is a blast to play, with a huge variety of tracks and characters to choose from. Plus, the addition of the Battle Mode makes it an even more addictive experience. Whether you’re a casual player or a hardcore fan, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is definitely worth your time.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons: 39.38 million

Crossing: New Horizons has been a runaway success, selling over 39 million copies since its release in March 2020. The game has been praised for its easy-to-pick-up gameplay, charming visuals, and relaxing atmosphere. Players take on the role of a person who moves to a deserted island and begins to build a new life. They can catch fish, collect shells, grow fruit, and interact with a cast of colorful characters. New Horizons has proven to be a welcome respite from the stresses of real life, and it’s no wonder that it’s become one of the best-selling games on the Switch. Thanks, Animal Crossing!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: 28.82 million

super Smash Bros Ultimate
super Smash Bros Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a fighting game developed by Bandai Namco and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. It was released on December 7, 2018. The game is the fifth installment in the Super Smash Bros. series, and it features characters from various Nintendo franchises, including Mario, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus Aran, Fox McCloud, Pikachu, and Yoshi. In addition to the returning characters, the game also introduces several new characters, including Inkling from Splatoon and Ridley from Metroid. Ultimate was a commercial success, selling over 28 million copies worldwide. There is still some divide among fans as to where it ranks among other games in the Smash series, but it is a great game to add to your Switch collection if you don’t have it yet!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 27.14 million

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the most popular video games of all time, and it’s no wonder why. With its gorgeous open-world setting, thrilling combat, and deep lore, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And now, with its recent sales figures, it’s clear that more people than ever are experiencing the joys of Hyrule. According to Nintendo, Breath of the Wild has sold over 27 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling Zelda game of all time. It’s also one of the best-selling games on the Nintendo Switch, which is itself a record-breaking console. In other words, if you’re looking for an adventure that will keep you entertained for hours on end, Breath of the Wild is definitely worth checking out.

Pokemon Sword/Pokemon Shield: 24.50 million

It’s official: Pokemon Sword and Shield are the two best-selling games in the series, with a combined 24.50 million copies sold worldwide. This is a truly impressive feat, and it’s thanks in no small part to the amazing team at Game Freak. With their hard work and dedication, they have created a Pokemon game that is truly unique and impressive. It’s no wonder that so many people have fallen in love with it!

Super Mario Odyssey: 23.93 million

Super Mario Odyssey is now the best-selling Super Mario game of all time! With over 23.93 million copies sold worldwide, it has officially surpassed the previous record holder, Super Mario World. And it’s no wonder – with its gorgeous graphics, innovative gameplay, and memorable characters, Odyssey is a true masterpiece. Not to mention, it’s just a whole lot of fun to play! We can’t wait to see what Mario’s next adventure will be – but whatever it is, we’re sure it will be another runaway success. Congratulations, Mario! You truly are the king of the Mushroom Kingdom!

Super Mario Party: 18.06 million

Super Mario Party has been a big hit with gamers of all ages, selling 18.06 million copies since it was released on the Nintendo Switch in 2018. The game features a variety of mini-games that can be played with up to four players, making it a great party game. There is also a single-player mode for those who want to play the game solo. The game has been praised for its colorful graphics and easy-to-learn gameplay. Whether you’re playing with friends or family, Super Mario Party is sure to provide hours of fun.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Pokemon Shining Pearl: 14.79 million

Fans had to wait 2 years after the release of Sword and Shield for another Pokemon Game. The wait is finally over with the release of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which takes place in the Sinnoh region first seen in 2007’s Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. While some may be concerned that the game is simply a rehash of old content, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl offers a unique experience that should not be missed by any fan of the series. The game has already sold 14.79 million copies worldwide, proving that there is still a strong demand for traditional Pokemon games. New features like online co-op, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are sure to please both longtime fans and newcomers alike.

Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!: 14.66 million

The release of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! on the Nintendo Switch was a momentous occasion for fans of the franchise. Not only did it mark the first time that Pokémon had been playable on a home console, but it also brought the series into the modern age with updated graphics and gameplay. The response from fans was overwhelmingly positive, and the games went on to sell 14.66 million copies worldwide. While some purists may have been put off by the changes, there is no denying that Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! was a huge success and helped to bring the franchise to a new generation of players

Ring Fit Adventure: 14.54 million

Ring-Fit-Adventure logo
Ring Fit Adventure logo


Who would have thought that Nintendo would hit ANOTHER home run with a game designed to get people fit would be such a runaway success? Certainly not the naysayers who balked at the high price tag and dismissively called it a “gimmick.” But Ring Fit Adventure has proven them wrong in a big way, selling over 14 million copies worldwide. And it’s easy to see why: with its unique blend of physical activity and RPG-style gameplay, Ring Fit Adventure is simply one of the most fun and engaging workout experiences available. Whether you’re playing by yourself or with friends, there’s no denying that Ring Fit Adventure is a workout worth taking. So dust off your Switch and get ready to break a sweat!


The Nintendo Switch has been a massive success, and the games are flying off the shelves. If you’re looking for some ideas of what to buy your loved ones this holiday season, look no further than our list of the 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch games so far. With such a variety of genres represented, there’s something for everyone on this list! So go ahead and add one (or more!) of these games to your shopping cart – we promise you won’t be disappointed. And don’t forget to let us know in the comments which game is your favorite!

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PlayStation Now has been retired. The benefits (most of them listed below) have been rolled into the newly updated PlayStation Plus service. Head over to our guide if you want to see what PlayStation is offering as part of its premium subscription service.

We’ll leave the content up for archival purposes though so people can see what PlayStation Now WAS.


It seems like everyone is starting their own premium gaming service these days. It can be tough for parents to be able to tell the difference between Xbox Live, PlayStation Plus, and all the others. We can’t let that stand here at EFG so we wrote up a big ol’ guide for all of the premium services so our readers can tell them all apart and understand the costs and benefits of each one.

Take a look below for our guide to PlayStation Now!

The Pitch

PlayStation Now (PSNow) is a Netflix-esque streaming service for PlayStation 4 and PC. Subscribers have unlimited access to stream a collection of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games over the internet on their PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, or PC.

How Does it Work?

Subscribers have access to the massive catalog of games for as long as their membership lasts. The majority of the games are streamed online like the shows we watch on Netflix or Disney +. There is a selection of around 300 games available for download through the service.

How Much Does it Cost?

PlayStation Now (PSNow) can be purchased in 12-month, 3-month, or 1-month increments.

12 Month Subscription – $99.99

3 Month Subscription – $44.99

1 Month Subscription – $19.99

Advice

Some of the value of PlayStation Now (PSNow) is dependent upon the strength of your internet connection. The games are streamed over the internet so they will run poorly if you can’t get a good enough connection. Sony customer support recommends that your internet service has a download speed of at least 5mbps (megabytes per second) to use the service. Tests performed by other sites like ArsTechnica have shown that it takes closer to 9 mbps to really take advantage of it.

There is a collection of games you can download. You can even play them in up to 4k resolution if you play it on your PS5 or PC.

Troubleshooting

Sony technical support has provided a few tips for folks who have the recommended download speed and are still experiencing issues with the service:

Use a Wired Connection

Many homes have their consoles hooked up to the internet via a wireless connection (wifi). This does hamper the quality of the connection between your PS4 and the modem. One way to correct this is by using an ethernet cable to connect your PS4 to the modem directly. This may not be possible for everyone, but it is at least worth mentioning.

Reduce the Number of Applications Using the Network

Your home network only has so much data that it can download from the internet at once. Applications that are sharing that download speed and can hinder each other’s performance. Its like traffic coming into your house. We’d get everywhere faster if we were the only car on the road.

Some applications you might consider shutting down are:

  • Streaming video applications (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube)
  • Cloud backup or sync applications (Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud)
  • Content downloads (BitTorrent, software, games, movies, or music)
  • Video/audio communication apps (FaceTime, Skype)

Try Off-Peak Hours

Your download speed can also be hurt if you try to use a shared (or public) connection during the busiest hours of the day. Try using the service during off-peak hours like evenings and weekends so there may be fewer people using the service.

Other Guides

There are a ton of other premium video game services out there so we wrote guides for all of them.  Take a look below:

A Parent’s Guide to EA Access

A Parent’s Guide to Xbox Live Gold

A Parent’s Guide to Xbox Game Pass

A Parent’s Guide to PlayStation Plus

A Parent’s Guide to EA Origin’s Access


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Sony has released an upgrade to the PlayStation Plus program. The new version of the program offers a number of features and benefits that are sure to appeal to parents and gamers alike. In this article, we will discuss all the details of the new PlayStation Plus program so that you can decide if it is right for your family. We will cover topics such as price, content, and how the program works. So whether you are already a PlayStation Plus member or are just considering signing up, read on for all the information you need!

PS+ has been around since 2010. During that time it has delivered a ton of free games and discounts to subscribers.

The program has always been optional, but it was a requirement for anyone who wants to play online multiplayer games on their PlayStation console. The vast majority of PS+ members are happy with the service and don’t mind paying $60/year for it, but there are some that feel like they’re being forced into it. Forced or not… PS+ is a key part of the PlayStation ecosystem so you need to know how it works in order to make the most out of your console.

  • Classics Catalog
  • Game Trials
  • Cloud Streaming

PlayStation Plus is divided into three tiers: Essential, Extra, and Premium.

PlayStation Plus EssentialPlayStation Plus ExtraPlayStation Plus Premium
Monthly Games Monthly Games Monthly Games
Online Multiplayer Online Multiplayer Online Multiplayer
Exclusive Discounts Exclusive Discounts Exclusive Discounts
Exclusive Content Exclusive Content Exclusive Content
Cloud Storage Cloud Storage Cloud Storage
Share Play Share Play Share Play
PlayStation Plus Collection PlayStation Plus Collection PlayStation Plus Collection
Game Help Game Help Game Help
Game Catalog Game Catalog
Ubisoft Classics Ubisoft Classics
Classics Catalog
Game Trials
Cloud Streaming
This chart shows a quick view of the benefits of each tier.

PlayStation Plus Essential

“Enjoy all the core PlayStation Plus benefits: join your friends in online multiplayer, add new games to your collection every month, get incredible deals from PlayStation Store, and more.”

  • Monthly Games
  • Online Multiplayer
  • Exclusive Discounts

PlayStation Plus Essential also includes:

  • The PlayStation Plus Collection*
  • Share Play
  • Game Help*
  • Cloud Storage
  • Exclusive Content

PlayStation Plus Extra

“Get all the great benefits included in the PlayStation Plus Essential plan, as well as access to the Game Catalog, featuring hundreds of games from genre-defining blockbusters to innovative indies, with new titles added regularly.”

  • Game Catalog
  • Ubisoft+ Classics

PlayStation Plus Extra also includes:

  • Monthly Games
  • Online Multiplayer
  • Exclusive Discounts
  • The PlayStation Plus Collection*
  • Share Play
  • Game Help*
  • Cloud Storage
  • Exclusive Content

PlayStation Plus Premium

“Enjoy all the core PlayStation Plus benefits, hundreds of games in the Game Catalog, as well as exclusive benefits like game trials, cloud streaming, and the Classics Catalog.”

PlayStation Plus Premium also includes:

  • Game Catalog
  • Ubisoft+ Classics
  • Monthly Games
  • Online Multiplayer
  • Exclusive Discounts
  • The PlayStation Plus Collection*
  • Share Play
  • Game Help*
  • Cloud Storage
  • Exclusive Content

How Much Does PlayStation Plus Cost?

1 Month3 Month12 Month
PlayStation Plus Essential$9.99$24.99$59.99
PlayStation Plus Extra$14.99$39.99$99.99
PlayStation Plus Premium$17.99$49.99$119.99
This table shows the subscription price for each tier of PlayStation Plus.

Advice

If you own a PlayStation 5 and want to play games online (with a few exceptions like Fortnite), then you’ll need to buy one of the plans to do so.

At that point, it is just a matter of choosing which of the three plans you want to buy into. The Essential plan works just like the PSPlus did at launch. It grants access to online play, discounts, two free games a month (determined by Sony), the PlayStation Plus Collection, and a few other minor benefits.

The Extra plan is an extra $5 a month (or $40/year). That extra cost gives you everything from the Essential package but includes access to a catalog of PS4 and PS5 games at no extra charge.

The Plus Premium plan is only a few dollars more a month and adds access to the classics catalog. This is a collection of older PlayStation titles like Dark Cloud and Ape Escape. This is a great move if you have nostalgia for these older PlayStation titles, but have gotten rid of your older PlayStation consoles.

Other Guides

There are a ton of other premium video game services out there so we wrote guides for all of them.  Take a look below:

A Parent’s Guide to Xbox Live Gold

A Parent’s Guide to Xbox Game Pass

A Parent’s Guide to PlayStation Now


The new PlayStation Plus program is definitely worth a look if you are in the market for a gaming subscription service. With its low price and wealth of content, there is something for everyone in this program. Not to mention, the added features make it an even more appealing option for families. Be sure to check out all the details on Sony’s website so that you can decide if PlayStation Plus is right for you! And don’t forget to let us know what you think about the new program in the comments below.

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It’s no secret that video games are extremely popular among kids and teenagers. In fact, gaming is one of the most popular pastimes for young people all over the world. If you’re a parent, you may be wondering how you can get your kids into video games.

Here are a few tips:

Set up a gaming area in your home.

A lot of parents ask us to recommend good locations in the house for gaming areas. It’s a good question because everyone’s house is different. Our recommendation is that you have game consoles set up in one of the main areas of the house where it will be convenient and comfortable for you, as parents, to be with your kids while they are playing. This will give your kids their own space to play games while still making it easy for you to monitor their activity. My only specific recommendation is to make sure the area is well-lit and comfortable so they can enjoy their gaming experience. If it isn’t comfortable, then they might not use it.

Buy them age-appropriate games.

There are literally thousands of video games on the market, so it’s important to choose ones that are appropriate for your child’s age and interests. If you’re not sure what to buy, then that’s ok. We have plenty of recommendations for all consoles in our EFG Essentials recommendations. These lists of games include recommendations across a variety of genres and themes. You can check out our essential family game recommendations for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, or Xbox at these links.

Encourage them to game with friends.

One of the best things about video games is that they can be enjoyed with friends. If your child is interested in gaming, encourage them to game with their friends. Not only is it a great way for them to stay social, but studies have shown that playing video games with friends can improve teamwork skills and communication skills.

Play Games with Your Kids!

One of the best ways to get your kids into gaming is to get involved yourself. Play video games with your kids and let them show you how it’s done. Not only will this help you bond with your kids, but you might just find that you enjoy gaming as well! (Who are we kidding? Of course, you’ll enjoy video games!)

Talk to your kids about games

Show an interest in what your kids are playing and ask them about their favorite games. This will help you bond with them over a shared interest and will make it easier to monitor their gaming activity.

So there you have it! Our tips on how to get your kids into video games. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to share this post with all of your friends who have little ones at home. Gaming is a great way to bond with your children, help them learn new skills, and have some fun together. And who knows – maybe they’ll even teach you a thing or two about the latest gaming trends.

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GTA6 is coming! And that means parents need to start paying attention. This game is rated M for a reason. It’s not appropriate for kids. In this blog post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about GTA6 (that we know so far) so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not it’s appropriate for your child.

GTA games are known for their violence, gore, and sexual content. GTA games have always been popular among kids and teens. GTAV was no different. The game was so popular that it sold over 11 million copies in its first week. That’s a lot of copies! And that means a lot of kids were playing it.

I’ve said it before on Engaged Family Gaming content. I’m not here to judge. You know your kids and your family better than any of us here at EFG do. So if you want to let them play, then by all means. Our goal is to provide as much information as we can about the content of the game so that you can make a real decision.

Grand Theft Auto 6 Is Going to be Everywhere

A recent report revealed that GTA6 is deep in development. We also know that Rockstar Games, the developer behind the game, has all hands on deck developing it. That tells us that an official announcement isn’t far off and the hype train for its launch will only start building from there. GTAV is one of the best-selling games of all time. Its successor will likely be a MONSTER. It will be a major topic in every available form of media once it releases. There won’t really be any way for you to avoid it.

And if you can’t avoid it, then your kids can’t either. They will see ads. They will likely watch streams and YouTube videos. And, more importantly, they’ll hear about it from other kids either at school, in sports, or on the bus. It is almost inevitable that they will ask for the game so we want to make sure you have all the information that you can so you can be prepared.

The Potential ESRB Rating

Grand Theft Auto 6 is still in development and doesn’t have a release date (or even a release window at this point. That means we don’t have ESRB information about it yet. But, we can infer what the ESRB rating will be based on the rating information for GTA5. It was rated M for mature with the content descriptors “Blood and Gore,” “Intense Violence,” “Mature Humor,” “Nudity,” “Strong Language,” “Strong Sexual Content,” and “Use of Drugs and Alcohol.” That is quite the laundry list of mature descriptors.

Sexual Content and Violence Against Women

One thing that I think is worth being called out separately is the sexual content. Parents often think of violence when they think about GTA games. But, the sexual content is often either forgotten or isn’t even thought about at all. This leads parents who are less concerned about violence to let the game slide. (This is a pretty common thing in the US. Many parents are far more concerned about nudity and sexuality than they are about guns and violence.)

Another detail from the Bloomberg report is that GTA6 will feature a Latina protagonist. That is, admittedly, a big step for the franchise. It does mean that all of the violence being done against you while playing the game will likewise be done to a woman.

The Choice is Ultimately in Parents’ Hands

So there you have it, parents. Everything you need to know about Grand Theft Auto 6. It’s coming out soon and it looks like it will be just as violent and explicit as its predecessors. Let us know what you think in the comments below! Are you going to let your kids play? or will you be staying away?

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Looking for some fun this August? Check out our family-friendly video game release calendar! We’ve got all the best games for kids of all ages. Whether you’re into action, adventure, or puzzle games, we’ve got something for everyone. So get ready to have some fun!

Family-Friendly Video Game Calendar

South of the Circle 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

August 3

South of the Circle is an upcoming adventure game, set in Antarctica in the year 1911, and follows the story of explorer Simon Collier as he seeks to uncover the secrets of a lost expedition. South of the Circle is a point-and-click adventure game, which means that players will be able to interact with the environment and solve puzzles in order to progress.

Turbo Golf Racing 

Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

August 4

Turbo Golf Racing returns players to the familiar and frantic format of multiplayer arcade golf. This time, however, the fairways are covered with obstacles and Kart Racer power-ups and players will have to use their wits and clubs to make it to the green in one piece. With a variety of game modes, including a story-driven campaign, Turbo Golf Racing promises hours of fun for golf fans and newcomers alike.

Two Point Campus

 PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

August 9

Two Point Campus is the latest game from Two Point Studios, and it’s a campus building simulator that lets you build the school of your dreams. The game is set in the fictional town of Two Point, and you’ll be able to build and manage your own campus, complete with dorms, classrooms, and other buildings. You’ll also be able to hire staff, recruit students, and decorate your campus to make it look just the way you want.

Lost in Play

Switch, PC

August 10

In Lost in Play, gamers take on the role of a young girl named Maya who finds herself transported to a strange world where she must use her wits to find her way home. The game is set in a colorful and vibrant world, and it’s up to the player to help Maya navigate through its many puzzles and challenges. Lost in Play looks to be a unique and enjoyable gaming experience. Definitely worth keeping an eye on!

Rumbleverse

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

August 11

Rumbleverse is a multiplayer arena brawler that pits up to four players against each other in fast-paced battles. Choose from a diverse roster of characters, each with their own unique abilities and playstyles. Then duke it out in a variety of arenas, ranging from medieval castles to futuristic cityscapes. With its accessible yet deep gameplay, Rumbleverse is perfect for both casual and competitive gamers.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

PC

August 12 

The original Spider-Man on PS4 was our Game of the Year. This is a PC port with all sorts of graphical bells and whistles. If you haven’t played the original release and have a PC powerful enough to take advantage of the update, then this is a must-own.

Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince

Switch, PC

August 16

Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince is a charming sequel to the original Blossom Tales. In this game, you play as Lily, a young knight who sets out on a quest to save her kingdom from the evil Minotaur Prince. The game is full of cute characters and lively scenery, and the gameplay is simple and fun. We were big fans of the original, so this is high on our lists right now.

Cursed to Golf 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

August 18

In Cursed to Golf, players take on the role of a cursed golfer who is stuck in a never-ending loop of golfing torment. Along the way, players will encounter various power-ups and items that can help them overcome the curse. Cursed to Golf is a fun and challenging game that is perfect for any fan of golf or platforming games.

RPG Time: The Legend of Wright 

Switch

August 18

RPG time is a very cool action RPG that combines all sorts of different art styles. I’ve written a handful of descriptions and none of them do it justice. So… here is a video to show you what it looks like.

Madden NFL 23 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

August 19

Madden NFL 23 is the latest installment in the long-running football video game franchise. As with previous games in the series, Madden NFL 23 lets players take control of their favorite teams and compete against friends or AI opponents. One of the biggest improvements has come to the Face of the Franchise mode. Instead of being a rookie, you play as a 5th-year veteran. This is a significant change, but a welcome one as your player is higher ranked and the context for your activities changes since you’re established in the league. Additionally, Madden NFL 23 features a number of improvements to gameplay and visual graphics, making it the most immersive football gaming experience yet. Whether you’re a diehard fan of the series or just getting into it, Madden NFL 23 is sure to please.

Pac-Man World Re-Pac 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

August 26

Who doesn’t love Pac-Man? The original arcade game was released in 1980 and quickly became a global phenomenon. Over the years, there have been many different Pac-Man games released, but none quite like Pac-Man World Re-Pac. This new game is a full remake of the original Pac-Man World, and it’s coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on August 26.

So what’s new in Pac-Man World Re-Pac? For starters, the game has been completely modernized with HD graphics and 60fps gameplay. The controls have also been updated so that you can play with either a controller or keyboard and mouse. In addition, there are now four difficulty levels to choose from, making the game accessible to players of all skill levels. And of course, no Pac-Man game would be complete without ghosts! In this new version of the game, you’ll be able to choose from four different ghost characters, each with their own unique abilities.

Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

August 30

The wait is finally over! “Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed” will be released on August 30th for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC. The game picks up where the first one left off, with Crypto 126 crash-landing on Earth and having to rebuild his ship. However, this time around there are new challenges to face, including an all-new enemy faction. In addition, the game will feature updated graphics and gameplay mechanics, making it the ultimate “Destroy All Humans 2” experience. So mark your calendars and get ready to blast some humans!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

August 30

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back and they’re looking better than ever in their new 4K remaster, The Cowabunga Collection. This collection includes all four of the classic TMNT games, updated for current-gen consoles with better graphics, faster performance, and all-new features. You’ll be able to team up with your friends in local co-op or online multiplayer, and there’s even a new mode called “Turtle Power” that allows you to play as one of the Turtles’ friends or foes. Whether you’re a long-time fan of the franchise or just getting into it, The Cowabunga Collection is a must-have. So grab your pizza and get ready to shell out some serious ninja action!

Tinykin 

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

August 30

Tinykin is an adorably animated Pikmin-like puzzle game. You play as a scientist named Milo who finds himself in a massive house that has been frozen in time. You explore the house and collect Tinykin (Pikmin-like critters) that have different powers to help solve puzzles.

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Historically, summer has been a slow time for video games. Publishers would often push their games off to the fall to have their games incorporated into the Holiday rush. That doesn’t happen so much anymore. There are so many video games being released each year that there really isn’t any dead time. This June is no exception.

Below is a list of some of the best video games being released to consoles and PC in the month of June. All of them are rated T for Teen or lower by the ESRB.

Silt 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC – June 1

Silt is a black and white, atmospheric adventure game that is a cross between Limbo and Song of the Sea. It’s rated T for Teen by the ESRB, but it has a creepy vibe that might shake some kids.

Card Shark 

Switch, PC – June 2

I didn’t think I would ever be writing about a game like this. Card Shark is a game set in 18th Century France and you play as a gambler trying to win games of cards to get access to the King. The key here is that you win by cheating.

Souldiers 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC – June 2



We’ll have to play it and find out if it is any good. But, Souldiers is the combination of Souls-like combat, Metroid-like map exploration, and RPG elements. You choose one of three classes and progress through a fantasy world full of traps, monsters, and other hazards. I’ve been looking forward to this one since it was announced and was pretty bummed when it was delayed from its original release date in May, but the time is almost here!

Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy 

Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC – June 2

Unexplored 2 is an Open World, Roguelite RPG that is all about exploration. It has a gorgeous hand-drawn art style, snappy combat, and a massive world to explore.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords 

Switch – June 8

It’s a good time to be a Star Wars fan. The Disney + TV shows are (mostly) well-loved and there are plenty of great video games to play. Star Wars: KOTOR 2 is a blast from the past that is being pulled forward into the Switch for a new generation of players to enjoy. The only question that remains: Which side of the Force will you choose?

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles 

Switch – June 10



Demon Slayer is a very popular anime right now so a video game adaptation was inevitable. This has already been available on PC, Playstation, and Xbox, and is now being brought to Switch. This one earns its T rating with anime blood splatter and some foul language. With that said, the action in the game is no better or worse than the anime so if your kids are watching the show (on Netflix) then you can feel comfortable letting them play the game.

Mario Strikers: Battle League – EFG Pick of the Month!!!

Switch – June 10

I have to be honest. I never thought I would see the day when Nintendo would release another Mario Soccer game, but here we are. Mario Strikers: Battle League is a 5 v 5 soccer game that features Mario characters and over-the-top action. It isn’t a traditional soccer game though. This is a battle soccer game with full contact, an electric fence, and most of the weapons from Mario Kart. Our family has been counting down the days since its announcement and it’s almost time to take the pitch!

Redout 2 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC – June 16

F-Zero and Wipeout are well-loved franchises that are mostly dead in the water right now. Redoubt 2 is a new entry in the Zero-G racing genre and it is FAST. If you liked those games in the past, or think your kids might, then this looks like a great option.

Fall Guys

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch – June 21 

Fall Guys is finally coming to Switch and Xbox! It’s been a huge hit on PlayStation and PC and I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t continue that success elsewhere. As an added bonus: It’s now a free-to-play game that everyone on those consoles can enjoy!

Wreckfest 

Switch – June 21 



Wreckfest is a destruction derby simulator with a whole bunch of game modes. There isn’t much to say about it beyond that. If you like the idea of crashing cars into each other, then this is a game to keep on your radar.

Sonic Origins 

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC – June 23

This is a collection that includes Sonic 1, 2, 3, and Sonic CD in one package. They are remastered with improved visuals and animations and a bunch of other perks (like being able to play as either Tales or Knuckles in any of the games). The original versions of the games are included in the package as well.

Capcom Fighting Collection 

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC – June 24

This is a massive collection of Capcom fighting games. The cynical among us might assume that This is just a collection of Street Fighter games, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The collection also includes a number of Dark Stalkers games (some of which were never released in North America), Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, as well as Cyberbots and Red Earth (two fighting games that were never even released on consoles before!) Fighting game fans should keep their eyes peeled for this one.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes 

Switch – June 24

Fire Emblem is an immensely popular strategy RPG series that, somehow, blends perfectly with the bombastic one vs many combat in Musou games. My oldest is a massive Fire Emblem: Three Houses fan and Three Hopes is presenting an alternate universe story with many of the same characters.

DNF Duel 

PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) – June 28

DNF Duel is a wild fighting game from ARC System Works where each of the characters are adventuring classes from a dungeon crawler like Ranger and Berseker as opposed to named characters.


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Stephen and Linda are here for board game week! This week they talk about Dungeon Academy from The Op, Unbox Key to the Kingdom from Restoration Games, and then talk about how they evaluate Kickstarter campaigns!

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Stephen and Amanda have a lot of great ideas for what Microsoft should do after they finish buying Activision/Blizzard!

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