Games with this rating may contain content that is suitable for people age 12 and older. It is worth noting, however, that there is no restriction for children under the age of 12 from purchasing these games without an adult. The content in these games is a step above games rated E 10+ in that they have a stronger impact and often contain more intense violence, suggestive themes and crude humor (like in a Simpsons or Futurama episode). These games can also include simulated gambling. These games are rated similarly to moves that are rated PG 13.

Many parents dismiss games rated T for Teen by the ESRB outright, and I don’t think that is necessary. Many of these games are perfectly acceptable for young children with parental supervision. The “More intense violence” descriptor places most games that involve any sort of combat to this category. I am a father with a 7 year old son and there is a wide selection of games that are rated T for Teen that I will play with him. Some specific examples are Marvel vs Capcom 3, Ratchet and Clank: a Crack in Time, and Spider Man: Shattered Dimensions. The key here is to make sure you focus on the content descriptors and make sure that you only exclude games that include content you find questionable.

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor


Muramasa: The Demon’s Blade

Monster Hunter Tri

Super Smash Brothers Brawl

Metroid Prime Trilogy

Trauma Center: Second Opinion

Valkyria Chronicles

Final Fantasy XIII

Batman Arkham Asylum

Batman Arkham City

Super Street Fighter 4

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3


ICO/Shadows of the Colossus Collection

Dance Central (Kinect)

Dance Central 2 (Kinect)

By Stephen Duetzmann

Editor in Chief Founder/EiC Blogger, Podcaster, Video Host RE: games that families can play together.

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