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First- and third-person shooters were one of the original and have been perhaps the most successful of video game genres since the transition from PC to consoles. Some of these are adult in nature: for example, the Gears of War series is known for its gritty, visceral combat mechanics set in a bleak world riven by conflict with invading aliens. However, shooters can also be more innocuous: for example, Halo 4 uses a crisp science fiction environment to sanitise the experience and is thus more appropriate for younger players. Somewhere in between, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 offers a realistic “military” shooter which pulls no punches but shies away from emphasising the action. All three of these games offer both cooperative and competitive gameplay which emphasises communication and teamwork: this is half the fun!
- Halo 4 (M)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (MA15+)
- Gears of War 3 (MA15+)
Let’s face it, zombies are the new black. They are numerous, squishy, and go splat. Some zombie games are for older players: for example Left 4 Dead 2 is very fast-paced and somewhat confronting, with some very creepy moments. While Dead Rising 2 involves fairly graphic violence and action, it also has a dark sense of humour that can often lighten the mood. Both these games have opportunities for coop play which dilutes some of the adult content of the games. On the other hand, All Zombies Must Die! has a much more cartoony artstyle and more stylised action with enhanced cooperative gameplay, making it more suitable for younger players.
- All Zombies Must Die! (MA15+)
- Dead Rising 2 (MA15+)
- Left 4 Dead 2 (MA15+)
Ever since the earliest racing games on the Atari 2600, games have sought to capture the exhilarating experience of speeding around a track or street and building the skills to outperform other players. Need 4 Speed: Most Wanted builds a highly competitive open world where friends compete to get the highest position on the leaderboard. In Burnout: Paradise, drivers are left more to their own devices and complete different types of missions in a large open world with different types of terrain. Fatal Inertia is a high speed, “antigravity” racing game which requires quick wits and quicker reflexes, where Sonic & All-stars Racing Transformed is a “kart racer”, with forgiving mechanics for younger players who might like to race as Sonic the Hedgehog or other favourite Sega characters.
- Need 4 Speed: Most Wanted (G)
- Burnout: Paradise (M)
- Fatal Inertia (PG)
- Sonic & All-stars Racing Transformed (G)
Sports simulators and arcade games are ideal for getting the rush of elite athleticism from the comfort of your armchair. FIFA 13 and NBA 2K13 are the latest in a line of high-end sports games that capture the strategy and excitement of soccer and basketball, while SSX is a snowboarding game that takes place in exciting and exotic locations across the world.
- FIFA 13 (G)
- NBA 2K13 (G)
- SSX (G)
From the Golden Days of the Arcade, fighting games have been legendary for players to pit their skills against each other, and for spectators to watch who walks out of the ring. Street Fighter IV recalls the classic days of Hadouken, with a wide variety of classic combos set in exotic and diverse locations. Injustice: Gods Among Us is a different take on the fighting genre: made by the makers of Mortal Kombat (but lacking its signature gory violence), it pits the heroes of the DC Universe against each other in a dark tale of a world gone wrong. If you’ve ever wanted to see Batman in a head-to-head battle with Superman, look no further.
- Street Fighter IV (PG)
- Injustice: Gods Among Us (MA15+)
Since its release in 2011, Minecraft has taken the world by storm and now commands a very committed fanbase. Sometimes described as “digital Lego”, Minecraft allows players to inhabit a charming retro-style open world and collect resources to craft items and build their own personalised spaces. An optional “Survival” mode pits the player against a variety of enemies including spiders, skeletons, and the iconic Creepers. A game with incredible cooperative and educational potential, Minecraft is also a game that some parents never stop hearing about.
- Multplayer Survivor and Creative
Games from the 1980s and 90s inspire real retro-nostalgia among older players, and some bemusement from players who were born after these games were long forgotten by most gamers. However, retro gaming is experiencing a resurgence, as collectors introduce new players to some arcane and rare systems and titles, and collections and emulators for current systems allow players to relive some of the classics of decades gone by.
- Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection (M)