It’s that time of year when the elves are super busy up at the North Pole, getting ready for Christmas. So if your little one is asking for a shiny new game console this year, or Santa always brings a new video game to your house, then here are The Best New Video Games for Kids for Christmas 2017.
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1. FIFA 18
As expected, FIFA18 is better than ever, offering an enhanced game play experience in terms of the way players move and interact on the pitch, giving players more control, and more lifelike graphics.
The game features new stadiums and offers a choice of 82 different pitches to play on, including all 20 premier league stadiums. New also this year is the ability to watch interactive transfer negotiations in career mode.
Available on: PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows & Nintendo Switch.
The FIFA games are always popular with soccer fans and if your kids haven’t yet gotten their hands on the 2018 version of the game, then this will definitely be a winner on Christmas day.
2. Just Dance 2018
Just Dance® 2018, the latest instalment of the #1 Music Videogame Franchise of All Time*, is available from October 27th, 2017.
* Source: NPD, GfK & GSD – August 2017
Age: 3+ yrs
Available on: Nintendo Switch™, Wii U™, Wii™, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment.
Just Dance is a great video game for all the family – everyone will enjoy busting out their best moves to the new releases and old classics.The Just Dance 2018 tracklist includes 24K Magic – Bruno Mars, Bad Liar – Selena Gomez, Chantaje – Shakira Ft. Maluma, John Wayne – Lady Gaga plus additional tracks created especially for Kids Mode and for Nintendo Switch’s HD rumble technology.
3. SteamWorld Dig 2
The follow up game to SteamWorld, this games takes you on adventure underground in mines forged in Metroidvania flames. As the lone steambot Dorothy, you must overcome the many obstacles put in your way to uncover the truth about your long lost friend Rusty.
Age: 10+ yrs
Available on: Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS Vita, Microsoft Windows, Mac.
Adventure awaits around every turn. You must, dig, explore and go into combat with dangerous enemies. You can choose to upgrade your mining equipment and prepare to swing across deep chasms. Before finally uncovering the truth about Rusty.
4. Pokémon Ultra Sun & Pokémon Ultra Moon
Pokémon fans will be thrilled at the arrival of the latest instalment of the game, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, which is set to hit stores in mid November, just in time for Christmas.
Game play is similar to previous versions with characters battling, but In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, players can use the new Battle Agency to run powerfulPokémon and become the top agent so you get access to more powerfulPokémon. You will also be abel to teach your Pokémon new moves in exchange for battle points, which you earn by winning battles. Collect totem stickers and earn a totem-like Pokémon for your team. There are new Z moves for the player when they put on their Z-Power ring.
Age: 3+ yrs
Available on: Nintendo 3DS
With scores of new Pokémon to catch, fans will definitely want to see Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon under the tree this Christmas morning.
5. The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs (Extension Pack)
The Sims 4 has been available on PC & Mac but has now released a new console version currently available for Xbox One and PS4. And you can now pre-register for The Sims Mobile, due out soon.
Also just released is The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs Extension Pack for you to create your very own pets to live in your Sims’ home or you may want to become a vet and work with animals in your very own pet clinic. Also new is Brindleton Bay a costal area where you can enjoy outdoor play with your pet.
Age: 12+ yrs
Available on: PC Edition, Mac Edition, (Cats & Dogs) Xbox One, PS4, Mobile (coming soon)
There’s plenty of customisation options for the pets you create that will keep players entertained for hours. As this is an extension pack, you must have The Sims 4 to use Cats & Dogs.
6. Sonic Forces
The loveable turbo charged hedgehog is back in the latest version of Sonic Forces with more exhilarating speed and adventures with 3 gameplay choices.
Sonic is a member of a resistance force attempting to stop Dr Eggman and new villain, Infinite from taking over the world. You must join the fight to defeat them either as Modern Sonic, Classic Sonic or you can create your very own custom hero character.
Age: 3+ yrs
Available on: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
On release from November 7th, there’s plenty of exploring, challenges and play options to keep young Sonic fans entertained.
7. LEGO Marvel Super Heros 2
LEGO Marvel Super Heros 2 brings to live super heroes and villains from different eras and realities to do battle against each other. Players can travel across different lands playing as their favourite super hero or villain and transport items through time to help them. There is a new battle mode enabling friends to play against each other in themed challenges.
Age: 7+ yrs
Available on: PS4, Nintendo Switch, XBox One, Microsoft Windows
LEGO Marvel Super Heros 2 is a fantastic interactive gaming experience for young fans of the Marvel Universe.
8. Mario Party The Top 100
Mario Party The Top 100 is a collection of 100 mini games from the Mario Party series. Test your memory, speed and luck against your friends with a variety of multiplayer mini-games. Using download play, you can have 4 players using their own system with just one game card.
Age: 3+ yrs
Available on: Nintendo 3DS
Mario is always a winner with kids, and this latest version won’t disappoint on Christmas morning.
9. Trackmania 2 Lagoon
With more than 21 Million players over 5 continents, Trackmania is the perfect matchbox car fantasy on a grand scale, where everything is about the irresistible pursuit of the perfect racing time. And it’s now available for newer generation consoles. With Trackmania 2 Lagoon discover the ultimate racing experience on raised tracks above a topical island, crazy tracks for extreme racing
Age: 3+ yrs
Available on: PS4 & PC.
Lots of fun for players of all ages.
Okay, so we know Minecraft has been around for years, but if your kids haven’t yet discovered this great block building game, or you are buying a game console for the first time this year, then it is definitely worth considering for Christmas 2017.
Explore randomly-generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in Creative Mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in Survival Mode, crafting weapons and armour to fend off the dangerous mobs. The possibilities are endless.
Available on: PS4, PS3, XBox 360, XBox One, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, PSVita, PC. Pocket Edition available on mobile devices.
Why not? It offers endless opportunities and consistently updates to provide new features.
Over to you! Have you any other new video games for kids on Santa lists for Christmas 2017 that we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments below.