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Playing video games with other people online usually requires each player to have their own console and copy of the game. However, some games let you go online with multiple players on a single console.This is usually 2-4 players in split screen mode on the game, then going online together. It's not only a way to access online modes with less investment in hardware, but it also enables better teamwork for the players on the shared hardware. For families this is a great feature when you are starting out with online games as you can play together and experience the online world with your child. It's also a lot of fun to team up in this way in competitive games. And, of course, with just two systems in the house it's great for parties where kids team up and compete online against each other.
Release Date: 28/08/2018
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Rocket League is a sports action game where you drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It's a game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What's not obvious from the...
Release Date: 25/11/2013, updated in 2019
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On, Blocks, Day and Night, Persistant World, Pixels and Weather
Terraria looks like a 2D, lesser version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block-building game. To the world-crafting and survival, it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and...
Release Date: 10/06/2022
Out Now: Switch
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Mario Strikers Battle League Football is a sports action game and the latest in the Mario Strikers series. Like the previous games, it offers a five-on-five battle sport that combines football and ice hockey with...
Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Persistant World
Ark: Survival Evolved is an adventure simulation game that offers hunting-and-harvesting gameplay in a primal setting. Although not as polished or streamlined as a game like Horizon Zero Dawn, this is a more ambitiously open world where you can choose...
Release Date: 31/01/2020
Out Now: PC and Switch
Hypercharge: Unboxed is a shooting game where you play a small toy from the 1990s in human-sized arenas like a toy shop, back garden and a garage. It combines base defence play with exploration and collection running and jumping in a wide range of...
Release Date: 27/10/2008
Out Now: PS Vita, PS3 and PS4
Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made
LittleBigPlanet 3 is part of a series of action platform games starring the Sackboy character. They offer a multiplayer running and jumping adventure but also enable players to substantially edit their character and eventually make their own levels.
Release Date: 06/11/2007, updated in 2019
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, Switch, Wii and Wii U
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a series of simple competitive sports games featuring characters from Nintendo and Sega. Each game in the series is themed around a different Olympic year and location.
Release Date: 01/09/2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Disney Speedstorm is a kart racing game like Mario Kart but with high-speed Disney and Pixar-inspired characters and racetracks. It's also different as it's a free-to-play with in-game purchases provided in seasons that offer new characters, circuits...
Release Date: 14/09/2017, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Divinity: Original Sin II is a role-play adventure series. You head out with up to three other characters, each with backstories and personalities.
Release Date: 15/10/2014
Out Now: Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 2D Side-On
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is an Xbox Kinect camera dancing game using your whole body. Its narrative follows Disney’s Fantasia film as you take a musical journey to earn your sorcerer’s hat. Sweeping your arms to trigger the orchestra, pointing...
Release Date: 28/09/2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
EA Sports FC 24 is a sports game designed to simulate the players, tactics and crescendo moments of top-flight football. Play involves picking players and setting tactics before controlling each of your team in turn on the pitch. Its simulation is...