Kids today have it good. It wasn’t until the Dreamcast in 1999 that we got online at all, and it still wasn’t refined until Xbox Live made everyone’s lives a little bit easier. Now, online is a part of just about every major release, whether it’s multiplayer, downloadable content, or co-op gameplay. Life is good…online. So let’s talk about our 10 favorite games that kids should enjoy as well.
10. Star Wars Battlefront II
- System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
- Publisher: EA Games
- Developer: EA DICE
- Release Dates: Nov. 17th, 2017
You might recall hearing about this game in the news with not so positive things being said about both it and publisher EA Games. The Force is a powerful...force to be reckoned with, but so too is the outcry of fan displeasure that rocked online gaming to its very core. This outcry was started by EA’s handling of Star Wars Battlefront II, but it's ultimately led to the game becoming a much more inviting and satisfying game for newcomers. Able to take part in epic, large-scale wars spanning all three timelines of the Star Wars trilogies, online multiplayer is the main draw of this title. Battlefront II is one game that every young Star Wars fan shouldn’t hesitate to enjoy online.
9. Forza Horizon 3
- System: Xbox One, PC
- Publisher: Microsoft Studios
- Developer: Playground Games
- Release Dates: Sept. 27th, 2016
Fast cars, exotic cars, and the fastest of exotic cars - that’s what Forza has always meant to racing fans. With the Horizon series, Forza has offered a more extensive online element to their game, allowing 12 players to explore a free-roam racing world which allows you to go beyond the limits of specific racing tracks. In Forza Horizon 3, you can track your online racing career, compete with your friends, and collect the rarest vehicles ever made. If that appeals to you, all you need to do is answer the call of the open road.
- System: PC, Xbox One, Android, iOS, Mac, Fire OS
- Publisher: Roblox Corporation
- Developer: Roblox Corporation
- Release Dates: Sept. 2006
A free MMO designed to let you both play and create games for and from others, Roblox lets you set your own goals and follow what seems fun for you. As expected, there’s a slight learning curve, but the game tries to get you to make something interesting within your first few hours of playing. If you stick with it and play with friends, you might just create or find something special. Be advised, though, it’s a better experience on PC than other platforms, so try to play it there first and foremost.
7. Pokken Tournament DX
- System: Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Arcade
- Publisher: The Pokemon Company
- Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Release Dates: July 16th, 2015
You’d be forgiven for thinking Pokemon battles are somewhat slow given how turn-based the handheld RPGs are. However, if you enter Pokken Tournament DX expecting something similar, you’re going to wind up blasting off like Team Rocket. From the makers of Tekken, Pokken is an online fighting game that lets you battle opponents from all over the world. The fast-paced action and a large playable roster of some of Pokemon’s heavy hitters really sells the game to a younger crowd. If you want a little more action and less collect-o-mania, Pokken is right up your alley for online fighting.
6. Dragon Ball FighterZ
- System: PC, PS4, Xbox One
- Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Developer: Arc System Works
- Release Dates: Jan. 26th, 2018
Dragon Ball Z is a franchise that has existed for nearly 30 years and counting. Millions of children have grown up and grown older with the series. What’s more, thanks to the revitalization of the Dragon Ball Super anime, it’s still leaving an impact to this day. Dragon Ball FighterZ is the perfect fighting game to bridge the past and future of the franchise. The game has a solid 2.5D art style and gameplay to deliver an authentic experience for fans. You can battle with friends or compete against some of the fiercest warriors in the universe (online) in ranked and unranked matches. It has everything Dragon Ball fans have been hoping for in a game that stays true to the series.
- System: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Switch, 3DS, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Apple TV, Fire OS
- Publisher: Mojang
- Developer: Mojang
- Release Dates: May 17th, 2009
There’s nothing like the rustic wholesomeness of working with one’s own hands, even if they just so happen to be block shaped. Minecraft has captivated a young audience for years, and for many, it was their first online experience ever. The staying power of the game is due in large part to it being a canvas for creativity, as well as being playable across nearly every platform and device in existence. There’s plenty to do and see online in Minecraft, just so long as you’re prepared to get your hands dirty with building it first.
4. Rocket League
- System: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
- Publisher: Psyonix
- Developer: Psyonix
- Release Dates: July 7th, 2015
Some kids grow up with the aspiration of playing video games for a living, and between eSports and streaming, it’s no longer impossible. However, you can’t win an eSports tournament in front of thousands of viewers if you don’t compete online against some nobody’s from nowhere first. Whether you want to compete for fun or street cred, Rocket League has you covered. The high-flying racing/sports/flying game has wowed crowds with its aerial acrobatics, having intense standoffs taking place entirely in mid-air. Give it a shot if you want to give your rocket-cycle kick a try.
3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- System: Switch, Wii U
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: Nintendo EAD
- Release Dates: April 28th, 2017
Mario Kart has been the couch pastime game of choice for kids growing up since the early 90s. Now with the arrival of online gaming, it’s taken over as everyone’s favorite online kart racer. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the remake of the Wii U version with some added bonuses and upgrades for the Nintendo Switch. You’ll be able to play anywhere at anytime against anyone online, making for the ultimate pick up-and-play racer. To think, previous generations of gamers had to settle for a portable handheld version instead of the real thing. You should definitely count yourself fortunate and pick this game up.
2. Splatoon 2
- System: Switch
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: Nintendo EPD
- Release Dates: July 21st, 2017
Nintendo finally has their very own first party exclusive shooter that can’t be replicated anywhere else. Thanks to that fact, you can play online against fellow squids from all over the world everywhere you go on the Nintendo Switch. But, instead of shooting bullets, you’ll be spraying ink across the map, and doing your best to get your opponent messier than you are. Easily the most kid-friendly shooter on the market, it’s one of the most entertaining as well.
1. Fortnite Battle Royale
- System: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, iOS
- Publisher: Epic Games
- Developer: Epic Games
- Release Dates: Sept. 26th, 2017
You have probably already heard about Fortnite, but if you haven’t, ask a friend really quick and they’ll talk your ear off about it. The game is simple. You and 99 other players parachute in from a flying bus, land on a gigantic map, search for weapons and ammo, and try to gun each other down to be the last man standing. Simple in theory, but when you add in the fact that destroying objects around the map grants you materials to build forts and bases to protect yourself, things get a little tricky. One of the most popular games in the world right now, as well as the most fun you can have on your console or PC for free, it’s a no-brainer as to why you should give Fortnite a go.
There you have it. These are the top 10 games for the people who can’t vote, drive, drink, or do anything else fun yet. Well, video games are pretty fun in their own right. Who are we kidding, we’re adults and we’d rather play games than do anything else!
Have any games you feel like we missed or are you big fan of any of these? If so, let us know! Leave a comment and say what’s up.