(Sony)

When the days get colder, sometimes it’s nice (who I’m kidding, it’s always nice) to just sit inside and play some good old video games with the family. This is the perfect way to get through this holiday season when you are likely to be spending a lot more time at home than usual. And thanks to science, we know that it is good for your health.

Here are five single and multiplayer PlayStation games to play and experience with your kids and five that you probably want to wait for when they’re asleep … when your kids are asleep, they do.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

(Insomnia games)

For his first outing, Miles’ debut game is fantastic. Topics like believing in yourself and being really good to those around you are at the forefront of this action-packed adventure across New York. You’ll spend time protecting the citizens, beating up lots of bad guys and becoming “Harlem’s Spider-Man”. If your kids are anything like my eight year old son, chances are you’ll see them darting around the internet for hours.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales is now available for PS4 and PS5. Rated T for teen.

Sackboy: A great adventure

(Sony)

Little Big Planet’s main character, Sackboy, is getting his own 3D platform adventure on PS4 and PS5. If you’ve played Super Mario 3D World on Wii U, this game will make you feel right at home. With the jump from 2D to 3D, the levels are full of fantasy and wonder to save with spectacle. With Couch Coop, you and up to three others can tackle any challenge together. Sackboy is just a fun, healthy experience for the family.

Sackboy: A Great Adventure is now available for PS4 and PS5. Rated E for everyone.

Gang Beasts

(Double fine gifts)

Gang Beasts is an absolute riot. It’s an arena fighter that has up to four players involved in everything from transport carts to airships hovering over a city. The goal is to throw the others out of the ring (or from the side of the airship). The physics is so ridiculously funny that you’ll hang onto the side of a skyscraper for a dear life or flutter around like a rag doll trying to take out your opponents so you can pick them up and throw them. This one will make you laugh out loud.

Gang Beasts is now available for PS4 and PC. Rated E for everyone.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fuel

(activation)

If you’re tired of leaving your kids in the dust in Mario Kart, Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled is a worthy contender for your time. This full remake of the PS1 original features fifty-six racing drivers to unlock, an Adventure Mode (think Diddy Kong Racing), a Battle Arena to take your frustrations off against one another, and a Ring Rally Mode where players have to drive through the doorbell to to extend the timer if they run across the track. There are also local and online multiplayer games so you can dance your awkward victory dance in front of your kids.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled is now available for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Rated E for everyone.

Minecraft dungeons

(Xbox Game Studios)

Minecraft dungeons are digging house construction and survival elements that fans are used to are pure action-adventure. If you like top-down action role-playing games like Diablo, Minecraft Dungeons is another great co-op game that you can play together. It really is “Diablo-Lite”. Character creation and item management are pretty simple, so it won’t be overwhelming for new players to get involved with. My kids don’t usually like this type of game but we made it to the final boss which my son and daughter thought were pretty awesome.

Minecraft Dungeons is now available for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Rated E for everyone.

Okay, now that the kids are in bed, it’s time to indulge in some more mature games …

Or you could just play more sackboy, that’s cool too.

Cyberpunk 2077

(CD project red)

One of the most anticipated titles since the teaser trailer was released in 2015 is now out in December. CD Projekt Red (the creator of the Witcher game series) does it all with this gritty first-person journey into the dark and twisted heart of Night City. You can cybernetically upgrade your character with various combat upgrades and visual adjustments. You can also expect to see a big and rich story, with many different choices and endings for you to unlock. This is definitely the must-have game of the year.

Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on December 10, 2020 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC. Rated M for ripe.

Demon souls

(Blue point)

If the stress of being a parent wasn’t enough for you, the PS5 remake of Demon’s Souls will happily bring you to the edge of madness. Demon’s Souls was the game that started the entire Souls genre when it was originally released on the PS3. The risk / reward game and extreme difficulties are addicting and can give you a real power trip once you’ve overcome a challenging boss. Approach this openly, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Demon’s Souls is now available for PS5. Rated M for ripe.

Spirit of Tsushima

(Sony)

Ghost of Tsushima is a wonderful samurai journey and a first-class act in open world game design. The fight is satisfactory whether you engage in samurai duels or murder unsuspecting enemies. Fast travel between areas is extremely fast, even on the PS4, so you spend more time playing and less time waiting to play. This is extremely important during lunchtime.

Ghost of Tsushima is now available for PS4. Rated M for ripe.

The Last of Us Part II

(Naughty dog)

Seven years later, we finally got our hands on the sequel to one of the best PS3 games out there. While it didn’t live up to the hype for some, Ellie’s quest for revenge was an emotional roller coaster ride that left my jaw on the floor. The graphics and gameplay are second to none and you will be kept busy until the climax. Absolutely worth playing, but not for the faint of heart.

The Last of Us Part II is now available for PS4. Rated M for ripe.

Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War

(activation)

While everyone is still enjoying War War in Modern Warfare’s Battle Royale mode, it’s nice to see the franchise get another standalone entry. You have access to the campaign, which, depending on the selection, contains several endings, the classic Call of Duty multiplayer experience and of course the popular Zombies mode. It could be said that you are getting a lot of “bang” for your buck with this one.

Call of Duty Black Ops: The Cold War is now available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. Rated M for ripe.

So these are just a handful of the games we play in our household. What games do you play?