stuffing your face full of delicious turkey and spending quality time with your
family, chances are there’s a videogame console in your home and at some point
during the long weekend you’re going to boot it up. Thanksgiving is a time when
people gather together because there’s food involved; but it’s not just about seeing
how fast you can shovel food in your mouth. To avoid being an anti-social jerk that
hogs the couch and plays Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3 the entire day, here
are a list of family-friendly cooperative games that you should try where kids
of all ages can participate - and potentially burn a few calories in the
choice for any Disney fan in the household, this action-oriented button-masher
with light platforming elements is sure to put a smile on your face - if not
yours then someone else’s. With more than 50 classic Disney character costumes
(including Pixar outfits) to unlock, and four player co-op, you’ll easily get suckered into dressing up as one of your favorite mascots while
exploring six themed worlds. It’s cute, hectic, and fun with a full group so if
you’re looking for a kid-friendly romp through Aladdin
or The Lion King-inspired levels pick
this one up for the Wii, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.
Goldeneye 007: Reloaded
Now if you
have an itchy trigger finger and just need
to shoot something, Goldeneye 007: Reloaded for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is
rated T for teen and may let you fly under the radar if there are younger
children present. If you’re willing to share a screen, Reloaded does offer
splitscreen multiplayer so up to four people can go at it.
Just Dance 3
megahit dancing series is still going strong with Just Dance 3. Probably best
played before you eat an entire turkey with all of the fixings, Just Dance 3 continues
the trend of getting you to let loose in your living room. Originally on the
Nintendo Wii, if you have a Kinect, up to four players can get up and boogie to
beats like “Boogie Wonderland” or something by C+C Music Factory (remember
beautiful and vibrant platformer may unfortunately go ignored during this busy
holiday season, but what you’d be missing out on is an expertly crafted
platforming experience that is challenging yet satisfying. Suffer with up to three of your friends and
gawk at the gorgeous visuals as you weave your way through this wacky adventure
on any of the three platforms.
Kirby’s Return to Dreamland
Last year we
were treated with the delightful Kirby’s Epic Yarn, where we frolicked within a
hand-crafted world full of pretty beads and shiny jewels. This year’s entry
into the series, Kirby's Return to Dreamland, returns to a more familiar
formula, where our favorite pink protagonist eats and charges his way through
colorful levels with his super abilities. A cooperative game for up to four people,
players can choose to be the iconic Kirby or choose to play as his pals King
Dedede, Meta Knight or Waddle Dee. Kirby
comes highly recommended if you’re looking for something less challenging and
Dance Central 2
the way to go for anyone who owns a Kinect, and Dance Central 2 is the best one
out there. A follow-up to the successful Dance Central, you’ll learn some real
dance moves as you move your body to Lady Gaga or Usher. You may want to digest
the turkey first; you’re going to work up a sweat in this one.
Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster
something a little less strenuous with Kinect and for families with really
young children in the house, Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster is the perfect
game for siblings or parents to play with the little ones who want to just wave
their arms around and see their favorite Sesame Street monsters. Elmo and
Cookie Monster accompany you through a vivid storybook, teaching children
lessons that expand beyond the traditional ABCs by showing kids the meaning of
empathy, sharing, friendship and other important life lessons.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
LEGO fans should
know what to expect here as the formula hasn’t changed much from one game to
the next. That’s not a bad thing though, because LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 is
a great cooperative game that has you casting spells, busting up LEGO studs and
solving clever puzzles. It’s charming, funny and easy to pick up, so you’ll be
able to team up with anyone in your family and take on the evil Voldemort.
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
with the four-player cooperative theme, Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One changes up
the traditional platform/puzzler formula and lets you play drop-in, drop-out co-op
with your friends. It may seem odd to team up Dr. Nefarious (who is usually
your nemesis) and the bumbling Captain Qwark, but it remains true to the series
quirky sense of humor.
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
not the cheapest game on the market, this game and toy bundle will start to add
up if you (or your kids) want to collect all the figurines. Each pack comes
with three action figures, so that’s enough to get you started and Skylanders is a fun game to boot.
Sure it’s kind of a ploy to get you to buy more figurines, but it’s an
entertaining and unique concept that could be a treat for younger players.
So what games
do you plan on playing with your family over the holidays?