I guess that marked the beginning of my love of gaming, which spanned years of both arcade and console gaming, leading us to today, where we have 4 different consoles and a variety of hand-helds in our home. But, I don't get to spend too much time on the games anymore. This has become the boys' domain, and is a favourite way for my big and little guys to bond. Hubs and I like to join in too from time to time, and it becomes a great family activity for a rainy or snowy day.
If you have young gamers in your family, I have a couple of suggestions for your holiday gifting, from Ubisoft Canada. These games were both released this fall, and have received Little Boo's seal of approval.
Rayman, Barbara, Globox, and the Teensies are off wandering through an enchanted forest when they discover a mysterious tent filled with captivating paintings. As they look more closely, they notice each painting seems to tell the story of a mythical world. While focusing on a painting that shows a medieval land, they are suddenly sucked into the painting, entering the world, and the adventure begins.
Rayman Legends is rated Everyone 10+ and is available for PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360, and WiiU.
Boo is, of course, 7 years old, and I feel this game is fine for him. The E10+ rating is due to "Cartoon Violence and Comic Mischief." This is just the typical smash 'em up kind of mild cartoon violence and the game is nothing that I'd worry about a 7 or 8 year old playing. The graphics are excellent, and the adventures fun. Boo is enjoying playing through and unlocking new worlds and new playable characters. I've had fun playing with him and the controls are easy to learn. A neat aspect of this game on the WiiU system is that up to 5 players can play at a time, using 4 Wii Remotes plus the WiiU game pad. Players can hop in and out without affecting game play. Great when mom needs to run answer the phone.
The party is back! Just Dance 2014 – the latest edition of the world’s #1 selling dance game brand – is bringing all new moves with breakthrough features for every motion control platform and over 40 of the hottest tracks and dances. Dance with anyone anywhere in the world in Just Dance’s first-ever online multiplayer mode. Players join a virtual crew – made up of real-life friends or other Just Dance fans – and compete based on different themes.With On Stage Mode, you can own the spotlight. One player will dance, lead two back up dancers, and even sing if they want.
Just Dance 2014 is also rated Everyone 10+, and is available for PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, and WiiU. They've really got you covered with this popular title, including updated releases coming for the new XBox and PS systems.
The Just Dance series is awesome fun for a family dance party. Or the kids can play it alone or with their friends. They won't even know they're getting exercise while they're grooving to their favourite pop songs! This version, as mentioned in the official description above, has new online competitive play for an expanded experience. And it is updated with a great selection of the hottest songs of the past year, like Lady GaGa's "Applause," as well as old favourites, like ABBA's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)." Katy Perry, Ray Parker Jr., One Direction, Gloria Gaynor all make an appearance, so there really is quite a range to suit many musical tastes. Personally I love the inclusion of Nicki Minaj's "Pound the Alarm." Now that's a workout!
As for the E10+ rating, that's about the lyrics and "Mild Suggestive Themes" in some dance moves. Judge yourself accordingly, but these are the songs on the radio.
Would you like to win these two games for your own family fun? I have a copy of each of these games (WiiU version only) to give away to one lucky Raising My Boys reader. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EST, December 5. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!
Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of these games to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.