Alongside the action games, a number of titles allow for fun and confrontation between generations.
Should we be surprised? Becoming parents, the 30-45-year-olds, who grew up with video games, are enjoying themselves and their children on PC and console. More than 40% of the 31 million French people who play video games are parents, and 65% of them play with their children, according to the latest report from the National Video Game Union. The hype surrounding titles such as Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed or Grand Theft Auto and the confusion between violence and video entertainment should not make us forget that games can also be enjoyed as a family.
Back to childhood
At the head, the games that the parents practiced when they were themselves children, and which they find again with happiness or nostalgia, even if their old reflexes sometimes resist badly the talents of the youngest. In this category, the most emblematic series is that of Mario, the emblematic character of the Nintendo consoles. The adventures of the Italian plumber keep the same plot since its origins in the 1980s. Those who have a Wii or a Wii U know that titles such as Mario Party, Mario Kart, Super Mario Galaxy or Super Mario Bros Beautiful gripes and memorable sessions of laughing as a family. Super Mario 3D World (60 €, for Wii U), is played in four, each of the protagonists embodying Mario, Luigi, Toad or Princess Peach, Each with its own characteristics. You will have to run, jump, move obstacles, explore the unusual 3D scenery and discover various surprises to win the game, which takes place on several levels. A true unifying game, universal, as only Nintendo, knows how to do, and which explains the success of its consoles to a family audience. Sometimes parents are searching best garbage disposal reviews for their kitchen. Because, when they play game with their children most of the time kitchen will become too much dirty. So, this product can help a lot.
This does not mean that Nintendo has the monopoly of “transgenerational” games. There are many for the consoles of Sony and Microsoft, iPad and PC. And even games that can be practiced with her mom (especially since more than half of the video game enthusiasts are women) or even with grandparents, starting with board games adapted to consoles, such as Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit, quizzes and tests on cinema, music, sport, etc.
Sport remains a reference theme for parents who want to compete with children. In this category, football simulation games have a prominent place. With Fifa 2014 (from 19 to 49 €, for all consoles and iPad), not only will Daddy show junior how to cleanly tackle and mark elegantly on free kick, strong ten years of experience of the game, but it will be able to find the best Players to compose his team. Both will also learn the novelties of this edition: more realistic strikes according to the stride or the position of the foot, tips to conserve the ball and to dribble efficiently and a better team spirit In the decisive phases.
Same principle for racing games. Forza Motorsport 5 (70 € for Xbox One), heir to a long dynasty, emphasizes the realism of cars (Ferrari 430 Scuderia and 458 Italia, Audi RS 4 and Sport Quattro, Aston Martin DBS, Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670, etc.) and driving sensations in a cinematic setting. Do not think that your great experience of the wheel will be enough to prevail over your children. Not only is it possible to define more or less the assistance to the driving, but the true difference will be on the taking of risk. And there, not sure that the most gifted amateur pilots can compete with a daredevil in short panties.