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The best family games on PS5

Best Family Games on PS5

Do you want games you can share with your family, both young and old? Sure, DOOM’s great for some hyper-violent single-player fun, but friends and family might disapprove of yanking off a demon’s jaw. To let you know which games you can play with relatives, we’ve rounded up the best family games on PS5.

You don’t have to play solo, either. These games all support multiplayer to some extent, so you can roam the world with others in tow. That doesn’t mean there won’t be disagreements, but we’re sure you can work that out. So, without further ado, here are the best family games on PS5.

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1. Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Sackboy A Big Adventure (1)
Image: PlayStation

We didn’t get a Little Big Planet 4, but that doesn’t mean Sackboy’s adventures are over. He’s back, starring in a family-friendly platform outing that’s a cutesy and quirky as you could ever want. As we said in our review, it “goes further than ever to make Sackboy the PlayStation mascot he deserves to be.” There are so many mechanics to meddle with, grappling hooks included that, whether you’re playing solo or co-op, you’ll agree it’s one of the best family games on PS5.

Read our review of Sackboy: A Big Adventure

2. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
Image: SEGA

A mash-up of the two greatest puzzle games of all time, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is a delight whether you’re playing solo or head to head. There’s a chess-like element involved, where you fool your opponent into thinking you’re on the way out, only to suddenly fill their screen with transparent hard-to-destroy blocks. At least, that’s the plan: you could find your cousin, dad or whoever doing the same back to you. We’re sure you won’t hold it against each other.

Read our review of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2

3. Lego City Undercover

Lego City Undercover screenshot
Image: Traveller’s Tales

Lego City Undercover is Lego Grand Theft Auto, minus the seedier elements of that game. Just roaming around this massive city is a joy solo, but when you get another player involved, the fun factor goes through the roof. There are missions to engage in but, thanks to the split-screen mode, you can make your own laughs chasing each other around the city, or just generally messing about.

Read our review of LEGO City Undercover

4. Minecraft

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Is it more fun to build or destroy? Minecraft lets you do both, solo or in splitscreen. If it’s monster slaying shenanigans you’re after, the game’s regular mode offers plenty of that. But if you just want to build, teaming up with a family member to make something amazing, Minecraft’s creative mode does away with the resource gathering and just lets you construct your dream.

5. Paw Patrol World

Paw Patrol World

Should this have been called Grand Theft Pawto? Absolutely, but despite that misstep, Paw Patrol World is a jolly outing for younger players. That’s not to say adults won’t enjoy it, but if you’ve come into the lounge to find Paw Patrol on full blast, this is the game the little ‘uns need to be playing.

As we said in our review, it’s a “rare children’s game that actually feels like thought and care has gone into its creation”, unlike some of the shoddier kids games we’ve encountered. And let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to drive around in a fire truck as a dalmation?

Read our review of Paw Patrol World

6. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Lego Star Wars: Skywalker Saga
Image: Traveller’s Tales

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is everything you could want from a Lego Star Wars game, with familiar locations to explore, Lego ships to fly and a slightly tongue-in-cheek take on every significant event in the saga. And when you’re done, you can just toddle around the whole galaxy, solo or with a similarly Lego/Star Wars-minded family member. It’s Lego. And Star Wars. It’s Lego Star Wars – what’s not to love?

Read our review of Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.