Best Kids' Games of 2014
From puppies to building blocks, sports teams to outer space, the best games of 2014 are as diverse in subject matter as style of gameplay. Many have good role models, positive messages, and a history lesson or two, but each is a high-quality, engaging experience.
PlayStation Vita Pets, age 4+. This pet simulation lets kids adopt and care for puppies, learning the merits of responsible ownership. The voice recognition, dog personalities, and adventures you can go on with your dogs distinguish it from other pet sims.
MLB 14: The Show, age 9+. The latest installment in Sony's baseball franchise brings players closer to America's national pastime than ever. Whether you're playing as a young prospect or a general manager or exploring multiple seasons with your favorite team, The Show is simply one of the best sports games available.
Child of Light, age 10+. This unique platforming role-playing game features strong female characters, vivid graphics, and an engaging story as Aurora and her friends return the captured sun, moon, and stars from the Queen of the Night.
Forza Horizon 2, age 10+. Get your motor running with this racing sequel that tears up the streets of southern Europe with more than 200 exotic cars. If you have racing fans in your house, they'll love burning this rubber.
The LEGO Movie Videogame, age 10+. "Everything is awesome" in the game that recreates the best moments from the movie. Whether you're playing as Emmet or Batman, kids (and kids at heart) will enjoy exploring these building blocks.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, age 11+. The latest installment in the long-running strategy simulation franchise moves from the history books to the cosmos as players colonize alien worlds. Deep and packed with speculative scientific information, this is great for the sci-fi fan in us all.
Trials Fusion, age 12+. Mix a competitive racer with a healthy dose of acrobatic stunts and a complex track editor, and you have an inventive and appealing racer for all motorcycle fans.
Broken Age, age 13+. This unique episodic title follows two teenagers looking to live their own lives apart from what's expected of them. The adventure game is visually striking, and the all-star voice cast engages.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, age 13+. HD graphics are only the tip of the iceberg for the remastered versions of these two classic role-playing games, which deliver more than 100 hours for each adventure through the fantasy world of Spira.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War, age 13+. A group of friends witnesses World War I and struggles to survive the battles and devastating costs in Europe. Packed with historical facts and details.