The Xbox One 2015 Media Showcase is gamer heaven. It is at this annual event where media and hard core gamers preview the latest blockbuster games and exclusives. We know how difficult it can be to shop for tweens, so we’ve scoped out the latest (age appropriate) games your kids will be eyeing for.
I remember the days not too long ago where I would be going store to store to find the one missing (*&@#) Skylander to add to my son’s prized collection. Admit it, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Well, if history is any indication, get ready parents, as the Skylander SuperChargers have hit store shelves.
For the first time, the game has introduced vehicles to the Skylander universe. New land, sea and sky vehicles are brought to life via the Portal of Power as players explore Skylands. Each vehicle gives players unique abilities and diverse experiences. Another exciting new feature is the Online Multiplayer Gameplay. This brings an exciting new way to play with family and friends. The Racing Mode features supercharged racing and combat, power-ups, boosts, hazards and more. If you’ve ever played Mario Kart, then you can appreciate the online multiplayer and racing mode features. The new SuperChargers will have over 20 new toys and be compatible with the previous 300+ Skylander toys. ESRB Rating: E10+
YouTube: Skylanders Game
NHL 16, FIFA 16, NBA 2K16, Madden NFL 16
Sporting titles get updates each year, as developers are challenged to outdo themselves. 2016 sporting titles are looking real good, better than in past years. Hockey, soccer, basketball and football fans won’t be disappointed with the latest versions of their favourite sports. Gamers can now put themselves in the role of GM or draft fantasy teams, the games are really adding exciting features to their respective franchise.
ESRB Rating: E10+
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (Release Date: 2016)
I’ll be honest in saying that I was the one who introduced my kids to the PvZ franchise. We all had the game on our devices and worked tirelessly selecting and placing our plants strategically on the lawn to rid the zombie pests. There was so much satisfaction gained in knowing you outmatched the zombies one plant at a time.
In Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2, the zombies have taken over and the plants are on the attack. Expect new characters, new ways to play and immersive maps to bring the game to a whole new level. The game will allow for solo play, with a new twist on how you experience the game. There’s also online multiplayer to play with or against friends, and private matches, where players can set their own rules. ESRB: Not yet rated
LEGO Marvel Avengers (Release Date: January 2016)
Our family has seen every Marvel film. We are a family who love their superheroes. We already own quite a number of LEGO videogames, so to see The Avengers become the latest addition in the franchise came as no surprise. As a parent, I love LEGO videogames as “death” means only watching the bricks fall apart. No blood, no gore, I’m good with that. LEGO Marvel Avengers will feature characters and storylines from The Avengers film and sequel, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The game has all the features that have made LEGO videogames popular, including hundreds of characters and free roam gameplay to collect gold bricks and studs. Expect the usual LEGO humour as familiar scenes from the films are interweaved into gameplay. ESRB: Not yet rated
YouTube: Marvel Entertainment
Cuphead (Release Date 2016)
This game generated plenty of buzz prior to the event, and it’s easy to see why. It reminded me a lot of Kirby’s Epic Yarn, because Cuphead is an action game focused on boss battles. Play as either Cuphead or Mughead in single player or co-op. Because Cuphead is a classic run and gun game, it is aimed at an older audience. The animation stands out as it pays homage to the cartoons of the 1930’s, including the use of similar drawing techniques from that era. The results are spectacular. I say, some characters look familiar (Bluto?) but I was told though it does bare an uncanny resemblance, it is not meant to be one of the same.
ESRP: Not Yet Rated
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.