What are the best PS4 games for families to play together? The PlayStation 4's vast library of titles caters to every type of genre and video game player imaginable. From RPGs and first-person shooters through to driving simulators, it really does have the lot. However, occasionally you'll want to bond with your family over a good PS4 game, even if some close relatives didn't grow up with a controller in their hands.
Thanks to Sony's own range of titles aimed at the family and interactive takes on classic board games, the PS4 is the perfect console to choose when it comes to sitting down with the family and engaging in a bit of video game playing. These are the best PS4 games for families to play together, and don't forget to check out our list of the best PS4 kids games. Also, you may be interested in our guides to the best PS4 co-op games and best PS4 local multiplayer games. If you're looking for a list of the best PS4 games in general, check the link.
Best PS4 Family Games
Below is a list of the best PS4 games to play with the family. Presented in no particular order, these family-friendly games have been selected by the editorial team.
Erica is probably the best FMV game of the past 10 years, and it makes for the perfect place to start this list. Perhaps not one for kids, Flavourworks' depiction of what appears to be a normal care home quickly descending into madness is gripping. It's easy to pick up and play, devoid of any thumbstick control, and gives you time to think about your choices and actions. If you're looking for a captivating story which requires minimal interaction, Erica is about the best you're going to get.
Hidden Agenda was the flagship title of Sony's PlayLink initiative earlier in the generation — a feature which allows you to play a PS4 game through your mobile phone. Everyone and their dog has a smartphone nowadays, so the touch controls should become second nature in an instant. Using your thumb, you can control the basic action of Hidden Agenda's murder-mystery to impressive effect. It's simple, if a bit mature for younger viewers, but this one will have the family gripped from the word go. Better yet, anyone in the room can control the experience with ease.
Designed specifically for two players, It Takes Two is a family-friendly action adventure that emphasises cooperation. Playing as an estranged couple shrunk down into dolls, it's a quest to not only return to normal size, but also to repair their relationship and start fresh. The story isn't as heavy as it sounds, and more importantly, this is an extremely fun game that's constantly mixing things up with new ideas from start to finish. A perfect game for friends and family to play together.
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The Jackbox Party Pack games are ideal for family gatherings. Playable using smartphones as controllers, you and your loved ones can compete in a wide variety of party games and zany quizzes. With eight collections containing the likes of Drawful, Fibbage, Quiplash, Joke Boat, and many more, there's hours and hours of madcap entertainment in these quirky collections.
It's the classic — you knew that Just Dance would appear somewhere on this list. From Billie Eilish, Khalid, and Blackpink through to Lil Nas X and Ed Sheeran, pop's greatest hitmakers have reconvened to make Just Dance 2022 the definitive dancing game on PS4. Better yet, the entire family can join in via a smartphone app that'll have them busting some moves in no time at all.
If you've got a PlayStation VR headset and have been looking for a way to show it off to the family, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is the perfect blend of virtual reality and real-life problem-solving. While one person wears the VR device, the rest of the family helps them to disable a bomb via a real-life manual filled with solutions to the puzzling devices on the explosive. With rounds only lasting a short while, you can be in and out of a puzzle in no time at all — potentially even giving those less experienced with video games a shot at disabling the contraption.
Knowledge Is Power is another PlayLink game that anyone with a smartphone can get the hang of in the space of just a couple of minutes. This is essentially a quiz show where you pick the categories and make questions harder to answer through Power Plays. Lots of questions are going to be keeping you occupied for many rounds, while quick-fire matches will have you coming up with answers at a blistering pace. It's fun for the whole family, especially those with a big brain.
If you and your family enjoyed Knowledge Is Power, why not extend the enjoyment with the follow-up, titled Knowledge Is Power: Decades? This expansion features an all-new round, more characters, and another theme. It's more Knowledge Is Power, and that's quite alright in our books.
Everybody's favourite board game comes to PS4 with a real, living, 3D board that gets rid of the mess when you inevitably flip it over in disgust. Up to six players can gather around the TV for an interactive game of Monopoly that features house rules and the ability to change them along with a neighbourhood brought to life, featuring inhabitants who celebrate your achievements. No matter how you play Monopoly, the PS4 version can cater to you and your family's needs.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a "platform fighter", which means your objective is to knock your competitors off the screen by dealing out damage. This game stars a bunch of recognisable Nickelodeon cartoon characters old and new, making this a fun game for various ages. Adults will appreciate the likes of Ren & Stimpy and Rugrats characters, while younger members of the family will be happy to see Lucy and Lincoln Loud, among others. For up to four players, this is a fast and frantic fighting game that'll have everyone whooping and laughing in minutes.
Now, here's a super-jolly game for the whole family to play. Sackboy: A Big Adventure is an adorable platformer for up to four players, each taking control of a customisable burlap doll. Gather bubbles for points, jump on the heads of baddies, and solve simple puzzles in wonderful craft-themed levels. There's even a pantomime-style story to follow starring some top British talent, such as Dawn French and Richard E. Grant. It's just a little bundle of joy that players of any age will enjoy.
That's You is an approachable, engaging title based around quizzes that the whole family can enjoy. PlayLink once again sets the scene for an experience centred around the mobile phone — even allowing you to take selfies and edit them in the game. The comedic value here is truly through the roof with over 1,000 questions to answer for up to five players, and picture-based rounds where you get to do your worst to a friend's image. That's You is probably one of the best quiz-focused titles on PS4 that'll have everyone in the room laughing.
The classic card game UNO has been faithfully recreated on PS4 to allow you and three friends or family members to engage in the quest to rid your hand of cards. It's playable online, or locally via PlayLink, which means friends and family can join the fun with their smartphones. If you don't have the real thing, UNO on PS4 is a great replacement.
What do you think are the best PS4 family games to play at home together? Do you and members of your family play any of the titles featured on our list, or have we missed something out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to check out our best PS4 games list too.