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.
It's one for a more mature audience, but A Way Out is one of the best experiences that could bring two family members together. As prisoners, it's your job to escape jail and successfully go on the run by sharing a single TV screen with your partner. You'll have to co-operate with one another to cross gigantic cliff-edge drops, scale and escape the backends of a prison, and make sure to pay your loved ones a visit. It's such good fun for two people — you won't want to miss this one.
Erica is probably the best FMV game of the past 10 years, and it makes for the perfect place to start this list. If every member of your family has moved beyond their teenage years, Flavourworks' depiction of what appears to be a normal care home which quickly descends into madness is essential. 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 gran has a smartphone nowadays, so the touchpad 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.
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 seven titles 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 2021 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.
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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 you wear the VR device, your family can be out in the real world helping you to disable a bomb via a manual filled with solutions to the problems threatening your life. With matches 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.
That's You is yet another 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 1000 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 of UNO has been faithfully recreated on PS4 to allow you and three friends or family members to engage in the quest to reach 500 points. Also supporting PlayLink, meaning those less versed in video games can play with their mobile phones, UNO on PS4 is the best way to empty your hand of cards if you don't possess the real thing.
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.