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The Best PS3 Games for Children

Updated on May 24, 2009

The Sony Playstaion 3 is the most powerful console on the market which makes it the most obvious choice for serious gamers. Whereas Nintendo's Wii is marketed to the widest audience possible, especially children, the PS3 has very few options suitable for an all age audience.

The main thing to look at in order to deterrmine if a game is suitalbe for your child is the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) rating. A rating of E means that it is suitable for all ages. A T rating is for teenagers and is similar to PG-13. If your child is a little bit older then a T rated game may be suitable for them with your supervision. M Rated games are meant for adults.

Almost all of Electronic Arts sport themed video games are E rated. These make great games for sport enthusiasts but I won't go into them individually as they are all very well made and depend entirely on what sports your children enjoy. Some popular series are Madden football, FIFA soccer, NBA Live basketball, and NHL hockey.

The games I've featured are all E rated, well designed, and enjoyable for kids both young and old.

Little Big Planet

Imagine a world that's yours to shape, build and explore. LittleBigPlanet puts the power of absolute creation into your own hands. If you can see it, you can enhance it. If you can't see it, you can invent it. Start by learning about your character's powers to interact physically with the environment. There are places to explore, creative resources to collect and puzzles to solve - all requiring a combination of brains and collaborative teamwork. Characters have the power to move anything in this glued and stitched-together 3D landscape; they have the power to design, shape and build both objects and entire locations for others to view and play. There's no complicated level editor; all of these skills can be learned by simply playing the game. Immerse yourself in an organic world that's just waiting to be personalized. Make your world as open or as secretive to explore as you like. When it's ready, you can invite anyone within the LittleBigPlanet community to come and explore your patch - or you can go and explore everybody else's.

Unlimited possibilities for user-created content - customize everything - your characters, the landscape around them and your own patch on LittleBigPlanet Online and offline multiplayer modes - play alone, work as a team or get competitive LittleBigPlanet global community to get involved with - includes player comments, rankings and easy communication with new and existing friends

Sonic Unleashed

Transformed and unleashed, Sonic races to save the world...and himself. Sonic the Hedgehog is on an adventure unlike any other. Powered by an all-new engine, Sonic Unleashed blends classic Sonic gameplay with a variety of in-game perspectives to create an entirely new and unique gaming experience. Merging blistering 2D action with meticulously rendered 3D environments, players race through intriguing locations across the globe as Sonic to save a chaotic world.

Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga

Building on the success of both LEGO Star Wars "block-buster" videogames, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga enables families to play through the events of all six Star Wars movies in one videogame for the first time ever.

Be every hero. Be every villain. Combine every episode.

Play the entire Star Wars saga, with new levels, new characters and new features. Solve puzzles that encourage creative thinking through the use of teamwork and unique building situations only possible in a LEGO galaxy far, far away. And play with every generation of Star Wars now on your next-gen console. Kick some brick in one through six!


Pure is an action sports off-road trick racing game that takes the genre to a new level. Developed by Black Rock Studio, Pure is the next gold standard in off-road racing games. Featuring vertigo-inducing massive aerial jumps and spectacular airborne tricks in photo-realistic real-world locations all over the globe, Pure delivers heart-pounding experiences unique to the genre. Pure encapsulates the moment where bravery outstrips ability - it defines the moment in off-road racing when players experience breakneck speed, massive jumps, grandiose vistas and truly spectacular tricks and combos, all leading to unprecedented exhilaration.

Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

Imagine being able to play with Legos without having to get all the pieces. Now you can with Lego Indiana Jones. It takes the fun and creative construction of LEGO and combines it with the wits, daring and non-stop action from the original cinematic adventures. With a tongue-in-cheek take on these original adventures, LEGO Indiana Jones follows Dr. Jones's escapades through the jungles of South America to the mountaintops of India where you will build, battle and brawl your way through your favorite moments, from Indy's entanglements with snakes to his dashing boulder run.

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction™ brings back our heroes in a brand new series for the PLAYSTATION 3 system. This time Ratchet & Clank must embark on a galactic adventure to find an ancient device that is the key to preventing the return of an ancient, evil race of interdimensional aliens called the Cragmites. To make matters worse, for some unknown reason Cragmites hate Lombaxes of which Ratchet is the sole living survivor. Once again, Ratchet & Clank must not only save the galaxy from annihilation, but unravel the mystery of Ratchet’s origin as well. The latest Ratchet & Clank has new characters, new weapons, and all-new worlds for Ratchet & Clank to explore.

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