Best of E3 2014: Family Games

The Walmart GameCenter magazine editors continue their week-long look at our picks for the best new games on display at E3 2014. Today, we take a look at our top 5 favorites in the family gaming category:

Walmart Dot-Com - Skylanders Trap Team - Best Family

Title: Skylanders: Trap Team
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Toys for Bob
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS
Release Date: 10.05.2014

Skylanders has been charming gamers for years now by allowing you to drop your favorite toys into a game, but wouldn’t it be even cooler to be able to trap characters and bring them out of the game? Skylanders: Trap Team lets you do just that. Players can collect many of Skyland’s baddies and store them in special crystals, calling upon them to fight at their side. The ability to switch between two characters adds a new dimension to the game, allowing players to change things up mid-battle. And with a new character class known as Trappers, Trap Team is shaping up to be the best Skylanders yet.

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Skylanders Trap Team Starter Kit (Nintendo 3DS)
Skylanders Trap Team Starter Kit (Xbox 360)
Skylanders Trap Team Starter Kit (Xbox One)
Skylanders Trap Team Starter Kit (Wii)
Skylanders Trap Team Starter Kit (PS4)
Skylanders Trap Team Starter Kit (PS3)
Skylanders Trap Team Starter Kit (Wii U)

Walmart Dot-Com - Disney Infinity 2 - Best Family

Title: Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Developer: Avalanche Software
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, PC
Release Date: 09.23.2014

The first Disney Infinity brought characters from many beloved Disney and Pixar franchises to life, including company star Mickey Mouse. This year, however, belongs to the superheroes. Disney Infinity 2.0 will feature new Play Sets, including the Avengers, Spider-Man, and more. Joining favorites like Hulk, Thor, and Captain America are a few lesser-known (as in “haven’t yet appeared in movies”) characters like Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Nova. Best of all, every character can be used in the new advanced Toy Box. So, Hawkeye can practice archery with Merida (another debuting character), and Buzz Lightyear can go flying with Iron Man.

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Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Video Game Starter Pack (PS4)
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Video Game Starter Pack (PS3)
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Video Game Starter Pack (Xbox 360)
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Video Game Starter Pack (Xbox One)
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Video Game Starter Pack (Wii U)

Walmart Dot-Com - Lego Batman 3 - Best Family

Title: Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: TT Games
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, Vita, PC
Release Date: Fall 2014

While we don’t know how they do it, the team at TT Games continues to find ways to come up with exciting ideas for new Lego games—and that’s definitely looking to be the case with Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. As the name implies, players will have adventures far beyond Batman’s home city this time around, with stages that offer different types of gameplay depending on what’s unfolding in the story. Combine all of that with more than 150 different Lego-ified DC superheroes—all sporting their own personalized set of powers—and Lego Batman 3 could be the biggest, best Lego adventure yet.

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LEGO Batman 3 Beyond Gotham (Xbox 360)
LEGO Batman 3 Beyond Gotham (Xbox One)
LEGO Batman 3 Beyond Gotham (PS4)
LEGO Batman 3 Beyond Gotham (PS3)
LEGO Batman 3 Beyond Gotham (PS Vita)
LEGO Batman 3 Beyond Gotham (Wii U)
LEGO Batman 3 Beyond Gotham (Nintendo 3DS)

Walmart Dot-Com - Captain Toad - Best Family

Title: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Platforms: Wii U
Release Date: Q4 2014

Players who got their hands on Super Mario 3D World not only found one of last year’s top platformers and one of the best Mario titles in years, but also a series of puzzle-quest minigames starring an intrepid fungal explorer. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker puts everyone’s favorite mushroom man in the spotlight helming his own adventure, and if 3D World is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat. What makes these challenges work is how different our hero is from the pudgy Italian plumber: Toad can’t jump, which means that conquering each level involves careful observation, planning, and the judicious use of power-ups.

Walmart Dot-Com - LittleBigPlanet 3 - Best Family

Title: LittleBigPlanet 3
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Sumo Digital
Platforms: PS4, PS3
Release Date: 11.2014

As one of Sony’s surprise announcements during E3, LittleBigPlanet 3 looks to once again not only give players the chance to take on a variety of charming and creative worlds, but also build their own to share with friends and family. This time around, however, the potential for gameplay is getting a huge boost thanks to three totally new characters: Oddsock, Toggle, and Swoop. The distinctive abilities of these fresh faces add different dimensions to gameplay, and levels can be designed around all four members of the cast or any other specific combinations. And speaking of those custom creations, LittleBigPlanet 3 will be able to use all of the content that players built for the previous game—even on the PlayStation 4.

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Little Big Planet (PS4)