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I'm considering buying the family a PS3 for Christmas since we don't have any modern gaming consoles, plus we just purchased a Sony 52" XBR4 LCD TV and the HD viewing is awesome. An added bonus is the ability to play some Blu-Ray movies until the format wars settle down.

But, I've done some searching and I'm not finding many games out there for my 6 year old daughter. I'm considering either the 80gb or 60gb unit if I can find one so I can play older PS2 and PS1 games. So tell me, PS3 owners, what games are your younger kids playing on a PS3? and/or please point me to where I can find games (PS3/PS2/PS1) that are age appropriate for my daughter.

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I think you'll find a similar consensus among other members, but the PS3 doesn't have that many games for younger kids. The Wii is a much more "kid" friendly console and has a much larger library of kid friendly games. I have both systems and when my nephew or friends kids come over, the only thing they want to play is the Wii.

Unless you're really looking for the PS3 for yourself.
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You'll find some good PS2 games for kids that you could play on your PS3 if you get one with BC. Katamari is a great game for kids that is available on PS2 but there are lots of others. There are a couple of PSN games that would be good for kids also.

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I think you'll find a similar consensus among other members, but the PS3 doesn't have that many games for younger kids. The Wii is a much more "kid" friendly console and has a much larger library of kid friendly games. I have both systems and when my nephew or friends kids come over, the only thing they want to play is the Wii.

Unless you're really looking for the PS3 for yourself.

Well, there might be just a tad bit of selfish interest, but there is no way I can "sell" a purchase of this size without some hard data (games!) to help.

Seriously, I'm getting the impression that she is just a little young for the high end gaming consoles and/or they just don't make much in the way of non-violent/young kid oriented games for the PS3 or Xbox systems right now. I can wait I guess.
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Plenty of kid-friendly PS2 games exist, with big colorful graphics that look just fine on a non-40 GB PS2. That's the line to look at right now. Muppet's Party Cruise for instance is a very good choice.

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Plenty of kid-friendly PS2 games exist, with big colorful graphics that look just fine on a non-40 GB PS2. That's the line to look at right now. Muppet's Party Cruise for instance is a very good choice.


Good feedback, thanks. I'm not getting much help from the ESRB ratings since it seems most ratings start for age 10 and above or its a vauge "everyone" with nothing but sports games that are too complex for a 6 yr old. The playstation.com site is anymore helpful either.

Any good way to search for the kid/ps2 games?
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The only game i can think of would be Ratchet And Clank : Tools of Destruction. One of the only game that can be enjoyed by the youngs and the olders
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What about Lego Star Wars: the Complete Saga. I have a friend who's kid wants it, but they can't get it because they don't have a ps3(or other modern system)
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What about Lego Star Wars: the Complete Saga. I have a friend who's kid wants it, but they can't get it because they don't have a ps3(or other modern system)

I bought this one yesterday based on reviews and some feedback from others. It looked kind of quirky and fun for some coop play but isn't my cup of tea. Now granted, I'm 36, which isn't exactly the target audience for this game. The kids may LOVE it...
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What about Lego Star Wars: the Complete Saga. I have a friend who's kid wants it, but they can't get it because they don't have a ps3(or other modern system)


Wasn't it released on PS2 also?

Anyways, I have it and it's a blast! It's simple, you jump around, and blast/fight while collecting Lego coins and special objects.

Some areas the platforming can get a little complicated, but it has a nice 2 player, drop in and out anytime co-op.

Lots of replay value, character customization, unlockables, ect, and it's fun. The OP would most likely get drawn in too
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All in all you aren't going to find many games being produced at next gen specs aimed at 6 yearolds, but if I were you I would get any of the PS3 models that have BC the 80GB or the 60GB. Most of the kid friendly games are PSN games like rubadub, chochorechoco, lemmings, etc. These games look pretty good and even though they are less than $10 each they are pretty fun for kids under 10, and offer some challenge even for adults. Plus you get all the PS2 games that look pretty good when upscaled by the PS3.

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If you want lots of tittle choice for kids Wii is the one to get.
For PS3 there are some kid's but not too many yet. Either you should either get the PS2 or get the PS3 80/60 and buy PS2 games. Games that I know:

Ratchet And Clank
Sonic
Surf's up and if you look hard you can come up with about 10 games for young kids for the time being.

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Another vote for Ratchet and Clank. My 5 year old plays that one (dad enjoys playing it too )
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Ratchet and Clank is great for all ages.
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Ratchet and Clank is great for all ages.

best game for ps3....(gamepro.com)

im so far ahead...I feel outdated
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While r&C is a great game it is too hard for a 5 yr old imo.

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My five year old is having a blast with Ratchet. I played through and got all the Omega class weapons. Now he can play and have a lot of fun. Other games that I think will keep her entertained is:

Burnout demo
Lego Starwars(my son's favorite)
Bowling
Cars
Mater National
Tons of PS2 games and tons of EC rated PS1 games that can help with spelling, counting etc.

There will be more with time but the Wii might be the better cheaper option. But the Wii doesn't offer much for the adult IMHO.

Now ratings are another conversation entirely. I have friends that let their six year olds play COD4. To each there own. My five year plays no more than E10 rated games... well he did play Pain once... He had way to much fun with that (eek!)... Ratchet is a stretch but he shooting robots so that's ok right??? I guess I'll find out when he gets older... Good luck!

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What about Sonic the Hedgehog?

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Sonic would be too frustrating in 3D for a six year old. Calling All Cars would be nice however.

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Mostly PSN games & Ratchet
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While r&C is a great game it is too hard for a 5 yr old imo.

If it is the first video game that a 5 year old is ever played then probably yes.
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did anyone mention Rachet yet! lol..
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yeh you pretty much have to go BC PS3 and get some PS2 games. My Daughter is 4 and she has about 8 games of her own she can handle. Madagascar,Tom and Jerry,Ice Age 2,Spongebob,Over The Hedge,Catz 2,Dogz2, and a Barbie game. There are many others you could consider also depending on her likes. Stuff like Curious George,Dora the Explorer,Piglets Big Game, Winnie the Pooh,Finding Nemo,Seaworld Adventure Park,Bee Movie Game,Happy Feet,Ratatouille,Shrek,Ant Bully,Meet the Robinsons,Jimmy Neutron,, etc... Over on the 360 my daughter also loves the Viva Pinata games.
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Dog's Life is pretty cool also!
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My 7 year old son has had a lot of fun with the Simpsons game demo, will pick it up for $37.99 at Best buy on the week of the 23rd.
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My 7 year old son has had a lot of fun with the Simpsons game demo, will pick it up for $37.99 at Best buy on the week of the 23rd.

but can he beat it?

there's some really difficult platforming in that demo, and i'm guessing it's the same through-out the rest of the game.
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but can he beat it?

there's some really difficult platforming in that demo, and i'm guessing it's the same through-out the rest of the game.

Yeah the second and third target/hit to the giant boy are hard. My 5 year old can just do the first one and roam around. I help him defeat the big boy.
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What about Sonic the Hedgehog?

My five year old likes the concept but hates the game play. He can't read yet so doesn't know how to get the extras that are required to progress through the game. The characters lips move but they don't actually say anything. Just text bubbles. Also he has grown tired of having to start over from the beginnning each time he gets killed.

lol you can have my copy! It was such a failure that GameStop won't even take the game on trade anymore. At least not for any real money.

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lol you can have my copy! It was such a failure that GameStop won't even take the game on trade anymore. At least not for any real money.

Actually, I own it and me and the nin year old played it a few times and that was it... Just sitting on the shelf and I actually forgot about the reading that the kid would have to do.... I'd donate my copy to a wanting kid as well.

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What the others have said. You have a treasure trove of PS2 games still available, and the best part is that most of the great ones are probably pretty inexpensive. Off the top of my head:

Sly Cooper series (all 3 rocked)
Rachet & Clank series (PS2 & PS3, you can't go wrong)
Jak & Daxter series (same vein as R&C)
Spyro series (the earlier games are better)
Lego Star Wars

Another thing you can do is go to ebgames.com and check the lower-left side for a link called "Kidz Entertainment". This will take you to an area that will allow you to search games by system and by ESRB rating.

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