Xbox isn't just for the big boys and girls. Kids can have a lot of fun too!
If you're unsure what Xbox games are suitable for younger gamers this holiday season, we've got you covered.
Updated December 22, 2016: Added Stardew Valley and Disney's Fantasia Music Evolved!
Star Wars Battlefront
One for the older kids, Star Wars Battlefront is an epic, but accessible first person shooter atop a seriously authentic Star Wars fantasy.
Star Wars Battlefront allows you to play as either a Rebel or Empire soldier in atmospheric 40 vs. 40 battles from across the classic trilogy. Pick up Hero tokens to assume control of some of Star Wars' most iconic characters, including Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Pilot AT-AT walkers and soar the skies with X-Wing fighters, with easy-to-learn controls.
Star Wars Battlefront also has offline gameplay modes with split-screen co-operative play, ideal for family play.
No "best games for kids" article would be complete without the global phenomenon that is Minecraft.
For the uninitiated, Minecraft is effectively virtual Lego, but it's so much more than that. Minecraft leans heavily on exploration, team play, cooperation, and creativity. Kids will find the emergent gameplay exciting, resulting from the game's procedurally generated maps.
If survival mode is too stressful, Minecraft also has a passive creative mode to let your imagination really come to life. Build literally anything with Minecraft's block-based system, and hey, you can even use Minecraft to teach kids how to code and skin 3D models.
Minecraft is a great purchase for kids and adults alike, and it's relatively cheap too!
Lego Dimensions is a toys-to-life video game that allows players to live out their wildest franchise cross-over fantasies.
Utilizing the Lego Toy pad and official Lego Dimensions Minifigures, you can transport characters from various major franchises such as D.C. Comics, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and more as you fight to save the Multiverse from the evil Lord Vortech.
Lego Dimensions is a great game for younger players, and the game can be forever expanded with additional expansion sets, allowing kids to explore their creativity through the lens of some of the world's most iconic franchises.
Just Dance 2017 (for Kinect)
Just Dance 2017 is the latest installment of the hit family game that will help keep kids active while having fun!
Just Dance uses a Kinect motion tracking camera (or an app on iOS and Android devices) to track player's movements, awarding scores for the most accurate recreations of various on-screen dance routines.
Just Dance 2017 brings together some of the most recent musical hits from all sorts of genres, making it a great party game for children and adults of all ages.
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (for Kinect)
Another great Kinect title is Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved, which takes players into the colorful world of Fantasia under the tutelage of Yen Sid.
As much a piece of interactive art as it is a game, Fantasia: Music Evolved is a great title that gamers of practically any age can enjoy. The game also features multiple expansions, bringing in popular music from various genres, scoring players on their ability to follow on-screen motion commands across an immersive array of visual effects.
Overcooked is a wonderful local co-op game for up to four players that is as fun as it is vibrant and unique.
Guide four chefs who are the final stand between the Ever Peckish monster and the destruction of the world. Players must work together to satisfy the hunger of the beast, but first, they need to hone their skills across various eclectic kitchens across a beautiful and colorful world.
Organize kitchen services between chopping ingredients, combining the correct elements, cooking meat, and plating up properly. The faster you work together, the higher the tips will be, the better your score will be! Just don't burn the food... or you might start a kitchen fire!
Another one for the older kids, Overwatch is a family-friendly multiplayer shooter that rewards teamwork above all else.
As a class-based shooter, players must work together to overcome the enemy across various 6 vs. 6 objective oriented game modes. Overwatch's colorful cast of Pixar-styled characters are unique in various ways and synergize with other player's abilities and skills. Defend your team as the armor-clad Reinhardt, heal them as Ana, snipe from afar as Widowmaker, or sneak behind enemy lines as Sombra — Overwatch caters for all sorts of playstyles.
Overwatch players also receive tons of free content drops, adding new heroes, maps and more, funded by optional, cosmetic micro-payments. Overwatch has the potential to keep gamers everywhere occupied for a very long time.
Skylanders is the toys-to-life game that started it all, allowing younger (and older!) gamers to collect statues that can be directly imported into Skylanders games.
Players will take the fight to the Doomlanders in the series' latest installment, and can create their very own unique Skylanders to accompany toys they've previously collected. The gameplay hinges on a combination of fighting, platforming, and puzzling, and it can be played solo or in local multiplayer.
There are several Skylanders games and tons of collectible statues, making any purchase sure to delight younger audiences.
Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is a third-person shooter based on the popular tower defense game.
You can play as dozens of plant and zombie types from across the series, taking on various roles such as sniping, healing, and even stealth assassination. Garden Warfare 2 has tons of game modes both against players and against CPU-controlled enemies, making it a high-value package for dozens, maybe hundreds of hours of play. The game supports split-screen local multiplayer too!
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 3 is the perfect way to introduce younger gamers to the racing genre, taking place in a colorful recreation of Australia.
Horizon 3 is an arcade-style racer, set in a massive and beautiful open world. It has dozens of licensed vehicles, from high-powered supercars to four-wheel drive off-roaders.
Dozens of modes, events, unlockables and upgrades, Forza Horizon 3 will keep player's hooked for months.
Ori and the Blind Forest
Ori and the Blind Forest is not just one of the greatest games for kids, it's one of the greatest games on Xbox One, period!
Take control of Ori in an award-winning tale of love and sacrifice. This challenging action-platformer is ideal for skilled gamers of all ages. Its vibrant hand-painted art style is as enthralling as its music and writing, making it an essential purchase.
Ori and the Blind Forest rewards a patient, steady hand, as you guide Ori through hazardous puzzles, perilous platforming segments, and dangerous fights. It's a true gem.
One game that parents and older relatives should definitely look into for older children is Stardew Valley. Stardew Valley is an easy going RPG with simulation elements. To escape the monotony of his 9-5 office life, the main character takes over his grandfather's derelict farm with the aim of reconnecting with nature and a sense of community.
Growing crops, fishing, mining, retro-style ARPG combat and NPC social interactions form the basis of gameplay that strongly reminisces of Harvest Moon. Be careful though, Stardew Valley has addictive qualities!
Now it's your turn!
Are there any games that your younger friends and family really enjoy that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments, and we may add them in at a later date! Also check out our parent's Xbox guide below for more information on how to keep younger gamers safe from harmful content and social interactions on Xbox Live.