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Best party games on Switch, Xbox, PS4 & PS5 this Christmas

We've rounded up the best party video games to play right now with friends and family on PS4, PS5, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.

  • Posted on 03rd Jan, 2022 15:30 PM
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Looking for the best party video games to play with friends and family over the Christmas holidays? Whether you’re a Switch, Xbox, or PlayStation owner, we’ve got you covered.

Knowledge is Power

A screenshot from the Knowledge is Power party game on PlayStation

Available on: PlayStation only

Knowledge is Power isn’t just the best PlayLink title, it’s also one of the best quiz games out there full stop. Players choose a quirky character, take a selfie to represent themselves, then race to be the first to answer a range of questions covering everything from pop music to world history and even video games.

It all leads up to the final game show-inspired round, Pyramid of Knowledge, which is a tense race to the top. Falling behind? No worries, you’ll get traps like gunk and ice to slow your opponents down. There are no confusing rules, and you only need a smartphone to join in, so it’s really easy to pick up and play.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

A screenshot of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch

Available on: Switch only

It’s not a traditional party game, but honestly, who can resist a bit of Mario Kart? For decades, this beloved karting series has been the go-t0 choice for game nights with friends, but it’s also accessible enough that you can get family of any age involved, especially with the easy-to-understand motion controls.

The best thing about Mario Kart is that it’s a very well-balanced game, as newcomers who might struggle to keep up with veteran players will be rewarded with more powerful items to give them a chance at success – and there’s nothing more satisfying than landing a blue shell on a bragging family member.

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain

The minigame categories in Big Brain Academy Brain vs Brain

Available on: Switch only

The latest entry in the Big Brain Academy series puts a big focus on fast-paced multiplayer battles between up to four players, making it perfect for smaller parties. There are 20 minigames in total, where you’ll be doing everything from memorizing sequences to sorting animals into categories.

Unlike many party games that test your brain, Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain is suitable for all ages, as each player can set their own individual difficulty to help level the playing field, with a special setting for young children. It’s wholesome fun that can actually be quite a challenge if you want it to be.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Smash Ultimate fighters box cover art

Available on: Switch only

This might be the least accessible party game on the list, as there’s a deceptively steep learning curve to get truly good at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but as long as everyone involved has some experience with fighting games, there are hours of fun to be had with this competitive gaming masterpiece.

The best thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is that when the tagline said ‘Everyone is here!’, they meant it. So whether your friends are Nintendo purists or haven’t touched a Mario game in years, there will be a character they know and love to play as, from Bayonetta to Snake and even the recently-added Sora.

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