The PlayStation platform offers a great variety of games for you and your family to explore and enjoy. From big budget triple-A titles to cutting-edge indie-games, there is a lot to choose from. So how do you know if a game is suited to your tastes or appropriate for younger family members?

Read reviews of the game

If you are planning to buy a game it is advisable to read a couple of reviews before spending your money. There are many professional gaming outlets in the UK that review nearly every game that appears on the market.

Think about what you like in games, what genres appeal to you, what gameplay elements are important and if the game supports (online) multiplayer. Reviews will provide answers to all these questions and give an indication of the overall quality of the game.

Watch gameplay videos online

To get a feel for the experiences the game provides, watch gameplay videos to see the action first hand. Many gamers record their gameplay and upload the videos to the internet. This is also a great way to find out if a game has themes such as violence or explicit material that might not be suited for a younger audience.

Games that are yet to be released will typically have promotional videos available to help families decide if they want to pick up the title as soon as it hits the shelves.

Be sure to watch out for potential spoilers though.

Research additional game content

Nowadays, a lot of games offer additional content besides the base game product. These will add content such as extra levels, additional story chapters or in-game consumables. Check what is included in the base game and what is only available after an additional purchase. Some games offer 'deluxe' versions of the game that includes most of the extra items and provide better value for the complete package.

If all these different content items and purchases are making your head spin, we have a great breakdown of every kind of item that is available on the PlayStation Network Store.