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Action

Description

In action games players are required to have good reflexes and quick reaction in order to overcome challenges. Action games typically focus on combat, during which the player must press buttons or keys rapidly or in timed intervals in order to execute attacks and other moves. Non-combat challenges may include avoiding traps, jumping, running, completing tasks within a pressing time limit, etc.

Common action sub-genres are shooters, fighting, and platform games.

Though most racing / driving, sports, and many simulation games contain action-oriented gameplay, they can be considered action games only if they specifically emphasize arcade-like, reflex-based gameplay.

Action games may include extensive non-violent exploration and/or puzzle-solving, or combine themselves with other genres, e.g. role-playing or driving.

Quick thinking is often required to succeed in action games; however, games that specifically emphasize quick thinking over reflexes are usually real-time strategy or puzzle games.
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Windows (1995)

As Lieutenant 'Big L.', a player has to rescue his team of raw recruits from trouble, shooting off evil prehistoric...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Last Duel: Inter Planet War 2012 follows the story of two planets that are in war with each other. On...

The Last Dynasty Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995) and Windows 3.x (1994)

The Last Dynasty is a hybrid game that casts the player in the role of the space pilot Mel Raauq....

DOS (1993)

In what has to be considered one of the most "original" games of all time, you are a flying beer...

The Last Flight of the Bumble Bee iPad Front Cover

iPad (2012)

The Last Flight of the Bumble Bee is a vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up created in 48 hours for the 2011 Global Game...

Last Galaxy Hero Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In Last Galaxy Hero you take the role of a lone solider against an alien robot horde. The game is...

Atari 8-bit (1988)

The Last Guardian is a side-scrolling space shoot'em up game. The player is a space shuttle pilot attacking alien spacecraft...

The Last Guy PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

In The Last Guy, players take the role of a hero character who needs to save civilians from monsters that...

Last Hope Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2007), Neo Geo (2006) and Neo Geo CD (2006)

Pilot your Z-42 Warpstar starfight as Earth's last line of defense against the advance of the Evil Empire. Last Hope...

Last Hope Pink Bullets Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2009) and Arcade (2011)

This game is an updated edition of Last Hope. The game is basically the same, but some modifications have been...

Last Imperial Prince PC-FX Front Cover

PC-FX (1997)

When an army of monsters attacked the castle Camelot and forced the Emperor to resign, the whole country fell under...

DOS (1996)

In the age of King Arthur and his Round Table, Merlin and the king send out a call for a...

Last Mission ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Arcade (1986)

After some shameful deeds, your people hate you and have put you in exile, but respect your skills as a...

The Last Mission MSX Front Cover

PC Booter (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

The Last Mission is a side-view arcade game without scrolling (viewpoint moves from screen to screen) with map of big...

Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), NES (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), Wii (2008), BBC Micro (1989) and Electron (1989)

With the scrolls now in his possession, The Last Ninja begins training a new order of Ninja. During a training...

Last Ninja 3 Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), Amiga CD32 (1994) and Wii (2008)

The third in the Last Ninja series sees you as Armakuni, the Last Ninja. He is drawn again into a...

The Last Ninja DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1989), Apple IIgs (1988), Wii (2008), BBC Micro (1988), Electron (1988) and Acorn 32-bit (1992)

You are the last living member of your ninja clan after they were brutally slaughtered. Now, you seek to exact...

The Last of Us (Ellie Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013)

This edition comes with canvas wrap packaging and includes: The Last of Us (base game) American Dreams mini comic from...

PlayStation 3 (2013)

This edition comes with canvas wrap packaging and includes: The Last of Us (base game) American Dreams mini comic from...

The Last of Us: Left Behind PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2014)

Left Behind is a single player DLC (downloadable content) for The Last of Us. Set as a prequel to the...

PlayStation 3 (2013)

This edition is exclusive to the US GameStop retailer and includes: Steelbook edition of The Last of Us (base game)...

PlayStation 3 (2013)

This edition includes: Steelbook edition of The Last of Us (base game) Full size artbook by Dark Horse (Hardcover -...

The Last of Us PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013)

The Last of Us is a survival horror action adventure game. The story focuses on the two characters Joel and...

Amiga (1994)

The sudden and unexpected return of evil swept the land like a hurricane. The unprepared armies tried their best to...

Linux (2006), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2008)

This open-source, freeware remake of the Spanish platform game from 1986 replaces the graphics and sounds with more modern assets,...

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