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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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Left 4K Dead Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Inspired by Left 4 Dead, Left 4K Dead is a browser game developed for the 2009 Java4K competition where designers...

Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Following the events of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2, Raziel and Kain were trapped in the Serafan fortress. Separated...

Legacy of Kain: Defiance (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The Special Edition of Legacy of Kain: Defiance includes:Legacy of Kain: Defiance Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 Legacy of...

The Legacy of Kain Series: Blood Omen 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Following the events of Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen, over 200 years the vampire Kain has assembled an army of...

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (2000), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

One thousand five hundred years after the events of Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, the vampire Kain's decision at the...

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation 2 (2001)

Following the events in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Raziel discovers a way back through time and encounters one of...

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver - Quest for Melchiah Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

This special Edition of Soul Reaver is a budget edition from the SmartSaver series. It only contains one world, the...

Legacy of the Wizard NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and MSX (1987)

Long ago, an evil dragon named Keela was imprisoned inside a magical dungeon. However time has passed and the magic...

Legacy of Ys: Books I & II Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

This is a remake of the first two games in the Ys series. For the DS release, the games have...

Legend PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Legend is the sequel to it's namesake for the SNES. Despite the conversion to 3D, the game still keeps all...

Legend  SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Legend is a side-scrolling beat' em up set in a fantasy world. You have to rid the kingdom of Sellech...

Legendary Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Legend tells that Pandora's box released all the evils of mankind when it was opened. But in reality the box...

Legendary Axe II TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

The Axe is back... with twice the force and twice the fury of 1989's "Videogame of the Year"! This time...

The Legendary Axe TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1988)

You are the mighty warrior Gogan, whose village has been required by the Jagu tribe to give a human sacrifice...

The Legendary Starfy Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

It's another peaceful day in the kingdom of Pufftop. Starfy was having a nap, when all of a sudden, there...

Legendary Wings PlayStation 3 Front Cover

NES (1988), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and Arcade (1986)

Legendary Wings is an arcade shooter influenced by Greek mythology. A heroic figure from ancient times thrust into a strange...

Legend: Hand of God Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Four races live in the lands of Aris. While the elves and dwarfs forged an alliance because of the threat...

Legend: Hand of God (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This Collector's Edition includes: Legend: Hand of God Legend: Hand of God - The Chronicles of Aris 1 audiobook Official...

MSX (1988)

Once there was only one continent in the world. It was populated by magicians. At first they lived in peace,...

Legend of Hero Tonma TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1989)

A little caped hero called Tommy must fight his way to the boss' castle through a cute world to rescue...

Game Gear (1995) and SEGA Master System (1994)

Once upon a mouse, there was a kingdom that was ruled by the selfish king Pete. One day, a terrible...

The Legend of Kage 2 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

While being transported to the Iga village, the secret princess Kirihime is kidnapped by the evil Yoshiro Yukikusa, commander of...

The Legend of Kage NES Front Cover

NES (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2014), Sharp X1 (1986) and Arcade (1985)

You play Kage, a skillful ninja in search of rescuing Princess Kiri from the hands of the warlord Yoshi. Armed...

Legend of Kay PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Legend of Kay is a classic action adventure with an advanced close combat fighting system.The young hero "Kay", a cat,...

Legend of Mana PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

A twinkling consciousness became a star that sparkled in the night and banished the darkness. The Mana Goddess acquired consciousness...

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