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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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)

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

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Last Resort Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Neo Geo (1992), Neo Geo CD (1994), Wii (2011) and Arcade (1992)

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Last Rites DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Zombies have taken over the world and as a commander of Special Forces it's your mission to rescue humanity. Last...

Amiga (1994)

The Last Soldier is a platform shooter game. The main goal of the player is to turn on four reactors...

The Last Stand 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The sequel to The Last Stand picks up after where the first left off as the player is being transported...

The Last Stand Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

The Last Stand combines a defense game with zombie survival as the player takes control of a man stranded for...

Windows (2006)

"Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada....

NES (1990)

The Last Starfighter is based on the 1984 movie of the same name. The hero must single-handedly pilot an extraordinarily...

The Last Story (Limited Edition) Wii Front Cover

Wii (2012)

The Limited Edition comes in a cardboard box and includes: The Last Story The Premium Steelbook cover The Illustrations Art...

The Last Story Wii Front Cover

Wii (2011)

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FM Towns (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Last Survivor is one of the earliest 3D third-person shooters, it involves players traversing a maze shooting at opponents. The...

The Last Warrior Apple II Front Cover Illustration accompanying the type-in listing (Compute! magazine, issue 64).

DOS (1985), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

The Last Warrior is a space shooter is controlled from the cockpit of a scout ship - the last one...

Las Vegas Pinball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Las Vegas Pinball is a simple pinball simulator using a Las Vegas theme.You can play three pinball tables, called Black...

La Tale Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Iris Livier is an offspring of a Derr, member of a race of demigods with superior power, and a human....

Later Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1995)

Later is an arcade action game. The game protagonist named Later was imprisoned in an underground maze by Kropop. The...

La trilogía Dragon's Lair Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

La trilogía Dragon's Lair is a limited Spanish edition that includes Dragon's Lair, Dragon's Lair II: TimeWarp and Space Ace.This...

Lattice PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Lattice is a high-speed abstract rail-shooter. The player constantly moves forward at a rapid pace along straight square pathways connected...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Laurel & Hardy stars the two famous comedians in their quest to throw cream cakes in each others face. The...

J2ME (2006)

Lava Lava is a simple arcade game, where the player has to save cities all over the world from falling...

La Vallée Des Rois Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Help archaeologist Sir Johnson to discover the treasure of Tutankhamen in 50 platform levels. To travel between areas, you have...

Browser (2003)

Lava Surfing is a Flash game used to promote the movie BIONICLE: Mask of Light - The Movie. You control...

Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

Lawn! is a simple lawn mowing game. The player controls a motorized lawnmower and must try to mow the entire...

DOS (1987)

Lawn Mower is a text-only action game, in which you play, well, a lawn mower. Of course, this is not...

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