User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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Mega Man Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1995)

The insane scientist, Dr. Wily, has created an army of evil robots, and is using them to take over the...

Mega Man 10 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2010)

20XX. A virus called Roboenza starts infecting robots, rendering them useless. Humankind would be helpless enough without the aid of...

Mega Man 2 NES Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), NES (1988), DoJa (2008), Wii (2007), iPhone (2009), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2013)

After defeating Dr. Light's six robots that were reprogrammed by the villainous Dr. Wily in Mega Man, it seemed like...

Arcade (1996)

Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters is 2D arcade fighting/shooting game, the sequel to Mega Man: The Power Battle .The...

Mega Man 3 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), NES (1990), PSP (2011), J2ME (2008), DoJa (2008), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2008), BlackBerry (2009), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1991)

Mega Man 3 is a traditional side-scrolling platformer: you jump from brick to brick while avoiding pits and shooting robots....

Mega Man 3: The Robots are Revolting DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Dr. Wily seeks once more to conquer the earth with his robotic creations and it's up to Megaman to stop...

Mega Man 4 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), NES (1991), DoJa (2005), Wii (2010), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2013)

In Mega Man 4, Dr. Wily is declared as having been killed by the explosion of Gamma. A year passes...

Mega Man 5 NES Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), NES (1992), DoJa (2006), Wii (2011), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2014)

Dr. Cossack, humbled by his defeat and his allowing of Dr. Wily to influence his ways, decides to help Dr....

Mega Man 6 NES Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), NES (1993), DoJa (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2014)

The sixth (and supposedly final) volume in the Rockman Complete Works series contains the final NES/Famicom Rockman title: Rockman 6:...

Mega Man 7 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995) and Wii U (2014)

At long last, Mega Man had finally managed to beat the evil Dr. Wily! With this defeat, Wily was thrown...

Mega Man 8: Anniversary Edition PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

The Blue Bomber returns! The evil Dr. Wily discovers the remains of a strange robot that evidently came from space,...

Mega Man 9 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008), DoJa (2010), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Peace at last in the future...but wait! Robots are rampaging across the cities, and they've been built by...Dr. Light? Dr....

Mega Man: Anniversary Collection PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2005) and GameCube (2004)

Celebrate 15 years with Mega Man! This compilation edition of the Blue Bomber celebrates Mega Man 1-8, as well as...

Mega Man & Bass Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002), SNES (1998) and WonderSwan (1999)

The mighty robot King has taken over Dr. Wily's base, invaded the Robot Museum, and stolen 100 CDs containing secret...

Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Mega Man is the robot creation of Dr. Light, whose sworn archenemy Dr. Wily spends innumerable games trying to cause...

Megamania Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982), Atari 5200 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

MegaMania is an arcade action game with gameplay similar to Space Invaders. You control a spaceship at the bottom of...

Mega Man II Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Dr. Wily has broken into the Chronos Institute and stolen a machine called Time Skimmer. According to Dr. Light's calculations,...

Mega Man III Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Dr. Wily is at it again! This time, he's set up an oil rig in the middle of the ocean...

Mega Man IV Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

In the year 20XX...Dr. Wily has broken into the local Robot Museum and has stolen the bodies of his previously...

Mega Man Legends Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation (1997), Nintendo 64 (2000) and PSP (2005)

In a world covered almost entirely in water, there exist small islands that hide huge treasures. And where there's treasure,...

Mega Man Legends 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and PSP (2005)

Mega Man returns in this, his second 3D outing. The Blue bomber and his teammate, Roll, must journey to a...

Mega Man Maverick Hunter X PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

Set a century after the events in the original Mega Man series, Mega Man Maverick Hunter X is a remake...

Mega Man Network Transmission GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

Based between the events of the Game Boy Advance titles, Mega Man Battle Network 1 and 2, Lan and the...

Mega Man Powered Up PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Dr. Light had an idea: He would build a bunch of good and handy robots to help him and others...

Mega Man: Rush Marine BlackBerry Front Cover

BREW (2009), J2ME (2009), Windows Mobile (2009) and BlackBerry (2009)

Mega Man: Rush Marine is a shoot em up style game featuring characters from the Mega Man universe.Dr. Wily has...

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