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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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Need for Speed: Nitro-X Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2010)

Need for Speed: Nitro-X is a downloadable title found on the Nintendo DSi's DSiWare store.Nitro-X is largely a revamped, downloadable...

Need for Speed: The Run (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

This Limited Edition contains: Need for Speed: The Run Three exclusive vehicles: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 and...

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

This Amazon.com Pre-Order Version contains: Need for Speed: The Run (Limited Edition)It also includes a code to unlock the following...

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

This GameStop.com Pre-Order Version contains: Need for Speed: The Run (Limited Edition)It also includes a code to unlock the following...

Windows (2011)

This Origin.com Pre-Order Version for residents of the USA contains: Need for Speed: The Run (Limited Edition) (download)It also includes...

Windows (2011)

Unlike the USA-only Need for Speed: The Run (Limited Edition) - Origin.com Pre-Order Version, this version made available to Russian...

Need for Speed Underground 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

The popular Need For Speed Underground franchise was adapted for systems with different capabilities. You drive around a city split...

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

This racing game is set in the Ramsay Street universe of the Australian soap opera, which was hugely popular in...

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

In the year 2099, the spaceship EPIC makes another one of her journeys when she is suddenly caught in a...

Nekketsu! Beach Volley da yo Kunio-kun Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Game Boy (1994) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

The Nekketsu gang hits the sands for a grand tournament of beach volleyball. As usual the game mechanics have been...

Nekketsu Kakutō Densetsu NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

Its another day at school in Nekketsu High and series star Kunio finds a note in his locker challenging him...

Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Bangai Rantōhen Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

A GameBoy sequel to the Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-Kun beat'em up series. The story this time is that a newly established,...

Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu Kyōteki! Tōkyū Senshi no Maki Game Boy Front Cover

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

A GameBoy sequel of the classic Super Dodge Ball game for the NES.The basic gameplay is the same as in...

PlayStation (1994) and SEGA Saturn (1995)

Middle-aged housewife Saeko Hibino has a secret: she's actually a Nobel laureate theoretical physicist who devised a completely new type...

NES (1993)

Another action/sports title in the Nekketsu High game series. Nekketsu Street Basket is exactly what it sounds like: a tournament...

Windows (1997) and Windows 3.x (1997)

Nelda Nockbladder's is a shareware platform puzzler, created with the Click & Create multimedia authoring system. It combines varied "find...

Nelson Piquet's Grand Prix Evolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

It is the year 2100, and the sport of Grand Prix is faster than ever. The latest version, Grand Prix...

Nemac IV Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1996)

In 2048, all of Earth's defenses was handed over to three neural computers called Nemac I, II and III constructed...

Amiga (1997)

The Director's Cut of Nemac IV is the name given to the CD-release of the game. The only difference to...

Nemesis Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

Nemesis is the first entry in the long-running Gradius series on the Game Boy. Its side-scrolling shoot'em up gameplay follows...

Nemesis 2 MSX Front Cover

MSX (1987) and Wii (2009)

In the year 6664 Dr. Venom, the director of the Space Science Agency, was exiled to the planet Sard for...

Nemesis 3: The Eve of Destruction MSX Front Cover

MSX (1988) and Wii (2010)

Nemesis 3 (Gradius 3 in Japan) is a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up. Shooting at certain enemies will leave a...

Sharp X68000 (1993)

Nemesis '90 Kai is an enhanced remake of Nemesis 2. The main difference lies in presentation, with higher-quality music and...

Windows (2003)

Nemesis Crisis throws you into the seat of a space fighter with the simple of objective of "kill or be...

Nemesis the Warlock Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

2000AD hero Nemesis must defeat the evil Torquemada, the Grand Master of Termight, and the hordes of Terminators he has...

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