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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Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy Front Cover

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

This is the sequel to the very popular Metroid for the NES. In Metroid 2, you control Samus Aran in...

Metroid: Other M Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Metoid: Other M follows recent console releases of Metroid games by being developed, like the Metroid Prime trilogy, by a...

Metroid Prime GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002) and Wii (2009)

Long ago, a bird-like race of creatures (called the Chozo) became extremely advanced technologically, but due to increasing violence in...

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004) and Wii (2009)

A long time ago a race of beings called the Luminoth settled the planet Aether. They built energy controllers to...

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

In the third and final outing of the Metroid Prime series, bounty hunter Samus Aran is contacted by the Galactic...

Metroid Prime: Hunters Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

An episode in the Metroid Prime series which started on the GameCube, this game takes place between Metroid Prime and...

Metroid Prime: Hunters - First Hunt Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2004)

Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt is the demo version of the regular Nintendo DS title Metroid Prime: Hunters. This version...

Metroid Prime Pinball Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

In this pinball game based on Metroid Prime, Samus gets knocked and rolled around the table in Morph Ball form;...

Metroid Prime Trilogy Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

This is a compilation of the three games of the Metroid Prime Series . The first two titles are now...

Metroid: Zero Mission Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004) and Wii U (2014)

Pirates have stolen an unknown life-form, recently discovered on the planet SR388. The life-form, called Metroid, is in a state...

Metro: Last Light Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

After Moscow was devastated by a nuclear war, the few survivors escaped the radioactive surface and found refuge in the...

Metro: Last Light - Faction Pack Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Faction Pack is the third downloadable content (DLC) for Metro: Last Light and the first of four included in Metro:...

Metro: Last Light (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

This limited edition contains: Metro: Last Light Ranger mode (hardest difficult level, no HUD, less bullets) Modified Russian rifle Military...

Metro: Last Light Redux Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Metro: Last Light Redux is an updated release of Metro: Last Light. The game runs on an updated version of...

Metro: Last Light - RPK Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

RPK is the second downloadable content (DLC) for Metro: Last Light, featuring a new Soviet era machine gun with a...

Metro: Last Light - Season Pass Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Season Pass is a downloadable content (DLC) for Metro: Last Light which offers discounted pre-purchases for future Metro DLCs and...

Metro: Last Light - The Ranger Mode Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

The Ranger Mode is the first downloadable content (DLC) for Metro: Last Light. for Metro veterans seeking a more difficult...

Commodore 64 (1987)

The player must navigate their space ship and destroy everything in space, including mines, cruisers, and star bases. (The cruisers...

Windows (1998)

In Metro-Police the player takes the role of Jeff Conrad who is a cop in the New York of 2048....

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Metropolis is a game inspired by Trojan, the coin-op arcade game made by Capcom. Something that differentiates it from other...

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

Metropolis is a flick-screen platformer with some puzzle elements. Most screens have enemies following a straight path. Navigate through the...

Mevo & the Grooveriders Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Mevo & the Grooveriders is a music game, where players must hit two keys following the rhythm of the background...

MewMew Tower iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

MewMew Tower is a game where the player must pick cats from a hot-air balloon and stack them up to...

Mexican Motor Mafia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Jebediah Priest... That name will haunt you 'til the day you track him down and avenge your brother. Because you...

Windows (2004)

This arcade game made with The Games Factory tells the story of Bob before he moves to Reality-on-the-Norm depicted in...

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