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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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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...

Arcade (1990)

When a boy named Nemo settled down to sleep for the night, the King of Slumberland invites him to come...

Arcade (1997)

As Bomberman, you must kill all the enemies in the level before proceeding to the next. To do this, you...

Neoclyps Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

Neoclyps is a game very similar to the game Defender in concept.It's a side scrolling space shoot 'em up has...

Neo Contra PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Neo Contra is the sequel to Contra: Shattered Soldier. The game is a 3-D Shooter with lots of action and...

Neocron Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

By the end of the third millenium, Earth has changed... Global pollution, excessive wars and a perforated atmosphere have turned...

Neocron 2: Beyond Dome of York Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

In the middle of the 28th century massive warfare and reckless pollution have brought the life on earth to the...

NeoGeo Battle Coliseum PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox 360 (2010)

NeoGeo Battle Coliseum assembles 40 characters from past NeoGeo fighters and action games into one big tag-team brawl, along with...

PlayStation 2 (2009)

This set contains six volumes from SNK's NeoGeo Online Collection series housed in a special slipcover box. It contains fifteen...

PlayStation 2 (2009)

This set contains six volumes from SNK's NeoGeo Online Collection series housed in a special slipcover box. It contains nineteen...

NeoHunter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

After a meteor crash causes the separation of California from the rest of the continent, major corporations of the future...

Arcade (1996)

As the guy in the pom-pom hat, harvest all the items on the screen that are in groups of eight....

Neon Genesis Evangelion Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a game adaptation of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s manga of the same name which also got an anime...

Neonscape iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Fly through the sky, guiding your ball through a neon-lit maze. Navigate the ball to the blue slalom tiles that...

Neon Zone iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

Neon Zone is an adaptation of the classic physics based labyrinth game where a ball needs to be navigated through...

Neopets: The Darkest Faerie PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Players control Tor and Roberta, two animal-like Neopets on a quest against evil. By switching between the two at any...

Windows (2003)

While walking along, Sonic happens to meet Shadow on the way. Shadow doesn't seem to behave like he should and...

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