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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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Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi is action driven shock-style horror first person shooter game. You face the challenge of freeing...

PlayStation (1997)

Linda, Toshi and Dave, three members of an occult group of a senior high school end up missing while investigating...

No Time To Explain Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

No Time To Explain is a side-scrolling platformer in which the protagonist is visited by a man claiming to be...

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

No Time To Explain: Season 2 is the sequel to No Time To Explain. It is provided for free to...

Windows (2004)

This game is, like the title suggests, a space shooter.The player is in control of a red space fighter and...

Notrium Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Crash-landed on the planet Notrium. Low on food, supplies, ammo; the natives are restless, the predatory aliens are hostile, and...

Not The Robots Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Not The Robots is the first and possibly last furniture-eating simulator. You are a robot, eating your way through a...

Nous Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Nous is a single-screen arena shooter that offers fast-paced gameplay as well as interaction with a computer programme called Nous...

N.O.V.A. PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010), iPhone (2009), Android (2010), iPad (2010), bada (2010) and webOS (2010)

N.O.V.A. (Near Orbital Vanguard Alliance) is a first person shooter in a Sci-Fi universe where mankind had to construct huge...

Nova 9: The Return of Gir Draxon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Amiga (1992)

It has been two years since the Stellar 7 war. Gir Draxon, the villain, has not been found. Nova 9...

Nova Blast ColecoVision Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ColecoVision (1983) and Intellivision (1983)

Nova Blast is a side-scrolling sci-fi shooter in which you must defend four shielded cities from invaders that attack from...

Novadrome Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Alien robots from the planet Nova have abducted humans and put them in a deadly competition to observe their toughness....

Novalogic Multiplayer Mayhem Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

This compilation includes: Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Delta Force: Xtreme Joint Operations: Escalation Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising

Novastorm DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), PlayStation (1995), SEGA CD (1994), 3DO (1994) and FM Towns (1993)

In the distant future humans have left Earth, carrying its ecosystem with them. However, the journey to the stars lasted...

DOS (1982)

Novatron is a PC conversion of an arcade game, which was in turn inspired by the classic movie Tron. Basically...

Nox Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2013)

Jandor, the legendary hero of Nox, defeated evil necromancers and trapped their souls in an orb, which was then cast...

N-Sub SG-1000 Front Cover

SG-1000 (1983) and Arcade (1980)

N-Sub puts the player in control of a submarine in the Cobalt Blue Sea. The action takes place on one...

Windows (2001)

For a true fan of the *NSYNC band.In the game you have to live your life and gain a new...

Atari 8-bit (1990)

The player controls a Soviet agent who infiltrated an American base and tries to destroy it. His task is to...

ZX Spectrum (1987)

Nuclear Countdown is izometric action game in futuristic maze, similar to Spindizzy and Bombscare. The player controls robots (he has...

Nuclear Dawn Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Nuclear Dawn is a team shooter set in a post-nuclear world. Two factions, the Empire and the Consortium of Free...

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

This plutonium edition is a retail release of a game that was previously only available through digital distribution. It contains:...

Commodore 64 (1986)

The source of Earth's energy and power is nuclear fission, obtained from a rare mineral called Uranium 235 which was...

Nuclear Heist Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1986)

Nuclear Heist is a single player shoot-'em up game.Mankind has abandoned the surface of his polluted planet and now lives...

Nuclear Strike Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1997), Nintendo 64 (1999), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Having fought in the Middle East, South America, within the United States, and in the former U.S.S.R, your path has...

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