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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Metal Army ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1988)

General Ironside's Metal Army of thuggish louts has invaded a nuclear power station in Slough and are threatening to blow...

Amiga (1989)

Metal: A Robot Combat Simulation is 2D 1 on 1 fighting game the future. The player works for government's Armed...

SEGA Saturn (1996) and Arcade (1991)

Metal Black is an arcade 2D side-scrolling shoot'em up, made as continuation of Final Gun Frontier" and Darius. Aliens (called...

Arcade (1985)

Metal Clash is a very non-typical 2D fighting game set in a futuristic universe. The player controls a giant flying...

SNES (1993)

Following the events of Battle Clash, the Battle Game Chiefs had been defeated. But the world did not return to...

J2ME (2006)

Metal Command is an action shooting game. It is set in the year 2427, at a time where renegade forces...

Metal Drift Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Metal Drift is a futuristic sports game where players take control of hover tanks that are used to carry a...

Metal Dust Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2005)

Metal Dust is a shoot 'em up in which one or two players simultaneously can take on the mission choosing...

Genesis (1993)

Metal Fangs is a unique futuristic battle driving game, where the player controls a team of racers and must attempt...

Metal Fighter NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Metal Fighter is an arcade style shooter for one player. You control an MCS-920 in an attempt to free planet...

Metal Gear DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), NES (1987), Commodore 64 (1990), MSX (1987), J2ME (2004) and Wii (2009)

Near the end of the 20th century, a small fortified nation named Outer Heaven (founded by a mysterious war hero...

Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake MSX Front Cover

MSX (1990), J2ME (2004) and Wii (2010)

In 1999, a great scientist named Kio Marv invented "oilix", a special petroleum-purifying substance that was supposed to help in...

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is an installment in the Metal Gear series and set four years after the events of...

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

The PC version of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was released some time after the console versions. In addition to the...

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Blade Wolf PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Blade Wolf is the second story DLC for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Initially a commercial release, it was made available...

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Jetstream PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Jetstream is the first story DLC for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Initially a commercial release, it was made available for...

Metal Gear Solid PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

Metal Gear Solid is a sequel to Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. After the tragic confrontation with Big Boss, the...

Metal Gear Solid Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (1999), PSP (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

This special version of Metal Gear Solid adds first-person view, a level of difficulty for newcomers, bettered artificial intelligence for...

Metal Gear Solid Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Metal Gear Solid (original Japanese name: Metal Gear: Ghost Babel) for GameBoy Color is not the same game as the...

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

In 2007, two years after the Shadow Moses incident, Solid Snake - now working for a freelance organization known as...

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002), PlayStation 3 (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance is a re-vamped and revised edition of the original Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of...

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

The Cold War, a situation created after the Second World War when the world was torn between East and West,...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

This box contains: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Booklet Shagohod action figure Making-of DVD

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005), PlayStation 3 (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is an enhanced version of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.Included with the release is...

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (Limited Edition) PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

This limited edition version of Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence comes in a special keepsake box and includes a copy...

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