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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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Assassin's Creed: Revelations Windows Front Cover

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

Assassin's Creed: Revelations is an entry in the historical series with an open world environment and a focus on stealthy...

Assassin's Creed: Revelations - Mediterranean Traveler Map Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This DLC (downloadable content) for Assassin's Creed: Revelations consists of six multiplayer maps and six new achievements/trophies. Three maps are...

Assassin's Creed: Revelations - The Ancestors Character Pack Windows Front Cover

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

This DLC (downloadable content) for Assassin's Creed: Revelations consists of four new multiplayer characters with personalized taunts, weapons and assassination...

Assassin's Creed: Revelations - The Lost Archive Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

The Lost Archive is a DLC (downloadable content) for Assassin's Creed: Revelations. It contains: The Lost Archive mini-campaign detailing the...

Assassin: Special Edition BlackBerry Front Cover

Amiga (1994) and BlackBerry (2013)

Budget release of Assassin which was updated. The main player now has an arm LASER instead of the boomerang weapon...

Atari 2600 (1983)

A mothership drops aliens, up to three on screen at a time. There are ten per level. You must shoot...

Assault City SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1990)

In the latter half of the 21st century, robots have been engaged in labor in dangerous places, housework, etc. Then...

AssaultCube Linux Front Cover

Linux (2006), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

AssaultCube is a open-source freeware Counter-Strike clone made with the Cube engine. As in that hugely popular game, it is...

Assault Heroes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2006) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Take to enemy territory in your heavily armored tank as you attempt to infiltrate an underground laboratory. Fight your way...

Assault Heroes 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

In the sequel to the top-down scrolling shooter Assault Heroes players must fight hordes of enemies and huge bosses in...

Commodore 64 (1986)

The planet Targon is a nuisance to the Galactic police but it's always just been on the planet. News is...

Windows (2008)

Assault On Planet Equidon is the winner of Gamedev.net's sixth edition of the annual Four Elements contest. It is a...

Amstrad CPC (1985)

Assault On Port Stanley takes place during the Falkland Wars and the player takes the role of an S.A.S. commander...

PlayStation (1998)

Assault: Retribution is a 3D run and gun platform game. Its story takes place in the year 2198. Arcadia, a...

Assault Rigs DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

In the future, physical sports will be replaced by a violent virtual contest, where a lot of gambling and corporate...

SEGA Saturn (1997)

Japan-only sequel to Target Earth, Leynos 2 puts you in the cockpit of a giant mecha robot as you scroll...

Assault Team 3D J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2008)

Assault Team 3D is a first-person shooter for mobile devices. Players can choose the Iraqi or American army at the...

DOS (1998)

Assault Wing is a fast-paced multiplayer action game. Up to four players fly their ships in cave-like two-dimensional arenas and...

Assault Wing: Galactic Battlefront Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Assault Wing: Galactic Battlefront is an online multiplayer shooter. Players fly their space ships in a 2D side view of...

J2ME (2005)

Assault Wings 1944 is a top-down vertically-scrolling shooter in the style of 1942. Although advertised as both an original game...

Browser (2009)

Assteroidz: Diamond Dave Edition is a flash remake of the original Asteroids.In this rendition of the classic game, you play...

Astal SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

Antowas has created a land of striking beauty and magic, with Astal and his beloved Leda among its happy inhabitants....

Astaroth: The Angel of Death Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

You must guide Ozymandias through the catacombs of Astaroth's domain. To aid you in your quest you can pick up...

Arcade (1992)

Asterix is a 2D beat'em up game, based on the comic book series of Asterix. The player chooses one of...

Astérix Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), SNES (1993) and NES (1993)

The year is 50 BC. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, almost entirely... One small Gaulish village continues...

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