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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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Ratchet & Clank: Going Mobile! BREW Front Cover

BREW (2005) and J2ME (2005)

Ratchet and Clank are teleported into your cellphone and must fight their way out. Maximillan escapes a secret agent clank...

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters PSP Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008) and PSP (2007)

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters is the first game in the Ratchet & Clank franchise to appear on the PSP...

Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

After word spreads of Ratchet and Clank's recent conquest in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Clank finds himself recognized as...

Ratchet: Deadlocked PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Ratchet: Deadlocked is the fourth game in the Ratchet & Clank series by Insomniac Games. Deadlocked is different in its...

Rath-Tha DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Rath-Tha is a vertically-scrolling shoot-'em-up. In the far future the human race built a long tube that absorbed all of...

Rat Hunter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Butch Grid is a freelance journalist who travels the galaxy in search of hot stories, then sells them to the...

Rat on the Run Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006), iPhone (2009) and iPad (2011)

Ratty lives in a big house, that's fortunately is full of his favorite food: cheese. In this single button game...

Game Boy (1998) and Game Boy Color (1999)

Mr. Raz used to be an awful hitman. Luckily he found his girlfriend Loretta Mozzarella and stopped the killing. Turning...

Rat Splat! Oric Front Cover

Oric (1983)

The situation in the sewers is critical. The rats breed in such numbers that something must be done. The player...

Windows 3.x (1991)

Very much a snake game, Rattler Race adds a few twists to the long-held conventions of the genre (those being:...

DOS (1996)

Ravage is a shareware vertically-scrolling shoot 'em up game that bears a significant similarity to Raptor and Tyrian. The plot...

Ravaged Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Ravaged is a team based multiplayer first person shooter set in a post apocalyptic world. Taking place among the ruins...

Ravage D.C.X Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

Ravage D.C.X is a futuristic camera-driver rail shooter. A top secret government research program known as Project Vortex breaks through...

Rave Master GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

In this world, there exist two kinds of stones which hold great powers: Shadow Stones, which hold powers of darkness,...

The Raven Project DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and PlayStation (1996)

Sci-fi shooter with gameplay similar to the Rebel Assault series. Divided into missions, you get to play in ship-to-ship combat,...

Raven Squad Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Set in year 2011, Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Danger puts you in control of a bunch of mercenaries stranded in...

Browser (2010)

Ravenwood Fair is a game where players create a home within a wild forest and build a beautiful fair. You...

Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

Three platform action games with a cutesy feel come together in this compilation:James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod, the second James...

Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time is a party game for the Wii in which the titular Rabbids travel back in...

Raw Danger! PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

The year is 2010. Joshua Harwell and Stephanie McMurrough got a job as waiters in the opening event of Geo...

R.A.W: Realms of Ancient War Windows Front Cover

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

R.A.W.: Realms of Ancient War is a role-playing game with action combat. It is set in a fantasy world where...

Raw Recruit Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

Anyone aiming to prove himself a soldier must prove his physical ability, reactions, stamina and sheer courage. As the Raw...

Raycatcher Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Raycatcher is a fast puzzle game where a cluster of shapes, controlled by the player, needs to be rotated using...

RayCrisis: Series Termination PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Arcade (1998)

RayCrisis is the third part of a series of "Ray" shooting games. In the story it is considered a prequel...

Windows (2006)

In Ray-Hound, players pilot a small ship around a circular arena that contains randomly spawning energy turrets. The ship's only...

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