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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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A Sound of Thunder Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

A Sound of Thunder is an overhead shoot-em-up based on the 2005 film, which in turn was loosely based on...

A.S.P.: Air Strike Patrol SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Playing as a jet pilot of the "Coalition" force, players take control of either an F-15 Eagle, or an A-10...

Asphalt Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1987)

In the world of Asphalt, roads and highways have become a playground for violent criminals. Only heavily armed vehicles dare...

Browser (2012)

Asphyx is a short side-scrolling game in which the nameless pixelated protagonist needs to navigate a maze of tunnels and...

Assassin Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992)

Side-scrolling beat-em-up in the style of Turrican and Strider. The basic storyline is that you're a top assassin (hence the...

Assassin 2015 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

Jack Butcher is a former soldier, and now an assassin working for the government. His contact Sabre has a new...

Windows (2008) and Browser (2008)

Assassin Blue is a professional hitman who works for the government. He is contracted to take out anyone that conspires...

Assassin's Creed Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

In the year 2012, a seemingly ordinary bartender named Desmond Miles is abducted by a mysterious organization. The captors attach...

Assassin's Creed J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2007) and BlackBerry (2009)

The mobile version of Assassin's Creed is based on the same storyline, but presents the entire game in 2D platform...

Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008), Symbian (2010), iPhone (2009), Android (2010), iPad (2010), Windows Phone (2010) and Fire OS (2011)

Set in 1190, Altaïr's Chronicles is conceived as a prequel to the original console version of Assassin's Creed. This time,...

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Assassin's Creed Anthology is a compilation of all the games in the Assassin's Creed series that were previously released on...

Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines PSP Front Cover

PSP (2009)

Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines is a PSP-exclusive game that continues the story of the first Assassin's Creed game and also builds...

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The modern-day Assassins, including Desmond Miles, make their escape and go into hiding from the Templars. They take refuge into...

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

First retail release of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood for PS3 platform features free exclusive voucher code for Copernicus Conspiracy Missions DLC.This...

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Codex Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Special Codex Edition includes the following: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Renaissance Collector Chest Exclusive Codex Map of Rome Multiplayer characters...

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood - Copernicus Conspiracy Missions PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

The first DLC for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood game lets you meet the scientist Copernicus as you save his life from...

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood - The Da Vinci Disappearance PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The Da Vinci Disappearance is downloadable content (DLC) for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Leonardo Da Vinci is kidnapped by the Hermeticists,...

Assassin's Creed (Director's Cut Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Director's Cut Edition is the Windows release of Assassin's Creed.While the core gameplay remains the same as in the...

Assassin's Creed (Director's Cut Edition) + predystoriya Assassin's Creed II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

This release of Assassin's Creed (Director's Cut Edition) also includes additional disc with Assassin's Creed: Lineage movie.

Assassin's Creed (Director's Cut Edition Pre-Order Pack) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Pre-Order Pack includes: Assassin's Creed (Director's Cut Edition) Certificate of Authentication Access to exclusive content on Assassin's Creed...

Assassin's Creed II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2009), Macintosh (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Desmond Miles, the last in the line of the ancient order of Assassins, has been captured by the modern-day descendants...

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

This Black Edition features: Assassin's Creed II An Ezio Auditore di Firenze figurine dressed in black "Master Assassin" gear 3...

Assassin's Creed II: Discovery Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009) and iPhone (2010)

Discovery takes place after Assassin's Creed II and before Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. The player assumes the role of Ezio Auditore...

Assassin's Creed III Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and Wii U (2012)

Assassin's Creed III is a historical open world action-adventure game with a focus on stealth. Despite the numbering it is...

Assassin's Creed III PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012)

Unlike the versions for Wii U, Windows and Xbox 360, the PS3 version contains additional content: Assassin's Creed III (base...

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