User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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Windows (1998)

Official Mission Pack for Activision's BattleZone. It is a Battlezone add-on from Team Evolve (the folks behind the respectable Zaero...

Windows (2011)

Red Orchestra 2: Bohaterowie Stalingradu Edycja Kolekcjonerska includes: Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad T-34/85 Model Tank Mouse pad T-shirt...

Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad is a multiplayer first-person shooter set in World War II, more precisely the fights...

Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad - Game of the Year Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This updated version of Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad features: Two new game modes: "Action mode" with crosshair, easier...

Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2013)

Based on the Unreal mod, Red Orchestra is a realistic World War II first-person multiplayer shooter.The game includes thirteen maps...

Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Red Orchestra is a WWII-themed first person shooter game which won the prestigious "Make Something Unreal " contest and was...

Red Shark Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

In Red Shark the player takes the role of a pilot who has been sent back in time from the...

Windows (2005)

Red Shark 2 is a simulation game where the player pilots a high-tech helicopter, sent back in time to World...

Red Skies over Europe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Red Skies over Europe is an arcade combat flight simulation. The player takes the seat of the Axis or USSR...

Red Skies: Von Stalingrad nach Berlin Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In Red Skies: Von Stalingrad nach Berlin the player takes the role of Russian or German pilots during World War...

The Red Star PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

The Red Star is a third-person action game based on the graphic novel of the same name. The setting is...

Red Steel Wii Front Cover

Wii (2006)

Taking place in both the USA and Japan, Red Steel is a crime themed shooter that has the player controlled...

Red Steel 2 Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Red Steel 2 is the sequel to Red Steel and just like the original game it is a brawler played...

Red Zone Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

Red Zone is a helicopter action shooter in which you pilot an AH-64B Apache into the heart of enemy territory...

Reflex MSX Front Cover

MSX (1987)

This bat and ball game has 90 levels, each more difficult than the last. The blocks are worth between 5...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1988)

Inspired by Arkanoid, Reflex is a single screen game where you have to remove bricks on various screens by bouncing...

DOS (1985)

Based on events from the Robotech animated series, the crustacean Invid have invaded the Earth and set up a base...

rE/Generation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

rE/Generation is a freeware remake of D/Generation. The original levels are recreated with enhanced graphics and sounds, while the storyline...

Regret Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Regret was created for Jason Rohrer's game design sketchbook, a monthly project for the online publication The Escapist. Without giving...

Reign of Fire PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Based on the film of the same name. Play as either a human or a dragon: As a human, you...

Reincidentes: La Prisión Online Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Reincidentes: La Prisión Online is the second expansion for the Spanish MMOG La Prisión. This add-on brings along several new...

FM Towns (1992)

In the year 19XX, a huge meteorite fell upon Tokyo. Within a short time the entire city was destroyed. Due...

SNES (1992)

This game is quite different not only from Aretha 3, but also from the first two Aretha games. Rejoice is...

Relaxator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1992)

Relaxator is a side-scrolling space shooter. As a spaceship pilot the player must patrol the area of the planet Cormos,...

Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2011), PlayStation (1996), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2014), Android (2014), PC-98 (1995), iPad (2014) and FM Towns (1995)

Somewhere in the universe, there is a beautiful planet called Twinsun. It is populated by four different races, which have...

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