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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Psychic Force PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and Arcade (1996)

The year is 2010, and people are being born with special powerful abilities, such as the power to control the...

Psychic Force 2012 Dreamcast Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (1999), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1998)

Psychic Force 2012, the sequel to Psychic Force, is a one-on-one fighting game with a twist. The matches take place...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Psychic Force Complete is a compilation of 3 System 11 / System 12 arcade fighting games: Psychic Force Psychic Force...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Psychic Storm is a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up in which the player takes the role of four characters who must protect...

Psychic World Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1991), SEGA Master System (1991) and MSX (1988)

A scientist and his two female assistants work on ESP research in a remote science laboratory. One day, a section...

Psycho Chaser TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Wii (2008)

Space year X2981Y. Earth has developed battle androids to fight bloodless wars. A new battle android called "Aura" was developed...

SNES (1992)

Psycho Dream is a side-scrolling action game with light platforming elements, similar in style to Valis games, though less story-driven....

Psycho Fox SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1989)

Psycho Fox is a platform game where you play a fox and you must get through seven worlds, consisting of...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Psycho Hopper is a side-view horizontal scrolling game where the screen scrolls to the left or right when you move...

Psychonauts Windows Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005), Xbox 360 (2007), Macintosh (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

At a summer camp for up-and-coming psychics, a young boy with an unusually high level of psychic ability inexplicably shows...

Arcade (1987)

Psycho-Nics Oscar is a 2D platform-shooting game. The player controls a powerful mecha (giant Japanese robot), named Oscar. He fights...

Psycho Pigs UXB ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), Sharp X68000 (1993) and Arcade (1987)

The object of Psycho Pigs UXB is to eliminate your opponents (who are pigs) by throwing bombs at them. When...

Psycho Pinball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Genesis (1995)

Psycho Pinball is another pinball game in the style first introduced in Pinball Dreams and later popularized in Pinball Fantasies....

Psychosis Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Wii (2008)

There is something wrong with your brain. It is being taken over by the Devil Ugar himself! Your only recourse...

Psycho Soldier Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), PSP (2011), Amstrad CPC (1988), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Arcade (1987)

Sequel to Athena, the 2D side-scroller which starred a stylized Manga version of the Greek goddess Athena as she set...

Psychotoxic Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Psychotoxic is a first-person shooter where the player controls one Angela Prophet, whose mission is simply to save the world...

Windows (2011)

Psycho Waluigi is an unlicensed freeware game made by Thunder Dragon starring Nintendo's character Waluigi as he tries to take...

Psyduck's Shuffle Surprise! Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Psyduck's Shuffle Surprise! gives the player four Pokémon images on cards and asks them to remember a certain one (for...

Psytron ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

To keep the Betula 5 Installation running smoothly and to protect it, it is run by one central computer called...

Psyvariar 2 Dreamcast Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Dreamcast (2004), Xbox (2004) and Arcade (2003)

Psyvariar 2 is another specimen of the recent breed of "newschool" arcade shoot'em'ups (other examples being Ikaruga and Border Down)....

Psyvariar: Complete Edition PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Two games in one pack (Psyvariar Medium Unit together with revision), Psyvariar is a vertical-scrolling sci-fi shooter.In the game, the...

P.T. Barnum's Acrobats! Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1982)

P.T. Barnum's Acrobats! is another clone of Bally Midway's 1978 arcade game Clowns.Three rows of colored balloons are displayed at...

PT Boats: Knights of the Sea Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

In this naval simulation the player can take command of Russian, German or Allied fleets and the crews in WWII....

PT Boats: South Gambit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The South Gambit is a stand alone add-on of PT Boats. It features two new scenarios of the naval action...

Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Destroy all eggs!With that as your only instructions, you are thrown into a room filled with pterodactyl eggs. The controls...

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