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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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Spec Ops II: Omega Squad Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Omega Squad is the only game in the Spec Ops series released on the Dreamcast. Players control a squad of...

Spec Ops: Platinum Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

This is a collection of the first two Spec Ops games and expansions. It contains: Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the...

Spec Ops: Ranger Elite PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

This is one of those first generation soldier shooters, that was one of the first games to emphasize tactics before...

Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Spec Ops is the first in a series of realistic, action-oriented, real-time 3D third-person games based on elite warfare units...

Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way - Pro Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The Pro Pack is a compilation that includes: Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way Spec Ops: Ranger Team Bravo (expansion)...

Spec Ops: Ranger Team Bravo Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

This add-on for Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way lets you engage in cooperative and competitive battles with other Ranger...

Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Stealth Patrol is the first console adaptation of the long-running PC military Spec Ops series. Players command two rangers on...

Spec Ops: The Line Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Spec Ops: The Line is a military third-person shooter. It is an entry in the long-running Spec Ops series but...

Spec Ops: The Line (Premium Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

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

This special edition was provided as an upgrade for preorders. It contains: Spec Ops: The Line Spec Ops: The Line...

ColecoVision (2006) and Arcade (1980)

You are the Wummel in the city of the Spectars. Your fight for justice is not done.Spectar is a sequel...

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1983), BBC Micro (1984), Electron (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Spectipede is a one or two player game based on the classic Centipede and is one of many similar Centipede...

Spectravideo (1983)

A basic Breakout clone made in BASIC. The ball physics and collision detection is also very basic. What separates it...

Spectral Invaders ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982)

Earth is under attack from fleets of alien space ships. Conveniently lined up in nice grids, the aliens sweep side...

Spectre SNES Front Cover

DOS (1992), SNES (1994) and Macintosh (1991)

Spectre is a 3D shooter where the player drives a little red car/tank and blasts away enemies. The gameplay is...

Spectre Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

When 73-year-old Joseph Wheeler stares up into the snowfall on a quiet winter's night, he tries to recall the memories...

ZX Spectrum (1982)

Spectres is a Pac-Man styled game in which the payer takes on the role of Eddie who's job description probably...

Macintosh (1993)

Spectre Supreme is the first sequel to Spectre. It continues the cyberspace battles with technically more accomplished 256 colors and...

Spectre VR Windows 3.x Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows 3.x (1993) and Macintosh (1993)

Spectre VR is a frag-fest that pays homage to the arcade classic Battlezone.Spectre is a multiplayer 3D tank game that...

Spectrobes Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Junior Nanairo Interplanetary Patrol officers Rallen and Jeena are on a routine mission when they hear a strange distress call....

Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Rallen and Jeena may have managed to stop the Krawl invasion of the Nanairo Star System and forced them to...

Spectron Spectravideo Front Cover

ColecoVision (1983) and Spectravideo (1983)

The planetary clust Shalix is plagued by an intergalactic dust cloud that blocked out their sun. Now the Shalix have...

Speedball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), NES (1991), Atari ST (1988), SEGA Master System (1990), Commodore 64 (1989) and BlackBerry (2013)

The original future sport game, Speedball is played out on a small court with five players on each team, making...

Speedball 2100 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Speedball 2100 is a PlayStation a revamping of the Bitmap Brothers home computer classic Speedball 2. The only differences though,...

Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Game Boy (1991), Game Boy Advance (2001), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1991), Amiga CD32 (1995), J2ME (2005), Windows Mobile (2002), Xbox 360 (2007), BlackBerry (2013) and Acorn 32-bit (1994)

Brutal Deluxe doesn't live up to their name - in fact they're the worst team Speedball has ever seen. As...

Speedball 2 HD Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Speedball 2 HD is a remake of the 16-bit future sport title Speedball 2. It is a sporting game, in...

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