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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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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...

Arcade (1988)

Reikai Doushi is one of the first arcade 1-on-1 fighting games. Main hero is a Chinese exorcist who battles various...

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...

Re-Loaded DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), PlayStation (1996), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

This is the sequel to 1995's Loaded, with an improved graphics engine, and just as much violence and blood. Re-Loaded...

Remember Me Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

In the year 2086 in the city of Neo-Paris, a company called Memorise has invented a new brain implant, the...

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

The title says it all: the player stands at a shooting range and fires at stationary and moving goals. The...

Re-Mission Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Re-Mission is a "serious" game developed for teens with cancer. It’s an "Inner Space" meets "modern gaming" flying shooter 3rd-person...

DOS (1997)

A simple textmode implementation of Pac-Man was hidden in the RemorseView application included in Remorse artpacks and intended to facilitate...

Windows (2003)

Removal Man is a single-player, arcade style game. The player takes on the role of a removal man who has...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Renaissance is a collection of four classic arcade machines. The games are reprogrammed and differently named, but they are closely...

Renaissance Heroes: Elite Bundle Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

This Elite Bundle is downloadable content (DLC) for Renaissance Heroes. It includes: Grinder rifle (permanent) Trzy crossbow (permanent) Typhon cannon...

Renaissance Heroes: Premium Bundle Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

This Premium Bundle is downloadable content (DLC) for Renaissance Heroes. It includes: Combo boost item: +50% in-game money and +50%...

Renaissance Heroes: Starter Bundle Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

This Starter Bundle is downloadable content (DLC) for Renaissance Heroes. It includes: Combo boost item: +50% in-game money and +50%...

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