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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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Samurai Railroad Mansion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Samurai Railroad Mansion is a fast, reflex-based action game. When the samurai, controlled by the player, bought a mansion, no...

Samurai Shodown Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1994), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), SEGA CD (1993), Game Gear (1994), 3DO (1994), Neo Geo (1993), PSP (2011), Neo Geo Pocket (1998), Neo Geo CD (1994), PlayStation 3 (2010), Wii (2007), FM Towns (1995) and Arcade (1993)

In early feudal Japan, a man named Shiro Tokisada Amakusa preaches a heretic religion. Little does anyone know that Amakusa...

Samurai Shodown Anthology PSP Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008), PSP (2009) and Wii (2008)

Samurai Shodown Anthology bundles together six games in SNK's long-running Samurai Shodown franchise:Samurai Shodown Samurai Shodown II Samurai Shodown III:...

Samurai Shodown II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), Neo Geo (1994), Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999), Neo Geo CD (1994), Xbox 360 (2008), Wii (2008), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Arcade (1994)

In Samurai Shodown II players take on one of the roles of fifteen warriors, fighting their way through the land...

Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996), Neo Geo (1995), PSP (2007), Neo Geo CD (1995), PlayStation 3 (2007), Wii (2010), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1995)

The 12 samurai (and ninja) elite are back, this time to answer the threat of the demon Zankuro, Minazuki. The...

Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1997), Neo Geo (1996), PSP (2007), Neo Geo CD (1996), PlayStation 3 (2007), Wii (2012), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1996)

Bringing a new breath to SNK's swordsman fighting series, this 4th installment marks the return of 3 classic characters (Yagyu...

Samurai Shodown V Xbox Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2006), Neo Geo (2003) and Arcade (2003)

Seven years after the fourth game in the series, Samurai Shodown returns. In the game's time frame, this is the...

PlayStation 2 (2006) and Arcade (2005)

Samurai Spirits Tenkaichi Kenkakuden is a dream match game which features the entire cast from Samurai Shodown V Special, seven...

Samurai Shodown V Special PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Neo Geo (2004) and Arcade (2004)

Samurai Shodown V Special is a re-release of the base game, which was the first game in the main series...

Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

Warriors Rage is the seventh Samurai Shodown game. The events of the game take place twenty years after those described...

SEGA Saturn (1998)

Samurai Spirits Best Collection is a pack including Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood and Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge....

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The name Samurai Trilogy refers to the fact that players can choose between three fighting styles: karate, kendo and samurai....

Samurai Warriors PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Samurai Warriors is Koei's extension of the popular Dynasty Warriors series. Instead of taking place during the Three Kingdoms era...

Samurai Warriors 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox 360 (2006)

Samurai Warriors 2 is a game made by Omega Force and published by KOEI, the same developer and publisher of...

Samurai Warriors 2: Empires PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007) and Xbox 360 (2007)

Samurai Warriors 2: Empires is an expansion to Samurai Warriors 2. It is the third Empires expansion by KOEI, following...

Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008)

Just like the previous Dynasty Warriors games and first Samurai Warriors, Samurai Warriors 2 has its very own Xtreme Legends...

Wii (2010)

Samurai Warriors 3 marks the third title in the main series (not counting Samurai Warriors: Katana) and the first published...

Samurai Warriors: Katana Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Set in the Sengoku Era of Medieval Japan, this installment in KOEI's Samurai Warriors franchise allows the player to take...

Samurai Warriors: State of War PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Samurai Warriors: State of War is a hand-held port of the Samurai Warriors series and a continuation of the Dynasty...

Samurai Warriors: Xtreme Legends PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

As the inevitable expansion pack for the first Samurai Warriors game, Xtreme Legends adds four new characters, a new campaign,...

Samurai Warrior: The Battles of Usagi Yojimbo Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

With the Roger Rabbit film (and game) successful, and the Jive Bunny phenomenon shaking up charts worldwide, perhaps it was...

Samurai Western PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Samurai Gojiro Kiryuu comes to the American West in search of his brother. His journey takes him to a corrupt...

Sanctum Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2012)

Sanctum is a tower defense game with first-person shooter elements. The story is rather simple: the player takes the role...

Sanctum 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Sanctum 2 is a hybrid between first-person shooter and tower defense game. The story is told in comic panels and...

Sandstorm DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

This game, set during the Gulf War, features a series of twenty missions in various Middle East locations. There are...

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