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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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Commodore 64 (1986)

In this flick-screen side view arcade adventure, for reasons unknown you have to enter and explore a castle to find...

Secret of Mana SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993), Wii (2008), iPhone (2010) and Wii U (2013)

Once upon a time, the power of Mana was used by all people and helped their civilization grow. But as...

Secret Quest Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1989)

It started with one station, then three, then eight. If something isn't done, the aliens will overrun Earth. It is...

NES (1991)

You have become separated from your fellow soldiers. You thought the men approaching you were your rescue but they were...

Secret Service: In Harm's Way Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Secret Service: In Harm's Way is a budget first person shooter incorporating some tactical elements. Players take charge of a...

Secret Service: Security Breach Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Secret Service: Security Breach is a First Person Shooter that places you in the role of a Secret Service agent...

Secrets of Rætikon Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Secrets of Rætikon is a 2D side-scrolling action game set in an open world with a focus on exploration and...

Secrets of Six Seas Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Secrets of Six Seas is a full 3D marble shooter game taking place underwater, at seabed level. The objective is...

Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

Fly as an American or German pilot in the years 1943-1945 in this WWII air combat simulation. This game features...

Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe (CD-ROM) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

The CD-ROM release of Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe includes the main game and its four Tour of Duty add-ons:...

Secret Weapons Over Normandy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

In Secret Weapons Over Normandy, you take the role of James Chase, an American pilot who joins a secret elite...

The Secret World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

The Secret World is an MMORPG set in a modern day environment, but with elements from urban legends, myths, magic...

Section 8 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Arm of Orion has overrun New Madrid, one of the most remote colonies of the Empire. The United States...

Section 8: Prejudice Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The solo campaign of Section 8: Prejudice tells the story of Alex Corde, a member of the special unit "Section...

Section-Z NES Front Cover

NES (1987), Windows Mobile (2001), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and Arcade (1985)

Alien Invaders approach the solar system from their interstellar battle platform, named Fortress Balangool. Under the command of the Master...

Sector 90 Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Sector 90 is a side scrolling action game where the player has to fight his way into the inner-ring of...

Commodore 64 (1990)

Have you ever wanted to be a thief and break into buildings and steal treasures? If the answer is yes...

The Seed: Warzone PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

In the distant future, mankind has colonized other solar systems and is now part of an interplanetary alliance, the Galactic...

Seek and Destroy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Most of the fundamentals of this game work in a similar way to Desert Strike. You pilot a helicopter or...

Seek and Destroy PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

In this game, you control a tank of the Proton Kingdom fighting against the Q-stein invaders. You have to go...

Commodore 64 (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

The evil lord of the castle is throwing heavy blocks at you. If you stand on the opposite end of...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

This is a remake of SEGA's dogfighting arcade hit After Burner II made for the AGES 2500 series of budget...

SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.11: Hokuto no Ken PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

This is a budget remake of the Master System's fighting/RPG hybrid Hokuto no Ken based on the popular manga of...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Alien Syndrome is a remake of SEGA's classic alien blaster for its 3D AGES label. In the game, an alien...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of one of its most successful titles, SEGA re-releases the classic 3D one-on-one fighter Virtua Fighter...

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