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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Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

The radnet edition is an edition of the game Prototype 2 that was provided for all preorders for the game...

Prowler Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

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Pro Wrestling SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

Pro Wrestling is a tag team professional wrestling game where one can choose from four tag teams to compete. These...

Proxy Blade Zero Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Xbox 360 (2014)

Proxy Blade Zero is 3D weapons based brawler with a mix of offensive and defensive options that need to be...

MSX (1988)

The Pro Yakyū Gekitotsu: Pennant Race is a typical late 80-s baseball game. Just pick one of the fictional teams...

ZX Spectrum (1992)

You're shortly member of the city police, still called 'greenhorn' by your fellows. One day, in the middle of your...

Pryzm: Chapter One - The Dark Unicorn PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Pryzm: Chapter One - The Dark Unicorn is set in a peaceful land where all five races (gnomes, elves, trolls,...

Przeklęta Ziemia DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998)

Przeklęta Ziemia is a shooter with strategic elements. The aim of the game is to pay off debts incurred in...

DOS (1999)

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Windows (2001)

Przygody Punka Franka ("The Adventures of Punk Franek") is a Polish game featuring Punk Franek, a character appearing in the...

Psi 5 Trading Co. DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

Psi-5 Trading company puts the player in command of a space freighter crewed by a host of quirky aliens. The...

Psichodelya Linux Front Cover

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

Psichodelya is a top-down vertically-scrolling shoot 'em up with gameplay mechanics inspirated by Ikaruga and other older shooters. The player...

Atari ST (1989)

Psicotic is a multi-screen shoot'em up game coded in STOS. Aliens from the planet ZzalazZ has almost destroyed earth and...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Earth is in trouble and requires a pulsebomb which is being delivered to Earth by the cargo ship Dreadnought Nine....

Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 2: Sengoku Ace & Sengoku Blade PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Volume two of the Psikyo Shooting Collection contains the following arcade shoot 'em up games:Sengoku Ace Sengoku Blade: Sengoku Ace...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

The third volume in the Psikyo Shooting Collection contains two shoot 'em ups that were previously unreleased on the PlayStation...

Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Psi-Ops is an action game with a twist: no longer do you have to rely solely on big weapons and...

Commodore 64 (1984)

You are a Psi Warrior and you have been sent to an abandoned military silo to find and destroy the...

Windows (2005)

P-Slider is a single-player, arcade-style puzzle game.The P in the game's name is short for Penguin. The poor we chappie...

Pssst ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Growing the best Thyrgodian Megga Chrisanthodil possible is the sole purpose of Robbie the Robot. When insects invade his garden,...

PS Vita Mega Pack PSP Front Cover

PSP (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

The PS Vita Mega Pack contains an 8GB memory card and the following games as downloads:For PS Vita: Ecolibrium Frobisher...

Psybadek PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

In Psybadek, you maneuver a hoverboard through jungle, desert, underworld and ice levels as Xako or Mia to save your...

Psyborg Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

You are a psyborg named Duncan Norton, who must travel through the vortex from a space vessel trapped in a...

Psycastria Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), BBC Micro (1986) and Electron (1986)

The Psycastrians have attacked. Using their mind control abilities, they have taken over many world leaders, causing untold war and...

Windows (2004)

Psyche Metal THE BLEEDING is a bullet hell horror shoot 'em up, and a sequel to a series of games...

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