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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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...

Oric (1984)

Psychiatric is a variant of Space Panic. Like the original arcade game, it's a single screen platform game where the...

Psychic Force PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and Arcade (1996)

The year is 2010, and people are being born with special powerful abilities, such as the power to control the...

Psychic Force 2012 Dreamcast Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (1999), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1998)

Psychic Force 2012, the sequel to Psychic Force, is a one-on-one fighting game with a twist. The matches take place...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Psychic Force Complete is a compilation of 3 System 11 / System 12 arcade fighting games: Psychic Force Psychic Force...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Psychic Storm is a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up in which the player takes the role of four characters who must protect...

Psychic World Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1991), SEGA Master System (1991) and MSX (1988)

A scientist and his two female assistants work on ESP research in a remote science laboratory. One day, a section...

Psycho Chaser TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Wii (2008)

Space year X2981Y. Earth has developed battle androids to fight bloodless wars. A new battle android called "Aura" was developed...

SNES (1992)

Psycho Dream is a side-scrolling action game with light platforming elements, similar in style to Valis games, though less story-driven....

Psycho Fox SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1989)

Psycho Fox is a platform game where you play a fox and you must get through seven worlds, consisting of...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Psycho Hopper is a side-view horizontal scrolling game where the screen scrolls to the left or right when you move...

Psychonauts Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005), Xbox 360 (2007), Macintosh (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

At a summer camp for up-and-coming psychics, a young boy with an unusually high level of psychic ability inexplicably shows...

Arcade (1987)

Psycho-Nics Oscar is a 2D platform-shooting game. The player controls a powerful mecha (giant Japanese robot), named Oscar. He fights...

Psycho Pigs UXB ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), Sharp X68000 (1993), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Arcade (1987)

The object of Psycho Pigs UXB is to eliminate your opponents (who are pigs) by throwing bombs at them. When...

Psycho Pinball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Genesis (1995)

Psycho Pinball is another pinball game in the style first introduced in Pinball Dreams and later popularized in Pinball Fantasies....

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