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 (1983)

This three-part game loosely simulates the work of an ambulance driver rescuing people from a fire. First, you are trying...

Atari 2600 (1982)

Terra I supplies Earth with Zenbar crystals, which is used to supply 72% of the power to Earth. Ordinarily, a...

Rescue: The Beagles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

In Rescue: The Beagles the player controls animal activist Edwin or Nicole to rescue beagles who were part of a...

Browser (2002)

Robbers have stolen gold from the bank and dumped it on the roadside. Brum is out to collect the gold...

Reservoir Dogs Windows Front Cover

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

This game, based on the famous Quentin Tarantino movie Reservoir Dogs, fills in the gaps in the movie that are...

Resident Evil Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

A team of S.T.A.R.S (Special Tactics And Rescue Squad) members are called to investigate a series of murders near Raccoon...

Resident Evil GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002) and Wii (2008)

Special forces S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team's helicopter malfunctioned and crashed during their mission, disappearing into the Arklay Mountains. This and what...

Resident Evil Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), Xbox 360 (2015), PlayStation 3 (2015), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

This Resident Evil (also known as Biohazard: HD Remaster) game is a remastered version of GameCube remake of the original...

Resident Evil 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Even though Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine were able to destroy the Umbrella corporation's undead monsters in the original Resident...

Resident Evil 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1998), Dreamcast (1999), Nintendo 64 (1999), GameCube (2003), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

An update of Resident Evil 2, this time with Dual Shock support, a few new extras, and an added battle...

Resident Evil 2 Game.Com Front Cover

Game.Com (1998)

The Game.Com edition of Resident Evil 2 follows much the same structure and story of its console counterpart. This version...

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (2000), GameCube (2003), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

Resident Evil 3 takes place during the events of Resident Evil 2. The midwestern town of Raccoon City is in...

Resident Evil 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2007)

Picking up six years after Resident Evil 2, the fourth game in the series follows former cop (now US agent)...

Resident Evil 4 GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2005)

Picking up six years after Resident Evil 2, the fourth game in the series follows former cop (now US agent)...

GameCube (2005)

This edition of Resident Evil 4 is exclusive to the US retailer Gamestop. It includes: Resident Evil 4 A red...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Only 100 of the Resident Evil 4 Limited Collector's Pack were available, at $119.99, and they could only be ordered...

Resident Evil 4 (Limited Edition) PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Leon S. Kennedy is one of a few lucky survivors of the Raccoon city global incident. Six years have passed...

Resident Evil 4: Mobile Edition iPhone Front Cover

BREW (2008), iPhone (2009), Zeebo (2009) and iPad (2010)

The mobile (and Zeebo) edition of Resident Evil 4 follows the same plot of the original game, but the gameplay...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

The US-only premium edition of Resident Evil 4 contains the base game with the known additions for the PS2 port...

Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition is the second port of Resident Evil 4 to Windows, this time based on...

Resident Evil 5 Windows Front Cover

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

Chris Redfield returns to the series as the main character in Resident Evil 5, a game which takes place five...

Resident Evil 5 (Collector's Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009)

This Collector's Edition includes: Resident Evil 5 Tricell messenger bag Chris Redfield figurine BSAA patch Kijuju-inspired pendant Custom-made Steel Case...

Resident Evil 5: Desperate Escape PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Desperate Escape is DLC for Resident Evil 5 that was also included in Resident Evil 5 (Gold Edition).The story tells...

Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Alternative Edition (aka Gold Edition) of Resident Evil 5 released exactly one year after the original version comes with the...

Resident Evil 5 (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

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

The Limited Edition release comes in a steelbook package and includes: Resident Evil 5 Bonus making-of DVD

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