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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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Windows (1999)

Baldrfist is a hybrid of an overhead shooter and a fighting game. It is set in the same universe as...

Sōkyūgurentai SEGA Saturn Front Cover

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

Soukyugurentai is a top-down shooter using an elaborate combination of pre-rendered and real-time 3D graphics as well as 2D pixel...

Solar Crusade Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and CD-i (1999)

Solar Crusade, the follow-up to Chaos Control, is a cartoon-movie based science-fiction rail shooter game like Rebel Assault. The player...

Solar Eclipse PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1995)

Solar Eclipse is a 3D shooter that takes place on and near the many moons of Saturn. You are a...

Solar Flare Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Solar Flare is a fast-paced real-time strategy title with different planets battling each other while orbiting a destabilizing sun. The...

Solar Fox Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1983) and Arcade (1981)

In Solar Fox, your mission is to guide a space ship though a solar cell matrix and collect as many...

Solaris Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1986)

The Zylons are back, and are attempting another takeover of the galaxy! Your goal is to destroy all of the...

Solaris 1.0.4. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

In the future, mankind has mastered space travel, and joined the race for galaxy colonization. Many alien races try to...

Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warpship NES Front Cover

NES (1990) and Arcade (1991)

The golden warpship was once the most powerful ship in the galactic fleet. But the ship was captured by aliens,...

SolaRola J2ME Front Cover

BREW (2007), J2ME (2007) and iPhone (2012)

The player controls Wiz and Waz, 2 blob-like brothers who travel around the universe in their space-rocket always on the...

Atari 2600 (2005)

You are salvaging for fuel in the far reaches of the galaxy when you spot an artificial sun in the...

Vectrex (1983) and Arcade (1981)

In Solar Quest the player has to defend their star against incoming waves of enemy ships. Up to two players...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Solar Storm is an arcade style action game where you control a spaceship to defend your home planet. Deadly Deltoid...

Solar Striker Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

You are in control of the ultra high-performance fighter ship, the SolarStriker. It is your mission to attack and destroy...

Solar Winds: Galaxy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Sequel to Solar Winds: The Escape, you play the role of Jake Stone, a bounty hunter seeking to save his...

Solar Winds: The Escape DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Solar Winds: The Escape is a space saga. You are Jake Stone, a mercenary for hire. Go around the galaxy,...

Solatorobo: Red the Hunter Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

In a world filled with robots, giant hermit crabs, and kitten pirates, everyone has jobs they need done. That is...

Windows (2002)

Soldat is a side-view action game with simple controls. Having certain similarities to Worms, the game combines gameplay simplicity with...

Soldier Blade TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1992), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2007)

A top down sci-fi shooter in which you take to the skies of several planets in an advanced starfighter in...

Windows (1997)

The "HBO exclusive" movie, Soldier Boyz, was converted into this interactive, full motion video shooter for the PC which tests...

Soldier Elite: Zero Hour Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

You play NATO agent Cole Sullivan, hero of Odium and Gorky Zero. After a Russian submarine has sunken in the...

Soldier of Fortune Linux Front Cover

Linux (2000), Windows (2000) and Dreamcast (2001)

A terrorist organization has stolen nuclear weapons from a facility in Russia, intending to sell them to various third-world nations,...

Soldier of Fortune Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

Krillys has stolen the Zodiac Power Source and broken it into six pieces, and Sarnak has been sent to find...

Soldier of Fortune (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation 2 (2001)

You have only one mission in this deadly game, and that's to be the only one left alive. You're hunting...

Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), Xbox (2003) and Macintosh (2002)

The stakes are higher in this sequel to Soldier of Fortune. The player is John Mullins, a patriot, weapons specialist...

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