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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 (2000)

A remake of the classic RPG Sorcerian for Windows PCs. In Sorcerian you created a party of four adventurers and...

Dreamcast (2000)

Another remake of the classic RPG Sorcerian this time exclusive to the SEGA Dreamcast. Once again you must take control...

PC-98 (1995)

Three hundred years ago, a great war consumed the world. It is said that people were using devastating magical spells...

Sorcery Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1984), Amstrad CPC (1985), Thomson TO (1985) and Thomson MO (1986)

You are one of the last four remaining great sorcerers. When Necromancer kidnaps the other three, it is your task...

Sorcery PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012)

Sorcery is an action game that can only be played with the Move peripheral. The player controls the young apprentice...

BBC Micro (1984)

No relation to the more well-known arcade adventure, Sorcery for the BBC is an arcade platformer in the same vein...

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Sorcery+ is an expanded re-release of Sorcery. Besides new graphics and sound, it features an additional scenario which is played...

Sorry! Sliders Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Sorry! Sliders is one of the games for the downloadable XBLA version of Hasbro Family Game Night and it was...

SOS SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

The date is Tuesday, September 13th, 1921. It's a stormy night, and the luxury ocean liner "Lady Crithania" is about...

S.O.S. Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

Sydney the Droid has crash-landed his plane on Alpha Five, and he must search the city for the plane radio...

Atari 8-bit (1992)

SOS Saturn is an action adventure game. The game takes place in the year 2122 on the international research station...

Soul Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

In Soul the player is cast in the role of the soul of a man who has just died. The...

Soul Blade PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and Arcade (1996)

In the 16th century, a sword surfaces that is so powerful, so evil that warriors from all over the globe...

Soul Blazer SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

You have been called by the Master to restore life to the Friel empire. The ruler, King Magridd, struck a...

Soulbringer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

After the death of your father, you are sent to live with your uncle, Andrus outside the snowy town of...

SoulCalibur Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999), Xbox 360 (2008), iPhone (2012), Android (2013), iPad (2012) and Arcade (1998)

A fighting game to end all fighting games. A sequel to Soul Blade, Soul Calibur takes place in a time...

SoulCalibur II PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003), GameCube (2003) and Arcade (2002)

Mortal Kombat-style one-on-one fighting is one thing, but fighting with weapons is completely different. Soul Calibur II continues the tradition...

SoulCalibur III PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Arcade (2006)

In ancient times, a powerful weapon known as the Soul Edge existed, and tales of it's power lured many. But...

SoulCalibur IV Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Continuing the eternally retold tale of souls and swords, Soulcalibur IV is once again the story of the swords Soul...

SoulCalibur IV (Premium Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Premium edition of Soulcalibur IV that includes: The same game as the regular edition, including case A stretchy XL t-shirt...

Soulcalibur Legends Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

Soulcalibur Legends is a spin-off of the one-on-one Soul series. It is a 3D action game in which the player...

Wii (2008)

Monotone Princess is an action game based on the Soul Eater manga. As many people disappearances have been reported, the...

Nintendo DS (2008)

Soul Eater: Medusa no Inbō is an action game based on Square Enix's manga and anime series Soul Eater. Shibusen...

Soul Fighter Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

Pick the warrior, thief, or wizard, and fight through five huge levels, each with its own boss. Your main weapons...

Soul Fjord Ouya Front Cover

Ouya (2014)

Soul Fjord is a hack-and-slash roguelike dungeon crawler that combines 13th Century Norse mythology as a setting with 1970s funk....

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