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Action

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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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Shining Soul Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Long ago the Dark Dragon reduced the civilisation to dust. After hundreds of years of rebuilding, that same civilisation is...

Shining Soul II Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

The Dark Dragon was defeated by our hero in the first Shining Soul, and the people rejoiced as the Darkness...

Shining Tears PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Shining Tears is an old-school Action RPG set in the Shining universe (previous games include Shining in the Darkness and...

Shining Wisdom SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

Several years after the events described in Shining Force II, an orphan named Mars begins his work as a guard...

Shinjuku no Ōkami PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2009)

Eiji Mikami, the so-called "Wolf of Shinjuku", is a 36-year-old police detective at the Central Shinjuku Station known for his...

SNES (1996)

Shin Kidō Senki Gundam Wing: Endless Duel is a one-on-one fighting game based on the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

A puzzle game spin-off of the Devil Children series. Devil children Rand and Gale (half-human, half-demon creatures able to switch...

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2014)

The events of this game occur shortly after the ones described in the first installment of the series. Once again,...

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

For many years, the members of the Kuzunoha family have been skillful detectives, specializing in supernatural cases. They have mastered...

Shin Megami Tensei Nine Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

This is not the ninth Shin Megami Tensei game; "nine" is the number of character attributes and alignments used in...

Shin Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Kunio-tachi no Banka SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Shin Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Kunio-tachi no Banka is a beat 'em up in the Kunio / Nekketsu High series. The...

Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling Toukon Retsuden WonderSwan Front Cover

WonderSwan (1999)

Straight from the National Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) come the greatest wrestlers of the Land of the Rising Sun; beware the...

Shinobi DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), NES (1989), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1988), Commodore 64 (1989), TurboGrafx-16 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), Xbox 360 (2009), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1987)

You control a ninja, Shinobi, who must battle his way through each level in search of hostages which must be...

Shinobi PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Gamers waited many years for another installment of the Shinobi series. Now they finally get what they have wanted.Shinobi takes...

Shinobi Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1991) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

As with the original games, Shinobi for the GG (the first portable member of the franchise) is a action side-scroller...

Shinobi Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Shinobi is not necessarily a sequel nor a remake. At it's core, it's an infusion of modern technology, control and...

Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen PS Vita Front Cover

PS Vita (2012)

Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen is the sequel to Shinobido: Way of the Ninja and just like the original game...

Shinobido: Way of the Ninja PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Shinobido: Way of the Ninja is stealth-action game, that is comparable to the well known Tenchu series. The gameplay's main...

Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1993), Wii (2007), iPhone (2011) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Shinobi III involves a ninja named Joe "Shinobi" Musashi (you) going and kicking some bad guy butt, in this case...

Shinobi II: The Silent Fury Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1992)

The second Shinobi game for the Game Gear, it’s a 2D side-scrolling platform game with basic strategy elements. You have...

Shinobi Legions SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

A ninjitsu master trains three children: two brothers, Kazuma and Sho, and his own daughter Aya. As they grow up,...

SEGA Saturn (1997)

Psychic ninja Taroumaru and his partner Enkai set off to vanquish the supernatural forces that threaten the Japanese countryside. You...

PSP (2005)

This edition of Dynasty Warriors includes the following: Dynasty Warriors PSP Game a Koei PSP protective case a mini guide...

Shin Senki Van-Gale: The War of Neo-Century PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

War has been raging for several years now between the Glomar Empire and the distant space colonies. The Mule Colony...

Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits: Bushidōretsuden PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1997) and Neo Geo CD (1997)

Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits: Bushidōretsuden (unofficially known in the Western world as Samurai Shodown RPG) is a Japanese-style role-playing game based...

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