User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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

For all the soldiers there, Vietnam is already like hell. But one month after a US plane carrying a top-secret...

Shellshock: Nam '67 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Shellshock takes you back to the years of the Vietnam war. You take on the role of a rookie soldier...

Shenmue Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

On a November day when the snow turned to rain, Ryu Hazuki arrives home just in time to see his...

Shenmue II Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001) and Xbox (2002)

After his father was murdered by a mysterious Chinese man known as Lan Di, Ryo Hazuki swears to avenge his...

Dreamcast (1999)

This limited edition includes: Shenmue Bonus CD with music from the game

Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Xbox 360 (2013)

Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition is a 2D indie game that combines twin-stick shooting and defense mechanics.As jetpack mercenary Proton Joe,...

Arcade (1979)

In Sheriff you control a sheriff whose girlfriend has been kidnapped by a gang of bandits. The gang has surrounded...

NES (1986)

The great detective Sherlock Holmes has another case to solve. This time the case involves trying to solve the mystery...

J2ME (2009)

Set in the year 1891, Sherlock Holmes: The Official Movie Game features the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal...

Sherman M4 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Sherman M4 is a 3D tank simulator. It is set in World War II and includes 3 campaigns; Normandy, Ardennes...

Windows (2008)

Shi is a puzzle-solving surreal horror game with retro-styled graphics. The player controls a girl who wakes up deep in...

The Shield: The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and PlayStation 2 (2007)

Based on the TV series "The Shield" and taking place between the third and fourth seasons of that show.The Farmington...

SEGA Saturn (1997) and Arcade (1997)

Caravans are colony ships that venture into deep space in search of Earth-like planets. Eventually, Caravan 7861 discovered a a...

SNES (1994)

Shien and Aska were swift ninjas fighting in a civil war. Having defeated hundreds of enemy soldiers, monsters suddenly appear...

Shift iPhone Front Cover

Browser (2008), iPhone (2009), Android (2011) and bada (2010)

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Shift 2 iPhone Front Cover

Macintosh (2011), Browser (2008), iPhone (2010) and Windows Phone (2010)

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Windows (2002)

Shift 247 is an original game combining arcade/action and a puzzle element. The player has to take control of "Shifter",...

Shift 3 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The third game in the online browser Shift series keeps the original gameplay but with a few new features. The...

Shifters PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

The Castle of Bylandria is under attack by The Grand Inquisitor and his army of able-bodied soldiers. Bent on victory,...

Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Kenichi: Gekitō! Ragnarok Hachikengō PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

Kenichi Shirahama was a textbook loser; not particularly good in either academics or athletics, constantly bullied by his classmates, and...

Shin Bokura no Taiyō Gyakushū no Sabata Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Shin Bokura no Taiyō Gyakushū no Sabata is the third episode in the Boktai series and the only one not...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Another year arrives and with it a new tournament to decide the fate of the Gouketsuji clan, all the families...

Shin Gōketsuji Ichizoku Tōkon: Matrimelee Neo Geo Front Cover

Neo Geo (2003) and Arcade (2003)

The Gouketsuji clan returns to decide who gets to be head of their clan by sponsoring another one-on-one fighting tournament....

Shining Force EXA PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

Shining Force EXA is an entry in the Shining Force series, but unlike most of the earlier titles it has...

Shining Force: Neo PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Max completes his Force military training and returns to his village to meet his family and to find news of...

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