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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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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...

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Ship is a timed puzzle board arcade game. The player controls a constantly moving device which has to remove all...

The Ship Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Trapped on a luxury cruise ship run by the nefarious Mr. X, the only way to save yourself and your...

Shipwreckers! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1997)

Action and puzzles on the high-seas! In Shipwreckers you captain a small galleon style playing ship through all kinds of...

PlayStation (1999)

In the first sequel to Rival Schools, once again the halls of Taiyo High School are rocked by an evil...

Shirley Muldowney's Top Fuel Challenge Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

This is a drag racing simulator, named for Shirley Muldowney, a three-time world champion in the sport of "Professional Top...

MSX (1988) and PC-88 (1989)

After the special agent Laila used her psychic powers to prevent a portal to hell from opening, the supernatural forces...

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

This version of Shiryō Sensen: War of the Dead can be described as a cross between the MSX and the...

MSX (1987)

Due to mysterious circumstances, a flourishing city called Chinese Hill was cut off the rest of the world. Investigators found...

PC-88 (1989)

Shiryō Sensen - War of the Dead: Browning no Fukkatsu is based on the original MSX release of War of...

Shit Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

As the name implies, Shit Game does not sport much ambition, but behind the name and the apparently sloppily drawn...

Atari 8-bit (2014)

Shmup is a simple shooting game created for the "NOMAM Basic Ten-Liners 2014" competition. The entire code, written in the...

Shockman TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2014)

In the sequel to Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman once again the player takes the role of either cyborg Tasuke or Kyapiko...

TRS-80 CoCo (1985) and Dragon 32/64 (1986)

Shock Trooper is a refined arcade adventure where you, as a fifth column shocktrooper, must infiltrate an alien base and...

Shock Troopers PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2012) and Arcade (1997)

Shock Troopers is a 1-2 player game where players select one of eight characters to play as. Each character has...

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