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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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Saints Row IV: How the Saints Save Christmas Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Saints Row IV: How the Saints Save Christmas is a DLC (downloadable content) for Saints Row IV. While the Saints...

Saints Row: The Third Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

As they have defeated all their rivals in Stilwater in the end of Saints Row 2, the Saints turned their...

Saint Sword Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

You are Macress, a mythical warrior, and you have been called upon to destroy the evil demon, Gorgon before the...

Saira Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

The eponymous Saira is an explorer and a photographer who specializes in shots of dangerous places across the universe. When...

NES (1988)

An adaption of Wonder Boy in Monster Land for the Famicom. This version of that game now has its setting...

Game Boy (1990)

A one-on-one fighting game based on the manga of the same name. The game puts you in the shoes of...

Sakigake!! Otokojuku: The Dodge Ball PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Simple Character 2000 Series Vol.10: Sakigake!! Otokojuku: The Dodge Ball is a dodge ball game based on Akira Miyashita's popular...

Sakura Taisen V Episode 0: Arano no Samurai Musume PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Arano Samurai Musume is a side-story in the Sakura Taisen series, and an introduction chapter to Sakura Wars: So Long,...

Sakurazaka Shōbōtai PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Sakurazaka Shōbōtai is a firefighting action with a strong emphasis on effective teamwork. The player controls Daichi Honjō, a hotshot...

PC-98 (1994)

The playable character in this game is a blacksmith called Bargon. As he introduces himself in the beginning of the...

Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus is a compilation featuring ported versions of the arcade classic Salamander, its westernized port Life Force,...

Sally.EXE: The Game Browser Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Browser (2014)

Sonic is back for round 2! Are you ready?Sally.EXE: The Game is a sequel to Sonic.EXE: The Game. This time,...

Sally's Salon Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2007), Nintendo DS (2008), Macintosh (2008), iPhone (2008) and BlackBerry (2009)

Sally dreams of opening her own beauty salon and it's up to the player to help her. Sally begins with...

Atari 8-bit (1982)

Salmon Run can be thought of as Alley Salmon - like the same programmer's Alley Cat you play an animal...

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

This game takes place in a saloon, and the only objective is to score the most points in the time...

Saltwater Sportfishing PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

Saltwater Sportfishing does not focus on the omnipresent Black Bass, but let's you travel to exotic locations and go for...

Samba de Amigo Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

A remake of the original version for the Dreamcast, this version features the same characters including the main character, Amigo,...

Samba De Amigo Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000) and Arcade (2000)

Samba De Amigo is a highly unique game: a maracas simulation. Game play is based around a special maracas controller...

Dreamcast (2000) and Arcade (2000)

This game is the update to the original, maraca shaking, Samba de Amigo. A lot more has been added than...

Commodore 64 (1997)

Samber is a platform game similar to Lode Runner. It involves players collecting a number of items in the level,...

Atari ST (1995)

Sam in Monster's Garden is a freeware collect-'em-up game not completely unlike Dig Dug. As Sam you have to collect...

Sammy Lightfoot Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ColecoVision (1983), Apple II (1983), PC-88 (1985) and FM-7 (1985)

Go through three levels jumping over obstacles that get in your way. Use trampolines and swings to get to hard-to-reach...

Arcade (1980)

Samurai is a 2D arcade fighting game. The main character is a samurai who fights with several opponents in an...

Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked is based on the TV show of the same name, with the characters from the show, Mugen,...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Samurai Deeper Kyo is an overhead beat 'em up based on the popular anime of the same name. The player...

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