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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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Samurai Warriors: Xtreme Legends PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

As the inevitable expansion pack for the first Samurai Warriors game, Xtreme Legends adds four new characters, a new campaign,...

Samurai Warrior: The Battles of Usagi Yojimbo Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

With the Roger Rabbit film (and game) successful, and the Jive Bunny phenomenon shaking up charts worldwide, perhaps it was...

Samurai Western PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Samurai Gojiro Kiryuu comes to the American West in search of his brother. His journey takes him to a corrupt...

Windows (2008)

Sanae Challenge! is a 2D side-scrolling doujin platform game and a fangame for the Tōhō series. Sanae Kochiya, a shrine...

Windows (2010)

Sanae Challenge! FUSION is a 2D platform game. It is a follow-up to Sanae Challenge! and just like the original...

Sanctum Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2012)

Sanctum is a tower defense game with first-person shooter elements. The story is rather simple: the player takes the role...

Sanctum 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Sanctum 2 is a hybrid between first-person shooter and tower defense game. The story is told in comic panels and...

Sandstorm DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

This game, set during the Gulf War, features a series of twenty missions in various Middle East locations. There are...

DOS (1992)

Sand Storm: The Championship Version is an alternate version of the original Sand Storm. People who registered the shareware version...

Sandwarriors DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

This is an arcade sci/fi flight game similar in style to "Inca" series, but with an ancient Egyptian setting (like...

San Francisco Rush 2049 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000), Nintendo 64 (2000), Game Boy Color (2000) and Arcade (1999)

Unlike the previous San Francisco Rush titles, this racing game is set in the future. The same rules apply though,...

Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

The story takes place during the month of December in 1858 in 19th century Canada. Two feuding brothers must come...

Sango Fighter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), PC-98 (1995) and Super A'can (1995)

Sango Fighter is a versus fighting game set in the Three Kingdoms era in China. The player can choose between...

Sango Fighter 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Sango Fighter 2 is a follow-up to Sango Fighter. Like the previous game, it is a versus fighting game set...

Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Dr. Joan Aiken had discovered a way to inject a special serum into the human brain, which will grant this...

Sanma no Meitantei NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Sanma no Meitantei (or, Sanma the Great Detective) casts the player as the assistant to the famous Japanese comedian and...

Sansū 1-nen: Keisan Game NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

An educational game consisting of four different mini games. The minigames included are: Addition 1 - Players control a car...

Sansū 3-nen: Keisan Game NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

An educational game consisting of four different mini games. The minigames included are: Division 1 - Players control a submarine...

Sansū 4-nen: Keisan Game NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

An educational game consisting of four different mini games. The minigames included are: Division - Players control a man in...

Sansū 5・6-nen: Keisan Game NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

An educational game consisting of two different mini games. The game modes included are: Decimal Multiplication - Players control a...

Windows (2002)

Oh no! Just before his busiest day of the year, Christmas Eve, Santa loses all the presents! He can't stand...

Windows (2004)

Santa Claus in Trouble ... again has the same premise as its predecessor: Santa Claus has lost all the presents....

Santa Claus Jr. Advance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Again it is Christmas but Christmas is in danger. A disgruntled witch has accursed all toys and now all the...

Santa Claus Junior Game Boy Color Front Cover Europe

Game Boy Color (2001)

Santa Claus Junior is a platform game for the Gameboy Color. It features a little boy called Nick whose job...

Atari ST (2002)

SantaFly is a christmas-themed rehash of SuperFly, with Father Christmas replacing the vehicles of the original. As the story goes,...

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