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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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...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Sam's Jam is a side-view single-screen game where for reasons unknown, you play the role of Sam who is in...

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...

Samurai-Ghost Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1992) and Wii (2007)

Samurai-Ghost is the sequel to the Japan-only Genpei Tōma Den. You start the game as the undead ronin Kagekiyo, who...

Samurai II: Vengeance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2010), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

Samurai II: Vengeance is the sequel to Samurai: Way of the Warrior and offers similar gameplay. It is a hack-and-slash...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Based on the Cartoon Network animated series, Samurai Jack has been sent to another place in time by his nemesis...

Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and GameCube (2004)

Born and bred a warrior, Samurai Jack is thrust into the future by his nemesis, Aku. In his travels, Jack...

Samurai Legend Musashi PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

This world has come under the threat of Gandrake Enterprises when Gandrake begins to control the worlds precious fuel source...

Samurai Railroad Mansion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Samurai Railroad Mansion is a fast, reflex-based action game. When the samurai, controlled by the player, bought a mansion, no...

Samurai Shodown Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1994), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), SEGA CD (1993), Game Gear (1994), 3DO (1994), Neo Geo (1993), PSP (2011), Neo Geo Pocket (1998), Neo Geo CD (1994), PlayStation 3 (2010), Wii (2007), FM Towns (1995) and Arcade (1993)

In early feudal Japan, a man named Shiro Tokisada Amakusa preaches a heretic religion. Little does anyone know that Amakusa...

Samurai Shodown Anthology PSP Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008), PSP (2009) and Wii (2008)

Samurai Shodown Anthology bundles together six games in SNK's long-running Samurai Shodown franchise:Samurai Shodown Samurai Shodown II Samurai Shodown III:...

Samurai Shodown II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), Neo Geo (1994), Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999), Neo Geo CD (1994), Xbox 360 (2008), Wii (2008), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Arcade (1994)

In Samurai Shodown II players take on one of the roles of fifteen warriors, fighting their way through the land...

Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996), Neo Geo (1995), PSP (2007), Neo Geo CD (1995), PlayStation 3 (2007), Wii (2010), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1995)

The 12 samurai (and ninja) elite are back, this time to answer the threat of the demon Zankuro, Minazuki. The...

Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1997), Neo Geo (1996), PSP (2007), Neo Geo CD (1996), PlayStation 3 (2007), Wii (2012), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1996)

Bringing a new breath to SNK's swordsman fighting series, this 4th installment marks the return of 3 classic characters (Yagyu...

Samurai Shodown V Xbox Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2006), Neo Geo (2003) and Arcade (2003)

Seven years after the fourth game in the series, Samurai Shodown returns. In the game's time frame, this is the...

PlayStation 2 (2006) and Arcade (2005)

Samurai Spirits Tenkaichi Kenkakuden is a dream match game which features the entire cast from Samurai Shodown V Special, seven...

Samurai Shodown V Special PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Neo Geo (2004) and Arcade (2004)

Samurai Shodown V Special is a re-release of the base game, which was the first game in the main series...

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