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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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Starship Troopers: Battlespace Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Starship Troopers: Battlespace was a massively multiplayer space shooter playable on the GameStorm network. Players could fight in campaigns or...

Starship Troopers: Roughnecks J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2007)

Starship Troopers: Roughnecks is an action game for mobile phones based on the classic book by Robert A. Heinlein that...

Starship Troopers (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The Special Edition includes the Starship Troopers PC Game plus an exclusive art book, and a bonus disc with interviews,...

Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy is a real time strategy game with a common misunderstanding. This game is not based on...

Starshot: Space Circus Fever Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Nintendo 64 (1999)

The space circus is heavily in debt, and it's up to Starshot to get the circus going, before the entire...

Starsiege Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Prometheus, father of all Cybrids, instigator of the first two Earthsieges, is still out there somewhere. The Dark Intellect has...

Starsiege: Tribes Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Starsiege: Tribes is a first-person shooter set in the Metaltech universe which pits different warring tribes against each other. This...

Starsky & Hutch Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Starsky & Hutch is an arcade racing game based on the popular TV series from the 70s, released to tie...

Star Soldier Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1986), MSX (1987), Wii (2007) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Starbrain, a giant super computer programmed for destruction, is threatening the Galactic Empire. As a skillful and experienced star soldier,...

Star Soldier PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

Star Soldier is a budget remake of the classic top-down shooter which puts you behind the cockpit of a lone...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Star Soldier is a run 'n gun game where you play a bounty hunter doing jobs for various planets for...

Star Soldier R Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Star Soldier R is a top-down shooter for the Wii. The game is unique as there are only 2 levels,...

Nintendo 64 (1998)

Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth takes place in the far future, where you are the last hope for Earth, which is...

Star Strike Intellivision Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982) and Intellivision (1981)

Star Strike was clearly inspired by the Death Star battle sequence in the movie Star Wars. You fly a space...

Starstrike II ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

In Realtime's previous Starstrike game (not to be confused with Star Strike), the evil Outsiders attacked the Federation and had...

PC-88 (1983)

Star Struck is a horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-up. The player controls a spaceship with the mission of eliminating "flying objects". The entire...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

In a distance galaxy is a star system containing eight planets in which profits could be made trading between each...

StarTrash Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1988) and Commodore 64 (1989)

In StarTrash the player controls a ball which needs to climb big mountains which are shown in an isometric perspective....

Commodore 64 (1982) and Commodore PET/CBM (1978)

Star Trek is an unofficial game based on the television series of the same name. In the game the player...

Star Trek Windows Front Cover

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

Star Trek is a cooperative action game based on the movie reboot of the franchise in 2009, and released as...

Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

This 1991 release was intended to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the 60's television series. The plot of this...

Star Trek: 25th Anniversary NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

The Ship Enterprise is on a 5 year mission: To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and...

Star Trek: Bridge Commander Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The destruction of a nearby sun destroys a Starfleet research station, seriously damaging your ship and killing the captain in...

Star Trek: Conquest PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007) and Wii (2007)

This is an action and strategy game set in the Star Trek: The Next Generation era. Players have their choice...

Star Trek: D-A-C Windows Front Cover

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

Star Trek: D-A-C is an arcade top-down viewed space shooter game, that is inspired by the 2009 Star Trek movie....

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