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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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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...

MSX (1987)

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

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

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

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...

Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad Wii Front Cover

Neo Geo (1999), Wii (2012) and Arcade (1998)

As one of four playable characters each with unique methods of attack and power-ups, go through the level and destroy...

Shockwave NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

In Shockwave you need to retrieve powerful crystals left behind by the Tarian race. The Rastons are after the crystals...

Amiga (1990)

ShockWave is an action game with strategy elements. The player is in control over a big prison complex which is...

Shock Wave 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1994)

The year is 2019 and the alien invasion is here. In a surprise attack, the aliens decimate Earth's military forces....

Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1995)

It has been twenty years since the invading aliens have been driven back through the jumpgate. On a planet close...

Shockwave Assault Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995), PlayStation (1995), SEGA Saturn (1996), Macintosh (1995) and Pippin (1996)

Shockwave Assault combines Shock Wave and its expansion Operation Jumpgate and makes them available for systems other than the 3DO...

Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate 3DO Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and 3DO (1994)

It has been 7 years since the alien attack on Earth has been repelled. Now, signs of the aliens have...

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