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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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Shadow Man Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (1999) and Nintendo 64 (1999)

You're the Shadow Man, a person who can switch between the world of the dead and of the living. In...

Shadow Man: 2econd Coming PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

In the sequel you are once again Mike LeRoi - Shadow Man. You have to fight with evil demons in...

Shadow Master Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1998)

In a futuristic universe you must destroy the forces of ShadowMaster which are attacking your planet. You are in armored...

Shadow of Rome PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Shadow of Rome is set in 44 B.C. in Ancient Rome - a stunning yet brutal time when the republic...

Shadow of the Beast Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), Lynx (1992), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), TurboGrafx CD (1992), Amstrad CPC (1990) and FM Towns (1991)

While very young, Aarbron was kidnapped and enslaved by the Priests of the Beast Lord. He grew up on drugs...

Shadow of the Beast II Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992), Amiga (1990), SEGA CD (1994), Atari ST (1991) and FM Towns (1993)

Essentially a side-on scrolling beat 'em up in the vain of The Way of the Exploding Fist, but with an...

Shadow of the Beast III Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992)

You play Aarbron, and you must again face Maletoth, the Beast Lord, in order to free yourself from his curse....

Shadow of the Colossus PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

In an ancient time long past, a young man travels to the ends of the Earth, a place that is...

Shadow of the Ninja NES Front Cover

NES (1990), Wii (2010), Nintendo 3DS (2014) and Wii U (2014)

In the 21st century, the evil Emperor Garuda has taken over the city of New York, killing many of its...

ZX Spectrum (1985)

In Shadow of the Unicorn, the player assumes the role of multiple characters, trying to get rid of the evil...

The Shadow of Zorro Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation 2 (2001)

The Shadow of Zorro is a 3D action game that revolves around dagger-fighting. The game is set in California in...

Shadow Ops: Red Mercury Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Shadow Ops is an Unreal engine powered, action-driven first person shooter set in the near future. As the player, you...

Shadowrun Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

The year is 2058. Following an event known as the Awakening, magic has returned into the world. Native American shamans...

Shadowrun SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

After the Awakening, magic has been re-discovered, and human beings have accepted the existence of those they thought to be...

Shadowrun Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Xbox 360 (2007)

After 5.000 years magic, that was believed to be dead, is rediscovered and the RNA Global wants to take it...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The player is the second officer of a space ship. He uses the Shadow Skimmer glider to make a routine...

Shadows of Cairn DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Windows 3.x (1994)

Quinn is an apprentice thief in the city of Cairn, who needs to prove himself worthy of being admitted to...

Shadows of the Damned Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Shadows of the Damned is a third-person shooter starring the Mexican demon hunter Garcia Hotspur. His girlfriend Paula is kidnapped...

Shadow Squadron SEGA 32X Front Cover

SEGA 32X (1995)

Shadow Squadron is a 3D space combat shooter. The player controls a space fighter in a series of battles against...

Shadow the Hedgehog PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and GameCube (2005)

Shadow the Hedgehog is a Sonic the Hedgehog series spin off title. Players take the role of Shadow the Hedgehog,...

Shadow Tower PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

Shadow Tower is first-person dungeon crawler from the team that created the King's Field series. Though the two games share...

Shadow Tower: Abyss PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Legends say that there was once a prosperous kingdom ruled by a mighty monarch, his powers bestowed upon him by...

3DO (1994)

The leader of S.H.A.D.O.W., the world's largest criminal organization, has been murdered. Choose one of the seven fighters available and...

Shadow Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (2013), Macintosh (1997), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Lo Wang has been working as a Shadow Warrior (a bodyguard and mercenary of sorts) for the powerful Zilla Corporation...

Shadow Warrior Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2015), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Shadow Warrior is a reboot of the 1997 first-person shooter Shadow Warrior. The player controls the ninja mercenary Lo Wang...

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