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 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...

Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

Warriors Rage is the seventh Samurai Shodown game. The events of the game take place twenty years after those described...

SEGA Saturn (1998)

Samurai Spirits Best Collection is a pack including Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood and Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge....

Samurai Trilogy Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

The name Samurai Trilogy refers to the fact that players can choose between three fighting styles: karate, kendo and samurai....

Samurai Warriors PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Samurai Warriors is Koei's extension of the popular Dynasty Warriors series. Instead of taking place during the Three Kingdoms era...

Samurai Warriors 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox 360 (2006)

Samurai Warriors 2 is a game made by Omega Force and published by KOEI, the same developer and publisher of...

Samurai Warriors 2: Empires PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007) and Xbox 360 (2007)

Samurai Warriors 2: Empires is an expansion to Samurai Warriors 2. It is the third Empires expansion by KOEI, following...

Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008)

Just like the previous Dynasty Warriors games and first Samurai Warriors, Samurai Warriors 2 has its very own Xtreme Legends...

Wii (2010)

Samurai Warriors 3 marks the third title in the main series (not counting Samurai Warriors: Katana) and the first published...

Samurai Warriors: Katana Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Set in the Sengoku Era of Medieval Japan, this installment in KOEI's Samurai Warriors franchise allows the player to take...

Samurai Warriors: State of War PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Samurai Warriors: State of War is a hand-held port of the Samurai Warriors series and a continuation of the Dynasty...

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...

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