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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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Commodore 64 (1988)

You have been sent into Moscow to help another agent, Felix 'The Cleaner' Hoover who has infiltrated the KGB Headquarters...

Special Delivery: Santa's Christmas Chaos Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

In the main, horizontally scrolling section, Santa rides his sleigh and tries to collect presents being dropped by his helpers...

Special Edition Pinball Dreams Pinball Fantasies Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies, the 2 pinball simulations come together in this compilation, making for a total of 8...

Special Forces DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Special Forces is a top-down arcade shooting game with a dash of strategy.It is the sequel to Airborne Ranger.When times...

Special Forces: Nemesis Strike Windows Front Cover

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

Special Forces: Nemesis Strike is an action game in which you are a part of an anti-terrorist force whose sole...

Special Forces: Operation Blood II Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Special Forces: Operation Blood II, a first person shooter, is the sequel of Operation Blood. This time the mission starts...

Special Forces: Team X Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Xbox 360 (2013)

Special Forces: Team X is a multiplayer-only 3rd-person shooter set in a modern military scenario. The playing modes are Capture...

Specnaz: Project Wolf Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This is a tactical first-person shooter featuring the Russian special forces 'Specnaz'.The player can select either a solo mode called...

Spec Ops: Airborne Commando PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Spec Ops: Airborne Commando is an isometric action game where you as a player, control a lone soldier through 16...

Spec Ops: Covert Assault PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Covert Assault, another installment of the Spec Ops franchise, offers up action for one or two players to control US...

Spec Ops II: Green Berets Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

The sequel to Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way puts you in the role of a US Army Green Berets....

Spec Ops II: Omega Squad Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Omega Squad is the only game in the Spec Ops series released on the Dreamcast. Players control a squad of...

Spec Ops: Platinum Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

This is a collection of the first two Spec Ops games and expansions. It contains: Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the...

Spec Ops: Ranger Elite PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

This is one of those first generation soldier shooters, that was one of the first games to emphasize tactics before...

Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Spec Ops is the first in a series of realistic, action-oriented, real-time 3D third-person games based on elite warfare units...

Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way - Pro Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The Pro Pack is a compilation that includes: Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way Spec Ops: Ranger Team Bravo (expansion)...

Spec Ops: Ranger Team Bravo Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

This add-on for Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way lets you engage in cooperative and competitive battles with other Ranger...

Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Stealth Patrol is the first console adaptation of the long-running PC military Spec Ops series. Players command two rangers on...

Spec Ops: The Line Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Spec Ops: The Line is a military third-person shooter. It is an entry in the long-running Spec Ops series but...

Spec Ops: The Line (Premium Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This special edition was provided as an upgrade for preorders. It contains: Spec Ops: The Line Spec Ops: The Line...

ColecoVision (2006) and Arcade (1980)

You are the Wummel in the city of the Spectars. Your fight for justice is not done.Spectar is a sequel...

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1983), BBC Micro (1984), Electron (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Spectipede is a one or two player game based on the classic Centipede and is one of many similar Centipede...

Spectravideo (1983)

A basic Breakout clone made in BASIC. The ball physics and collision detection is also very basic. What separates it...

Spectral Invaders ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982)

Earth is under attack from fleets of alien space ships. Conveniently lined up in nice grids, the aliens sweep side...

Spectre SNES Front Cover

DOS (1992), SNES (1994) and Macintosh (1991)

Spectre is a 3D shooter where the player drives a little red car/tank and blasts away enemies. The gameplay is...

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