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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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Stretch Panic PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

A game consisting exclusively of boss monsters. You control Linda, a girl with a demonically possessed scarf on a mission...

Strider Genesis Front Cover

DOS (1989), Genesis (1990), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), TurboGrafx CD (1994), Amstrad CPC (1989), Wii (2011), Sharp X68000 (1992) and Arcade (1989)

The year is 2089 AD. In Russia, the evil Grand Master Meio has begun his insane plot to take over...

Strider NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

The Striders are a global organization of infiltration specialists who work to combat villainy and keep the world safe. From...

Strider Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Strider is a modern reinterpretation of Capcom's arcade classic Strider, with some gameplay elements borrowed from the NES version. The...

Strider 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Arcade (1999)

In a future ruled by tyranny and evil, a lone Strider named Hiryu must use his sharply honed skills to...

Strider 2 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Game Gear (1994), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Strider has been called into action to save the people of the planet Magenta, armed with a Gyro laser and...

Strife DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

In the distant future, the Earth is ruled by a group of people who call themselves "The Order". Many disasters...

Strike Ball 2 Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Strike Ball 2 Deluxe is a 3D version of Breakout. The aim is to destroy all bricks in a level...

Strike Base Windows Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

In Strike Base the earth is once again threatened by alien forces. The player controls Admiral Leighton who has to...

Strike Commander DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1994)

Following the collapse of Soviet Union, USA began to dominate the politics of the Commonwealth of Independent Nations. Islamic countries...

Strike Commander and Wing Commander: Privateer TwinPack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This package contains Strike Commander and Wing Commander: Privateer as well as all speech packs and add-on missions on one...

Strike Commander (CD-ROM Edition) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), PC-98 (1995) and FM Towns (1995)

The CD-ROM release of Strike Commander includes the following: Strike Commander Strike Commander: Tactical Operations An additional opening cinematic and...

Strike Commander: Tactical Operations DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

The Turkish Government has had enough of mercenaries using their country as a base for their operations and have raised...

Arcade (1991)

A re-imagination of Defender which expands the concept with several new features. 22 human colonies on the galactic frontier are...

Strike Force: Cobra Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Enemy has kidnapped the world's top computer scientists, and is intent on cracking into your supercomputer. Strike Force Cobra...

Strike Gunner S.T.G. SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Arcade (1991)

Strike Gunner S.T.G. is a vertical-scrolling jet fighter adventure set in the far-off year of A.D. 2008. The player controls...

StrikePoint DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and PlayStation (1996)

The terrorist organization named Hex has placed deadly ShockWave devices worldwide. If triggered, they will cause total destruction of the...

DOS (1985)

A lone chopper armed with machine guns and bombs must navigate through five missions in order to rescue people and...

Strikers 1945 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), SEGA Saturn (1998), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1997)

Strikers 1945 is a 2D side-scrolling shooter with a WWII theme. Use basic weaponry and many power-ups for real and...

Strikers 1945 SEGA Saturn Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and Arcade (1995)

Strikers 1945, not to be confused with the US PSX game Strikers 1945, which is actually the sequel Strikers 1945...

Strikers 1945 Plus iPhone Front Cover

PSP (2009), iPhone (2009) and Arcade (1999)

Strikers 1945 Plus is a port of the classic Neo-Geo arcade game. Unlike other games in the series, this is...

Strike Suit Zero Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

In Strike Suit Zero, the protagonist has to save Earth which is in war with its space colonies. Unfortunately they...

Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut is an enhanced version of the space action game Strike Suit Zero, but also the...

Strike Suit Zero: Heroes of the Fleet Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Heroes of the Fleet is DLC for Strike Suit Zero. It adds five new missions played through a training simulator...

Strip Fighter II TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1993)

Strip Fighter II is similar to Street Fighter II, but has a distinguishing feature: in this fighting game all the...

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