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 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...

Shadow Warrior Classic Redux Linux Front Cover

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

Shadow Warrior Classic Redux is a port of Shadow Warrior and also includes the expansions Twin Dragon and Wanton Destruction....

DOS (1990)

Anarchists have rigged the Fenton building with bombs, and it's your job to dismantle as many as you can before...

Shake! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Shake! is a game which lifts the gameplay straight out of one of the mini games in Bishi Bashi Special....

Shakii the Wolf DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In this Korean-made cartoony arcade platformer, the player gets to control Shakii the wolf (who happens to look more like...

Shalom: Knightmare III MSX Front Cover

MSX (1987)

In this game, you play the role of a Japanese high-school student, the leader of computer club. Above all, you...

Shaman King: Master of Spirits Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

In this game you play Yoh Asakura from the Shaman King Japanese Manga and TV Anime series. Yoh is a...

Shaman King: Master of Spirits 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Sequel to the original Shaman King: Master of Spirits, you once again take the role of Yoh Asakura as you...

Shaman King: Power of Spirit PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Control Yoh in an all-new adventure and use his powers as a Shaman to fight nefarious foes and train to...

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