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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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Bet on Soldier: Blood Sport Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

For 80 years, the world is in a total war. Fighting is not only a matter of being alive, it's...

Betrayer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Betrayer is a first-person action game with horror elements set during the colonization of the New World in the early...

Better Dead Than Alien! Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Commodore 64 (1988)

Brad Zoom takes on the Brain Eaters from the Purple Planet, in this homage to vintage action games, primarily Galaxians....

Windows (2002)

Betty Bad is a simple arcade style 3rd person shooter set in a sci-fi future where your playable heroine is...

Nintendo DS (2007)

Starring the animated cartoon character Betty Boop originally introduced in animated films starting from 1930, in this game she is...

Betty's Beer Bar Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

Betty has grown up on a farm, and now she works in a local bar. But she dreams to have...

Windows (2006)

Vince is having a bad day. He and his fiancee Anna were sent to Limbo after being hit by a...

Windows (2002)

Between the Lines is an unofficial add-on for Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis. It features three consecutive campaigns with overall...

Beverly Hills Cop Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and BBC Micro (1990)

Eddie Murphy became a star in the police film Beverly Hills Cop, and it was this license that Tynesoft used...

Beyblade PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

Based on the Japanese anime TV-show and line of toys, "Beyblade" lets the user battle customized spinning tops against other...

Beyblade VForce: Super Tournament Battle GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

To start with chose a beyblade then enter the super battle tournament. As you progress you gain points for victories...

Beyblade VForce: Ultimate Blader Jam Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

In a twist for the series, Beyblade VForce: Ultimate Blader Jam is not based on spinning top battles. Instead, the...

Beyond Castle Wolfenstein Apple II Front Cover

PC Booter (1985), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Your mission is to infiltrate Nazi headquarters in disguise, find the bomb agents have hidden there, and plant it outside...

Beyond Dark Castle Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Commodore 64 (1989) and Macintosh (1987)

This sequel to Dark Castle has our formerly nameless hero now known as Prince Duncan continuing his adventures after he...

Beyond Good & Evil Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003), GameCube (2003), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

In the future, on the planet Hillys, the population suffers from constant attacks from the alien DomZ. The situation is...

Beyond Normandy: Assignment: Berlin Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This is a World War II shooter that takes place during the historic final onslaught of the Allied forces as...

Beyond Oasis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Genesis (1994) and Wii (2007)

Prince Ali has found the magical Golden Armlet, which was used many years ago to defeat an evil wizard who...

DOS (1994)

Beyond The Abyss is a shareware fantasy shooter game. The player takes the role of the lone paladin, Roman, who...

Beyond the Black Hole DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Use your paddles to pilot your orb in the search for the disappearance of Vern Grenington and his "entire vehicle...

Beyond the Forbidden Forest Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

The sequel to Forbidden Forest; the main gimmick was the "4-dimensional" gameplay. The background changed to reflect the passage of...

Beyond the Ice Palace Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

This platform romp has similarities to Ghosts 'N Goblins, sending you on a journey to defeat the forces of evil....

Beyond the Law: The Third Wave Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

Beyond the Law: The Third Wave is a squad-based, strategy shooter in which the player commands a covert team of...

DOS (1997)

The CD contains 212 maps for Duke Nukem 3D collected from the Internet and BBS (1996). The CD also contains...

Beyond: Two Souls PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013)

The story focuses on the life of a young girl, Jodie, who has a special ability to see or feel...

Beyond: Two Souls (Special Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013)

The Special Edition comes in a metal case and includes: Main game Beyond: Two Souls Digital Soundtrack Exclusive extra game...

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