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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Blacklight: Tango Down Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Blacklight: Tango Down is an online-only multiplayer first-person shooter. It is based around a struggle between two military groups: Blacklight...

Black Magic Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989)

In Black Magic your job is to move a little wizard using the joystick and collect up the diamonds in...

Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

For centuries, the people of MariGold have suffered under the rule of the Red Warlock, Zahgrim, making a once prosperous...

Windows (2012)

Black Mesa is a fan-made remake of Half-Life utilizing the Source engine as a standalone game. All key areas and...

Commodore 64 (1991)

Black Panther is a one on one fighting game similar to Way of the Exploding Fist or International Karate. Press...

Linux (1999) and Windows (2001)

Your objective in the arcade game Black Penguin is quite simple: control the movement (with the cursor keys) of your...

Browser (2011)

Black Prophecy is a space action multiplayer game with RPG elements. The prologue is linear: the player has to survive...

Black Rock Shooter: The Game PSP Front Cover

PSP (2011)

In the year 2032, aliens have invaded Earth. Humanity bands together and fights back valiantly, but they are simply no...

Black Rock Shooter: The Game (White Premium Box) PSP Front Cover

PSP (2011)

This is a limited-edition package that includes: Black Rock Shooter: The Game Limited Soundtrack 16-page booklet featuring original art by...

PSP (2011)

This is a special first-print edition of Black Rock Shooter: The Game that includes the game itself along with a...

BlackSite: Area 51 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

It was supposed to be a routine mission three years ago. Enter a bunker deep inside Iraq-territory, retrieve a chemical...

ZX81 (1983)

After failure on your last mission and recovering in hospital growing a new arm and leg, you have had time...

Black Stone: Magic & Steel Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2003)

Up to 4 players battle through various environments, fighting off endless waves of enemies and using magic and melee attacks...

Blackthorne DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2013), Game Boy Advance (2003), SNES (1994), SEGA 32X (1995), Macintosh (1996) and PC-98 (1996)

The planet Tuul was a peaceful place, until the evil warrior Sarlac used the power of the Darkstone to take...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Superhuman Crow-Ther keeps the city of Wizening safe from the tyrant The Wizard. After 100 years of building his forces...

Black Tiger Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), Wii (2010) and Arcade (1987)

You are a barbarian who must slay three dragons that descended from the skies and plunged the kingdom into darkness....

Black Viper Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1996) and Amiga CD32 (1996)

Black Viper takes inspiration from games such as Fire and Forget and Chase H.Q., replacing the fast car with an...

Blackwater Xbox 360 Front Cover Version 1

Xbox 360 (2011)

Blackwater is a first-person shooter where the player controls operatives Devin, Baird, Smash, and Eddie. The game takes place is...

Arcade (1983)

Black Widow is an arcade game where you control the titular spider trying to protect its web. You move the...

Blackwyche Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

This is the third of Ultimate Play the Game's Sir Arthur Pendragon series of games. You find yourself on a...

DOS (1995)

Black Zone takes place in an eerie, derelict city - once it was a thriving town, but all went awry...

Blade PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Buffy, move out of the way. Activision brings the original vampire hunter with an attitude to the PlayStation. Based on...

Windows (2003)

Blade is a 3D duel swordfighting game. The player can choose three characters: Kurogane, Kyouji and Sirou (and one boss...

Blade Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1992)

Blade, a guardian of Earth, has awakened from hibernation to find a strange, alien landscape filled with alien forces. You...

Blade Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Blade for Game Boy Color is a 2D side-scrolling action game inspired by the 1998 film of the same name....

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