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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Abyss Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1987)

In this parallax side-scrolling arcade-puzzler you're in control of a little ball, that explores various mazes in search of the...

Windows (2013)

Abyss is a shooter taking place in the ocean where the player has to battle wave after wave of mechanical...

The Abyss: Incident at Europa Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The Abyss: Incident at Europa is a science fiction game which builds upon events that took place in James Cameron's...

Abyss of Pandemonium DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998)

An unofficial add-on for Quake (like Shrak for Quake), Abyss of Pandemonium cheekily positions itself as the next part of...

AC-130: Operation Devastation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

AC-130: Operation Devastation is a first person shooting game where the player is the gunner of a Lockheed AC-130 gunship....

Academy Trivia Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Academy Trivia is a trivia game with more than 4,000 questions that cover eight subjects. It also has a more...

Accele Brid SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

This is a very basic, linear "shoot'em'up" game in which the robot of your choice, rigged with a variety of...

Acceleration of SUGURI X Edition PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Far in the future, an Earth destroyed by war is abandoned by humanity. In order to revive the planet a...

Accelerator CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1997)

Accelerator is a 2D top down action racing game. The cars in the game feature weapons so while racing the...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

The human race is in a state of decline after a 200 year war in the 25th Century against Alien...

Accidental Runner Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Accidental Runner is a fast game similar to the endless runner / auto-run platformer games. It has different stages each...

Browser (2006)

Inspired by a media hoax imagining what other instruments might tap into the successful niche of Guitar Hero, some web...

PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

This is a special limited edition of AC/DC Live: Rock Band - Track Pack which includes the game along with...

AC/DC Live: Rock Band - Track Pack Xbox 360 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

This is a track pack for the Rock Band games and in the United States it was only available at...

Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

After defeating the enemy in ACE and ACE 2, it's now to time to travel into the future and into...

Aceball Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

Aceball is a pong variant that puts the player in control of a paddle on one side of the screen,...

Amiga (1995)

Ace Ball is a split-screen Pong variant, presented in the third person point of view. The player may compete with...

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

The continent of Usea was struck by an asteroid, causing the death of half a million people. The neighboring Erusea...

Ace Combat 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Ace Combat 2 is the sequel to Namco's PSX combat flight simulator Air Combat. Ace Combat 2 puts you back...

Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

In Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere the player takes the place of an ace fighter pilot who works for an organization...

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Fifteen years ago, the Belkan Federation began a war of conquest, invading nearby territories. To stop them, a military alliance...

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation is a first-person air combat and flight simulator. Its story campaign contains 15 missions...

Ace Combat Advance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

The Air Strike Force (A.S.F.) is the most advanced aircraft squadron on the planet. Not held by any nation, they...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Unlike many previous Ace Combat titles, Assault Horizon does not set the story in the fictional world, but on a...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - A-10A "Happy Holidays" PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

A-10A "Happy Holidays" is DLC for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It includes a skin for an A-10A aircraft with a...

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