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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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David Wolf: Secret Agent DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989)

Bruno Vasto, a madman, has stolen the experimental SF-2 stealth fighter and threatens to blow up Washington D.C.! It's up...

The Da Vinci Code Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox (2006)

The Da Vinci Code game is based on the movie directed by Ron Howard which is in turn based on...

BREW (2006) and J2ME (2006)

The Da Vinci Code: The Quest Begins is one of several mobile games based on the movie which in turn...

Dawn of Magic Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Dawn of Magic is a third-person hack-and-slash RPG. The major difference of this game from most "Diablo clones" is that...

Dawn of Mana PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Dawn of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 4) is a game in the World of Mana / Seiken Densetsu series by Square...

DOS (1990)

In this top-down vertical scrolling arcade shooter player controls an assault plane on its way through mechanized army forces over...

Dawnspire: Prelude Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Dawnspire: Prelude is a team-based online action-rpg in a fantasy setting, focusing on teamplay, tactics and player skill. The players...

Dawnssley ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987)

The Gauntlet scenario is revisited in this budget-price game in which Hobbo the Elf and Thor the Warrior are trapped...

Daxter PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Daxter stars for the first time on his own in this action-platformer that reveals how he became a hero and...

DOS (1994)

Icarus is (despite the number in its title) the third installment in the Korean-made series of horizontally scrolling sci-fi shoot-em-ups....

DOS (1995)

The Day 5: Assault Dragon is a horizontally scrolling sci-fi shoot-em-up and (in spite of the number in its title)...

Day Dreamin' Davey NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

Davey is a child with an overactive imagination. During a day at school, he runs into events that will cause...

Windows (2007)

Mr Bush, president of the United States of America, is daydreaming in his Oval Office. The player needs to help...

MSX (1991)

The android terrorist organization Metalabor stole the highly valuable Mega Plutonium K element, intending to use it for military purposes....

Daylight Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Daylight is a first-person survival horror game where the player takes on the role of Sarah who wakes up with...

Day of Defeat Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2013)

Day of Defeat is an online game from the makers of Half-Life and Counter-Strike. The game takes place during WWII...

Day of Defeat: Source Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2010)

The classic WWII infantry multiplayer mod for Half-Life, updated with the Half-Life 2 engine and distributed exclusively through Steam. Along...

Day of the Viper DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1990)

The Sun League has been trying to fight back against the corrupted and oppressive Gar computer for many years. Now...

Windows (2009)

In Day of the Zombie you play a student searching for his girlfriend, a janitor protecting his school and a...

Daytona USA Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

This is the sequel to the classic stock car racing game. This version features a new track, a CD soundtrack,...

DayZ Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

DayZ is a commercial, standalone version of what was started as a modification with the same name for ArmA II:...

Daze Before Christmas Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

Christmas is a time where people get together and give others presents and spend all day eating food. But there's...

Windows (2003)

The year is 2156. The space station SAFED collided with what appeared to be a huge meteorite. Three large pieces...

DBZ: Dead Ball Zone PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

This high speed futuristic sports game pits two teams of armed psychotics against each other in a brutal (and lethal)...

Windows (2013)

DCS: P-51D Mustang is a combat flight simulator for the single-seat North American Aviation P-51D fighter aircraft used in the...

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