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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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Deadly Arts Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998)

In Deadly Arts the player can fight as a range of characters from around the globe in training, one-on-one and...

Deadly Creatures Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

In Deadly Creatures, the player alternates between controlling a spider and a scorpion on their quest through a world from...

Deadly Dozen Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In this WWII game it's your mission to infiltrate German occupied territory with your squad of military misfits. The missions...

Deadly Dozen: Pacific Theater Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Play in realistic WWII scenarios featuring authentic uniforms and 20 weapons like the flamethrower for example. This time you can...

Deadly Duck Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982) and VIC-20 (1982)

In Deadly Duck the player controls the titular character who must shoot his bill bullets at crabs, the bricks they...

ZX Spectrum (2013)

Deadly Labyrinth of Lord Xyrx is an arcade timed game. The game contains 9 levels of a maze. On each...

SNES (1992) and Genesis (1992)

You are Joe, a young American who has been secretly training to become a powerful fighter. One day, he meets...

Deadly Premonition Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Greenvale is a small, peaceful town somewhere in the northern United States. The sudden and brutal murder of a young...

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Director's Cut was released roughly three years after the original version, and is more of an enhanced version than a...

DOS (1994)

In the game you can choose one of the best rally cars, like Toyota Cerica (real Celica) and Mancia (real...

Deadly Skies VIC-20 Front Cover

VIC-20 (1983)

In Deadly Skies you fly an attack helicopter against an array of military installations and anti-aircraft missile sites. Joystick controls...

Deadly Strike PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

The player plays as 1 of 6 combatants vying for victory in one of the world's toughest tournaments. Each combatant...

Deadly Tide Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

Deadly Tide is a pre-rendered shooter in which the player gets to control a deadly new undersea vehicle. The basic...

Deadly Towers NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

You are prince Myer, and you are about to become the ruler of your country. Strolling outside just before the...

Dead Man's Hand Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Xbox (2004)

The Mexican gunslinger El Tejon once joined the dreaded Nine gang, hoping to become rich and famous. However, as he...

Dead Meets Lead Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Dead Meets Lead is set in 1716 on the island El Mirando. This island fell under a curse which caused...

Dead Moon TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991) and Wii (2007)

About 200 years in the future, a comet is detected at the edge of the solar system. Astronomers determine that...

Dead Nation PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2014)

Dead Nation is a top-down shooter set in a fictional environment after a zombie apocalypse. It can be played alone...

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2014)

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition is an updated version of the PS3 top-down zombie shooter Dead Nation. Content-wise the game is...

Dead Nation: Road of Devastation PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011) and PS Vita (2014)

Dead Nation: Road of Devastation is DLC for Dead Nation. It does not add substantial content to the game, instead...

Windows (2012)

Dead of Knight is a freeware 3D slasher game. You control Dead Knight as you battle demons through various levels...

Dead on Arrival Android Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Dead on Arrival is a top-down horror shooter. The story tells about a zombie invasion after the detonation of a...

Dead on Time Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (2010)

Dead on Time is an "if it moves, shoot it" game. Enemy ships will come from any direction, often in...

Dead or Alive PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), SEGA Saturn (1997), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1996)

The first in the Dead or Alive series, and features many of the same features that has made the DoA...

Dead or Alive ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), BBC Micro (1987) and Electron (1987)

Bandits have overrun Dodge City, determined to escape with the loot. As the sheriff, it's your job to stop them...

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