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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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Defensor Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1995)

Defensor is a puzzle game. The aim of the game is to remove radioactive waste with a neutralizer. Radioactive wastes...

Defiance Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Defiance puts you in the pilot seat of an experimental LAV-6 SABER, a one-man hovercraft armed with a variety of...

Defiance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Defiance is an MMO third-person shooter set in a persistent universe. It was made as a tie-in to the US...

Def Jam: Fight for NY PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

Def Jam: Fight for NY is the sequel to the out-of-left-field Def Jam: Vendetta.The game opens with the person you...

Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

A portable version of it's console cousins, Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover features the same kind of gameplay,...

Def Jam: Icon Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

Def Jam Icon, the successor to Def Jam: Fight for NY, is the third installment in the hip hop fighting...

Def Jam: Vendetta PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Wrestling game featuring the artists from the Def Jam Recordings hip-hop label, such as DMX, Ludacris, Method Man, N.O.R.E., Redman,...

Commodore 64 (1986), VIC-20 (1980) and Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

In Deflection the goal is to hit different targets with a ball. The player can deflect the path of the...

Deflektor Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), PC-88 (1991), PC-98 (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

There's plenty of reflection in this game, in both senses of the word. That's because this strategic puzzler involves using...

Windows 3.x (1998)

This early, authorized freeware remake of the puzzle game from 1987 updates the graphics and sounds while maintaining the original...

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2008)

This open-source, freeware remake of an old puzzle game from 1987 updates the graphics and sounds while recreating the original...

Windows (2011) and Xbox 360 (2011)

A platform-puzzle game set in space. Besides the ability to jump, and a jet pack you can use in short...

Deimos Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Deimos is a platform game similar to the Montezuma's Revenge. The player assumes the role of a treasure hunter. The...

Deimos Rising Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2002)

Using alien technologies, a military force has swept to power on Mars. This totalitarian regime must be stopped and its...

TurboGrafx CD (1990)

Dekoboko Densetsu is a humorous game that combines elements of arcade action and racing. Up to five players can compete...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Walter Wall must decorate a 101-room mansion, by running through most of the squares it is divided into. Matt Gloss...

Delicious Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Delicious is a diner game, where your main goal is to serve customers and keep them happy. As you progress,...

Commodore 64 (1987)

A Princess has been kidnapped and it is up to a pair of robots called Jim and Bob to go...

Deliverance: Stormlord II Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Macintosh (1993)

As in Stormlord, you must rescue as many fairies as possible, on this occasion by catching them out of the...

Commodore 64 (1988)

This game was made with SEUCK (Shoot 'Em Up Construction Kit). As the pilot of an assault fighter, you should...

Delta Force Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

You, as a Delta Force commando will use deadly tactics and approaches to your missions and objectives, not to mention...

Windows (2009)

The 10th Anniversary Collection of the Delta Force - series contains six shooter games and two presents. The content of...

Delta Force 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Delta Force 2 is the sequel to the award winning Delta Force. In this game, you play as an elite...

Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and Macintosh (2004)

Delta Force: Black Hawk Down is a first-person action game that takes place in Somalia, where the famous Mogadishu operation...

Delta Force: Black Hawk Down (Gold Pack) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

This is a compilation of: Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Delta Force: Black Hawk Down - Team Sabre

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