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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 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...

Dead or Alive 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000), Dreamcast (2000) and Arcade (1999)

The arcade conversion adds an improved tag feature, with new stadiums to fight in, new character moves to play with,...

Dead or Alive 3 Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2001)

Dead Or Alive 3 is a fighting game exclusive to the Microsoft Xbox. It features 16 characters (3 of them...

Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2005)

The fourth installment in the Dead or Alive series (excluding Beach Volleyball) continues in a similar vein of fighting game....

SEGA Saturn (1997)

This is the Limited Edition of the game Dead or Alive, which includes a picture book specifically for Sega Saturn,...

Dead or Alive Ultimate Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2004)

Dead or Alive Ultimate features the original SEGA Saturn version of Dead or Alive as well as a totally redesigned...

Dead Pixels Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2011)

Dead Pixels is a 2D side-scrolling shooter with an 8-bit retro look and it incorporates some simulation and role-playing elements....

Deadpool Windows Front Cover

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

In Deadpool the player takes control of the loud-mouthed, foul-mouthed, merc-with-a-mouth Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool). While on out on a...

Deadpool: Merc with a Map Pack DLC Windows Front Cover

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

This add-on pack for Deadpool unlocks two additional Challenge Mode levels: GRT Plaza and Inside the Tower, as well as...

Dead Reckoning Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

In Dead Reckoning you are abducted by aliens known only as the "Master Race" and forced to fight for your...

Dead Rising Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

You play as Frank West, a freelance photo-journalist, and you're on a hunt for the scoop of a lifetime. Following...

Dead Rising 2 Windows Front Cover

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

Dead Rising 2 starts several years after the original Dead Rising finished: the experimental virus that turns living beings into...

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