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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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Game Boy Advance (2002)

Dinotopia - The Timestone Pirates is 2D platform game in "Dinotopia" (portmanteau of "dinosaur" and "utopia") universe (humans and sentient...

Dino Wars TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1980)

Dino Wars is an arcade-style fast-action game, where the two players (there is no single player mode) control two battling...

Dino Wars DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Dino Wars is a strategic board game with some similarities to chess, with combat decided by action scenes. If you...

Dionakra Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Similar to Arkanoid, Dionakra is a enhanced clone of Breakout. Players take control of a pad at the bottom of...

Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Set after the events of Final Fantasy VII and the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children movie, Dirge of Cerberus lets...

Dirk Valentine and the Fortress of Steam Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Dirk Valentine and the Fortress of Steam is a platformer taking place in an alternate steam punk universe, in 1897....

D.I.R.T.: Origin of the Species Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In D.I.R.T.: Origin of the Species the player takes the role of Eva Cash, called Dirt, who gets knocked out...

DiRT: Showdown Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

DiRT Showdown is an entry in the DiRT racing series and unlike the previous titles it is less of a...

Dirt Trax FX SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

Dirt Trax Fx is a Motocross racing game in which players can choose between 8 drivers, differing in top speed,...

Dirty Dancing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Based on one of the most well-known movies of all time, Dirty Dancing will lift you up and take you...

Dirty Harry NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Dirty Harry is based on the popular Clint Eastwood movie character of "Dirty" Harry Callahan (rather than the specific movie...

Dirty Larry: Renegade Cop Lynx Front Cover

Lynx (1992)

In this game you play the role of Dirty Larry, an obvious pastiche of the no nonsense cop Dirty Harry...

Amiga (1992)

Dirty Rackets is a game of the shareware scene, which is a remodelled (and expanded) version of the classic Atari...

Disaster: Day of Crisis Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Players take control of Raymond Bryce, who is a former "International Rescue Team" member. Raymond has a traumatic past, and...

Windows (2000)

Disasteroids 3D is a freeware clone of the classic arcade game Asteroids. Asteroids that break up into multiple pieces, a...

Disaster Report PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Keith Miyamoto is a reporter who works for an important newspaper in Los Angeles. In 2005, he travels to an...

Disc DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Disc is a game of fast reflexes and clever thinking. Control one player against the computer or another person. The...

Commodore 64 (1991)

D.I.S.C. is a horizontally scrolling shooter in which the player has to fly a space craft through four levels fighting...

Amiga (1994)

Discer is a science fiction platform game. On the way to the planet Xarrhox the space shuttle has been damaged....

Commodore 64 (1987)

It is the future and a long missing space station, the Discovery, has been found. Unfortunately the defense systems have...

Discovery! Seek & Find Adventure Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2011)

In Discovery! A Seek and Find Adventure, the hidden object genre gets adapted into a TV game show format. The...

Discs of TRON Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and Arcade (1983)

Discs of TRON is the second of two TRON XBLA arcade games released by Midway and based off the 1982...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You've seen it at circuses but can you keep those plates spinning on top of those skinny sticks?In Dishaster, you...

Dishonored Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Dishonored is a first-person stealth and action game with elements of role-playing. It is set in the fictional industrial city...

Dishonored (Special Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

The special edition contains: Dishonored (base game) Dishonored: Arcane Assassain Pack (DLC) A deck of tarot cards for a game...

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