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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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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....

ZX Spectrum (1984) and Tatung Einstein (1984)

Disco Dan may sound like a progenitor of Dance Dance Revolution but is far from it. As the game starts...

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...

Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall Windows Front Cover

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

The Knife of Dunwall is the first story DLC for Dishonored. Instead of Corvo from the original game, the player...

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is a 2-D scrolling brawler exclusive to Xbox Live Arcade. It was created by independent developer...

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is a bloody, side-scrolling brawler and the sequel to The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai. Fighting is based...

DOS (1985)

The object of Disk Crash is to guide the unlikely protagonist, a floppy disk (of the actually-floppy variety!), from the...

Disney Adventures in the Magic Kingdom NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

It's time for the Mickey Mouse parade down Main Street of Disneyland, but before things can start, the six silver...

Wii (2010)

In this party game for the Wii, players compete with and against their favorite Disney Channel characters. Players can even...

Disney Epic Mickey Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Take control of Mickey Mouse as he travels back through the looking glass to right the wrongs of the past....

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Wii U Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), Wii (2012) and Wii U (2012)

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is the sequel to Disney Epic Mickey. Just like the first game...

Disney Epic Mickey (Collector's Edition) Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

This is a collector's edition version of Disney Epic Mickey. In addition to the basic game, the collector's edition includes:...

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