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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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Windows (2007)

On a remote deserted island, a small coffee robot is slowly becoming aware of his surroundings. He doesn't know how...

Desolator MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

Desolator is best described as Defender without the little men. What is still there is the fast horizontally scrolling landscape,...

DOS (1995)

2nd game in the series. The aliens from the first game are back and they are after you! Fight for...

DOS (1995)

Another first person shooter using the 3d game creation engine. 3rd game in the Dispair series. In this installment you...

Despatch Rider Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1986)

Despatch Rider is a side-scrolling arcade game. The goal of the player is to make as much money as possible...

Desperado 2 Amstrad CPC Front Cover

DOS (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), MSX (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

In Desperado 2, the sequel to Gun.Smoke, the player is Marshall James, a sheriff sent by the State of Texas...

Dragon 32/64 (1984)

Desperado Dan must escape to freedom, being trapped in a set of green-screen platform levels. Each screen is guarded not...

J2ME (2007)

This game is based on the movie by Robert Rodriguez. The player slips into the role of El Mariachi, who...

Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

John Cooper's brother, Marshal Ross Cooper, was brutally murdered by a criminal known as "Angel Face". Swearing revenge, John sets...

Destination Earthstar NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Two centuries ago, an alien species known as the Kojans kidnapped the people of Earth and made them their slaves....

Destiny Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Destiny is a futuristic first-person shooter set in a persistent world. When humans first set foot on Mars they discovered...

Destiny: Expansion I - The Dark Below PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

The Dark Below is the first DLC expansion for Destiny. It contains three new competitive multiplayer Crucible arenas (Pantheon, Skyshock,...

Destiny (Limited Edition) PlayStation 4 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

This limited edition includes: Destiny Antique star chart Arms and armament field guide Destiny expansion pass Exclusive player emblem and...

Destrega PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Destrega is one of the first fighting games to focus more on long range attacks and use of interactive backgrounds...

Destroy All Humans! PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and Xbox 360 (2008)

Greetings earthlings! I, Cryptosporidium 137 of the Furon Empire, happened upon your planet on the way back from destroying the...

Destroy All Humans! 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox (2006)

Our "hero", Crypto 137, is back. Earth is under attack again in another alien invasion. The setting is now the...

Browser (1996)

In Destroyer player control a ship attacked by submarines passing below. The player's ship can be moved left or right...

Commodore 64 (1987)

In this side view horizontally shooter which constantly scrolls from left to right, you must fly over the surface of...

Destruction Derby DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), PlayStation (1995), SEGA Saturn (1996), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007), Android (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

You probably feel like a crash test dummy when you're playing this game - it's not only a racing game,...

Destruction Derby 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and PlayStation (1996)

This sequel to the original Destruction Derby offers more of the same no-holds-barred action and mayhem with new tracks and...

Destruction Derby Raw PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

The third Destruction Derby title on PSX brings all new action to the race track. A new 3D collision detection...

DOS (1992)

Destruction Zone is a shareware tank game for one to three players.The game is played in an arena with six...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

You are leading a mission to destroy Dr. Destructo's array of ships, and ultimately his island hideout, over 21 levels....

Browser (2009)

Destructoid Review: Mad Dog McCree Gunslinger Pack is a video review created for video game website Destructoid by Anthony Burch...

Detana!! TwinBee Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1992), Wii (2007), Sharp X68000 (1991), Wii U (2014) and Arcade (1991)

Another top-down shooter in the TwinBee series of "cute'em ups".Detana!! Introduces for the first time the characters behind the TwinBee...

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