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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Deus Ex: Invisible War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Twenty years have passed after the events described in Deus Ex. The actions of JC Denton have eventually led to...

Deus Ex: The Fall Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), iPhone (2013), Android (2014) and iPad (2013)

Deus Ex: The Fall is a prequel of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and the first game in the series released...

Windows (2000)

The main feature of this soccer simulation with the not-really-prophetic title is the "Adventure-Mode": The manager of the German national...

Devastating Blow ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

This is a boxing game featuring Mike Tyson on the front cover. The player takes the role of an up...

Devastation Windows Front Cover

Linux (2003) and Windows (2003)

A first-person shooter that takes place in post-apocalyptic Earth, where corrupt corporations run the world by controlling technology, media, and...

Devastator SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

The game's story is based on a mini-anime series, with extracts from the anime being used for cutscenes between the...

DOS (1984)

Mankind's last defender is pitted against an endless wave of alien ships, hellbent on destroying the Earth using incredibly powerful...

Devastro Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Devastro is a Cannon Fodder clone with "photorealistic" graphics (plasticine soldiers, plastic cars and so on). You control a squad...

TurboGrafx CD (1996)

A disc entitled Develo Magazine Vol. 1 was included in the 1996 edition of the Super PC Engine Fan Deluxe...

TurboGrafx CD (1996)

Develo Starter Kit: Assembler-hen is a programming tool that allows users to create software using the Assembler language. Also included...

TurboGrafx CD (1996)

Develo Starter Kit: Basic-hen is a programming tool that allows users to create software using the Basic language. Also included...

Deviants ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

100,000 years ago, the planet Krauze belonged to a race called Deviants and they had conquered the surrounding planets but...

Devil Assault TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Devil Assault is, as the name implies, based on Imagic's popular Demon Attack, a frantic fixed-screen shooter.The game is played...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Devil diver is a aquatic hunting treasure game with a constructing element similar to "Jetpac" (Ultimate, 1983). Its gameplay is...

Devil Eater iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2015), Android (2015) and iPad (2015)

In the action game Devil Eater the player controls the male character Robert. Someone dear to him called Elise has...

The Devil Inside Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The Devil Inside is a third-person action horror game in which Dave, a hero with a dark secret, is compelled...

Devilish Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992) and Game Gear (1991)

Genki's first game is a paddle/pong game with a background story. Once upon a time there were a prince and...

Devilish Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Devilish is a remake of the original game of the same name. Control two paddles together to move the ball...

Devil Kings PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Devil Kings is in the same vein as the Dynasty Warriors series. Whereas in Dynasty Warriors, however, Koei focuses on...

DOS (1994)

As a devil named Little Giovanni you have to beat about 40 levels. In each level there are three hidden...

Devil May Cry PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Legend has it that 2000 years ago in the depths of hell, a demon rebelled against the devil, waging a...

Devil May Cry 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Devil May Cry 2 is the sequel to Devil May Cry and once again casts you as Dante, the demon...

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Dante returns in this prequel to the first Devil May Cry. The story focuses on Dante's back story, mainly on...

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

A re-release of Devil May Cry 3, released at a budget price with several additions to the game, including: Play...

Devil May Cry 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Devil May Cry 4 is the second sequel to the original Devil May Cry game. This time the player gets...

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