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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Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West - Premium Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

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Enter the Matrix Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

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Commodore 64 (1987)

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Entity DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1993)

Entity is a side-scrolling platform game in which you control a female (in her bare essentials) trying to save a...

Atari 2600 (1982)

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Atari ST (1991)

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Commodore 64 (1985)

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Windows (2002)

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Enviro-Bear 2000: Operation: Hibernation iPad Front Cover

Windows (2009), iPhone (2009), Android (2010) and iPad (2011)

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Windows (2003)

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DOS (1997)

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DOS (1995)

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Epic DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and PC-98 (1993)

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Epic Ball Game: Space Soccer Android Front Cover

Android (2014)

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Browser (2014)

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Browser (2015)

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Epic Dungeon Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

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Epic Inventor Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

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Epic Pinball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

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Epic Saga: Extreme Fighter Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

In this consciously retro combat tournament, the player controls one of several champions of myth and fable, brought together by...

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