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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Fighter's History SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Arcade (1993)

Fighter's History is a traditional 2D fighter along the lines of the Street Fighter series. The player can choose between...

Fighter's History Dynamite Neo Geo CD Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1997), Neo Geo (1994), Neo Geo CD (1994), Wii (2010), Zeebo (2010) and Arcade (1994)

Fighter's History Dynamite is a 2D versus fighting game similar to Street Fighter II. It takes place one year after...

PlayStation (1997) and Arcade (1996)

Fighters' Impact is 3D fighting game. The player can choose 1 from 8 playable characters (the game has a couple...

Fighters Megamix SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996) and Game.Com (1998)

Virtua Fighter 2 was full of many brand new gameplay elements implemented into the realistic fighting engine of the first...

Fighters Uncaged Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Fighters Uncaged is the first foray into fighting games for the Xbox 360's Kinect peripheral, and was a launch title...

Xbox One (2013)

Fighter Within is a 3D one-on-one fighting game where the fighters are controlled through the player's movement captured through the...

Fight for Life Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1996)

Fight for Life is a 3D fighting game that takes place in hell. The player controls one of eight deceased...

Fighting Angels PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Fighting Angels is a story-less 3D fighting game featuring an all-female cast. The game is a 1-on-1 fighting game with...

Fighting Beauty Wulong PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Mao Ran may look like an average teenage girl at first blush, but she is in fact a master of...

Fighting Force Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1997), Nintendo 64 (1999), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

Fighting Force is a 3D fighting "beat-em-up" in which the player can choose to control one of the four available...

Fighting Force 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (1999) and PS Vita (2012)

Fighting Force 2 is a beat-em-up game set in the not-to-distant future. Human cloning has become a real possibility, but...

Fighting Fury PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

Fighting Fury is a one on one fighting game, based on the Grappler Baki Anime. The 'Fighting Fury' tournament is...

Windows (2001)

Fighting Legends Online is an MMO/ Real-Time Strategy game with role playing elements set in a kung fu anime style.A...

Fighting Masters Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

A giant red sun is about to go supernova in a few hours and the blast will affect many star...

NES (1988)

Fighting Road is a one-on-one fighting game in which you take the role of a nameless martial artist out to...

Atari ST (1989)

Fighting Sail is a ship battle game written in HiSoft Basic. There are two game modes: Campaign and One battle....

Fighting Vipers SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Arcade (1995)

Armstone City, year unknown. The Mayor decided to hold a fighting tournament with the grand finale being held on the...

Fighting Vipers 2 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001) and Arcade (1998)

This game is a sequel to Fighting Vipers, a 3D fighting game that allows you to face adolescents and adults...

Fighting Warrior ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

A Pharaoh has captured a Princess and imprisoned her in a temple, and it is your job to fight through...

Fightin' Spirit Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1996) and Amiga CD32 (1996)

Fightin' Spirit is a one-on-one beat 'em up centred around a competition by a gang overlord to find new heavies...

Fight Night Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1985), Atari 7800 (1988) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

Fight Night is a boxing game in which players box 11 different opponents on the way to the final match...

Fight Night Round 3 PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Fight Night Round 3 is the third installment of the EA boxing (sports) franchise and the first boxing game to...

Fight Night Round 3 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006), Xbox 360 (2006) and PlayStation 3 (2006)

EA Sports' Fight Night Round 3 from EA Chicago lets you make your own fighter, train them up, and literally...

Fight'N'Jokes DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Fight'n Jokes tells the adventures of Jokes, a group of fighters who combat to free their planet from an evil...

Final Assault DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Apple IIgs (1988), Amstrad CPC (1987), Thomson TO (1987) and Thomson MO (1987)

Final Assault is a mountain climbing action/simulation game. The object of the game is to climb to the peak of...

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