User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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

Genghis Khan is basically a strategy game, but not just. A very important part of your ability as governor will...

Genji: Dawn of the Samurai PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Genji: Dawn of the Samurai is a third-person action role-playing game (RPG) set in medieval Japan around the 12th century....

Genji: Days of the Blade PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2006)

It's been three years since Yoshitune Minamoto and Benkei Musashibo, warriors of the Genji Clan, defeated the Heishi Clan in...

Genma Onimusha Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

Genma Onimusha is an enhanced version of Onimusha: Warlords. It retains the content of the original release and adds a...

Windows (1998)

Genocide is a run-and-gun platformer that has been built upon the source code of Abuse; it shares the exact gameplay...

TurboGrafx CD (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1989)

Life became more and more complicated in the 22th century. Humans have constructed a super-computer known as MESIA, entrusting it...

SNES (1994)

The world is still recovering from war. The mega-corporation CONEX has been spearheading the rebuilding process, but their true intentions...

FM Towns (1993)

Genocide Square includes re-mastered versions of two games, Genocide and Genocide 2. The second game contains minor differences compared to...

Genocide 2: Master of the Dark Communion Sharp X68000 Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

The war against the powerful neurocomputer MESIA ended with the victory of the humans in the second half of the...

Windows (1999)

Genocide: Remixed Version is an updated version and a re-release of the 1998 game Genocide. It features enhanced graphics and...

Genpei Tōma Den TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990), Wii (2009), Sharp X68000 (1988) and Arcade (1986)

In the year 1192, the darkness of the Minamoto clan has come and is spreading across Japan. The country is...

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

You start the game as a nameless warrior (you can name the hero as you like). He returns to his...

Windows (2010)

Gentrieve is a platform game very similar to the gameplay of Super Metroid, but the levels are automatically generated. The...

Geo Challenge Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Geo Challenge is a Facebook game in which the player is tested on geographic knowledge in a playful manner.There's four...

geoDefense Swarm iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009) and Windows Phone (2012)

The successor to geoDefense alters the way of playing this tower defense game. While the player was able to place...

Geoff Capes Strongman Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1986) and Electron (1986)

At a time when multi-event sports simulations were all the rage, this one was licensed by the successful shot-putter and...

Sharp X68000 (1994)

Geograph Seal is a mecha-themed first-person 3D shooter. The plot is rather simple and involves an unnamed enemy constructing weapon...

Geom Cube PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1994)

Geom Cube is a three-dimensional puzzle game based on Tetris concept. Blocks are dropped into a 4x4 pit where the...

Geometry Wars: Galaxies Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007) and Wii (2007)

Like its parent, the Xbox Live Arcade game Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, Galaxies has the player control a ship that...

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Xbox 360 (2005)

Get ready for hectic, fast paced action with Geometry Wars! Take the role of a lone spaceship as you combat...

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

Just like the original game, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 is a fast, abstract shooter with glowing enemies and bullets...

Geon: Emotions Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Geon: Emotions is a fast game played on a semi-transparent double-sided grid. Each side provides a playfield for a player...

George of the Jungle and the Search for the Secret PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Players take the role of George from the popular cartoon show, George of the Jungle, in a 3D side scrolling...

Geraldinho SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1995)

Geraldinho was playing his videogame when his friend Cachorrão kicked him inside the TV screen! Now the player must help...

Geriatric Skeet Shooting Browser Front Cover

Browser (2000)

Geriatric Skeet Shooting is a variation of skeet shooting, instead of clay discs being used, the target of choice is...

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