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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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Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

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SNES (1994)

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Hägar The Horrible Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1992)

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Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

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Windows (2005)

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Hakaioh: King of Crusher PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

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PSP (2012)

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ZX Spectrum (1985)

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Commodore 64 (1987)

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Halcyon Sun Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

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Half-Life Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (1998) and Macintosh (2013)

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Half-Life PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

The PlayStation 2 version of Half-Life is a port of the Windows game, but with a significant overhaul for the...

Half-Life 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), Xbox (2005), Macintosh (2010) and Android (2014)

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Windows (2004)

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