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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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Gungriffon Blaze PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

Gungriffon Blaze is a 3D battlemech game. The game contains six scenarios with a multitude of free-roaming levels. The gameplay...

Gun Law Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

You are the only one left after a bloody alien attack and now with your weapon store emptied and destroyed...

Windows (2002)

Space arcade. You can buy new space ships, equip it with weapons, defence systems, various energy sources and other devices....

Gunlimb Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In Gunlimb you take control of a man whose had all of his limbs stolen. The perpetrator of this bizarre...

Gunlok Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

From the creators of Aliens vs Predators comes Gunlok, a 3D isometric team-based real-time strategy game. The human race has...

Gunlord Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2012), Neo Geo (2013) and Arcade (2012)

After the space pilot Vanessa Gaiden defeated the Evil Empire in the events of the game Last Hope, she got...

Gunman Chronicles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

You are the leader of the Gunmen, the only few sources of law on the frontier. Five years ago the...

Gunman Clive Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

In the year of 18XX, the west is overrun by thugs and outlaws. A group of bandits have kidnapped Mayor...

Arcade (1994)

GunMaster is a beat 'em up game consisting of fourteen stages where the objective is to defeat one or two...

Gunmetal DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

As the game begins, you are a proud new tank pilot for the Nataka Corporation's Imperial Armored Cavalry. A Nataka...

Gun Metal Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Xbox (2002)

Gun Metal is an action game in which the player controls a "Havoc Suit", a combat vehicle which can switch...

Gun Monkeys Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Gun Monkeys is a one-on-one arena shooter game that requires two players, both offline and online. It is set in...

Gun-Nac NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

A Galactic Federation starfighter is sent off to destroy an alien armada (led by giant robotic rabbits this time around...

Arcade (1992)

Gunnail is a vertical space shoot'em up. It's a very standard shooter - very fast action, and many enemies to...

Gunner 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Gunner 2 is a war game with well known rules: "Shoot'em all to win!". Enemies will try to destroy your...

Gunner 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

You are send to the South American rain forest, because there have been reports that someone is building an army...

Gunple: Gunman's Proof SNES Front Cover

SNES (1997)

The year is 1880. Two meteors fell on Earth on a small island near North American Pacific Coast. In the...

Gunpoint Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Gunpoint is a stealth game where the player takes on the role of a freelance spy. A mysterious assailant murders...

Linux (2005) and Windows (2005)

Gunroar is a freeware, open-source vertical shooter with abstract vector graphics created by famous Japanese developer Kenta Cho. The player...

GunRun Browser Front Cover

Browser (2005)

In GunRun the player does exactly what the title implies, gunning things down while running. The player must shoot the...

ZX Spectrum (1987)

Planet Zero is in an indefinite ice-age, and its people can only survive via a network of pipes supplying heated...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Gun Runner is based on the classic game Choplifter where you must fly your helicopter over eight side-view, horizontal scrolling...

Guns and Spurs Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Guns and Spurs is a 3D western game that can be played from a first-person or third-person perspective. The player...

Genesis (1993)

Gunship is the Mega Drive version of the MicroProse helicopter series. Just like the original game the player gets to...

Gunship Apocalypse Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In Gunship Apocalypse earth loses contact to the martian colony MRS1. Wild dust storms indicate a catastrophe. Now the player...

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