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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Freedom Planet Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2015) and Wii U (2015)

The planet Avalice, home to a variety of humanoid animals, is under attack by alien forces led by Lord Brevon....

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Freedom: Rebels In The Darkness is a game that combines elements of strategy, stealth and fighting games. The main character...

Freedom Wars PS Vita Front Cover

PS Vita (2014)

The year is 102014. The Earth's surface lay in ruins, no longer able to sustain human life. As such, humans...

Freedom Wings Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

As a man living in the island cities of Sorgele, air pirates loom over the population. They shot down your...

Freekscape: Escape from Hell PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

Freekscape: Escape from Hell is a 2.5D puzzle platformer. The protagonist is the horned demon Freek who is left behind...

Freelancer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

The war between the Coalition and the Alliance depicted in Starlancer had raged on and the Alliance forces were losing....

Free Realms PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Free Realms is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in a fantasy world known as the Sacred Grove. It...

Free Running Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2007) and Wii (2009)

Free Running is a third-person open-environment arcade game, based around the sport of Parkour.Set across multiple high and low rise...

Windows (2007)

Freerunning Extreme is a parkour game where the player has to perform acrobatic feats in an urban environment. The game...

Freespace 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

It has been 32 years since GTA lost contact with Earth. As a young pilot joining the fleet of the...

Freespace 2: Dimension Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

This is a re-release of Freespace 2 with some bonuses: 10 new missions 2 new campaigns: Templar and Gauntlet New...

Freespace 2: Interplay 20th Anniversary Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Due to popular demand, Interplay re-released a limited production run of the "Sci-Fi Sim of the year edition" of Freespace...

Freespace 2: Sci-Fi Sim of the Year Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

A re-release of Freespace 2, which contains additional missions over the original campaign (several of them were selected among the...

Freestyle Street Soccer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2004)

Freestyle Street Soccer known as Urban Freestyle Soccer in Europe is, as the name implies, a Freestyle soccer-game in an...

Free Trader Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), PC-88 (1984) and FM-7 (1984)

Aye, she's a beautiful ship. Sublight Ion Drives, Gamma-Ray Lasers, Rifter Pods that can rip space itself -- not to...

Freeway Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1981)

In Freeway, your job is to help the chicken cross the road! Each time you successfully guide the chicken across...

Freeway Fury Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

In Freeway Fury the player is a daredevil jumping from car to car at high speed, striving to get as...

Free Will Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Free Will is a side-scrolling platform game with a twist. In the game you have to free Will, who's at...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

This action game takes its basic gameplay from Pengo, with 10 different speeds of play. It sets you as a...

Arcade (1984)

Player is an astronaut who must go on a dangerous mission deep beneath the surface of a frozen planet. Inside...

Oric (1984)

Frelon is an action game where the player takes control of a helicopter whose task it is to rebuild a...

Frenesis Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Frenesis is a 40 level game where you have to protect a cross in the middle of the screen stretching...

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

The Earth has been under siege by evil aliens from the planet MOZONE for centuries. The planet can not be...

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2004)

Fren-ze is a fast-paced bullet hell shooter. Originally released as a hidden PS2 game on a covermount disc, it was...

Frenzy ColecoVision Front Cover

ColecoVision (1983) and Arcade (1982)

Frenzy is the sequel to Berzerk and gameplay is similar. You are chased around a maze of rooms by various...

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