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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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Hærfest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Hærfest is a freeware student project focused on the exploration of a 3D world using a first-person perspective. It casts...

Hagane: The Final Conflict SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

The Fuma clan protects the Holy Grail which is said to possess the power to destroy the world. When the...

Hägar The Horrible Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1992)

Hägar The Horrible is a Jump'n'Run game based on the popular comics by Dik and Chris Browne. At the beginning...

Windows (2004)

Hail to the Chief is a top-down shooter fangame based on the Halo universe. The player controls the series' iconic...

Hail to the Chimp Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Hail to the Chimp is a political satire/party game in the vein of the Mario Party series. In the "Animal...

Windows (2005)

A very minimalist implementation of an old concept, what it lacks in originality it makes up for in whimsical novelty...

Windows (2006)

Hakaiman is a top-down shooter where the player controls a commando, a lone wolf who must execute special missions. There...

Hakaioh: King of Crusher PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

You are a Japanese salary man, normal in every way... except that you've just been bitten by an evil space...

Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi PSP Front Cover

PSP (2012)

Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi is an action game based on the Hakuoki series of visual novels. It features the...

PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Arcade (1985)

HAL 21 is an arcade shooter from 1985 that is mechanically similar to Xevious. The player shoots flying enemies and...

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Halaga is a Galaga clone. A player controls a spaceship at the bottom of the screen, and must destroy all...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Halcyon is a variant of Roc 'n Rope in which the player has to navigate around a series of stages...

Halcyon Sun Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Halcyon Sun is a dogfighting game set in space that mixes gameplay sequences with the narrative of a science fiction...

Half-Life Linux Front Cover

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

Black Mesa Research Facility is an ultra-secret laboratory under government contract, conducting top-secret and extremely volatile experiments. The scientist Gordon...

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 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2004), Xbox (2005), Macintosh (2010) and Android (2014)

Following the period of instability caused by the events described in Half-Life, an interdimensional organization known as the Combine invades...

Half-Life 2 (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This edition of Half-Life 2 includes the game on a limited edition DVD-ROM and some exclusive extras. The extras included:...

Half-Life 2 Complete Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Half-Life 2 Complete is a compilation of these games: Half-Life 2 Half-Life 2: Episode One Half-Life 2: Episode Two Half-Life...

Half-Life 2: Deathmatch Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2010)

Half-Life 2: Deathmatch is the stand-alone multiplayer version of Half-Life 2. The original game did not contain a multiplayer part,...

Half-Life 2: Episode One Windows Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2010)

Half-Life 2: Episode One continues the story of Half-Life 2. It begins immediately after the end of this game, and...

Half-Life 2: Episode Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Half-Life 2: Episode Pack is a special retail package that contains the following games:Half-Life 2: Episode OneHalf-Life 2: Episode TwoHalf-Life...

Half-Life 2: Episode Two Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2010)

Half-Life 2: Episode Two is the second episode to extend the story behind the original Half-Life 2. In the previous...

Half-Life 2: Game of the Year Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

This Game of the Year Edition includes: Half-Life 2 Half-Life 2: Deathmatch Counter-Strike: Source

Half-Life 2 (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This Gold edition, downloadable via Valve's digital download service Steam, offers the following:Half-Life 2 Half-Life 2: Deathmatch Counter-Strike: Source Half-Life...

Half-Life 2: Lost Coast Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2013)

Lost Coast is an add-on for the original Half-Life 2. Originally slated as a part of Highway 17 chapter of...

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