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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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...

Arcade (2006)

Half-Life 2: Survivor is a Japanese arcade adaptation of Half-Life 2. It's played with two joysticks for movement, looking around...

Half-Life: Before Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

You are Black Mesa scientist Andrew Winner. You were sent to retrieve an alien artifact and return. Instead, you have...

Half-Life: Blue Shift Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2013)

Return to the Black Mesa complex in this additional Half-Life storyline. In this module, you play Barney Calhoun, a security...

Half-Life: Counter-Strike Windows Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2000) and Xbox (2003)

Half-Life: Counter-Strike is a stand-alone package containing a collection of multiplayer Half-Life mods. Includes: Half-Life Multiplayer, the Counter-Strike mod (play...

Half-Life Deathmatch: Source Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Half-Life Deathmatch: Source is a recreation of the first multiplayer game set in the Half-Life universe.It features all the classic...

Windows (1999)

Half-Life: Further Data V.1 is an add-on CD for Half-Life. It includes: Half-Life: Uplink Half-Life to patch 10...

Windows (1999)

Half-Life: Further Data V.2 is a re-release of Half-Life: Further Data V.1. It includes: Half-Life: Uplink Half-Life to

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

Windows (1999)

This re-release of Half-Life contains new multiplayer 3D models, new multiplayer maps, and Team Fortress Classic, all of which can...

Windows (1999)

This is a budget release of Half-Life which contains Half-Life: Day One, and a demo version of the full game...

Half-Life: Opposing Force Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (1999) and Macintosh (2013)

Opposing Force is the first official expansion for Half-Life, developed by Gearbox Software under the supervision of the original creator...

Half-Life: Source Linux Front Cover

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

Half-Life: Source is a port of Valve's original acclaimed game Half-Life to their new Source engine used for Half-Life 2...

Windows (1999)

Half-Life: Uplink is a special standalone version of the 1998 first-person shooter computer game Half-Life. Uplink features many of the...

Half-Minute Hero PSP Front Cover

PSP (2009)

An evil dark lord threatens the peace of the kingdom. He has cast a spell that will destroy the world...

Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax is an updated re-release of the 2009 PSP title Half-Minute Hero. As in the...

Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy is the third version of Half-Minute Hero, following the 2009 PSP title...

Halley Wars Game Gear Front Cover

NES (1989) and Game Gear (1991)

It’s the middle of the 21st century. The armies of Lord Halley are launching attacks on planet Earth. You are...

Halloweeeen! Browser Front Cover

Browser (2000)

Halloweeeen! is a single player, keyboard controlled, side scrolling, casual game with a Halloween theme. In this game the player...

Windows (2002)

Halloween is a first-person shooter with a Halloween theme. The gameplay is a bit different from other 3D shooters as...

Halloween Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Protect the children and fight for your life "the night HE came home!"Babysitting a group of children in a large...

Halloween Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

Halloween is a music compilation that includes a complimentary flash-based game called L'attaque des Citrouilles. It consists of four parts....

Hallrunner Browser Front Cover

Browser (2004)

Hallrunner is a vector-graphics game that has the player running down an endless hall, dodging bugs and tentacles and confronting...

Halls of the Things Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1983) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Using the gaming engine and graphical style that would be seen again in The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain, Halls Of...

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