Action games main mechanics revolve around one or more of the following:

  • Accuracy
  • Movement
  • Quick Decisions
  • Reflexes
  • Timing

This genre only applies to games that don't fit in the other action-based basic genres such as Racing/Driving, Role-Playing (RPG) and Sports. However, some games use a hybrid of genres and then a combination is allowed. This applies almost unique to the combination with Racing/Driving, e.g. the later Grand Theft Auto games (Action + Racing/Driving). Driving games that focus on vehicular combat as well, such as Wreckfest or the Mario Kart games do not receive the Action genre, they use the secondary genre Vehicular Combat instead.

Another rare combination is Action + Adventure where both traditional story and puzzle based adventure mechanics are combined with action sequences. This should not be confused with the Action-Adventure genre which is used as a marketing term. MobyGames does not use the genre Action-Adventure. Those games are always treated as Action games here.

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