Essentially, an Action Game is a video game with a primary focus on combat above all else, and is usually characterized by fast-paced, intense gameplay, which demands speed, mental dexterity and hand-eye coordination in lieu of exploration or puzzle-solving.

Technically speaking, many genres, including {{platform|Game}}ers, {{action adventure}} games, and [[FirstPersonShooter first-person shooters]] can be considered subsets of the action genre, although they are generally seen as distinct from straight-up action games.
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!!Notable action games include:
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* ''VideoGame/{{Abuse}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Action 52}}''
* ''VideoGame/AdibooAndTheEnergyThieves''
* ''VideoGame/{{AfterTheWar}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{ARES}}''
* ''VideoGame/AlienHominid''
* ''VideoGame/AlienSoldier''
* ''VideoGame/AlienStorm''
* ''VideoGame/AliensInfestation''
* ''VideoGame/{{Alpiner}}''
* ''VideoGame/AmateurNinja''
* ''VideoGame/{{Amorphous}}''
* ''VideoGame/AncientEvil''
* ''VideoGame/AntarcticAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/ArcticAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/AsterixAndTheMagicCarpet''
* ''VideoGame/AsterixOperationGetafix''
* ''VideoGame/{{Astyanax}}''
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''
* ''VideoGame/AttackOfTheMutantPenguins''
* ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt''
* ''VideoGame/BaronBaldric''
* ''VideoGame/BattleCity''
* ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}}''
* ''VideoGame/BioMenace''
* ''VideoGame/BlakeStone: Aliens of Gold''
** ''Blake Stone: Planet Strike''
* ''VideoGame/{{Blandia}}''
* ''VideoGame/BlastCorps''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bleed}}''
* ''VideoGame/BloodBros''
* ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Broforce}}''
* ''VideoGame/BruteForce''
* ''VideoGame/BuckBumble''
* ''VideoGame/{{Cabal}}''
* ''VideoGame/CannonDancer''
* ''VideoGame/{{Cobra}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Cobra 2}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}''
** ''VideoGame/HardCorpsUprising''
* ''VideoGame/CannonFodder''
* ''VideoGame/CardinalSyn''
* ''VideoGame/{{Catacomb}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Chalk}}''
* ''VideoGame/ChivalryMedievalWarfare''
* ''VideoGame/ClydesAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/ClydesRevenge''
* ''VideoGame/CodeNameViper''
* ''VideoGame/{{Commando}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Commando 2}}''
* ''VideoGame/CopyKitty''
* ''VideoGame/{{Crimsonland}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Criticom}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Cyberia}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Cyberia 2}}''
* ''VideoGame/CyborgJustice''
* ''VideoGame/DangerousDave''
* ''VideoGame/DantesInferno''
* ''VideoGame/DarkAges''
* ''VideoGame/DarkAngael''
* ''VideoGame/TheDarkMeadow''
* ''VideoGame/DarkRift''
* ''VideoGame/DarkVoid''
* ''VideoGame/DeaeTonosamaAppareIchiban''
* ''VideoGame/DeathtrapDungeon''
* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry''
** ''VideoGame/DMCDevilMayCry''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Dgeneration}} D/Generation]]''
* ''VideoGame/DiamondDigger''
* ''VideoGame/DigDug''
** ''VideoGame/MrDriller''
* ''VideoGame/DNADarkNativeApostle''
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongJungleBeat''
* ''VideoGame/DreamsToReality''
* ''VideoGame/DynamiteAlex''
* ''VideoGame/{{DYSNOMIA}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Ecstatica}}''
* ''VideoGame/EcstaticaII''
* ''VideoGame/{{Electroman}}''
* ''VideoGame/EnterTheMatrix''
** ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo''
* ''VideoGame/EpicPinball''
* ''VideoGame/{{Evolva}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Excalibur 2555 AD}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Expendable}}''
* ''VideoGame/ExtremePinball''
* ''VideoGame/FatPrincess'' (also part RealTimeStrategy)
* ''VideoGame/{{Fixeight}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Flywrench}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed''
* ''VideoGame/{{Framed 1995}}'' (1995, and it has PlatformGame elements mixed in)
* ''VideoGame/{{Frogger}}''
* ''VideoGame/FruitNinja''
* ''VideoGame/GalacticEmpire''
* ''VideoGame/GatlingGears''
* ''VideoGame/GenderWars''
* ''VideoGame/{{Genocide}}'' and ''Genocide 2: Master of the Dark Communion''
* ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins''
* ''VideoGame/{{Gladiator}}''
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''
* ''VideoGame/GridWarrior''
* ''VideoGame/GuerrillaWar''
* ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}''
* ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes''
* ''VideoGame/{{Hagane}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Hammerfight}}''
* ''VideoGame/HarryTheHandsomeExecutive''
* ''VideoGame/{{Heartlight}}''
* ''VideoGame/HeavyBarrel''
* ''VideoGame/HeavyWaterJogger''
* ''VideoGame/HercsAdventures''
* ''VideoGame/{{Heretic}}''
* ''VideoGame/HighwayHunter''
* ''VideoGame/HocusPocus''
* ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Hovertank 3 D}}''
* ''VideoGame/HuntedTheDemonsForge''
* ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors''
* ''VideoGame/{{Inca}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheIncredibleHulkUltimateDestruction''
* ''VideoGame/InfinityBlade''
* ''VideoGame/InSearchOfDrRiptide''
* ''VideoGame/{{Intrusion2}}''
* ''VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle''
* ''VideoGame/{{Joust}}''
* ''VideoGame/JumpmanLives''
* ''VideoGame/KikiKaiKai''
* ''VideoGame/KnightsContract''
* ''VideoGame/KungFuLouieVsTheMartialArtPosse''
* ''VideoGame/{{Lair}}''
* ''VideoGame/LastAlert''
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKage''
* ''VideoGame/LethalCrisis''
* ''VideoGame/{{Lugaru}}''
* ''VideoGame/MadWorld''
* ''VideoGame/MagicalWhipWizardsOfPhantasmalForest''
* ''VideoGame/{{Malicious}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}''
* ''VideoGame/MafiaTheCityOfLostHeaven''
** ''VideoGame/MafiaII''
* ''VideoGame/{{Mappy}}''
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* ''Film/TheMatrix: Path of Neo''
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* ''VideoGame/MendelPalace'' (a.k.a. ''Quinty'')
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug''
* ''VideoGame/MidnightResistance''
* ''[[VideoGame/ThreeWonders Midnight Wanderers: Quest for the Chariot]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Millipede}}''
* ''VideoGame/MonsterParty''
* ''VideoGame/MoonDiver''
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks''
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatSpecialForces''
* ''VideoGame/MysticWarriors''
* ''VideoGame/NemesisTheWarlock''
* ''NightshadeKunoichi''
* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden''
* ''VideoGame/NoituLove''
* ''VideoGame/OperationInnerSpace''
* ''VideoGame/OutZone''
* ''VideoGame/{{Overgrowth}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Paperboy}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Pitfall}}''
** ''VideoGame/Pitfall3DBeyondTheJungle''
** ''VideoGame/PitfallTheLostExpedition''
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies''
* ''VideoGame/PredatorConcreteJungle''
* ''VideoGame/PsychoSoldier''
* ''VideoGame/{{Qbert}}''
* ''VideoGame/RabbidsGoHome''
* ''VideoGame/RangerX''
* ''VideoGame/ReworkTheDeadEvil''
* ''VideoGame/{{Robotron 2084}}''
* ''VideoGame/RobotAlchemicDrive''
* ''VideoGame/RockOfAges''
* ''VideoGame/RocketKnightAdventures'' (also a {{Platformer}}, although it's more combat-focused than most straight platformers, and dips into Shoot Em Up territory in some levels)
* ''VideoGame/RollingThunder''
* ''VideoGame/ROMCheckFail''
* ''VideoGame/RunSaber''
* ''VideoGame/SeekAndDestroy2002''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shatterhand}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}''
* ''VideoGame/ShockTroopers''
* ''VideoGame/ShootManyRobots''
* ''VideoGame/SilhouetteMirage''
* ''VideoGame/{{Silverball}}''
* ''VideoGame/SmashTV''
* ''VideoGame/SolomonsKeep''
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogSpinball''
* ''VideoGame/{{Soulcaster}}''
* ''VideoGame/BountyHunter''
* ''VideoGame/TheSuffering''
* ''VideoGame/StretchPanic''
* ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}''
* ''VideoGame/SunsetRiders''
* ''VideoGame/{{TAGAP}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Tapper}}''
* ''VideoGame/TastyPlanet''
* ''VideoGame/TheFiremen''
* ''VideoGame/{{Thexder}}''
* ''VideoGame/TimeCommando''
* ''VideoGame/{{Towerfall}}''
* ''Videogame/TraumaCenter''
* ''VideoGame/{{Turrican}}''
* ''VideoGame/TwelveThirteen''
* ''VideoGame/WarioWare''
* ''VideoGame/{{Warlords}}''
* ''VideoGame/WarOfTheRoses''
* ''VideoGame/WarriorsOfMightAndMagic''
* ''VideoGame/WildGuns''
* ''VideoGame/TheWonderfulEndOfTheWorld''
* ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101''
* ''VideoGame/ZombiesAteMyNeighbors''
* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders''
* ''VideoGame/ZooKeeper''
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