Action Game

Essentially, an Action Game is a video game with a primary focus on physical challenge above all else, and is usually characterized by fast-paced, intense gameplay that demands speed, mental dexterity and hand-eye coordination in lieu of exploration or puzzle-solving. Combat and/or obstacle crossing are heavily featured, if not the point of the game.

Technically speaking, many genres, including platformers, action adventure games, first-person shooters and Beat 'em Up games can be considered subsets of the action genre, although they are generally seen as distinct from straight-up action games.

Notable action games include:


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