What are Action Games?

Action games constitute an incredibly broad category of games and subgenres. The player takes control of a character and must progress using action-oriented gameplay like jumping, climbing, dodging, or fighting. There are obstacles and enemies that can sometimes be avoided but often must be defeated. Bosses, antagonists that have more health or intricate mechanics, are typically included. The character also has health (known as hit points or HP) and/or lives, sometimes represented as hearts. Losing all of your health or lives results in defeat, requiring you to restart the entire game, stage, or level, or from a checkpoint or save point.


Action games reward dexterity and good hand-eye coordination, although there are ways to mitigate the physical and mental stress on players for accessibility.

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Genshin Impact Afratu outside his campsite in the Valley of Dahri in Sumeru, giving players the 'Afratu's Dilemma' World Quest.

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Genshin Impact Garden of Endless Pillars puzzle overview

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The Cycle: Frontier Season 2 Update shows off the player with a gun and an explosion off in the distance.

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The protagonist from Scorn on the start screen of the game. A gruesome man with scarred flesh and missing lips.

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Prodeus gameplay screenshot of the player in a brightly lit orange pixelated world, decimating oncoming enemies with a machine gun, Prodeus Console Release

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Key art depicting the Traveler and the other characters in the upcoming Genshin Impact 3.1 update

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Aloy and a companion riding machines in the new Horizon Forbidden West update

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Aegis holding a flag aloft amongst burning ruins while French Revolution figures look on in Steelrising

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