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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Starfield - a Screenshots of Sarah Morgan

Starfield Developers Have a "Big List" of Things They Want to Add

Starfield director Todd Howard shared some information about Bethesda's plans for the future of the game, alongside insight on the acquisition by Microsoft.  Howard shared the details on the newest…

September 25, 2023 | 01:01 EDT

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Dragon's Dogma 2

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is a single player, narrative driven action-RPG series that challenges the players to choose their own experience – from the appearance of their Arisen, their vocation, their party,…

September 23, 2023 | 09:29 EDT

Dragon's Dogma 2 Preview Hero Image Showing the Arisen

Dragon's Dogma 2 Preview - A Gorgeous, Wild World We Can't Wait to Explore

Fans have asked for a sequel to Dragon's Dogma for a long time, and Capcom is finally delivering. While we still don't have a release date, this week at TGS I finally got my hands on a preview build…

September 23, 2023 | 11:05 EDT

Artwork for Hotel Barcelona, a collaboration between legends Suda51 and Swery, describing the game as "2.5D slasher film parodic action".

Hotel Barcelona Gameplay Showcase Reveals The Fruits Of Suda51 And Swery's Labor

During today's Xbox TGS 2023 showcase, we got a first look at Hotel Barcelona, the upcoming collaboration between industry legends Suda51 and Swery. It looks exactly as crazy as you'd hope. The…

September 21, 2023 | 08:52 EDT

Grotesque-looking undead rush the player, who wields an axe to fight them off, in Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2 Roadmap Promises New Missions, Crossovers, And More

Techland has revealed the Dying Light 2 roadmap for fall and winter, showcasing what's coming to the open-world zombie-slaying game for the rest of the year and beyond. Over the next few months, you…

September 21, 2023 | 08:21 EDT

Starfield Ship Performing a GravJump

Starfield Achieves Over 10 Million Players

Bethesda's sci-fi RPG Starfield has achieved another player milestone according to a post made on X (formerly Twitter). The developer mentioned that the game has now passed 10 million players, up…

September 19, 2023 | 06:57 EDT

Handing a Cryptic Vessel over to Venigni in Lies of P.

Lies of P Cryptic Vessel Guide

Our Lies of P Cryptic Vessel Guide will go over how to find each of these hidden collectables, and where to find the rewards they hint at. What are Cryptic Vessels in Lies of P Cryptic Vessels are…

September 18, 2023 | 11:20 EDT

A Trinity Sanctum Door in a dimly lit ruin.

Lies of P Trinity Sanctum Guide

Our Lies of P Trinity Sanctum Guide will go over how to find and unlock each of these mysterious rooms and get the End of Riddles achievement. What are Lies of P Trinity Sanctums Trinity Sanctums…

September 18, 2023 | 10:44 EDT

MechWarrior 5: Clans - TimberWolf Mech

MechWarrior 5: Clans Announced for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox

Piranha Games just announced a brand new game of the MechWarrior franchise, MechWarrior 5: Clans.  The game was teased all the way back in January, and we did know that an announcement was coming…

September 15, 2023 | 02:43 EDT

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Handstand Kick

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Has 30, 40, & 60 FPS Modes on PS5 and All Have Ray Tracing

Players who will swing into Marvel's Spider-Man 2 when it releases on PS5 will have an interesting lineup of choices in terms of performance moves. As mentioned on X (Formerly Twitter) by Insomniac…

September 15, 2023 | 12:42 EDT

The Flamberge Legion Arm.

Lies of P Legion Arms Guide

Our Lies of P Legion Arms Guide will go over how your mechanical arm works, and how to obtain all of the different available Legion Arms. How Lies of P Legion Arms Work Legion Arms act as an…

September 18, 2023 | 10:14 EDT

Geppetto looking to the side.

Lies of P Last Story Guide

Our Lies of P Last Story Guide will go over how to unlock each Last Story achievement / trophy available for the main cast of characters. The Last Story achievements / trophies are unlocked by…

September 15, 2023 | 11:17 EDT

Selecting a starter style.

Lies of P Weapons Guide

Our Lies of P Weapons Guide will go over how weapons work in the game, along with where to find each normal and special weapon. Lies of P Weapon Crafting and Upgrading Normal weapons in Lies of P…

September 15, 2023 | 11:18 EDT

The cast of Genshin Impact 4.1 alongside the update's title of "To the Stars Shining in the Depths"

Genshin Impact 4.1 Gets Release Date And Lots Of New Info

The upcoming Genshin Impact 4.1 update has received a release date, and a ton of new information has also been unveiled. After version 4.0 launched in August, the next installment of your adventures…

September 15, 2023 | 09:23 EDT

Lies of P screenshot showing a long-haired boy with a giant sword slashing a puppet in the arm with the games logo on the right side

Lies of P Starter Guide & Guides Hub

Our Lies of P starter guide will not only teach you all the important info you’ll need to get started in Lies of P, as well as links to all of our other relevant guides on the game.  Lies of P…

September 15, 2023 | 11:17 EDT

The player blocking an enemy attack with the new umbrella weapon in the Wo Long Lies of P collab

Wo Long Lies Of P Collaboration To Bring Two New Weapons Later This Month

Team Ninja has released new information about the upcoming Wo Long Lies of P collaboration, including a release date. The previously-announced crossover will land in the form of a free update for Wo…

September 15, 2023 | 07:39 EDT

Starfield - a character

Starfield Getting Nvidia DLSS Support & More; Full Mod Support Coming in Early 2024

Today Bethesda released a small update for Starfield and provided more information on what we can expect going forward, and there's some pretty interesting stuff coming. The update, numbered 1.7.29…

September 14, 2023 | 01:56 EDT

Image of Leah Casler at the Coe Heritage Museum in Akila Thanking You For Finding All of the Books

Where to find all 6 Solomon Coe Books for the Coe Heritage Museum in Starfield

Looking to help fill out the Coe Heritage Museum Collection in Starfield? This guide will show you where to find all six Solomon Coe books that are scattered around the systems, as well as the reward…

September 13, 2023 | 07:33 EDT

Starfield outpost in front of stars

Starfield's Outpost System Is Holding the Game Back

Now that Starfield has been released into the hands of millions of adoring fans across the world, it seems that most people would agree that the game has more or less lived up to expectations. Yes,…

September 19, 2023 | 09:10 EDT

Hybrid Kaido in One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 looking menacing

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Gets New Hybrid Kaido Trailer Showing Devastating Combos

Bandai Namco has unleashed a new One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 DLC trailer, and this time, it's all about Hybrid Kaido. The trailer, which follows on from Yamato's trailer earlier this month, sees…

September 12, 2023 | 09:42 EDT

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Meme Used in Cup Noodles ads

Popular Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Meme Returns to... Advertise Special Cup Noodles

Popular Japanese manufacturer Nissin Foods, known for its Cup Noodles, brought back a Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain meme.  The company, which likely employs one or more dedicated gamers in…

September 11, 2023 | 11:01 EDT

Starield - Accessibility Fonts Mod Comic Sans

New Starfield Mod Adds Dyslexia-Friendly Fonts to Improve Accessibility

For those who have issues with Starfield's readability, a new brand new mod has been released to improve accessibility by adding dyslexia-friendly fonts. The mod, titled simply "Accessibility Fonts…

September 9, 2023 | 06:23 EDT

A header image for First Dwarf featuring the title character.

First Dwarf Preview - Dwarven Delight

I'm a simple man. I see a dwarf in a game? I play it. So obviously, I'm not skipping out on First Dwarf. It also helps that the game is quite good, if my preview session at PAX West 2023 is any…

September 10, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

Lies of P Flamberge Legion Arm

New Lies of P Gameplay Trailer Is All About the Powerful Legion Arms

Today Neowiz and Round 8 Studio released a new gameplay trailer of Lies of P, focusing on its interesting Legion Arms mechanics. Legion Arms are basically additional weapons that you can affix to…

September 8, 2023 | 01:03 EDT

Starfield PlayStation Exclusive MOTD Mod

These Starfield Mods May Help if You’re Really Salty About Xbox Exclusivity

The fact that Bethesda's Starfield is a console exclusive for Xbox Series X|S certainly has sparked a lot of discussion and more than a little resentment. Now you can do something about it (in a way…

September 8, 2023 | 11:07 EDT

Dungeons of Hinterberg featuring the title character, Luisa.

Dungeons of Hinterberg Preview - It's Time to Explore

It might not be on your radar now, but it definitely should be: Dungeons of Hinterberg combines two addicting game genres into one potent combo. Half action role-playing game, half social sim, I can…

September 8, 2023 | 10:30 EDT

Starfield Standing on a Cliff With Vasco

Starfield Surpasses 6 Million Players & Is Biggest Bethesda Game Launch of All Time

Bethesda just announced a new player milestone for its brand new space RPG Starfield, and it's a big one.  According to an announcement made on X (formerly Twitter), the game has passed 6 million…

September 7, 2023 | 06:17 EDT

A character in the Dying Light 2 Summertime update's Payday 2 event wearing a US flag-emblazoned heist mask

Dying Light 2 Summertime Update Brings Payday 2 Crossover And More

Techland has revealed new details regarding the Dying Light 2 Summertime update, including a rather unlikely crossover. This year marks heist shooter Payday 2's tenth anniversary, and to celebrate, …

September 7, 2023 | 08:25 EDT

Our adoring fan in Starfield

Starfield Exceeded 1 Million Concurrent Players on Launch Day

Bethesda's latest RPG Starfield has officially been released today following a few days of early access, and it appears to be off to a great start in terms of player counts according to Phil Spencer…

September 6, 2023 | 11:49 EDT

One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Yamato

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Reveals Yamato & Hybrid Kaidou as Playable DLC Characters

Today Bandai Namco announced two new DLC characters that will join the playable roster of One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4, Yamato and Hybrid Kaidou. This follows the announcement made a few weeks ago…

September 6, 2023 | 01:54 EDT

Lies of P Key Art Cropped Showing Pinocchio

Lies of P Feels Like the Bloodborne 2 We Never Got in New Gameplay Trailer

Today Neowiz and Round 8 Studio released a new gameplay trailer of Lies of P, focusing on its weapons and the Weapon Assemble system.  Quite obviously, many have seen the similarities between this…

September 6, 2023 | 12:29 EDT

Scarlet Nexus - 1,000 Days Illustration

Scarlet Nexus Director Expresses Will to Make a Sequel after Tweeting for 1,000 Days About the Game

Over two years have passed since the release of Bandai Namco's JRPG Scarlet Nexus, but its director Kenji Ababuki has not forgotten about it. If you're familiar with the game, you may know that…

September 5, 2023 | 11:37 EDT

Cal Kestis facing off against a Rancor in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Update Features "Completely Reworked" Console Performance Mode

EA and Respawn have released a new Star Wars Jedi: Survivor update, and if you've been experiencing Performance Mode woes on console, this one's for you. When Star Wars Jedi: Survivor was released…

September 5, 2023 | 10:22 EDT

The Starfield StarUI Inventory Mod in Action Showing the Helmet category

Starfield StarUI Inventory Mod Massively Improves Crude Default Interface

Starfield has an inventory problem. Like all Bethesda RPGs, the UI to sort and equip your items is rather dreadful. Luckily, a modder worked out a solution.  It may be due to the fact hat they have…

September 5, 2023 | 05:35 EDT

The King of Fighters XV Duo Lon

The King of Fighters XV DLC Character Duo Lon Gets Release Date & New Trailer

SNK just announced the release date of the next DLC character coming to The King of Fighters XV, Duo Lon.  We learn that he'll become available on September 12, 2023, so we won't have much longer to…

September 4, 2023 | 10:04 EDT

Image of the best spacesuit in starfield, the Mark 1

How to get one of the best spacesuits in Starfield for Free | Mark 1 Set

In Starfield, you have 3 main pieces of "armor" that you can equip - your Spacesuit, Pack, and Helmet. In this guide, we'll show you how to get one of the best spacesuits in Starfield right at the…

September 4, 2023 | 03:35 EDT

Disassembled Artifacts On the Table In The Lodge Starfield

Starfield High Price to Pay Guide | Go to the Eye or Protect the Artifacts?

 Starfield is a game that's full of decisions that can impact your playthrough, such as Last Will and Testament, Entangled, and more. In this Starfield High Price to Pay guide - we'll detail what…

September 4, 2023 | 01:01 EDT

Starfield Cute Character in Pirate Space Suit

Starfield Modding Has Achieved a Major Breakthrough With This Essential Mod

While Bethesda hasn't yet fully opened the gates of mod support for Starfield, the community is charting the route on its own, and an absolutely essential mod has been released.  The mod in question…

September 4, 2023 | 10:48 EDT

Image of a ship taking off in starfield with the adoring fan saying up up and away

Starfield Is A New IP Win For Xbox | Podcast 99

This week local Starfield experts Rutledge and Erren submit to a barrage of questions from Stretch about everything Starfield. We discuss how it compares to previous Bethesda titles, talk about…

September 4, 2023 | 09:30 EDT

Big Boy Boxing header

Big Boy Boxing Preview - A True Successor to Punch-Out

The great thing about PAX is that you often find hidden gems. To say a game is a "gem" is cliche, true, but if any game deserves that description, it's Big Boy Boxing. Since the initial debut of the…

September 3, 2023 | 09:30 EDT

Starfield Nude Mod Censored

Starfield Modders Are Already Stripping Characters With First Nude Mods

There are a few things about Bethesda games that never change, and one of them is the abundance of adult-oriented and nude mods. Starfield is no exception.  While the game is still in early access…

September 2, 2023 | 12:35 EDT

Garnet Arena: Mages of Magicary - In-game screenshot

Garnet Arena: Mages of Magicary by Senran Kagura Creator Reveals Official Title & Screenshots

Today Cygames revealed the official title and new images of the newest game by Kenichiro Takaki, Garnet Arena: Mages of Magicary. The game was announced all the way back in May 2021 with the code…

September 1, 2023 | 10:07 EDT

Looking at a planet in space.

How to Change FOV in Starfield

Currently, Starfield does not have any field of view options by default. Our guide will go over how to increase your Starfield FOV with one simple fix. Increasing Starfield FOV on PC Despite not…

September 1, 2023 | 09:36 EDT

Main character holding their hands out in New Atlantis.

How to Run Starfield DLSS Upscaler

This guide will show you how to use a Starfield DLSS upscaler on PC, including the files you'll need and how to configure it once in the game. By default, Starfield makes use of FSR2 upscaling,…

September 1, 2023 | 08:31 EDT

The Lies of P main character in a close up staring into the camera.

Lies Of P Review - Do Puppets Have Souls?

I'd like to begin this Lies of P review by asking the following question: what other classic works of literature would make good Soulslikes? Could you imagine Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennet…

September 13, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

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Starfield Skill Magazine Guide - Locations & Perks

In every Bethesda game, there's skill books littered across the open world to help you gain an edge. In this Starfield Skill Magazine guide, we'll detail the different Skill Books and where to find…

September 1, 2023 | 08:01 EDT

Starfield Screenshot showing a glowing bottle of Aurora

Starfield Contraband Guide

If you want to live the life of a smuggler, our Starfield contraband guide will teach you how to circumvent the law and smuggle contraband successfully. How to Smuggle Contraband Smuggling involves…

August 31, 2023 | 07:06 EDT

Lockpicking an Expert Lock.

Starfield Digipick & Lockpicking Guide

Our Starfield Lockpicking Guide will go over how the lockpicking minigame works and how you can break into tougher locked doors and containers. How to Pick Locks in Starfield Picking locks requires…

September 1, 2023 | 08:03 EDT