What are Action Adventure Games?

Action Adventure games combine aspects of the action and adventure genres. From action games they take mechanics like combat, health, and lives. From adventure games they take the exploration, puzzle-solving, and story-driven aspects. Action adventure games can be similar to role-playing games, but they lack vertical progression - getting stronger via leveling, increasing stats, acquring new gear, etc. Instead the focus is on horizontal progression - exploring, gaining knowledge, new ways of movement, new skills or abilities that are different rather than strict upgrades, etc. Nevertheless, the two genres are adjacent and often bleed into one another, leading to many games being put into both categories.

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Dream Cycle

Review

An element of Lovecraft stories is the line between reality and the mindscape. This comes through in Dream Cycle, where you play as a magic student

Moss Book II Logo

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Moss: Book II is an immensely respectable continuation of the previous framework while not quite ascending the fantastic heights that are within

A gameplay screenshot of The Tale of Bistun, showcasing Farhad walking through the Revelations Realm with a red light in the distance.

Review

While starting strong, The Tale of Bistun loses interest over time, leaving the story, gameplay, and characters to try and make something out of

Lord of the Rings Gollum Screenshot header

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Developers at Daedalic Entertainment announce the Lord of The Rings: Gollum release date has been postponed, with no concrete launch date set.

Lightedge

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Lightedge is an RPG set in a medieval fantasy world that goes out of its way to be strategic and highlight the player's tactical choices.

DeadPoly

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DeadPoly is a polygon zombie survival looter shooter set in a world that is struggling to deal with the beginnings of a zombie apocalypse.

The Breakers

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Dragon Ball: The Breakers is an eight-player online survival multiplayer title where seven normal survivors will try to survive against Raider.

Artwork depicting some of the characters in Dragon Ball: The Breakers

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A Dragon Ball: The Breakers release date has just been announced, along with news of when we can play the Closed Network Test.

A fight in Wales Interactive's Mia and the Dragon Princess

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Renowned FMV game developer Wales Interactive has announced Mia and the Dragon Princess, a new action-adventure title with some impressive

Genshin Impact Gameplay Screenshot, Lumine standing in a meadow within the game - Genshin Impact Trailer

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HoyoVerse released a trailer showcasing all of the Fatui Harbingers coming to Genshin Impact in Version 3.0 on July 13, 2022, and it looks sick!

Kratos and Atreus facing off against a wolf in God of War Ragnarok

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Sony has unveiled the God of War Ragnarok release date, and it looks like those rumors of a delay beyond 2022 were false after all.

Kao The Kangaroo Title Card

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A couple of console generations have passed since the last time Kao The Kangaroo hopped into the scene. While that fact may give some nostalgic vibes

Neon White's Impressive HUD

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Neon White does plenty of things right, but its crowning achievement in its user interface. Its HUD shows how to perfect the union of style and

The Xbox Games with Gold July 2022 lineup

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The Xbox Games with Gold July 2022 lineup has been revealed, with four more games available if you're a Live Gold or Game Pass Ultimate subscriber.

Neon White Key Art

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Neon White is a stylish, fast-paced action game from developer Angel Matrix.

Deliver us Mars Key Art

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Ready for a Sci-fi adventure that is full of danger and wonder? Look no further than Deliver Us Mars, the exciting sequel to Deliver Us The Moon by

Necesse

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Necesse is an open-world procedurally generated title where players can craft, mine, fight, establish a settlement, and travel to other islands.

Rune Factory 5 PC release date - cover

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The Rune Factory 5 PC release date has been revealed -- you'll be able to play this shiny new Farming RPG on Steam in a little less than a month.

Neon White

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Part shooter, part platformer and puzzler, Neon White is an achievement in game design and shouldn't be overlooked.

Zorro The Chronicles Game Header

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Adventure awaits in Zorro: The Chronicles, a new video game based on the children's cartoon series of the same name.

Zorro the chronicles Key Art Header

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Zorro: The Chronicles is a kid-friendly action-adventure that despite some limitations, shows that the old fox has a few tricks up its sleeves.

Conan Exiles

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The Conan Exiles 3.0 update will add the Age of Sorcery, with each subsequent Age adding paid Battle Passes that will replace the current DLC model.

Two players about to breach a building in Ready or Not

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Controversial SWAT shooter Ready or Not was removed from Steam over a Trademark claim before returning to Steam today

Heros and villains collide in this group shot for TMNT Shredder's Revenge.

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TMNT: Shredder's Revenge is both a grand fan letter to the '80s Turtle cartoon and a radical beat 'em up all its own.

Ready Or Not

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The tactical FPS Ready Or Not receives a huge update which adds new areas, character changes, and more physics.

Sonic grinding on a rail in the open-world environment of Sonic Frontiers

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Sonic Team's Takashi Iizuka has confirmed that Sonic Frontiers won't be delayed as a result of negative fan response to gameplay trailers.

Kratos and Atreus in God of War Ragnarok

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Contrary to rumors, God of War Ragnarok is still on track for a 2022 release and won't be delayed to 2023, according to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier.

Protodroid DeLTA characters

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Dedicated to supporting black game developers, the Black Game Dev Fund will finance Protodroid Delta, an upcoming Humble Bundle game.

Kathy Johannson looking out over Mars in Deliver Us Mars

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The Deliver Us Mars release date has been announced. The Martian action-adventure sequel to Deliver Us The Moon is coming to PC and consoles in

Dwerve

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Dwerve is a tower-defense RPG where you play as the titular Dwerve, who must defend his kingdom using powerful contraptions.

One of Dwerve's many glorious pixel environments

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Dwerve satisfies with a refined, fast-paced tower defense system that is both accessible and challenging.

Crypto floating with a jetpack in Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed

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The Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed release date has been announced, with the alien abduction sim coming to PC and current-gen consoles in August.

Crypto descending!

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Destroy All Humans puts you in the shoes of an alien invasion being carried out by the cloned soldier Cryptosporidium. The upcoming Destroy All

Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition

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It's the Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition 15th anniversary. Even 15 years from the Resident Evil 4 Wii release date, Resident Evil 4 Wii is the best

Ready or Not Maps Club and Valley cover

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Void Interactive has shared more details and new screenshots about the two new Ready or Not maps Club and Valley, set to arrive in the June 2022

New World Update Arenas PVP Reward Track cover

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The May 2022 New World update has finally arrived, introducing 3v3 PVP Arenas, a new PVP Rewards Track, New Expedition Mutators, and more.

Key art for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

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We now have a The Lord of the Rings: Gollum release date telling us when we can visit middle-earth to travel with the saddest hobbit of all time.

Dark Envoy

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Dark Envoy is a sci-fantasy guns n' sorcery RPG that has a non-linear story and tactical party-based combat. Players will play as Malakai and Kaela.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

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We got a hands-off look at The Lord of the Rings: Gollum and got to see how this springy little creature explores, sneaks, and solves puzzles.

Dolmen Game

Guide

If you want to craft some of the best gear, you'll need to respawn Dolmen bosses and defeat them multiple times. Here's how!

Dolmen Game

Guide

Need help with the Dolmen Dementula boss fight? We've got some tips and tricks to help you take down the first boss in Dolmen.

Next New World Update cover

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Amazon Games devs have detailed what's coming in the next New World Update and beyond, including 3v3 PVP Arenas and Expedition Mutators.

A group of characters in Babylon's Fall

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Square Enix has announced that Babylon's Fall won't be getting any new content for three extra months in season 2 to allow devs to fix some of its

Sam looks out over a lake in Death Stranding

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Norman Reedus has confirmed that Death Stranding 2 is in development, stating in an interview that he's started work on "the second one".

Kratos in a fight that's been enhanced with accessibility features in God of War Ragnarok

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Some of the God of War accessibility options we can expect from the game have been revealed, including subtitle options, text size adjustment, and

Next Ready or Not Update June 2022 - cover

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The next Ready or Not update arrives in June 2022 and promises to be Void Interactive's "largest content update yet," delivering new maps and more.

Key art for Dolmen, which depicts its main character and one of the antagonists

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In our Dolmen review, we take a look at Brazilian studio Massive Work's first foray into the Soulslike genre. Will the developer's reach match its

The Nintendo Indie World showcase logo

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A new Nintendo Indie World showcase aired today, showing off some of the best upcoming indies for Switch. No, there's still no Silksong info.