Action game is a collective term for all computer game genres in which the game mechanics predominantly require the player's skill and responsiveness. This is usually accompanied by a strong emphasis on the real-time aspect.
In most action games, the player drives a single character or a vehicle. Through the use of hit points , the game character becomes mortal or the vehicle can be destroyed, so that surviving the course of the game undamaged is one of the basic requirements. In many action games, the player can defeat attacking opponents through the use of firearms ( first-person shooter , third-person shooter , shoot 'em up ) or through martial arts attacks ( beat' em up ). Other action games, such as jump 'n' runs , make overcoming obstacles through acrobatic jumps the main part of the game.
Action game genres
The most important computer game genres under the collective name of action game are:
- Action adventure
- Action RPG (genre mix; see RPG )
- Hack and Slay (partly originated from the role-playing genre)
- Beat 'em up (Brawler)
- Fighting Game
- Ego-Shooter (First-Person Shooter)
- Jump 'n' Run (platformer)
- Shoot 'em up
- Third person shooter
- Rollings, Andrew; Ernest Adams. Fundamentals of Game Design. Prentice Hall (2006). Glossary : action game - a game whose gameplay consists primarily of physical coordination challenges.