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« on: October 10, 2006, 06:00:29 PM »

I've seen that games are often divided into categories- most of which I understand- but I'm not sure what constitutes an 'action' game?  I mean almost all games have some sort of 'action' in them.

Does that mean 3rd person over the shoulder perspective like what GoW is going to be? 

What is an action game?
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2006, 06:24:17 PM »

Really, it's one of those things that might be hard to define but you know it when you see it.   Often involves melee combat.   I would categorize Devil May Cry, Ninja Gaiden, Onimusha, and God Hand as "Action" games.  Gears of War, not so sure about yet.  I'd call it a shooter, but if there is more variety of gameplay than what has shown...
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2006, 06:38:46 PM »

It's best to define it by giving an example of a game that was not an action game.  That game was the first Dungeon Siege - aka the game that played itself.
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2006, 10:42:36 AM »

So Diablo II is an action game? Max Payne? Bloodrayne? Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2006, 12:39:30 PM »

Diablo 2 would be an Action-RPG in my mind but the debate over what genre that game falls in is as old as the game itself.  Max Payne I'd call third person shooter.  Don't know much about Bloodrayne other than it's third person.  Buffy I would call Action because I think it concentrates on melee. 
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2006, 10:49:50 PM »

"Action" is used WAAAAAY too much to have any 'real' meaning anymore.

It used to just encompass platform games, then was later expanded to include anything which was not a standard RPG, an RTS, or an FPS.  I say standard RPG, because many games (like X-Men Legends or Ultimate Alliance) have many RPG elements but do not fit in the traditional RPG mold... so they are lumped into "Action" (as was Diablo, which I guess was the game setting that precedent).

IMO, Diablo SHOULD be in the RPG category, but it seems to be in "action" by popular consensus (meaning that's where retailers think it belongs).
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2006, 06:26:38 PM »

"Action" only really applies to melee games because we already call ranged combat games shooters. Otherwise I just see it as what the primary focus of the game is. Diablo is properly an action-RPG, but it's labelled an action game more simply because hacking up monsters is given far greater attention than anything else. Bloodrayne has shooting in it, but it also has a lot of melee/platforming stuff, so it's called an "action" game.
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2008, 12:15:59 AM »

I think actions games are more appropriate for first person games, especially first person shooters.  Otherwise every game is categorized as action.  If they dont have action then they have puzzles.  There arent too many stereotypical genres that video games fall into.  However, first person shooters are definitely 'Action.' But a lot of times these so called action games are ruined by lack of creativity in terms of weapons. Boring guns can really ruin a game for me.  Maybe I am just too into weapons.  Actually this guy at work hooked me up with something his department had been working on.  Its a widget for gamers so you can rank your favorite weapons from a bunch of different games.  The cool thing is, that if you dont own a game that has a sick gun or something, it can link you up with the game so you can try it out.  It's a pretty cool idea, and definitely a good distraction from work.  Check it out if you got a sec : http://www.top10widget.com
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2008, 06:06:23 PM »

In regards to Diablo II, I've always called that game and others like it Hack/Slash-RPG's and games like The Witcher/Baldur's Gate, Story-RPG's. 

Action games to me are usually games that fall between a shooter and a platform game, something like a Tomb Raider.
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