Action games are a video game subgenre that emphasizes physical challenges, such as hand-eye coordination and reaction time. The action genre is divided into numerous subgenres, including fighting games, beat ’em ups, shooter games, and platform games. Multiplayer online battle arena and some real-time strategy titles are also included in the category.
In an action game, the player generally controls a character known as an avatar or protagonist. This player character must go through a level, collecting items, avoiding hazards, and fighting foes with their natural abilities as well as weapons and other tools at their disposal. The player must frequently defeat a boss adversary at the conclusion of a level or set of levels that are more difficult and often serves as the primary antagonist in the game’s narrative. When battling enemies and obstacles deplete the player’s health and lives, they receive a game over if they run out.
The player can also get to the end of the game by completing a set of levels in order to achieve the ultimate objective and view the credits. Some action games, such as early arcade titles, are unbreakable and include an infinite number of levels; the only aim being to advance as far as possible in order to maximize their score.