Action games are the meat and potatoes of the medium. As much as we all love our complex RPGs, our patient stealth games, our impenetrable turn based strategy, sometimes you just want to bullet some git in the face with a gun that you shoot, like a proper hard bastard.
The action game is perhaps one of the toughest genres to pin down. More often than not it can be defined by which games aren’t in it, rather than those that are. They’re definitely not RPGs, so that’s Mass Effect, The Witcher 3 and so on out. Third-person shooters – they’re another thing, we’re certain.
Best Action Games Till 2018
Top Action Games to Play Right Now
Titles mentioned in the below list are the whole series in that title. I know some parts are not as good as the upcoming games are, But they are series of the Action games and i think they should be included in the best action games series.
Far Cry Primal
With Far Cry Primal, developer Ubisoft abandons all political pretenses and focuses on what made Far Cry stand out from its peers when the series debuted: the open-world sandbox. You play as a Stone Age hunter named Takkar, and your goal is to secure a safe haven for your people, the wandering Wenja tribe, in the prehistoric realm of Oros. With Far Cry Primal, developer Ubisoft abandons all political pretenses and focuses on what made Far Cry stand out from its peers when the series debuted: the open-world sandbox. You play as a Stone Age hunter named Takkar, and your goal is to secure a safe haven for your people, the wandering Wenja tribe, in the prehistoric realm of Oros.
Max Payne [official site]
Max Payne needs to be remembered, and indeed played, within the context of its first appearance. It is a game that requires exegesis before hermeneutics. Because this still fantastic third-person action shooter has been ripped off by ten thousand games since. In that light, it’s hard to play the game today without improperly inferring a sense of its being derivative.
Tomb Raider [official site]
Core obviously ran Tomb Raider into the ground. Angel Of Darkness was a well-documented disaster, a combination of over-ambition and publisher rushing, and the series’ reputation was done. Crystal Dynamics did something extraordinary: they recognised why the games had been so popular beyond the tits and made a game that celebrated that. And then were brave enough not to stop there, but poured in a whole heap more lore and purpose to the mad, murderous grave robber.
For Honor is a medieval-themed combat game has two faces. One is a splendid multiplayer blend of large- and small-scale battles. The other is a forgettable single-player campaign that unfortunately requires an online connection. However, For Honor’s strategic combat—a resplendent combination of positioning, pacing, awareness, and timely opponent reads action games—gracefully lifts the entire package from the mediocre AAA bog that might otherwise have slid into.
DmC Devil May Cry
DmC Definitive Edition’s customisation tools that allow the player to tweak gameplay to suit their own style is what makes this an excellent remaster for newcomers and veterans alike. Boy, do the folks at Ninja Theory have some serious cojones.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
It’s surprising just how good and inventive Shadow of Mordor is. So many things are done right. The open world is packed with distractions from the main story, but almost everything you do feeds into these action games. Challenge modes, for instance, are presented as opportunities to “forge the legend” of the weapons in your arsenal. Completing them provides you with upgrades but also a sense that you are fulfilling some kind of prophecy.
Resident Evil [official site]
Resident Evil squeezes every drop out of its character’s limited capabilities. While it occasionally feels like the jocular action spin-off that nobody thought Resident Evil needed, there are plenty of old-fashioned scare tactics thrown into the mix and even when helicopters are strafing the ground and rockets are flying, the combat is built around scarcity of resources rather than endless explosions.
Saints Row IV [official site]
Saints Row IV is the distilment of everything an action game can and should be. It’s the genre captured in a way that’s beyond absurdity, beyond satire, into a whole new realm of ludicrous. And it’s done with a degree of refinement and finesse that defies logic. It should be the antithesis of action gaming, and yet we’re proposing it’s the best example of it to date.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
After two Rocksteady sequels and one third party prequel, Arkham Asylum is still the best of the Batman games. The Asylum setting is tight and pleasantly limiting, ensuring that the Metroidvania nature of the game doesn’t allow it to unfold so many times that it loses its shape entirely. Even when Bruce Wayne is bristling with fully charged gadgets and a suite of combat moves that would put Bruce Lee to shame, the focus of the game remains the same – deal with the escaped inmates, deal with Joker, ensure the violence and mayhem doesn’t spread. This is the best adventure action games.
Grand Theft Auto [official site]
The GTA games are consistently incredible. But on only one occasion have they managed to do something far more difficult than create a sociopathy simulator. In GTA they created a broken monster of a player character with whom you could – if not empathise – certainly sympathise. And this added a whole new dimension to the game, while still letting you drive a bus into a crowd of pedestrians then go bowling or find a hooker.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes [official site]
There’s some argument for just filling this list with TT Games’ Lego exploits. So many of the so very many games they’ve made have been of exceptional quality. Picking one to represent the entire series here is a tough choice. Probably the best, most solid, coherent and entertaining game in the whole run is Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4. Certainly the most well known and well championed is the original Lego Star Wars. But we’ve picked Marvel Super Heroes for being the best all-round experience, and the game that best captures what the series is perhaps most for: a game to be played by adults and children together.
Just Cause 2 [official site]
Find a hot-air balloon hidden in the mountains, fly it to a skyscraper, jump off and land on a passing helicopter which you commandeer and fly into a radio tower, leaping off at the last moment to parachute onto the back of moving car. THAT’S what more of gaming should be about. That’s what Just Cause 2 is about.
The open-island nonsense-em-up action madness was always going to be hampered by its plot, but not enough to stop it from being one of the most entertaining playgrounds gaming’s ever offered.
Dead Rising 2 [official site]
Zombies, eh? Fear not, however, for these are daft zombies, the sort that would be more at home in the splatter-comedy of Peter Jackson’s Braindead than the grisly misery of The Walking Dead. Whether you’re improvising some bizarre crafting project that reduces corpses to chowder or dressing up as the world’s worst team mascot, Dead Rising 2 encourages silly behaviour. Zombies action games. There are guts and bucketloads of blood everywhere you look, sure, but this is the Saints Row of zombie games.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag [official site]
The Assassin’s Creed series is the main villain in the ongoing saga of UBIquitous collectibles and joyless missions in open world game design. Maps cluttered with tokens that we’re supposed to hunt down, following from one point to the next, barely noticing the technical magnificence of the reconstructed and reimagined historical cities around us. To play an Assassin’s Creed game is like travelling the world but never taking your eyes away from the Lonely Planet guidebook, your nose buried between the pages as you travel from one point to the next, ticking off marks on a checklist as you go.
Red Faction: Guerrilla [official site]
Sometimes a game doesn’t need to be great to the end to be a great game. Guerrilla is one of the clearest examples of that. An open world third-person destruct-me-do, it eventually winds its way into a place that’s far too difficult, and far less fun. But wow, the fun you have getting there.
NieR: Automata has more creativity and self-awareness in its little finger than most games have for their entire run time. Don’t miss this because it’s sandwiched between other, bigger games.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is the sort of game that you’ll either really hate, or really love. It will be polarising. It is a jar of marmite, and one that I would encourage you to go out and taste yourself without reading too much about it first. It has no HUD, no tutorials, no points in combat where the game pauses and a helpful, friendly overlay says ‘PRESS X TO BATTER THIS GUY’. You have to figure it all out yourself. But you, and Senua, are never alone. There is a constant barrage of voices commenting on Senua’s every move, sometimes whispering, sometimes shouting, occasionally helpful, often mean.
You might not realise this, but it’s actually more difficult to review a very good game than it is to review a very bad one. With bad games it’s usually obvious what’s wrong, – graphical errors, frustrating level design, soulless repetition, cringe-worthy sound effects – but unfortunately for reviewers, Half Life 2 falls foul of none of these things. It’s a game which sets out to cast the player into a world so believable that they take everything for granted – and it succeeds. It’s a world that’s so well conceived in its dystopia it would impress Orwell himself – it’s a world called City 17 and for the next fifteen or so hours you’ll be taking up unquestioning residency.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
Magnificent, baffling and quite possibly unfinished, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is such a titan of action gaming that it’s hard to know where to begin. It delivers the stealth and gunplay that made the series famous, with enough bombast for a dozen eighties Schwarzenegger blockbusters, yet in open world settings that reward different approaches and experimentation. It is indeed one of best action games.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Each episode of Naughty Dog’s saga has raised the bar for cinematic action adventure, delivering the exotic locations, thrills and spills of an Indiana Jones movie, but with more gunplay and gravity-defying derring do. These are games with huge set-piece action scenes, but that take time to build characters you actually care about. The final Nathan Drake chapter gives you all the same great stuff, but with tighter combat and more scope to do things your way.
While every console generation brings its share of overhyped, here today, forgotten tomorrow blockbusters, Titanfall 2 has never quite got the limelight it deserves. This is a crying shame. Like the original Titanfall it’s a fantastic multiplayer shooter, where jetpack-equipped pilots leap from rooftop to rooftop and race along walls while their colossal armoured mechs battle it out in the streets and open spaces.
Battlefield has always nailed its multiplayer. If you’re looking for large-scale battles between teams with dozens of combatants, where walls crumble under a machine-gun onslaught as tanks duel on the ground, it’s the go-to series. The single-player? Not so much. Well, by moving back through time to World War I, Battlefield 1 delivers another amazing multiplayer experience; massive in scale, chaotic in nature and more thrilling and bombastic than ever before, but also a single-player campaign that’s every bit as good.