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Hunt, Gather, and Shoot Your Way Through These Absorbing Windows Action Games

Punch, shoot, and race your way through these winners.

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With action games, there is no waiting for the other player to finish their turn, and no complex set of rules between you and your mastery of the game's world. You need to be light on your toes andmore

With action games, there is no waiting for the other player to finish their turn, and no complex set of rules between you and your mastery of the game's world. You need to be light on your toes and prepared to shift your tactics in the heat of battle. These are the Windows games that best express the meaning of "action."

Frequently Asked Questions

Which one of these offers the most game for the buck?
Rocket League has you compete online against other players, introducing an unpredictability that makes every session different. With the constant novelty, you could practically play it as a hobby.
Are any of your recommended games not appropriate for kids?
Rocket League is rated E for Everyone, and Batman is rated T for Teen. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Mark of the Ninja are rated M for Mature.

Recommended Action Games for Windows

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Rise of the Tomb Raider follows the 2013 franchise reboot and raises the stakes on chronicling the origins of Lara Croft, an adventurer modeled after Indiana Jones, but with a lot more firepower. She's now on the trail of the lost city of Kitezh (pronounced "key-TESH"), which according to legend is hidden somewhere deep within the forests of central Russia. Rise improves on the previous game by providing a large number of actual tombs to raid, beefing up the visual detail, and delving deep into an interesting real-world myth.

Rocket League

Rocket League

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Rocket League is like soccer, but you drive a car capable of some amazing acrobatics on a much bigger playing field. Vehicle looks are highly customizable, and playing the game progressively unlocks more vehicles and cosmetic items. There's a split-screen mode for playing with friends on the couch, and all of your matches can be watched later in a recording system that lets you view the action from anywhere in the arena. You can also use single-player mode if you don't want to do battle online. It's also a polished game with personality to spare. What's not to like?

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City

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This is the second of four games in the main Arkham series, so if you are jumping in midway, here's the story so far: The Joker (Batman's arch-enemy) has fallen seriously ill, and he'll go to great lengths to escape the specter of death. Meanwhile, the heart of Gotham City has been turned into a prison like the movie Escape from New York. Naturally, the Joker is hiding in this open-world city, and it's up to you as Batman to glide through the night sky and put a stop to his plans. The fluid combat system rewards creative tactics, the voice acting is excellent, and the game is dripping with gothic urban atmosphere.

Mark of the Ninja

Mark of the Ninja

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Don't let Mark of the Ninja's cartoon-like exterior fool you. In this 2D side-scrolling stealth action game, you play a ninja who is not afraid to spill blood, and he has plenty of sharp and pointy objects to do the job. At the same time, it's possible to finish the game without having killed anyone. It takes longer to knock someone out than to run them through, but the game rewards you for being a kinder, gentler assassin. Along the way, you can unlock abilities tied to the various tools in your kit, try different routes through the map, and collect hidden loot.