Games Encyclopedia Top Games PC PS4 PS3 Xbox One Xbox 360 Switch Android iOS Rankings Images Companies

XBOX Action Video Games

Action games. Wide category of games that require reflex, accuracy and agility. It includes, among other things, shooters (e.g. Call of Duty and Battlefield series) and action-adventure games (Tomb Raider). First and third person perspective (FPP/TPP) is used. In most cases we are playing as a character who has to defeat some enemies and reach a specific point. We can use a wide range of weapons, including pistols, rocket launchers, swords, knives and like. Action-adventure is a particular category within action games genre. Such titles put less emphasis on action and combat, focusing more on story, exploration and puzzles. more

XBOX
Action
Themes
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (XBOX)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (XBOX)

Action 07 June 2005

The seventh installment in the controversial Grand Theft Auto series – one of the most popular game franchises in history that brought Rockstar Games company international fame. The series has been letting the player start as a petty criminal and work his way to the top of the criminal underground. This next part of the series is the biggest one so far, featuring world – the State of San Andreas – almost three times larger than Vice City. Among many innovations, there are several thing worthy of mention: improved AI of civilians, option to recruit gang members, increased number of interactive buildings, hunger factor, swimming, and new means of transportation (e.g. bicycles). On top of that, there game features numerous extra activities, highlighting the sandbox character of gameplay. The game features the atmosphere of the 1990s, apparent in both the graphics and the soundtrack available via the numerous in-game radio stations.

XBOX

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven (XBOX)
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven (XBOX)

Action 28 January 2004

A 3D action game that takes the players to the 1930’s USA, the time when criminal underground flourished. The game was created by Czech developer Illusion Softworks, mainly known for the highly acclaimed tactical shooter Hidden & Dangerous. The story focuses on a rookie gangster named Tommy, who takes his first steps on the path of criminal life by doing jobs for an influential mafia family. Gameplay comes down to exploration of a virtual city and completing a string of story missions, featuring many subplots. While playing, you will engage in street shootouts, bank heists, car pursuits, and assassinations. The creators did their best to recreate the evocative atmosphere of the USA in the 1930s, and implemented weapons and cars from that period. Insanity 2 game engine made it possible to generate interactive, bustling city with road traffic and changing seasons.

XBOX

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (XBOX)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (XBOX)

Action 04 November 2003

A new installment in the bestselling series of action games. The game expands the ideas introduced in the third entry in the franchise, released in 2001. The game was developed by the authors of the previous installments who, after having been bought by the American giant, were transformed into Rockstar North. The game takes place in the 80's in a completely new metropolis called Vice City. The player becomes Tommy Vercetti, who was sent by his boss to establish a foothold in the city while taking care of the local gangs and corrupted police. The game has similar mechanics to its predecessor and focuses mostly on completing various non-linear story missions. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City added some new features, such as the possibility to use motorcycles and helicopters. The graphics, inspired by aesthetics of the 80's, were greatly improved as well. During the game, the player is accompanied by a varied soundtrack broadcast by several different radio stations.

XBOX

Doom 3 (XBOX)
Doom 3 (XBOX)

Action 03 April 2005

The third installment of the legendary FPS series by id Software which set new standards in the genre’s development back in the mid-90s. The action takes place in a secret research facility of the UAC corporation on Mars, where the protagonist, an ex-marine whom we control, begins his service. Shortly thereafter, strange things begin to happen: the lab comes under attack, the communications with the HQ are severed, and the people we encounter turn into bloodthirsty monsters. It turns out that a space-time portal was opened as a result of an experiment, which led to a demon incursion that we have to repel. Compared to its predecessors from the past decade, Doom 3 offers not only fast-paced and incredibly bloody action but also quite extensive plot as well as a number of horror elements. The game also features high-quality graphics.

XBOX

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay (XBOX)
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay (XBOX)

Action 13 August 2004

The Chronicles of Riddick'. (in Poland known as "Riddick's Chronicles") became an inspiration to create a game under the same title as the screening itself. This is a fantastic story describing the story of a prisoner gifted with the ability to see in the darkness, who gets into the very middle of a galactic war.

XBOX

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (XBOX)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (XBOX)

Action 09 December 2003

The first adventure game based on the best-selling novel written by J.K. Rowling about a young wizard – Harry Potter. The main protagonist is trying to develop his magical potential in Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

XBOX

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (XBOX)
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (XBOX)

Action 18 November 2003

This installment of the Jedi Knight video game series has been developed by Raven Software. The action of the game takes place 6 years after the events shown in the previous Jedi Knight game. The player gets the opportunity to become a student at the Jedi Academy led by Luke Skywalker and Kyle Katarn on Yavin IV. What is interesting, upon starting the game the player has to create his or her own character by choosing the race, sex, clothing and physical appearance. It is also up to the player to construct his or her own lightsaber, which immediately becomes the character’s primary weapon. This however, does not eliminate the opportunity to utilize in combat elements of more conventional arsenal, like blaster pistols and rifles. Despite the fact that the missions’ objectives do not deviate so much from the previous Jedi Knight installments, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy distinguishes itself from its predecessors through a non-linear campaign (player can complete missions at any order). On our adventure, we get to visit places like Tatooine or Hoth, and, simultaneously, acquire and develop numerous skills representing the light or the dark side of the Force. The path the player chooses not only does affect the last few quests, but it also has a significant impact on the ending of the game.

XBOX

Half-Life 2 (XBOX)
Half-Life 2 (XBOX)

Action 15 November 2005

A sequel to the Valve Software's best-selling game that set new standards for the FPS genre back in 1998. Half-Life 2 is set several years after the events of the first game. Once again, the player assumes the role of Gordon Freeman – a doctor of physics who used to work in Black Mesa Labs, where an unfortunate incident opened a portal for alien life forms to invade the Earth. This time, the story takes us into a fictional City 17 and its immediate vicinity. The protagonist now works for a secret government organization. His mission is to repel the invaders from another dimension, in which he is aided by Alyx Vance – a young women fighting as a part of human resistance. The sequel introduces a technological revolution, employing the Valve’s proprietary game engine called Source. Its main advantage is excellent physics simulation, letting players destroy almost any element of environment and use various objects as covers or even weapons.

XBOX

Red Dead Revolver (XBOX)
Red Dead Revolver (XBOX)

Action 03 May 2004

A third-person perspective action game developed by Rockstar Games, a company known for Grand Theft Auto and Midnight Club series. The game features a Western setting, starting during the final years of 19th century and the player assumes the role of Red, a man filled with lust for revenge. During his early years he witnessed the death of his parents at the hands of Mexican bandits that wanted to claim possession of a gold mine located on Red’s parent’s land. After many years he returns to his homeland and his main objective is to kill as many thugs as possible. The game, considered to be a Wild West version of Grand Theft Auto, is mostly about completing story missions and dueling based on the best movie westerns. The developers provided the characteristic style of the Wild West and recreated locations, buildings and characters that are typical of the genre. The players also have access to thirty different weapons, including revolvers, shotguns, rifles and explosives.

XBOX

Metal Wolf Chaos (XBOX)
Metal Wolf Chaos (XBOX)

Action 22 December 2004

Metal Wolf Chaos is a game created by FromSoftware, responsible for two Otoga positions, combining elements of arcade and role-playing games. The engine used in the Otogi series has undergone a slight lifting and has become the backbone of the Metal Wolf Chaos.

XBOX

Halo 2 (XBOX)
Halo 2 (XBOX)

Action 08 November 2004

A sequel to bestselling shooter franchise from Bungie Software, which debuted 2001 as one of the launching titles of the Xbox console. We meet old friends from the first Halo, such as Master Chief or Cortana, who now try to protect the cradle of humanity against the assault of aggressive Covenant forces. The game reuses the best features of its predecessor while taking players to a completely new environment, filled with even more interesting and complex locations. The arsenal has been expanded along with list of available vehicles, and the capabilities of enemy artificial intelligence have been significantly improved. Also, the second Halo introduces environmental destruction, resulting in an even more realistic world and forcing players to use various tactics. Multiplayer options have been expanded with the addition of new game modes.

XBOX

Pirates of the Caribbean (XBOX)
Pirates of the Caribbean (XBOX)

Action 01 July 2003

An action-adventure game with RPG features. It is based on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Except for the title and the presence of some common motives (most of all the Black Pearl ship), the game has little in common with the movie. It was at first developed as sequel to Sea Dogs, another similar game created by studio Akella, but the popularity of the movie caused the change of the title. In the game the player assumes the role of an independent ship captain who is caught in the middle of a conflict between 17th century sea empires: England and France. The protagonist must gather a crew and complete a series of mission for the selected empire. As time passes, the protagonist gathers experience, becomes a better captain and warrior. Sea battles, including artillery combat, boarding, and sword fighting are an important part of the game.

XBOX

Conflict: Vietnam (XBOX)
Conflict: Vietnam (XBOX)

Action 03 September 2004

Conflict: Vietnam is another product from the series, the two preceding parts of which dealt with the war in the Persian Gulf region - a reference to the first American Iraqi operation (early 1990s), codenamed the Desert Storm. This time the action was moved further east and deeper into the past, because the plot represents the most intensive phase (1966-1969) of the United States military intervention in Vietnam.

XBOX

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (XBOX)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (XBOX)

Action 08 November 2005

Another virtual adaptation based on a book belonging to the series written by J.K. Rowling. The series revolves around the adventures of Harry Potter and his two friends: Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

XBOX

Thief: Deadly Shadows (XBOX)
Thief: Deadly Shadows (XBOX)

Action 11 June 2004

The third installment in the bestselling first-person stealth series, Thief, developed by Ion Storm studio - team composed mostly of developers responsible for the first two parts of the series. The story of Thief: Deadly Shadows is independent from its predecessors, though once again we play the part of well-known thief named Garrett who was the main protagonist of the previous games as well. This time, Garrett's quest is to stop a long-prophesied advent of an era of darkness, which requires him to steal valuable treasures and artifacts from different parts of the city. But things take an unexpected turn when Garrett inadvertently awakens the ancient evil, and becomes considered a traitor by the members of his guild. In terms of game mechanics, the title does not differ significantly from its predecessors, and every mission in the game can be completed in several different ways. The main difference is the new graphic engine and body awareness mechanism through which we have much more control over the hero's actions.

XBOX

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (XBOX)
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (XBOX)

Action 18 November 2002

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is the third part of Raven Software's series of first person shootouts set in the world of Star Wars. The player once again takes on the role of Kyle Qatar. This time, the Jedi Knight has to face the mighty Dark Jedi, who is working on power limiting technology in the Galaxy.

XBOX

Bully (XBOX)
Bully (XBOX)

Action canceled

Also known by the title Canis Canem Edit, Bully is a controversial action game developed by Rockstar Games. Originally, it was released for PlayStation 2, it was soon followed by Scholarship Edition for the next generation of consoles and PCs. The story takes place at the fictional Bullworth Academy, which combines an elite education facility with re-socialization grounds for juvenile offenders. The player assumes the role of a teenager who is trying to survive in these unusual circumstances. The protagonist encounters both strict teachers and unfriendly peers. The game is played from the third-person perspective and the player completes different assignments requiring them both to make friends among the peers and play different pranks on the teaching staff. The protagonist can join a local gang as well, which is trying to maintain control over the area forcefully.

XBOX

Hitman: Contracts (XBOX)
Hitman: Contracts (XBOX)

Action 20 April 2004

The third installment in a popular stealth action game series, in which you play as the mysterious assassin known as Agent 47. Story-wise, Hitman: Contracts is made up of a series of flashback missions, beginning in a Parisian hotel, where the protagonist gets into after having been shot in the stomach during one of his missions. Heavily wounded, the protagonist is plagued by visions of his past contracts. Some of them are brand new missions and not related to one another, while some are more or less redesigned missions from the first Hitman game. Game mechanics employ the same well-proven gameplay formula from the previous installments in the series. Each of the 12 long missions features several objectives that can be completed in many different ways. Moreover, the game is darker and more brutal than its predecessors thanks to an interesting story and some audiovisual tricks.

XBOX

Men of Valor: Vietnam (XBOX)
Men of Valor: Vietnam (XBOX)

Action 19 October 2004

Men of Valor: Vietnam is the first person shooter (FPS), whose action was set in the realities of the Vietnam War. The player takes on the role of an American soldier and participates in missions modelled on the historical military operations carried out during the conflict. In addition to the solo mode, developers from the studio 2015 took care of a fully functional, network multiplayer designed for up to 24 participants.

XBOX

DRIV3R (XBOX)
DRIV3R (XBOX)

Action 20 June 2004

The next installment of the popular series of three-dimensional action games, launched in 1999 on the Sony PlayStation. Again, we are directing the actions of an uncompromising policeman named Tanner, who infiltrates criminal structures to destroy them from inside.

XBOX

Tomb Raider: Legend (XBOX)
Tomb Raider: Legend (XBOX)

Action 07 April 2006

The seventh major installment of the Tomb Raider series. As the previous parts of the game were not received very well, a new studio – Crystal Dynamics, with Toby Gard, the creator of the original series, in its ranks – was entrusted with the game. Setting-wise, the title goes back to its roots, which means exploring ancient tombs and catacombs. During the gameplay you will visit a number of exotic locations, including Himalayas, Bolivia, Peru, Japan, Ghana, Malaysia, England, and Kazakhstan. The production offers new skills, weapons, and a whole new range of useful gadgets unavailable before. Lara’s character has also changed, both mentally and visually. The graphics are powered by a new engine, which allows for bigger interaction with the environment and changing weather conditions.

XBOX

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (XBOX)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (XBOX)

Action 29 May 2004

Harry Potter and Azkaban Prisoner is the fourth game based on J.K. Rowling's books about the adventures of Harry Potter's title student and his two friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

XBOX

Far Cry Instincts (XBOX)
Far Cry Instincts (XBOX)

Action 27 September 2005

A console version of the FPP shooting, which takes place on a tropical island. In the game we will face a series of different opponents, exploring the tropical jungle in search of a missing journalist. A number of weapons and vehicles have been put at our disposal. Graphics looks great, and special effects and sound effects are at the highest level.

XBOX

Project: Snowblind (XBOX)
Project: Snowblind (XBOX)

Action 23 February 2005

Project: Snowblind is a first person shooter (FPS) in the realities of science fiction, whose creation is the responsibility of the Crystal Dynamics development team. The plot of the main campaign is set against the background of a civil war in China and the player takes on the role of one of the futuristic super-soldiers involved in this conflict. In addition to the solo mode, the creators of the game envisaged the possibility of multiplayer battles with a maximum of 16 participants.

XBOX

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (XBOX)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (XBOX)

Action 14 November 2002

The second installment of the video game series following the adventures of Harry Potter based on the books written by J.K. Rowling. Young wizard, who is about to start his second year at Hogwarts, is bound to encounter new challenges.

XBOX

The Suffering (XBOX)
The Suffering (XBOX)

Action 09 March 2004

The Suffering is a three-dimensional action game that combines the features of a brutal product called Manhunt and virtual horror movies like the Resident Evil and Silent Hill series. The main character, Torque, is awaiting execution at the Abbott prison (Carnate Island). However, in unexplained circumstances there is an invasion of a multitude of monsters from nightmarish dreams.

XBOX