Top Action Games of All Time
Cor blimey mate, action’s brilliant innit? You seen that Expendables? Everything blowing up, Statham getting a one-liner, morgues overflowing with moustachioed baddies. Bleedin’ nora. Well, action games, right, action games do that, except they’re games. So it’s YOU leaping off an improvised zip-line to plunge a sword into someone’s skull, it’s YOU exploding a load of poorly placed cannisters of flammable liquid and not even bothering to look at the resulting carnage, as you speed away on a motorbike, rolling a tab.
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.
Health and safety? Don’t make me laugh. Check our list to see which bone-crushing, man-deceasing, gun-shooting blow-em-ups made it in. Then go and chin the next geezer who looks at you funny, innit.
An exceptionally gorgeous and superbly-balanced multiplayer game marred only by a hollow single-player campaign.
The strongest Lego title yet, and the best Marvel game ever made.
Amidst a pretty lukewarm lineup of launch titles across both platforms, Resogun absolutely shines.
CA has finally nailed the true horror of Alien in video game form. It's only taken 35 years.
Bayonetta 2 is a system seller. It's a Nintendo-published game that is rarely seen, and a game that will legitimately make non-Wii U owners jealous.
Resident Evil remains as odd, unsettling, and unforgettable as its setting, and the HD remaster only emphasises this.
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.
One of the best third-person shooters in history returns.
Halo 5 Guardians hits all the right notes in a campaign that is thrilling from end to end and delivers a multiplayer suite full of many delights that play impeccably.
Crystal Dynamics has made a game that expertly rekindles memories of the series' triumphant past and yet still feels incredibly modern. A captivating romp that should cement Lara as a modern icon.