Video game genres are used to categorize video games based on their gameplay interaction rather than visual or narrative differences. • A video game genre is defined by a set of gameplay challenges.
Action Games • An action game requires players to use quick reflexes, accuracy, and timing to overcome obstacles. It is perhaps the most basic of gaming genres, and certainly one of the broadest. Action games tend to have gameplay with emphasis on combat. There are many subgenres of action games, such as:
Types of action games Fighting Shooters First person shooters Light gun shooters MMOFPS Shoot em ups Tactical shooters 3rd person shooters • Co-op Fighting • Maze • Hack & slash • Puzzle games • Platform games
Action-adventure games • combine elements of their two component genres, typically featuring long-term obstacles that must be overcome using a tool or item as leverage (which is collected earlier), as well as many smaller obstacles almost constantly in the way, that require elements of action games to overcome. • Action-adventure games tend to focus on exploration and usually involve item gathering, simple puzzle solving, and combat
Types of Action Adventure • Survival/Horror • Stealth • Construction (items not gameplay) • Puzzle/action • Visual novels • Interaction movies
CMS/ Life simulations • Construction and management simulation games (or CMS) are a type of simulation game which task players to build, expand or manage fictional communities or projects with limited resources. • Life simulation games involve living or controlling one or more artificial lives. A life simulation game can revolve around individuals and relationships, or it could be a simulation of an ecosystem.
Types CMS Lifestyle Social simulation Pet simulation • City building • Business simulation • Government simulation
RPGs • Role-playing video games draw their gameplay from traditional role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. Most cast the player in the role of one or more "adventurers" who specialize in specific skill sets while progressing through a predetermined storyline. Many involve manoeuvring these characters through an overworld, usually populated with monsters, that allows access to more important game locations, such as towns, dungeons, and castles
Types • Linear/non linear game play • Action RPGs • MMORPGS • Tactical RPGS • Shooter RPGS • Open world RPGs
Strategy video games • Strategy video games focus on game play requiring careful and skilful thinking and planning in order to achieve victory. In most strategy video games the player is given a godlike view of the game world, indirectly controlling the units under his command.
types • EXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate • Artillery • Real time strategy • Real time tactics • Turn based strategy
Others: • Music games • Party games • Simulators • Sports games • Popular board/card games