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1 List of Games in the Genre on Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:01 am

The point of this list is to catalogue each and every game in the genre, where they stand, and if they are worth playing compared to the rest. This genre is really big, so I feel this will help players (even ones like me) to consider which to play before moving on to the next. It is open for debate as always.


  • Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • God of War 2
  • Genma Onimusha/ Onimusha Warlords
  • God Hand
  • Viewtiful Joe


  • Devil May Cry 4
  • Devil May Cry 1
  • Shinobi
  • Transformers Devastation
  • Bayonetta
  • Ninja Gaiden 2/ Sigma 2 (each one has its qualities, read here)
  • Ninja Gaiden 2004
  • Ninja Gaiden Hurricane Packs
  • God of War 1
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Onimusha 2
  • Bloodborne
  • Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within
  • Wonderful 101


  • Chaos Legion
  • Okami
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • OZ (Over Zenith)
  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade

  • Kunoichi/Nightshade
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
  • Killer is Dead
  • Nioh
  • Onimusha Dawn of Dreams
  • Demon's Souls & Dark Souls Trilogy
  • Nier: Automata
  • Yakuza Zero
  • Furi
  • Viewtiful Joe 2
  • Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
  • Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
  • El Shaddai
  • Remember Me


  • Aztec
  • Otogi: Myth of Demons
  • Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
  • Nanobreaker
  • Absolver
  • Rainblood Prequel--Mirage
  • Knack 2
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
  • God of War 3
  • God of War Ghost of Sparta
  • God of War Chains of Olympus
  • Dante's Inferno
  • Lollipop Chainsaw
  • Sword of Destiny
  • Galarians Ash
  • Blood will Tell
  • Dodoro
  • Transformers Tataki
  • Genji: Dawn of the Samurai


  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Genji: Days of the Blade
  • Gungrave 1
  • Gungrave 2
  • Cursed Crusade
  • Batman Arkham, whole series (Knight has the best combat, others excel at other things)
  • Onimusha 3
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus
  • Legend of Korra
  • Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death
  • Death by Degrees
  • Ghost Rider (PS2)
  • Magatama (Xbox)
  • Pandora's Tower
  • Nightmare before Christmas (PS2)


  • Ninja Blade
  • Heavenly Sword
  • Devil May Cry 2
  • Resident Evil 6
  • TMNT
  • Ninja Gaiden 3
  • God of War Ascension
  • Infamous
  • Bullet Witch
  • Wet
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • Knight's Contract
  • Darksiders
  • Devil's Third
  • Crimson Sea
  • Bouncer
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Tsukiyo ni Saraba (10.000 Bullets)


  • Resident Evil 4
  • Vanquish


  • Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman (DMC1 is heavily based on this, read here
  • Rygar: The Legendary Adventure (GoW is heavily based on this, lots of other action games are too)
  • Ninja Gaiden NES & Ninja Gaiden Arcade

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2 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:25 am


Good idea, though I don't feel great about ranking them. There will always be disagreement on where one stands.

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3 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:59 am

@Birdman wrote:Good idea, though I don't feel great about ranking them.  There will always be disagreement on where one stands.

How about putting them in orders then? Like in what order you should play them? Because that's what I was going for. 
Like, you can say what you want, but I wouldn't recommend starting this genre with Ninja Blade or Devil May Cry 2 for example.

EDIT: changed the names a bit.

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4 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:57 pm


That does make sense. There are definitely some games that I wouldn't recommend as an entry point into the genre. That said, I'm not sure what I'd actually recommend first.

Do you think it would be better to always start with the first entry of a series? But my brain is probably programmed like that because that's what I did. Though looking at your 'if you like this, try this' system, that might be better because it allows players to get to exactly what they're after.

Either way, looks fine to me. I'll add some games I know of and you can add them if they suit.

Gungrave 1&2
Tsukiyo ni saraba
Genji 2
OZ (Over Zenith)
Castlevania Lament of Innocence
Castlevania Curse of Darkness
Transformers Tataki
El Shaddai
Otogi 1&2

Gungrave and Tsukiyo ni saraba are possibly more shooter so it's up to you if you want to add them. Okami is a super long game but combat wise it's easily action.

I got some others like Crimson Sea and Pandora's Tower but not entirely sure of your view on those. CS is sorta like DW in a sense, but with guns and way better gameplay. PT has the combat, but a lot of RPG elements though nothing grindy, just upgrades and maintaining the curse progress on the princess.

That's all I can think of without getting all my boxes out.

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5 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:42 am

Damn, was gonna say gungrave 1/2, 2 is better but both qualify as action to me. Junji(1 of 3 playable characters in 2) is primarily melee based, so he counts more so. You have dodges(which doubles as a shoot-dodge), super moves and basic melee strings too.

Vanquish is equally action(or more so) as re6, bullet witch, gungrave or Furi. If you put even wet in action then I think Vanquish deserves higher billing :p.

Furi is mostly a shoot em up actually, some of the bosses overdo that side, 1 boss is pure melee, the best bosses in Furi balance shmup and melee.

Sursprised you put infamous there, I like 1-2 a lot.

Best consult the library we've made thus far too haha. Maybe order the list differently, you list a lot of entries from the same series, but I think some series can be compiled together, the standouts being highlighted and/or placed elsewhere as you've done with GoW2 in the starter pack.

For the list:

No more Heroes 1-2.

Streets of rage 1-3 and Final Fight 1-3; these games preceded action as we know it and show great influence in God Hand(as well as Yakuza)

Final Fantasy 15; better than you may think, has some tech.

Breakdown; unique 1st person brawling that deserves a spot even if melee is one facet of gameplay(others being jank shooting and platforming near the end).

Onechanbara series, namely Z2:Chaos which has the most depth.

Sengoku Basara series, namely 3 and 4.

Dynasty Warriors series(someone had to acknowledge it).

Dragons Dogma.

Star Wars: Forced Unleashed 1-2

Wolverine Origins: Uncaged Edition

Afro Samurai(need to replay this, don't think it's very good even if I played it to death as a kid)

Prince of Persia series, namely Warrior Within. Any knowledge of the Prince of Persia reboot? The one that's cell shaded and has a female NPC companion.

Double Dragon Neon

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure:Golden Wind(PS2 Japan only)

Samurai Western(Way of the Samurai spinoff funnily enough)

Way of the Samurai series

Red Steel 2: amazing 1st person sword combat with gunslinger gunplay for the Wii(requires Wii motion plus, its that good). In name only sequel to Red Steel, a jank Wii FPS with shallow jank melee duals that are completely separate from gunplay.

Mad world

Anarchy Reigns/Max Anarchy

Urban reign

EOE: Age of Extinction

Sword of the Berserk: Gut's Rage

Berserk: Millennium Falcon(PS2 Japan only)

Maybe make an action-shooter side list, include stuff like:

Gungrave1-2, there's a VR remake of 1 recently, for real!
Sin&Punishment 1-2
Alien Soldier
Gunstar Heroes

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6 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:41 am


Can't believe I missed Berserk!

Gravity Rush 1&2
Z.O.E 1&2
Beatdown Fists of Vengeance

If you want super obscure, Seven Samurai 20XX, 7 Blades, and Vampire Panic.

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7 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:53 pm


Oh boy I started building a list a couple of weeks ago. I'll browse this and add to it.

Add these two tho:
Dead Cells

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8 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:20 pm


Large lack of indie games I see. Probably fair as it isn't super huge, but it is growing a lot and producing some of the best the genre offers in experiences. Well, sometimes at least.

Metroidvania titles mostly fit into the genre with how largely combat has grown in the sub genre. I'll list what I got.

Hollow Knight
Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae
Hyper Light Drifter (play this, it is incredible)
Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning
Alice: Madness Returns
Blades of Time
Brutal Legend
Dust: An Elysian Tail
God Eater 1&2
Salt and Sanctuary
Valdis Story: Abyssal City
Senran Kagura Series
Fate: Extella

I'm sure there is more that I'm not thinking of, but I can't really check my PC so see the categories.

Also, on the subject of Sub Genres, I do wonder how deep that should reach. Metroidvania, Hunter games, Musou, and Action MMO titles are growing constantly and rapidly, and almost all of them take some sort of inspiration from the roots of the Action genre. Just in the past few years alone, Musou games have gotten insanely good combat flow and removed a ton of clunkiness, and Action MMO games have shifted to become the standard, with BDO and Tera leading the way. There has definitely been an amazing evolution the past few years alone

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9 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:04 pm

Cheers for the input, I added up to Gabriel's list (partially) and will add the rest later. It takes a while since I want to check each game and see where it belongs.

If anyone has a recommendation for the listen (and titles of the listings) let me know. I'm not going to go by sub-genre as that's a bit too out there right now (some switching, while remaining true to the core) and while it is a bit unfair right now (it's obviously a good to bad list), it is more clear I feel.

End goals is to have each name be clickable and go to a YT-video that shows some good gameplay in action to get a feel for it. But that's a long way's away.

EDIT: the 2008 reb00t of Prince of Persia is not getting in there, barely any combat. More a platformer.

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10 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:07 pm


If anything, I can go ahead and assemble a database, and we can try to set up tables on here for it. I do believe the text here uses HTML format so we should be able to fairly easily set up tables and make it look as clean as possible. I myself am hunting these games so I can keep myself busy as I patiently await DMCV and Dragon's Dogma Online, the latter of which may never happen so glad I'm learning japanese haha.

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11 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:11 pm

Make a small test first if you can, the HTML on this site is...weird. I cannot get it to work propperly myself to be honest. If it works, go nuts!

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12 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:58 am


Did anyone say Afro Samurai yet? I didn't find it that good but it had some interesting mechanics.

How come you put Onimusha 3 way down the list? I know it's not a true ranking list, but is Oni 3 generally considered the lesser of the series?

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13 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:13 am

I listed Afro Samurai, yeh it has straight up blade mode, pretty rad.

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14 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:14 am

Onimusha 3 is considered by most to be the worst of the series while also being the 'closing' story, so it should always be played last no matter what.

I'll see if I can update the list a bit more today. Thanks for all the inputs!

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15 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:16 am


I must have missed that. How the hell did it get classed as worst?

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16 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:37 am

Less content, lots of reused assets for whatever reason, less fun level design, gameplay got nerfed bad compared to 2, escort missions, the whole game just felt a lot more phoned in compared to the original and the sequel.

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17 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:46 am


I felt it did well in the gameplay department. The only thing I didn't care for was the ten point slash. It had no real use and I only ever used it just to look at it. Totally tacked on. Jacque's gameplay was cool though.

Cant beat Oni2's branching pathways though. That was a lot of fun getting everything and finding all those different scenarios with each character. I think it took me like 4 playthroughs to 100% and see everything and it was different each time outside of main storyline events.

To this day I still see DoD trashed but I loved that one as well. Definitely some points I don't love about it though but overall it's fine.

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18 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:22 am

Dawn of Dreams was way ahead of its time, basically a more basic Nioh. Really great game, and felt very refreshing. Haven't seen a lot of hate about it personally though.

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19 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:50 pm

Samurai Champloo game(by Grasshopper manufacture AND directed/written by Suda51 himself, perfect devs for this).

Nier(as in Nier Replicant/Gestalt, NOT Automata)

Drakengard 1-2-3

Oni(by bungie, the Halo devs, pretty much a ghost in the shell game)

Aces wild


Shank 1-2

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai and The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile


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20 Re: List of Games in the Genre on Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:39 am

Fuck I really need to grab one day and just churn through this list...

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