oxm in­ves­ti­gates: his­tory of ac­tion

From in­ven­tive me­chan­ics to amaz­ing com­bat, th­ese are the ac­tion games that de­fined Xbox’s past

XBox: The Official Magazine - - START - Daniella Lu­cas

Over the years games have blurred the lines be­tween gen­res. You fre­quently see RPG el­e­ments in mod­ern games such as Des­tiny, with their loot and gear pro­gres­sion, for ex­am­ple. But it’s ac­tion ti­tles that are the orig­i­na­tors. From sim­ple stage-based brawlers to sprawl­ing open worlds to tra­verse, they’ve changed mas­sively over the last 14 years – to the point where it’s dif­fi­cult to tell what does and doesn’t count as an ac­tion game th­ese days.

All of the games in this list have ex­cel­lent com­bat and move­ment, be it fisticuffs, swords or even a lit­tle gun­play – but ded­i­cated shoot­ers are out. So while games such as Gears Of War and Wolfen­stein are full of ac­tion, they’re just too gun-heavy for this list. How­ever, in­clud­ing guns as part of a hero’s reper­toire like in Bay­o­netta doesn’t rule it out. The games all have one thing in com­mon: they pro­vide the best ac­tion in Xbox’s his­tory.

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