oxm investigates: history of action
From inventive mechanics to amazing combat, these are the action games that defined Xbox’s past
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.