Action games get your adrenaline rushing, and your mind working. They can also get your blood boiling if the controls aren't set up to be comfortable or the gameplay is glitchy. The following action video games get your heart racing ... in a good way!
Mass Effect 2
You return as Commander John Shepard, risen from the dead, and go about space, rebuilding your team and saving humanity ... again. While you still spend time furrowing out other worlds looking for resources, exploration takes a third-row backseat to action and story. Yes, in that order.
Shepard spends less time talking than he does shooting in BioWare's popular sequel. That isn't to say the story is second-rate. You'll still meet and interact with species all over the galaxies, gaining points for good (and bad) behavior. What's more, rumor has it that your actions this time around will influence gameplay in future Mass Effect titles.
Batman Arkham Asylum
Gamers will love the ease-of-play, graphics and variety in this Eidos release. You play Batman as Joker returns to the stronghold of Arkham Asylum, and subsequently takes it over for himself. You'll struggle to regain power for the greater good, unraveling riddles and collecting bits of comic trivia along the way.
As Nathan Drake, ladies' man and fortune hunter extraordinaire, you find yourself rubbing elbows with the worst of the bunch, and winding up in deep trouble rife with warloads, women and ancient evils. Naughty Dog's sequel brings new shine to their glowing reputation with graphics, story and gameplay second-to-none.
The only downside? Exclusivity to the Playstation 3.
Upcoming action titles of interest:
God of War III
Dead Rising 2