Dynamic adventure

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January 24, 2022

A dynamic adventure (or arcade adventure) is a type of video game that combines elements of the adventure genre and the action genre. They are in fact also called action / adventure video games (or action-adventure in English). The genre is very varied and widespread since the 80s.

Features

Typically: pure adventures have a complex plot and place the player in situations to be solved by reasoning alone, without rapidity of movement. If there is even action, it is usually limited to only isolated episodes. action games are based on real-time interactions and require quick reflexes. dynamic adventures involve both reasoning and reflexes, in both violent and peaceful situations, so while reflex-based actions are required (often involving combat or avoiding other dangers), the gameplay follows adventures' canons: collection of objects, exploration and interaction with the environment, dialogues with the characters, solving puzzles. The game controls are arcade-type (direct movement of the character with a few quick commands), but there are complex objectives to be achieved, and not just the simple accumulation of points. Often even in graphic adventures you control a character who can move directly, but in that case the skill and speed in the movements are not necessary as in dynamic adventures.The type of view varies greatly: it can be panoramic, in first person ( as in a FPS), third-person, scrolling, or even isometric.

Famous titles

The first known video game of this type is Adventure for Atari 2600, from 1979. Some famous titles are those belonging to series such as Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creed, Uncharted, Far Cry, Prince of Persia, God of War, Alone in the Dark, Metroid, Beyond Good & Evil, Marvel's Spider-Man, The Last of Us and The Legend of Zelda and some video games belonging to the Sonic the Hedgehog series such as Shadow the Hedgehog.

Notes

Bibliography

Fabio Rossi, Dynamic adventure, in Dictionary of videogames, Domino series n ° 19, Milan, Vallardi, November 1993, pp. 42-43, ISBN 88-11-90422-6. (EN) The Next Generation 1996 Lexicon A to Z, in Next Generation, n. 15, Imagine Media, March 1996. Andrew Rollings and Ernest Adams, Andrew Rollings and Ernest Adams on Game Design, New Riders, 2003 [11 May 2003], ISBN 1-59273-001-9. Retrieved May 15, 2018.

Related items

Action RPG

External links

(EN) electronic action-adventure game, on Encyclopedia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

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