How should a tactical player as White play after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6?

The openings I am looking at are:

  • Ruy Lopez
  • Italian game
  • Scotch game
  • Three Knights

I am currently playing Scotch since it opens the centre early and I think it gives me more activity. Are there any other variations I should consider if I want activity and tactics?

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    You might be interested in looking into the Italian; for instance, it can lead to lines such as the Evans gambit and the fried liver attack which are very sharp and tactical.
    – Scounged
    Nov 18, 2018 at 17:13

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I would recommend the Scotch Gambit. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4! The game becomes very tactical. For example, if Black attempts to protect the pawn by playing 4. ... Bc5, 5. c3! is a very useful recourse. If Black takes this pawn, 6. Bf7+! is a tactic, after 6. ... Kxf7 7. Qd4+! Wins the piece back.

Example game (White player = Nakamura) https://lichess.org/Zny0pBLO#27

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