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Genre: Rail shooter

Group Description

A rail shooter is a specific kind of shooter game. In these games, the player only controls a cross-hair or uses a weapon shaped controller to fire at on-screen enemies and hazards. The player moves along a prerecorded path through the levels. In other words, the player is "on rails" and cannot decide where to go. In some rail shooters, the player might have a limited influence into which direction the character moves at junctions.

While most rail shooters feature a first person perspective, this isn't mandatory. Games where the player character is able to move are not rail shooters.

Some shooters show the player in a third person perspective moving along a predefined path, but in addition also allow the player to move his avatar all over (or parts of) the screen. Such games belong to the chase-view shooter genre and should not be included in this group.

Limitations
This group is only for games which feature only this type of game play. Some shooter games might offer a single level in which the path is predefined. These games are excluded from the group.
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Rambo: The Video Game2014PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Reef Entertainment Ltd.2.14
Smash Hit2014Android, iPad, iPhoneMediocre AB...
Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear2013PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Mastiff, LLC...
The House of the Dead 42012PlayStation 3SEGA of America, Inc.5.00
Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions2011Nintendo 3DSNamco Bandai Games Europe SAS...
PlayStation Move: Ape Escape2011PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc....
Major Mayhem2011Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAdult Swim3.00
Child of Eden2011PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Ubisoft, Inc.3.57
Yar's Revenge2011Windows, Xbox 360Atari, Inc.1.83
The House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut2011PlayStation 3SEGA of America, Inc.2.96
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan2011PlayStation 3, Wii, WindowsMastiff, LLC3.00
The Shoot2010PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc....
Denizen2010iPhoneSprimp...
3D Infinity2010Xbox 360SmileBoom Co.Ltd....
Attack of the Movies 3-D2010Wii, Xbox 360Majesco Entertainment Company...
ExZeus2009Android, iPhoneHyperDevbox Japan2.92
AC-130: Operation Devastation2009WindowsValuSoft, Inc.2.33
DOOM Resurrection2009iPhoneid Software, Inc.5.00
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles2009PlayStation 3, WiiCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.12
Dead Space: Extraction2009PlayStation 3, WiiElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
The House of the Dead: Overkill2009WiiSEGA Europe Ltd.4.06
The House of the Dead: Overkill (Collector's Edition)2009WiiSEGA Europe Ltd.5.00
Mad Dog McCree: Gunslinger Pack2009WiiMajesco Entertainment Company4.40
The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return2008WiiSEGA of America, Inc.3.73
Aces of the Galaxy2008Windows, Xbox 360Sierra Online3.90
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Selected Covers

Rambo: The Video Game Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Rambo: The Video Game

Selected Screenshots

Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from Rambo: The Video Game
Main menu
Screenshot from Major Mayhem
Title screen
Screenshot from Yar's Revenge
Main menu
Screenshot from Heavy Fire: Afghanistan