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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Virtua Cop 21995Arcade, Dreamcast, SEGA Saturn, WindowsSEGA Corporation3.77
Area 511995Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.36
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Panzer Dragoon1995SEGA Saturn, WindowsExpert Software, Inc.3.90
Crypt Killer1995Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsKonami of America, Inc.3.88
Gunslinger Collection 19953DOAmerican Laser Games, Inc.5.00
Panorama Cotton1994GenesisSun Corporation4.80
Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters1994Arcade, Genesis, SEGA CDKonami (America), Inc.3.35
Midnight Raiders1994SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc....
Total Eclipse19943DO, PlayStationCrystal Dynamics, Inc....
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs: The Second Cataclysm1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment3.24
Tin Star1994SNESNintendo of America Inc.3.83
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.37
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.40
A/X-1011994SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc.3.00
Wild Guns1994SNES, Wii, Wii UNatsume, Inc.4.43
Revolution X1994Arcade, DOS, Genesis, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.49
Virtua Cop1994Arcade, SEGA Saturn, WindowsSEGA Entertainment, Inc.3.95
Creature Shock19943DO, CD-i, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Europe) Ltd.3.70
Jurassic Park1994ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.39
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.37
Alien³: The Gun1993ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.50
Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge1993SNESNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.68
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Selected Covers

The Last Bounty Hunter DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Last Bounty Hunter
Creature Shock DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Creature Shock
Panzer Dragoon Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Panzer Dragoon
Virtua Cop SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Virtua Cop

Selected Screenshots

American Laser Games' Logo
Screenshot from The Last Bounty Hunter
The colony ship Amazon journeys into the unknown (from the intro)
Screenshot from Creature Shock
Intro
Screenshot from Panzer Dragoon
Developer's logo
Screenshot from Virtua Cop