User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

Shooter

Description

Shooters are action games in which the player character shoots enemies.

The shooting is usually performed with firearms in these games; however, any weapon that dispatches projectiles qualifies, which makes many games (e.g. Heretic) that rely on medieval ranged weaponry or even magical projectiles shooters as well.

There are many shooter sub-genres, including fixed-screen shooters, scrolling shooters, rail shooters, and others.

Since the emergence of 3D graphics, 3D shooters, popularized by Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, have become the leading representatives of the genre. This sub-genre is sometimes referred to as first-person shooter, though this definition is not very precise, since the genre's distinguishing feature are 3D environments, not the perspective; some 3D shooters allow players to switch between perspectives, while others enforce a third-person view.

3D shooters may incorporate elements of other genres, most commonly role-playing (e.g. System Shock games and Deus Ex).
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CellFactor: Revolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Initially a one-level tech demo released in May 2006 named CellFactor: Combat Training, this is a free FPS shooter with...

Centi-Bug ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

This is a straightforward clone of the arcade game Centipede. A long slithering alien being gradually moves down a gridded...

DOS (1983)

An unlicensed IBM PC translation of the arcade hit - created around the same time as Atarisoft's official PC port....

Jupiter Ace (1984)

Centipede is based on the arcade game where you control a craft at the bottom of the screen and blast...

ZX81 (1981)

Centipede is an early attempt to bring Atari's arcade game with the same name to a home computer. The player...

Centipede iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

A new rendition of the arcade classic, Centipede for the iPhone is tailored to the device's touch-screen and gaming capabilities....

Centipede Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (1999), PSP (2011), Game.Com (1999), Macintosh (2001), PlayStation 3 (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

This is a remake or "modernization" of the classic arcade shooter Centipede, originally released in arcades by Atari in 1980....

Centipede: Infestation Wii Front Cover

Wii (2011) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Centipede: Infestation is, like Space Invaders Extreme or Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX, a modern "re-imagining" of a classic video game...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Centropods is a single screen shooter viewed from the side inspired by the arcade game Centipede where you control a...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The Centurions are Ace McCloud, Jake Rockwell and Max Ray. They must battle the forces of Doc Terror to stop...

Arcade (1985)

The player controls a planetary salvage ship high above a planet. He/she must capture as many pods as possible before...

ZX Spectrum (1988)

When Rogorf, leader of the Phibiatrons, needs more iron ore, he sets out to capture the human colony Cerius and...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You are trying to become a Spectra-Warrior. To do this, you must fly through the levels of warp zones, destroying...

Challenge of the Gobots Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Challenge of the Gobots is a Defender variant based on the TV cartoon series of the same name (which is...

Arcade (1981)

A frantic single-screen shoot'em'up in the vein of Jeff Minter, Challenger has you in your craft at the bottom of...

Supervision (1992)

Challenger Tank is a vertically-scrolling action game similar to Ikari Warriors. The player controls a tank which moves continually forward,...

Chameleon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

You will become a chameleon, an agent without a past who is able to stealthily infiltrate any place in the...

DOS (1997)

CHAMP Asterocks is a DOS shareware remake of Atari's classic Asteroids arcade shooter. Like the other games in CHAMProgramming's series...

DOS (1997)

Champ Centiped-em is a variant of Atari's Centipede. One or two players must get rid of all the insects invading...

DOS (1997)

CHAMP Galagon is a DOS shareware remake of Namco's classic 1980 Galaga arcade shooter. Like the other games in CHAMProgramming's...

DOS (1996)

CHAMP Galaxia is a DOS shareware remake of Namco's classic 1980 Galaxian arcade shooter. Like the other games in CHAMProgramming's...

DOS (1997)

CHAMP Invaders is a DOS shareware remake of the classic Space Invaders arcade machine. Like the other games in CHAMProgramming's...

Chaos Break PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Chaos Break is essentially a third-person shooting game, with echoes of survival horror such as Resident Evil. Set in an...

Chaos Control DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1995), CD-i (1995) and Macintosh (1996)

The year is 2071, the aggressive Kesh Rhan aliens have already destroyed the human colonies on Mars and Pluto, and...

The Chaos Engine 2 Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1996)

At the end of The Chaos Engine you managed to put a stop to Baron Fortesque's out of control machine,...

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