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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Windows (2005)

The Gn'rthan people were peace loving and not warlike. Because of that they were ill equipped to deal with the...

Windows (2002)

Atomic Enforcer is a classic-style science fiction game set in the Quad Galactic Alliance. Using advanced technology and futuristic weapons,...

DOS (1994)

Time After Time is a single-player, shareware shooter.The story behind the game is that Doctor Vladimir Von Technoface is making...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Ad Astra is an early into-the-screen 3D space shoot 'em up. Your craft is viewed in front of you, with...

Commodore 64 (1984)

AD Infinitum is a side view single screen shooter where you control a spacecraft that can move around the screen...

PlayStation 2 (2008)

ADK Tamashii is a compilation of five classic NeoGeo games (four of which have never been available on other platforms)...

Windows (2008)

Ad Nauseam 2 (Latin for to a sickening degree 2) is a fast-paced shooter played on a single screen. The...

Windows (1998)

Scott Griffon is a military pilot who has hunted rebels for years as part of an elite anti-insurrection squad. But...

Advanced Battlegrounds: The Future of Combat Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Advanced Battlegrounds: The Future of Combat is an expanded re-release of Chrome. It includes the following extra content: New single-player...

Advanced Busterhawk Gleylancer Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992) and Wii (2008)

A side-scrolling sci-fi shooter, Gleylancer casts you as Lucia, a young pilot in the Space Fleet of starfighters that hijacks...

DOS (1997)

Whereas the original NetWars was developed by Novell to be bundled with their Personal NetWare program to show off NetWare's...

Windows (1998)

Advanced Tactical Missions features 38 new levels for the game X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter. This unofficial expansion features 22 new...

Advance of the Megacamel Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

In this game you fly in your spaceship and shoot at gigantic mutant camels who are trying to attack your...

Adventures of Dino-Riki NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Somewhere in the land of dinosaurs, a hero known as Dino-Riki sets out to battle against the beasts of the...

Adventures of Marshal Marshmallow iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Adventures of Marshal Marshmallow is a first-person side-scrolling shooter set in a cartoonish Wild West where the characters are shaped...

Windows (1999) and Windows 3.x (1993)

You are MicroMan, stuck inside a computer. You must run, jump, and shoot your way out. Along the way are...

Game Boy (1991)

On a routine check through the city, police officer Tony and his sister find themselves sucked up by a UFO...

Windows (1998)

Adventures With Chickens is a single person shareware puzzle game with both educational and shoot 'em up elements.The player takes...

Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982), VIC-20 (1982), MSX (1984), PC-88 (1984) and FM-7 (1984)

A.E. is a Space Invaders inspired game with a 3D view. In A.E. the earth is under attack by swarms...

Aegis Wing Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

Aegis Wing is a side-scrolling shooter originally created by three Microsoft interns. The player controls a small ship in epic...

Aerial Assault Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1992) and SEGA Master System (1990)

In Aerial Assault, you play the Freedom Fighter who must destroy five targets, including the Vinsk, CB-53 Bomber, "El", and...

Atari ST (1994)

Aerial Combat 2 is a two player dogfight game written in STOS and sequel to Aerial Combat ST. Since this...

Atari ST (1994)

Aerial Combat ST is a two player dogfight game written in STOS. Since this is a dogfight the aim is...

Atari ST (1995)

Aerial Kombat 3: The Final Encounter is a two player dogfight game written in STOS and sequel to Aerial Combat...

SNES (1993) and Arcade (1992)

Aero Fighters is a vertical scrolling shooter. There are four pilots from four countries (Japan, Sweden, United Kingdom and United...

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