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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Jupiter Ace (1983)

ACE Invaders is a side view single screen shooter where you control a spacecraft at the bottom of the screen,...

Jupiter Ace (1983)

On a fact-finding tour of Jupiter in the 23rd century you have discovered the planet being invaded by aliens and...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

This GBA version of Ace Lightning is based on the BBC TV show of the same name which is a...

Ace of Spades Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2013)

Ace of Spades is a voxel based shooter, with fully destroyable environment similar to Fortress Wars. Since the game supports...

DOS (1996)

A two-player aerial duel. The dogfight commences inside a wrap-around, top-down playfield, as each side tries to gun down the...

Aces of the Galaxy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Xbox 360 (2008)

Aces of the Galaxy is a third-person, futuristic space shooter where the player needs to take on the entire Skurgian...

Aces of the Luftwaffe iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013), Windows Phone (2013), Windows Apps (2013) and PlayStation 4 (2015)

Aces of the Luftwaffe is a top-down vertically-scrolling World War II shooter where you need to defeat enemy Nazi airships...

Aces of War PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Aces of War is a historical flight combat sim set in the Pacific Theater of World War II which presents...

Windows (2002)

Acid Arena Turbo is a first-person shooter and the second version of the game originally released as Acid Arena. It...

DOS (1995) and Palm OS (2005)

A game where the object is to shoot down enemy paratroopers as they drop from planes. The player takes control...

Windows (1997)

ACM 1918 is an arcade shooter that plays at the end of World War I. You can choose between four...

iPhone (2012)

Zombocalypse has come, and as one of the last survivors, the president of the USA, the player must try to...

Arcade (1985)

Acrobatic Dog-Fight is a side view shooter where the screen scrolls when you move the plane and your mission is...

SNES (1992) and Arcade (1991)

Years ago humanity abandoned the over-polluted Earth to make a new home on Mars. Now, without warning, a mechanical moon...

Arcade (1989)

In Act-Fancer: Cybernetick Hyper Weapon, the player takes the role of a cyborg who has to kill a lot of...

Amiga (1995)

In Action Cat, the player takes the role of a humanoid cat which has to destroy a toothpaste factory. It...

Windows (2006)

Action Cyborg is a short (the game was released with only three levels) 2D platform/action game that takes the player...

Action Fighter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1986), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Arcade (1986)

This is a top down vertically scrolling shooter, in which you start off as a motorbike. You are quite vulnerable...

Action Force Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

COBRA have attacked the small island of Botsneda. While in the pursuing chaos the inhabitants left behind some top secret...

ZX Spectrum (1988)

The task in Action Force II: International Heroes is to rescue each of the citizens who have been taken hostage...

Windows (2002)

Action Man once again tries to foil Dr. X from conquering the world in this game based on the animated...

Action Man: A.T.O.M. - Alpha Teens On Machines PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

Action Man: A.T.O.M. Alpha Teens On Machines is a single player game based on the a French animated television series...

Windows (2000)

In this kids game based on the 3D animated television series, you play as the heroic Action Man out to...

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2000)

Action Man, hero of the TV animated series, is out to stop Dr. X's latest plan for world conquest. He'll...

Action Man: Raid on Island X Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Action Man was originally a popular toy action figure, the U.K.'s version of G.I. Joe, before becoming a more generic...

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