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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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Dark Star ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984), Amstrad CPC (1985) and Dragon 32/64 (1985)

Billed as the fastest vector graphics ever seen on the Spectrum up to that point, and with full colour to...

Darkstar One Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Xbox 360 (2010)

Darkstar One puts you in the shoes of Kayron Jarvis. Fresh from the flight-academy he learns from an good friend...

Dark Vampires: The Shadows of Dust Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In Dark Vampires: The Shadows of Dust the player takes the part of Jack Peters which is a vampire hunter....

Dark Void Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

It already started to be a bad day for William, owner of a struggling cargo delivery operations, as his old...

Dark Void Zero Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), iPhone (2010) and Nintendo DSi (2010)

Originally conceived as an April Fool's parody, Dark Void Zero is a spin off of Airtight Games' original Dark Void....

Windows (2003)

Dark Wars is a 2D side-scrolling shooter where the player controls a soldier who has to defeat a dark army....

Darkwatch PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

The Darkwatch is an ancient organization hell-bent on destroying evil in the world. They have just captured the vampire lord...

Darwin 4081 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

Lakya is a technologically-advanced civilization on a planet far from our own galaxy. The planet's inhabitants have unknowingly unleashed the...

SEGA 32X (1995)

One of the last 32X games released (and exclusively in Europe), DarXide is a 3-D space shooter, inspired in part...

Darxide EMP Windows Mobile Front Cover

Windows Mobile (2003) and Symbian (2003)

Darxide EMP is a space shooter. The game is played over 16 missions of increasing difficulty. Shooting enemies gives an...

Amiga (1993)

The Das Amiga Sport Pack-compilation contains the following three games: Jump Jet Karamalz Cup Super Ski (AKA Downhill Challenge)

Data East's Arcade Alley Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

Compilation package containing a selection for Data East's own conversions to home computers of their original arcade coin-op games.Featured titles:...

Datastorm Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

The Defender gameplay was the basis for this shoot 'em up, with a horizontally-scrolling landscape which eventually loops back on...

David Wolf: Secret Agent DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989)

Bruno Vasto, a madman, has stolen the experimental SF-2 stealth fighter and threatens to blow up Washington D.C.! It's up...

DOS (1990)

In this top-down vertical scrolling arcade shooter player controls an assault plane on its way through mechanized army forces over...

Dawnssley ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987)

The Gauntlet scenario is revisited in this budget-price game in which Hobbo the Elf and Thor the Warrior are trapped...

DOS (1994)

Icarus is (despite the number in its title) the third installment in the Korean-made series of horizontally scrolling sci-fi shoot-em-ups....

DOS (1995)

The Day 5: Assault Dragon is a horizontally scrolling sci-fi shoot-em-up and (in spite of the number in its title)...

MSX (1991)

The android terrorist organization Metalabor stole the highly valuable Mega Plutonium K element, intending to use it for military purposes....

Day of Defeat Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2013)

Day of Defeat is an online game from the makers of Half-Life and Counter-Strike. The game takes place during WWII...

Day of Defeat: Source Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2010)

The classic WWII infantry multiplayer mod for Half-Life, updated with the Half-Life 2 engine and distributed exclusively through Steam. Along...

Day of the Viper DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1990)

The Sun League has been trying to fight back against the corrupted and oppressive Gar computer for many years. Now...

Windows (2009)

In Day of the Zombie you play a student searching for his girlfriend, a janitor protecting his school and a...

DayZ Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

DayZ is a commercial, standalone version of what was started as a modification with the same name for ArmA II:...

Daze Before Christmas Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

Christmas is a time where people get together and give others presents and spend all day eating food. But there's...

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