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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Cube 2: Sauerbraten Linux Front Cover

Linux (2004), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

Cube 2: Sauerbraten is an open source sequel to Cube by the same company, an FPS with a built in...

The Culling of the Cows Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

The Culling of the Cows is a defense game where you control the gun-wielding farmer Sammy who needs to protect...

Windows (2003)

Cunyngas is an old-school top-down shooter. The story: The race of Gomin lives under oppression of the race of Mopol....

Genesis (1989)

Curse is a basic horizontal-scrolling shooter, one of the first released for the Megadrive, where one pilots a space fighter...

Curse of the Catacombs DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Curse of the Catacombs is a first-person shooter very similar to the previous game. Once again, you're a mage whose...

Curse: The Eye of Isis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Someone has stolen an artifact from the British Museum - a sacred (and CURSED) Egyptian statuette called the "Eye of...

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

In Custodian the player takes the role of the caretaker of an nuclear-powered alien cemetery. It was infested by parasites...

Commodore 64 (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1984), Dragon 32/64 (1984), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985) and Sinclair QL (1985)

Cuthbert, the versatile game protagonist, has this time gone into space. On a series of Joust-like levels, he must clear...

Cutout Heroes: Making of a Ninja iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Making of a Ninja is the first entry in the Cutout Heroes series. Nin, the lovable but inept ninja was...

The C word Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Edmund McMillen's fascination with the themes of death and reproduction in games is continued in The C word also known...

Commodore 64 (1987)

You are a pilot of a space craft whose mission is to accompany and guard a huge Mothership leaving Earth...

Browser (2013)

You have been captured by cyber droids and scheduled for cybernetic upgrade. They didn't contend with your willpower, however. You...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

Cyber-core is a vertically scrolling shooter in which the player fights insects. The basic idea is traditional: shooting everything before...

DOS (1996) and 3DO (1996)

"Yet another disco armadillo first-person shooter." After being run over by a car, our hero Armadillo is brought back to...

Windows (1996)

CyberDome! is a single player shoot 'em up that was originally released as shareware but has since been made available...

Amiga (1995)

Cyber Force: Zniewolony Umysł is a sci-fi action adventure game, similar to Flashback. In 2017 a scientist foresees the destruction...

CyberGenic Ranger: Secret of the Seventh Planet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Cybergenic Ranger is a side-scrolling shoot'em up arcade game where you must shoot your way to success. You have to...

Cyberia DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996), 3DO (1996), PC-98 (1995) and FM Towns (1995)

In the year 2027, the world is controlled by two rival superpowers, the western-bloc Free World Alliance and the east-bloc...

Cyberia 2: Resurrection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Windows (1995)

The original Cyberia was a rail shooter that combined puzzle-solving with Star Wars: Rebel Assault-style action sequences. The sequel is...

Cyberia: Mission Norway DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Cyberia: Mission Norway is a partial version of the original Cyberia. It only contains about half of the game and...

Thomson TO (1984) and Thomson MO (1984)

Cyberlab is a maze game played from a first person perspective. In the game, a cyberlab is a futuristic tank...

CyberMage: Darklight Awakening DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In the year 2044 AD, world governments have fallen apart and the Earth is ruled by ruthless corporations doing anything...

DOS (1995)

The public demo version of CyberMage: Darklight Awakening includes a unique scenario that was specifically designed to demonstrate various aspects...

DOS (1999)

Cyber Marine is a single player, 3rd person shareware shooter in which the player has five lives in which they...

Cybermorph Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1993)

Cybermorph was the first game released for Atari's Jaguar console. It's a 3D sci-fi shoot-'em-up. The story goes like this:...

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