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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Commodore 64 (1984)

Over the years since the first design was announced in 2001, robots with the ability to think have increased with...

Cyclon VIC-20 Front Cover

VIC-20 (1983)

Cyclon is a space-themed reflex game that is similar to Midway's Space Zap. The object of the game is to...

CyClones DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Legions of alien Cybernetic Clones (CyClones) have devastated the Earth. Humanity's only hope lies with Havoc, himself a cybernetic warrior...

Cyclons Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

Cyclons is a single player space shoot-em up game.The player takes control of a space ship and must shoot alien...

Cylindrix DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (2001)

Choose your ship, your shipmates whom will have ships of their own and command your groups to win by taking...

ZX Spectrum (1984), BBC Micro (1983), Electron (1983) and Atom (1982)

Cylon Attack is a pseudo 3D space shooter played from a first-person perspective and clearly based on the American TV...

CYPHER Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

CYPHER is a fast online multiplayer platform shooter. Take the role of agents and infiltrate the government by hacking servers....

Cytadela Linux Front Cover

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

Cytadela is a conversion of the Amiga first person shooter of the same title, created in 1995 by Arrakis Software....

Cytron Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992)

Viewed from above, Cytron is inspired by Paradroid and Alien Breed. The robot Cytron has been sent into a research...

Czarny Orzeł Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1995)

Czarny Orzeł is a first-person shooter. A super secret helicopter named Black Eagle was stolen by the Cuban revolutionaries. The...

Czorian Siege PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983)

Czorian Siege is an arcade action game similar to Space Invaders. You control a spaceship at the bottom of the...

D-2 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

It is Christmas of the year 2000. In the skies over Canada, Laura's plane has been hijacked by terrorists. The...

Dactylus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

In Dactylus - a parallax-scrolling fantasy shooter - you slip into the role of Yarin, a dragon-rider. Evil forces destroyed...

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

Daemon Summoner is a first person shooter that takes place in 1888, during the Victorian era of England. Players take...

Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Based on Chuck Jones' Looney Tunes character, Daffy Duck, Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions sees Daffy in his quirky "Duck...

DAIVA Story 6: Nirsartia no Gyokuza NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

DAIVA Story 6: Nirsartia no Gyokuza is the sixth game in the DAIVA saga. Like the other games in this...

Dalek Attack Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

In this game you play the role of the Doctor from the BBC science fiction program Doctor Who. The story...

Damage Incorporated Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1997)

Damage Incorporated is a first-person shooter which incorporates a number of real-time strategy game mechanics. The game is set in...

The Dam Busters Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1985), Commodore 64 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1986), PC-98 (1986) and Coleco Adam (1984)

Dam Busters is an early flight simulation, set in World War II. It focuses on Dam Busters who historically were...

Damnation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

After the end of a brutal civil war America is in chaos. But although one war has seen it's end,...

NES (1990) and Supervision (1992)

Dancing Block is a simple arcade action game starring a sentient cube. This cube has a curious feature: a cannon...

Commodore 64 (1983)

A beautiful princess has been turned into an ugly monster by an evil Wizard and to make matters worse she...

Windows (2005)

Dan! Da! Dan! is a freeware game that combines ideas from traditional vertical shooters with color-matching titles like Mr. Driller....

Dandy Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Although directly licensed to John Palevich's earliest interpretation of top-view dungeon-based slashing, this game's features are closest to Gauntlet, the...

Atari 8-bit (1983)

This game is the inspiration, both directly and indirectly, of arcade dungeon crawlers like the The RamJam Corporation version of...

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