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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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Ai Senshi Nicol NES Front Cover

NES (1987), BREW (2008) and DoJa (2006)

Ai Senshi Nikoru is a top down, action shooter. You play as titular character Nicol, as he fights through a...

AI Wars: The Awakening Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

AI Wars: The Awakening is set in the near future where every structure is linked to the NET which stores...

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1989), Sharp X68000 (1989) and Arcade (1987)

In this arcade shoot'em up your mission is to infiltrate the alien fortress during 6 levels, and to destroy the...

Akai Katana Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Akai Katana is a top-down shooter with the Bullet Hell play style, meaning the ship has a specific area called...

Akira Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Akira is a side-scrolling action game based on the anime film of the same title.In the first few levels you...

Akujin Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Akujin is a top down space shooter similar to the XBLA game Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, in which the player...

Amiga (1989)

Sideways scrolling shoot em up, where you control a genie in a magic lamp to blast your way through the...

PC-98 (1988)

In the magical Sword World, the land of Alantia enjoyed a peaceful existence, until the evil king Ezekiel conquered the...

Alan Wake (Limited Collector's Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

The Limited Collector's Edition comes in a book-shaped box and includes: Alan Wake A Collector's Book: The Alan Wake Files...

Alan Wake's American Nightmare Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2012)

Alan Wake's American Nightmare is a follow-up to 2010's Alan Wake. Taking place two years after the first game, protagonist...

Alcatraz DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

A drug baron took over Alcatraz prison and now the player takes the role of an U.S. Navy Seal to...

A.L.C.O.N. Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Thomson TO (1987) and Arcade (1986)

Forward scrolling spaceship shooting game over the planet Orac.Alien enemies have occupied the planet Orac in the year 2059. The...

SuperGrafx (1991)

The year is 2020, and global depression has descended upon the societies of the Earth. When humans least expect it,...

Aleste 2 MSX Front Cover

MSX (1989)

20 years after the last fight with DIA51 an unidentified space fortress appeared and started an massive attack. Ray Waizen,...

MSX (1989)

The main difference of this vertical shoot 'em up with its predecessors Aleste and Aleste 2 is that in this...

Amiga (1991)

Aliantor is a Defender variant, but instead of side-scrolling in a 3D-environment. Besides the usual alien attack on a space...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

This is the tenth and final episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

ABC Television released this promotional episodic videogame to hype the TV show starring Jennifer Garner as an undercover CIA spy...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

This is the second episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

This is the third episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the TV show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

This is the fourth episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

This is the fifth episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

This is the sixth episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

This is the seventh episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

This is the eighth episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

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