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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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Air Fortress NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

The Federation of Intergalactic Powers is under threat by gigantic fortress spaceships which have suddenly appeared and destroyed nearby civilization....

Arcade (1996)

Air Gallet is a vertically scrolling shoot'em up. You fly a fighter jet and have to defend yourself against airborne...

Air Offensive: The Art of Flying Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Air Offensive: The Art of Flying is a 3D arcade flying shooter. The player controls a futuristic air fighter and...

Aironauts PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Aironauts is a flying aerobatic stunt action game for up to two players, set in a dystopian future society where...

Atari 2600 (1984)

The object of this game is to defend the buildings at the bottom of the screen.There are four types of...

Air Raid: This is Not a Drill Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

It's World War II and naval battleships have come under attack by enemy plains. It is up to the skill...

Arcade (1991)

Air Rescue is based on the game Choplifter but from a 1st person perspective as you must fly your helicopter...

Air Rescue I Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

The game is a remake of Chopper Rescue with the following changes: Game is rewritten in machine language and doesn't...

Atari 8-bit (1982)

Planet Cyclon's military force is centred in fortress Gemini. They are overpowering your people in an ongoing war - only...

AirStrike 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Following the previous AirStrike game, the N.I.T.O. terrorists' main plan was defeated. However their terrorism remains a threat and when...

AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

A mysterious terrorist organization named N.I.T.O. has alarmed the international community. Their factories and oil refinery production has suddenly gone...

Atari 8-bit (1983)

Airstrike II takes you back to planet Cyclon, armed with an improved Mark X fighter ship, with the aim of...

AirStrike II: Gulf Thunder Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Following the events in AirStrike 2, the N.I.T.O. terrorists are at it again and have set up a brand new...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Air Supply is a vertically scrolling shooter. Besides shooting enemies (mostly small but numerous), the player has to drop supply...

Atari ST (1992)

Air to Air Combat is a two-player dogfight game. The game area is one screen in size and if a...

Airwolf Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1984), Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

The game of the TV show is viewed from the side and puts you in command of an attack helicopter....

NES (1988) and Arcade (1987)

Airwolf is a side-scrolling shooter based on the 1980s TV series of the same name. A division of the CIA...

ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1989)

Airwolf II is a direct sequel to Airwolf, however this side-scrolling shooter's story has even less in common with the...

Air Zonk TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1992), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2014)

In 1992, Hudson Soft expanded upon the Bonk's Adventure franchise they had built by creating Air Zonk, a 2D side-scrolling...

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...

Akane the Kunoichi Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2011), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Akane the Kunoichi is an 2D side-scrolling platformer where the player controls the ninja Akane. She is secretly in love...

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...

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