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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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Double Strike NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The South Pacific contains some of the most beautiful islands in the world, and they have all been invaded by...

Double Take Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

A shoot-em-up game. You are a professor who can fly around. The game play area is divided into different kinds...

PC-88 (1991)

Dōjin Kaizokuban is an unofficial text-mode remake of Truxton. It includes many recognizable elements from the original game, including the...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Nearing the end of the 21th century, human society entered a development stage that was dubbed "neo capitalism". Powerful mega-corporations...

TurboGrafx CD (1991)

In this sequel to Down Load, the player once again takes control of Syd, a young "cyber diver" - a...

Dracula: Undead Awakening iPhone Front Cover

PSP (2009), Symbian (2012), Wii (2010), iPhone (2009), Nintendo DSi (2010) and Android (2009)

Dracula: Undead Awakening is a Robotron-like isometric shooter, in which the object is simply to shoot everything that moves. You...

Dragon Breed Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Zambaquous has done everything to make life hell for the people of Agamen, and as their King Kayus, the time...

Dragon Drive: D-Masters Shot GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

Reiji Ozora is a lazy, good-for-nothing, completely unmotivated junior high school student. His friend Maiko shows him a popular virtual...

Dragon Fighter NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

In Dragon Fighter the protagonist is a fighter who can turn into a dragon. In this side-scrolling action game the...

Amiga (1991)

Dragon Fighter is a vertically scrolling shooter in which the player rides a dragon. The goal is to solve a...

Dragon Hunters: Die Drachenjäger - Die Prüfung Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Die Drachenjäger is a side-scrolling shooter based on the Dragon Hunter TV series. In the far future, humankind lives in...

TurboGrafx-16 (1991), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1990)

Whereas Dragon Spirit was a multi-format conversion, only Turbo-Grafx / PC Engine users initially got to play the lesser-known sequel...

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

In Dragon Scape, the player takes the role of a young man who gets magically transported into the land Tuvania....

J2ME (2003)

When the young sorceress Stella Maris returns to her home, she discovers her black cat Mimi has been kidnapped by...

Dragon Spirit Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1989), NES (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), TurboGrafx-16 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), Wii (2007), Sharp X68000 (1988) and Arcade (1987)

Princess Alicia of the kingdom of Mitgult is kidnapped by the monster Zawell. It's now up to the heroic warrior...

NES (1992)

Unlike its namesake on computers, this version of DragonStrike is a straight action game with a top-down perspective. Set during...

Dr. Blob's Organism Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2007)

Dr. Blob's Organism is a unique shooter game that combines the lightning-quick gameplay of games like Tempest with the artificial...

The Dreadnaught Factor Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1983), Atari 5200 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

The Zorban Dreadnaughts are spaceships that are 140,000 feet long and weigh 970 megatons, making them the largest, most heavily...

Dreamkiller Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Alice Drake is a psychologist, who has the ability to enter her patients' dreams and treat mental sicknesses not only...

Windows (2001)

Dreamstars is an involved space shooter arcade game similar to Asteroids. It allows the player to build up a space...

Dream Trigger 3D Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Dream Trigger 3D is not an easy game to define. It's one part shmup and one part puzzle game, with...

Dream Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

In the future, the world is controlled by corporations rather than governments, and wars are fought in a dream world...

FM Towns (1990) and Sharp X68000 (1989)

In the middle of the 22th century World War III began between the Allied Power and the Pact Power. Atomic...

Windows (2002)

Drift: When Worlds Collideis a 3D space action simulation game set in a fictional world. Fly through 28 action-packed missions...

DriftZone Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

DriftZone is a shoot 'em up based on Asteroids. Players take control of a space ship floating around in a...

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