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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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 3.x (1994) and OS/2 (1994)

Drift is a single player, freeware, Asteroids variant. The game is entirely keyboard controlled and is slightly unusual in that...

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...

Driller Tanks MSX Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984) and MSX (1983)

Driller Tanks features a side-on view of the tank you control, which is submerged in a maze full of nasties...

Driv3r Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

In the game you take the role of Tanner, the undercover cop from previous Driver games, as he infiltrates a...

Driv3r Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

As the other games in the series before it, Driv3r also received an adaptation to a handheld platform. Driv3r for...

Driver '76 PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Driver '76 is the fifth game in the Driver series and the first since Ubisoft acquired the license from Atari....

Driver: Parallel Lines Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and Wii (2007)

Driver: Parallel Lines is the fourth game in the Driver series, following the story of TK. In 1978, TK (who...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

This collector's edition contains: Driver: Parallel Lines Behind-the-scenes DVD Soundtrack Character profiles

Droid Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1993)

Droid is a single board shooter. The game takes place on the planet Xeviou, taken over by bandits. As the...

Droid Assault Linux Front Cover

Linux (2008), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Droid Assault is an arcade shooter inspired by Paradroid and Quazatron, where the player controls a small army of robots...

Commodore 64 (1988)

You are a droid on a spaceship bored silly. The only way to escape from the boredom is to sleep...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

You have defeated aliens in the Diagon Zone and kept the spaceways free in a Solo fighter, and now in...

Sinclair QL (1985)

Droidzone is an arcade space shooter played on a single screen. The game consists of several zones where the ship...

Drone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (1999)

Drone is a two-dimensional vertical scrolling shooter with pre-rendered 3D graphics. An evil alien race has penetrated Earth's security system,...

Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

The game Drone! is inspired by reports of the Israeli army using pilot-less drone aircraft. In the game the player...

Windows (2007)

DroneSwarm is a 2D horizontally scrolling shoot'em-up created for the SHMUP-DEV Competition 2k7 Round 2. The player controls a flying...

Dropship: United Peace Force PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Dropship is an action game set in the year 2050. Terrorist attacks have increased severely, which is why big nations...

Dropzone Commodore 64 Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), Game Boy Color (1999), NES (1992), Game Gear (1994), Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Dropzone is basically a Defender variant, closely recreating the gameplay of the original Defender with its speedy scrolling and frantic...

DOS (1994), Windows (2008), 3DO (1995), CD-i (1996) and Arcade (1993)

Drug Wars is another in the long line of traditional American Laser Games arcade-conversion shooters. It's a straightforward point-and-click game...

Drug Wars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Drug Wars, originally released as Merchants of Brooklyn, is a violent first-person action game set in the future, in 3100...

ZX Spectrum (1985)

In this game you play the role of a teenager who is new to the big wide world. The gameplay...

Drunken Robot Pornography Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014) and Windows (2014)

Drunken Robot Pornography is a first-person shooter set in small arenas where you fight giant robots (Titans) who bring the...

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