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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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DOS (1996)

1 Ton is a freeware game where the player controls a weight of one ton. There are multiple people walking...

Atari 2600 (2005)

This cartridge contains six of the 1 kilobyte entries and one 4 kilobyte entry from the 2005 Minigame Competition with...

J2ME (2005)

Set in the year 2020, this top-down arcade shooter takes place in different mazes. The aim of the game is...

Windows (2010)

2025: Battle for Fatherland is a third person shooter game set in year 2025. As the United States of America...

ZX Spectrum (1988)

2088 is a 2D top-down shooter set in the future. The player controls the gunfighter, and starts in the centre...

SEGA Master System (1995)

20 em 1 (20 in 1) is a compilation of twenty previously unreleased games in a single cartridge, which came...

24: The Game PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

24: The Game is an action-adventure game based on the Fox TV series. Set in between Seasons 2 and 3...

25 to Life Windows Front Cover

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

25 to Life is set in the urban inner city jungle where you can choose to be either a law...

Commodore 64 (1992)

2K-Fighter is a vertical shoot-em-up where you scroll up the screen to blast a wave of baddies. Once the wave...

2onOne: L.A. Swat + Panther Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and Atari 8-bit (1988)

This compilation contains two shoot-em-ups: L.A. Swat Panther

Atari 2600 (1992)

An unlicensed multi-cart from the Australian-based game distributor HES. The two games featured on this cartridge are "Alien Force" (actually...

Atari 2600 (1992)

Another entry in HES's extensive line of "2 pak specials". This cartridge contains two reissued games from Imagic: Cavern Blaster...

Atari 2600 (1992)

This is a two-in-one cartridge with two Imagic games: Space Voyage (a renaming of Star Voyager) Fire Alert (a renaming...

Windows (2003)

3105 A.D. is a freeware single-player arcade style game similar to Galaxian.It is keyboard controlled with the arrow keys moving...

Atari 2600 (1988)

This was a cart that was released in PAL format in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Most were the pack...

The 3D Adventures of Sailor Moon Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

The 3D Adventures of Sailor Moon is based on the TV anime series Sailor Moon. It is basically an interactive...

ZX Spectrum (1987)

3D Defence (or Defence, 3D) is a simple shooter from Empire Software. Rules are very simple - player controls defense...

ZX81 (1981)

3D Defender is a 1st person shooter where you have to save your planet from alien invaders by blasting and...

3D Desert Patrol ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

The object of 3D Desert Patrol is to reach the safety of a road some distance ahead (depending on difficulty...

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and BBC Micro (1983)

To return back to Earth if your ship is beyond the Starfields of Orion there is an avenue of beacons...

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1987)

As the name implies, 3D Galax takes the Space Invaders/Galaxian concept into the third dimension. Seen from a first-person cockpit...

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

In 3D Galaxy Fighters (strongly inspired by the classic Galaga series), your mission is to defend the galaxy from hordes...

3D Infinity Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

3D Infinity is an on-rails space shooter that features real 3D graphics. The player controls a ship that can fire...

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1984) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

The war on the Seiddab rages on, and you now take part in an attack on their moon base. You...

3D Missile Madness Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

3D Missile Madness is a 3D clone of the classic Defender style of gameplay. The player's ship can move left...

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