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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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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 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...

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