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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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Epic DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and PC-98 (1993)

The sun is about to go supernova and humanity must find a new home. All the population is packed into...

Browser (2014)

Epic Boss Fighter is a shoot 'em up game in which you play as a hero that needs to save...

Browser (2015)

Epic Boss Fighter 2 is a shoot 'em up game in which you play as a hero that needs to...

Epidemic PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995)

In the year 2065, the human race is being wiped out by a virus with the survivors finding solace in...

Epigenesis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Epigenesis is a futuristic 3D sports game played with a ball but in first-person shooter style. The game has two...

Apple II (1981)

Epoch puts one player in control of a spacecraft with the goal to destroy as many aliens as possible before...

Macintosh (2003)

Codeblender Software's Epsilon Tahari: Reign of the machines is a futuristic combat game. You are a lone pilot and you...

The Equalizer Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

The Equalizer is a side scrolling single player platform game.The player controls a small baby-like character who can move left...

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Sury Ani 7 has been a source of mined resources for many a year, but now that it is contaminated,...

Eradicator Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1996), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

The planet Ioxia is vital to your society, as nowhere else provides the vital element Mazrium. However, its long dormant...

Windows (1997)

Eraser Turnabout is a predominantly action game with some puzzle-solving, featuring pre-rendered action scenes and a lot of recorded full...

Erebus Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

The planet Erebus has been developed by Earth into a giant refinery to turn it's waste into useful gases and...

Erunaaku No Zaihou NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Erunaaku No Zaihou is a simplistic arcade game played from an overhead view. The player controls a man who wants...

Windows (1997)

There has been a radiation leak at a top secret research facility and people are being transformed into monsters. As...

Escape from CyberCity CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1992)

In the near future, the Earth is under attack by the evil Guardian Forces. After the attack, only a few...

Commodore 64 (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

Escape from Doomworld is a three part game where you are tasked to rescue as many Scientists from the planet...

Escape from Monster Manor 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1993)

The undead have been unleashed upon the world. Only a holy talisman can destroy them, but it has been broken...

Escape Velocity Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1996)

Escape Velocity is an open-ended, role-playing arcade game set in a future where interstellar space travel has allowed mankind to...

Macintosh (1998)

This space trading simulation sequel uses extended features of the original game engine. It has a new story in a...

Eschatos Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Eschatos is a vertically scrolling shoot'em up. Some time in the year 22nd century the moon gets covered by a...

Amiga (1996)

Eskadra is an action side-scrolling flight shooter. The game begins with the conflict of three neighbors. The storm destroyed the...

Eskimo Games Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Eskimo Games takes the winter sports multi-event format and emphasises the winter rather than the sports. Operation Snowball is similar...

Esoteria: Techno-Assassin of the Future Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Esoteria is a third person shooter, with emphasis on stealth and sniping. This is the only game that made it...

PC-98 (1994)

E.S.P. is a side-scrolling shooter. There is no plot in the game - the player controls a robot-like flying device,...

Espgaluda PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Arcade (2003)

Espgaluda is a vertically scrolling shooter. You are given the option of controlling one of two siblings, Ageha (faster but...

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