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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Ex Machina Arcade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In 1960s, a crashed scout space ship of the n'eri race was found by the USA in the desert near...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You are a UFO. You must shoot tall and short towers above ground. You can shoot the short ones on...

SAM Coupé (1993)

Earth is under siege by the 'Bugs United Terrorist Team' (B.U.T.T.) led by the evil Dr. Gub who is looking...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Exodus is a single screen shooter where your task is to stop creatures and objects from escaping 'The Pit', an...

Exodus from the Earth Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The year is 2016 and it is suddenly discovered that Earth is in trouble. In less than 20 years, the...

Exolon Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

This action game combines shoot 'em up and platform elements, as you control a flying man who can gain an...

Exolon DX Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2006)

Exolon DX is a remake of the classic Exolon on the ZX Spectrum.You are a cyborg named Vitorc and must...

Genesis (1995)

Based on the American animated television series of the same name that ran between 1993 and 1994, this game puts...

The Expendables 2 Videogame Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

The Expendables 2 Videogame is a third-person shooter and a tie-in for the 2012 The Expendables 2 action movie. The...

The Expendabros Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

The Expendabros is a 2D side-scrolling platform game with destructible terrain. The game is an official crossover between the game...

Expert PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

An unknown terrorist force has taken the high-tech Intelligent Building hostage, along with everyone inside. The elite counter-terrorist team Expert...

Windows (2003)

Explodin Crapola: Helicopter Cacophony II is an action game, where the player controls a helicopter and must perform several missions,...

Windows (1999)

Exploding Lips is a 3D shooter similar to Doom. A terrifying race of aliens who look like giant floating lips...

EXPLORER ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (2015)

EXPLORER is a vertical scrolling shooter inspired by Cavern of Mars. Explore deep space, guide your ship through six enemy...

Arcade (1992)

Explosive Breaker is a up-scrolling space themed shoot 'em up game where you take control of one of six different...

Express Raider Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1986)

Your aim in life is to be the greatest train robber in the Wild West, a multi-stage task. Your character...

Windows (2007)

Exteel is an on-line sci-fi third person shooter where giant Mechanaughts battle each other using both melee and ranged weaponry....

Atari ST (1990)

Exterminate is a side scrolling shoot em up game. On a far away planet the forces of evil have begun...

Extermination PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

On December 24, 2005, Sergeant Dennis Riley, member of the special U.S. Marine Team Red Light receives a distress call...

Exterminator Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Arcade (1989)

Of all the mundane tasks which've been turned into action-packed games, bug-repelling must be up there with being a Paper...

PC Booter (1983), Commodore 64 (1982) and VIC-20 (1982)

The Exterminator is essentially a clone of the arcade game Centipede. A centipede forms from the top of the screen...

Extinction iPad Front Cover

Windows (2010), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Extinction is a top-down 3D shooter with zombies, guns and cars in a free-roaming environment inspired by the early Grand...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Extra-Terrestrial is a single screen side view shooter where it is your mission to destroy an alien invasion that is...

Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Your task in Extreme essentially involves wiping out alien pirates, across 3 distinct sections. This was essentially a spare-time pet...

Extreme Assault DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Extreme Assault is an arcade shooting game in which the player takes control of two different vehicles: a fictional Sioux...

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