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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FirePower Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

FirePower is an add-on to Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3.0 that adds 18 brand new aircraft, weapons, special effects, sounds,...

Fire Power Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Fire Power is a side-scrolling platform shooter. The player directs the character of commando soldier John Wesson-Smith. Commando is the...

Firepower 2000 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Genesis (1994)

A secret "underground race" on an island in the mid-Atlantic ocean has stolen top military vehicles and equipment from around...

Fire Shark Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Fire Shark takes place around a small island in the South Pacific. It is a continuously-scrolling aerial shooter with a...

Windows (2006)

Firestart is a remake of Project Firestart, an early 'survival horror' title, released in 1989 on the Commodore 64.The setting...

Firestarter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

In the year 2010 video games have evolved from consoles to virtual reality playing machines. The only problem is computer...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Firestorm is a top-down shooter, but the game requires a bit of thinking. The titular hero is able to create...

Commodore 64 (1987) and BBC Micro (1987)

Pirates took possession over a part of space and founded eight colonies. The player's mission as Earth's delegate is to...

Firewind DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

The dominators are the most powerful but also most ruthless force in the universe and are determined to destroy all...

Windows (2001)

Fireworks 2 is the sequel to Fireworks. It is a 2D shooter on a single, non-scrolling screen, similar in gameplay...

Fire Zone Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Fire Zone takes place in the 2130, when the inner opposition has joined the forces with aliens and kidnapped the...

Firo & Klawd Windows Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1998), Windows 3.x (1998) and PlayStation (1997)

In the depths of New York City live two animal cop characters living out their own dreams (Firo, an orange...

Commodore 64 (1986)

With the death of the Emperor of the Kohdan System, the once peaceful alliance between them and the Rilos System...

Jupiter Ace (1983)

Fish + Flutterer is a double games pack that contains the following games:Fish: In this side view horizontal scrolling game,...

Commodore 64 (1984)

In the year 2096 a huge rogue CPU called Computer Control is trying to take over the universe and you...

Flak Warrior  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Flak Warrior is simple arcade shooter. The player takes care of a flak cannon and kills every plane which crosses...

Arcade (1999)

Flame Gunner is a 3D arcade shooter. The game is very simple - the player (or players) must perform a...

Flames of Freedom DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

This sequel to Midwinter takes place years after the events of the first game. The world has thawed and Midwinter...

PC-98 (1996)

Flame Zapper Kotsujin is a vertically-scrolling sci-fi-themed shoot-em-up. The player controls a fighter spacecraft, advancing through five large levels swarming...

Flashback Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Flashback is a remake of Flashback: The Quest for Identity and follows the same main plot as the original with...

Flashback: The Quest for Identity DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), SNES (1993), Genesis (1993), Jaguar (1995), Amiga (1992), SEGA CD (1994), 3DO (1993), CD-i (1994), Macintosh (1995), iPhone (2009), PC-98 (1994), FM Towns (1994) and Acorn 32-bit (1994)

The year is 2142. The player takes control of Conrad B. Hart, a man who has lost his memory. After...

Flash Gear Solid VR: The NIKITA Missions Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Flash Gear Solid VR: The NIKITA Missions is an unofficial game based on Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions where there...

Flash Gordon VIC-20 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

You are Flash Gordon. Many spacemen have entered Spider City but never returned. Your job, Flash, is two fold. Rescue...

Videopac+ G7400 (2004)

Flash Point is inspired by the arcade game Robotron. The story is that an alien fleet landed in the capital...

MSX (1984)

Flash Splash is a vertical shooter. In this game, the player does not have to protect the Earth from an...

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