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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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PlayStation (1997)

Alien monsters and other gigantic nightmares threaten earth. Fortunately for us a special force has been assigned to deal with...

Gamerbots: Third-Robot Shooting Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Gamerbots: Third-Robot Shooting pits the player in the role of a robot sent into a maze in order to locate...

Gamer Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

We do live in the golden age of compilations. This one from Activision contains full versions of Quake II, Dark...

Games That Didn't Make It Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1999)

Games That Didn't Make It is a compilation of eight previously unreleased Epic Banana games. Several of the games are...

Game Tengoku: The Game Paradise! SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1997)

Game Tengoku is a conversion of the coin-op game of the same name. The game is a vertical scrolling comical...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You are the commander of the only Gamma ship in this stellar field. The Vegan war fleet has taken control...

Apple II (1981)

Gamma Goblins is a fixed screen shoot 'em up that takes place in the human body. The player begins an...

DOS (1991)

In this game, you are in a galaxy wide war, in which you pilot a ship, and go through battles...

Neo Geo Pocket Color (2000)

In this game you keep watch on the wacky Neo Poke-kun, a cartoony programmer thing that lives locked in his...

Gandalf the Sorcerer Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

Gandalf the Socerer is a single screen shooter viewed from behind the castle walls looking out into the land, where...

Gangland Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2005)

The story begins when Chico Mangano dies by a gunshot. There were witnesses who saw Chico's three brothers kill him.Their...

Gangs of London PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

In Gangs of London the player takes the role of a crime gang member who wants to take control over...

Commodore 64 (1989)

Gangster is a single screen shooter using a LightGun where you play the role of a Downtown Cop who has...

Gangster Alley Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

S.B.I. (Spectravision Bureau of Investigation) file on Chicago Joe and his gang: We apprehended Chicago Joe but in retaliation, his...

Gangster Town SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1987)

In Gangster Town, you must use the Light Phaser to shoot unruly mobsters from the town, starting with a car...

DOS (1998)

You are John Parker, Rastafarian soldier, trying to defend your herb/pot/weed/marijuana/ganja field against American soldiers. You stand on your Volkswagen...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Ganzen Schieten is a shoot 'em up game for one player. Geese will enter the screen and the player must...

VIC-20 (1982)

Garden Wars is a fast paced, single-screen 8-way maze shooter, similar to Berzerk. Your goal? Earn as many points as...

Garfield's Mad About Cats Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

In Garfield's Mad About Cats, Jon expresses displeasure with Garfield's lack of motivation towards performing traditional rodent control duties. Still,...

Gargoyle's Quest Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

The friendly Ghoul Realm was invaded by aliens know as the Destroyers ages ago. The Destroyers almost captured the Ghoul...

Garry's Mod Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2010)

Initially a Half-Life 2 fan-made mod, this sandbox editor gives you the tools to play with items and physics within...

Garry's Mod + Team Fortress 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Garry's Mod + Team Fortress 2 is a Steam bundle containing Garry's Mod and the multiplayer game Team Fortress 2....

PC-98 (1995)

At first glance, one would think that Garudius '95 is undoubtedly a part of Konami's venerated Gradius series. Indeed, it...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You are in your vehicle which has terrible fuel efficiency. A real gas hog. You are trying to travel along...

Linux (2004), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

Gate 88 is a real-time strategy game with a twist -- you are in direct control of an individual unit,...

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