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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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The Guardian Legend NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

In the far future, Earth is a peaceful place with very few worries. To ensure it stays that way, a...

Guardic MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

Guardic is a top-down 2d shooter based on the classic premise of pitting a single starfighter against a horde of...

Guerrilla Bob Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2010), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

Guerrilla Bob is a third-person shooter shown from an almost top-down perspective. Choosing one of the four available characters (not...

Atari ST (1991)

Guided Missile is an action game for two players where each player controls 8 guided missiles. The aim of the...

Guimo DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Guimo is a 2D platform game featuring several stages full of action. The story is situated in a parallel world...

MSX (1986) and SG-1000 (1986)

Deviating slightly from Compile's usual vertically scrolling fashion, Gulkave is a rather orthodox horizontal shooter. Flying across – or inside...

Gum Drop: Celestial Frontier Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Gum Drop: Celestial Frontier is a top-down arena shooter set in space, based on the swinging attacks gameplay concept also...

Gun Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005), GameCube (2005) and Xbox 360 (2005)

The Wild Wild West meets Grand Theft Auto in this free-roaming action game. Set in 1870, you are Colton White,...

GUNbare! Game Tengoku: The Game Paradise 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

The evil scientist Genius Yamada is trying to take over the world of video games. Yuki Ito, part-time bunny girl...

Gunbee F-99: The Kidnapping of Lady Akiko Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1998)

The planet of Valstyx is being threatened by strange beasts and weird machines, controlled by the vile Lord Khenmir. Khenmir...

Gunbird 2 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000) and Arcade (1998)

Gunbird 2 is the sequel to the arcade sleeper Gunbird. Take flight as one of seven crazy characters as you...

Gunbird: Special Edition PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Gunbird Special Edition contains two shoot em 'ups from the Gunbird series previously not released for the PlayStation 2. Gunbird...

Arcade (1996)

Gunblade NY - Special Air Assault Force is a 3D arcade, very straightforward rail-shooter. Terrorists attack New York. The player...

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

In Gunboat, the goal is to infiltrate the enemy's network of inland waterways and destroy all their naval bases. To...

Gun Bros iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010), Android (2011), iPad (2011) and Windows Phone (2012)

The genius scientist Mother Gun has invented a formula that greatly enhances strength, reaction, and durability of the human body....

GundeadliGne Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

GundeadliGne is a traditional 2D side-scrolling shooter game belonging to the bullet-hell shoot 'em up sub-genre. It features online leaderboard,...

GunDiver Android Front Cover

Android (2014)

GunDiver is an action game with a side view, where the player controls an armed diver, who is not affected...

Atari 2600 (2001)

This game is inspired by the 1975 Midway coin-op game, Gun Fight.There are four game versions: In Standard Duel, the...

Arcade (1975)

Gun Fight is a two player twitch game in which players take on the role of gunfighter in the American...

Commodore 64 (1989), Atari 8-bit (1989), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1990), BBC Micro (1990) and Electron (1990)

In Gunfighter you play a Wild West Sheriff, whose town is under attack from a group of outlaws who have...

Gunfighter II: Revenge of Jesse James PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Gunfighter II, the sequel to the 2001 PlayStation release, continues the wild adventures of Jesse James as players strap on...

Gunfighter: The Legend of Jesse James PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

You play as Jesse James in this arcade-style gunfighting game. Both him and his partner, Cole Younger, ride into town...

SNES (1992) and Arcade (1991)

The player takes control of a soldier who is dropped off onto an island and must fight his way through...

Arcade (1994)

Gun Force II is 2D side-scrolling run'n'gun, continuation of GunForce. Game is very similar to Metal Slug. The player controls...

SEGA Saturn (1997)

Gun Frontier is a 1990 arcade vertical shoot-'em-up based on the animated series of the same name. The setting of...

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