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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Flying Nightmares Macintosh Front Cover

3DO (1995) and Macintosh (1994)

Flying Nightmares is a 3-D flight-sim game that has the player take to the controls of the Harrier jet, flying...

Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~ Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Flying Red Barrel is a top-down, vertically-scrolling bullet hell shooter with planes. The story revolves around the Blue Sky Union,...

Flying Saucer Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

You are Boon, a military pilot, who lives together with Emily in a house somewhere in the USA. Your brother...

DOS (1994)

Flying Tigers is a simple overhead shooter in the spirit of Raiden and Raptor. In the year 2047, a terrorist...

DOS (1994)

Obviously a sequel to Flying Tigers, this game makes us the pilot of a hi-tech ship, known as "Flying Tiger"....

Windows (2004)

Flyonoid is a 2D platform game where hordes of alien scum attacked the little green planet. These monstrous creatures harassed...

Windows (2007)

Flyout is a vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up written for the Shmup-Dev Autofire 2007 competition. The player controls a small ship flying up...

Forbes Corporate Warrior Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Forbes Corporate Warrior uses the first person shooter genre as a metaphor for the cutthroat business world. The premise is...

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Evil Lord has set up a system of defences on the Forbidden Planet, to help him return to power....

Windows (1997)

Forced Alliance is a space combat simulation. In the game, you play a pilot who is a member of a...

Commodore 64 (1987)

In the year 2430 there is a great war being fought amongst the stars called the 2nd Solar War. Deep...

Foreign Legion: Buckets of Blood Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Foreign Legion: Buckets of Blood is an action-based, stylistic third-person shooter. As the sole surviving member of a Foreign Legion...

Formation Armed F TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Arcade (1988)

Formation Armed F is a vertically scrolling shooter. The basic gameplay principle offers no surprises: shooting a lot of aliens...

Formation Z NES Front Cover

Windows (2004), NES (1985), MSX (1985), Wii (2009), Sharp X1 (1986), FM-7 (1985) and Arcade (1984)

The player competes in a marathon continuous scrolling horizontal shoot-em-up game across land, sea, air and outer space. You can...

Forsaken Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1998) and Nintendo 64 (1998)

Earth has been rendered largely uninhabitable by an explosion caused by a bungled experiment. Few would dare to brave its...

Fortified Zone Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

A male and a female commando named Masato Kanzaki & Mizuki Makimura have been sent to the jungle on a...

Fortress BBC Micro Front Cover

BBC Micro (1984)

Fortress is a clone of SEGA's Zaxxon, copying many elements of the original game. Using a scrolling isometric perspective, players...

The Fortress of Dr. Radiaki DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This is one of the tons of Doom clones that were released in 1994/1995. The story: Dr. Radiaki has created...

Vectrex (1983)

You are in a hovercraft in a interestingly drawn land, Ahead is the Fortress of Narzod. From it's gate come...

ZX81 (1982)

Fortress of Zorlac is a shoot 'em up with some similarities to Yars' Revenge. The player's objective is to rid...

Fortress Underground Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

A hostile power station has been discovered in a huge underground cavern. Your mission is to destroy it. Your battle...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1988)

Four Great Games: Volume 3 is a collection of four games with three released games and one unreleased game that...

Four Second Fury Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Four Second Fury is, similar to the WarioWare series, a collection of 20 micro games. Each game lasts four seconds...

VIC-20 (1983)

Fourth Encounter is a fixed screen shoot 'em up for one or two players. As the title might indicate it...

DOS (1997)

The Fourth Generation is a shareware side-scrolling shoot 'em up game with pre-rendered graphics. The player controls a futuristic aircraft...

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