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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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Windows (2001)

When Nick Cane is sent by his Boston firm to inspect a mine in Lauder, a sleepy village tucked away...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

On a research base, the geologists are being abducted while they work by aliens, and in this side view single...

Windows (1995)

Fighter is a freeware 'taster' game released as a demonstration version of a later game. It is a shoot 'em...

Fighter Pilot Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1983) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

An area of 15000 square miles is incorporated into this combat flight simulation from specialists Digital Integration. A full cockpit...

ExEn (2006)

Fighter Pilot Evolved is a game where you are controlling a plane pushed into a black hole and sending it...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Wii (2008)

Final Blaster is a vertically scrolling shooter with seven levels. As usual, the player mans a space ship, has to...

DOS (1990)

The final part of the Super Kroz trilogy. Although the aims are the same as before (i.e. solve puzzles and...

Final DOOM DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Final DOOM is the last ID-Tech 1 Doom game. It includes two separate 32 level episodes: TNT: Evilution and the...

Final DOOM PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

Final DOOM for PlayStation is a compilation of 30 levels from the PC version of Final DOOM and the Master...

Windows (2002)

Final Duel 2 is a fast action multiplayer space shoot'em up game with 3D hardware accelerated graphics and CD-quality sound...

Final Impact DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

In this game the player is the captain of the "Final Impact" squadron. As the Xarras, an alliance of hostile...

MSX (1985)

Final Justice is a vertical shoot 'em up game developed by Compile. In Final Justice, you control a space craft...

Final Orbit DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Final Orbit is a top-down giant robot action game. You pilot an egg-shaped robot, shooting everything in sight on each...

iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

A combat driving game in which the player must escape a post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with zombies after the outbreak of...

Final Soldier TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2014)

A sci-fi top-down shooter, sequel to the Star Soldier games. Once again its your job to protect the Galactic Empire...

Amiga (1988)

The Final Trip is a two dimensional vertically scrolling shooter set in space. The player controls a space ship called...

The Final Warrior Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Browser (2014) and Ouya (2014)

The Final Warrior is a simple, short and non-typical shoot-em up. The player controls a spaceship that must destroy the...

Final Zone II TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1990)

Final Zone II is a top down shooter in which you controls a soldier on some levels and vehicle on...

Final Zone Wolf MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

Final Zone Wolf is a overhead game where your in command of a small military commando team, and you move...

Wii (2009) and Arcade (1989)

Finest Hour is a run and gun shooter in which the player controls a person in an assault mech. The...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

In Fire! the player mans an advanced helicopter and tries to solve some of humanity's problems by shooting at them....

Fire and Forget DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Restore peace on earth and collect a high score while doing so in the first one of the Fire and...

DOS (1989)

Fire and Ice is a single player, space shooter.The player flies their craft over an alien landscape shooting enemy ships...

Atari 8-bit (2008)

Fireball 1k was developed for the annual Mini Game Competition and was an entry for the 1k size category.In this...

Arcade (1984)

Fire Battle is a science fiction themed vertical scrolling shoot 'em up game in which you take control of a...

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