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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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Jupiter Ace (1984)

Alien Defender is a single screen shooter where the idea is to move around the screen in your spacecraft blasting...

Alien Disco Safari Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The story is inspired by NASA's Pioneer 10 and 11 missions. They carried golden plaques to space, depicting humans, in...

BBC Micro (1982) and Electron (1983)

Alien Dropout is a fixed screen shoot 'em up based on the arcade game Astro Invader. Earth is threatened by...

ZX81 (1982)

Alien-Dropout is a shoot 'em up based on the arcade game Astro Invader. Earth is once again threatened by aliens...

Alien Gate CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1993)

Alien Gate is a vertical scrolling shoot 'em up in which you fly a spacecraft over alien terrain while shooting...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

The sequel to Highway Encounter, which has a similar game system and appearance despite being written by someone else. Your...

Sinclair QL (1987)

Alien Hijack is an isometric action-adventure game set in 2003 aboard the ship S P C Forward where the protagonist...

Alien Hominid PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Game Boy Advance (2006), Xbox (2005), GameCube (2004) and Xbox 360 (2007)

You're a little yellow alien. The FBI has shot down your ship while flying over planet Earth. And it, quite...

Alien Hominid Browser Front Cover

Browser (2002)

This flash version of Alien Hominid spawned the many console versions later released. This version only features the first level,...

Windows (2003)

Alien Horde is a side-scrolling shooter in a space setting. Your task is to rescue a man named Stig, who...

Alien Hunter Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Alien Hunter is a first-person shooter (FPS) in which the player's character has been abducted by aliens and the player...

Windows (2001)

Alien Infestation is a third-person shooter set in a dark future. The player is a marine armed with guns who...

Browser (1999)

Alien Invasion is an arcade shooter similar in most aspects to Space Invaders and its myriad of variants. The player...

Acorn 32-bit (1990)

Alien Invasion is a fixed screen shoot 'em up based on Space Invaders but with some additions to the gameplay....

Alien: Isolation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Fifteen years after the events of Ridley Scott's Alien Ellen Ripley's daughter Amanda is looking for answers. She is an...

Alien: Isolation (Nostromo Edition) PlayStation 4 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

This Nostromo Edition includes: Alien: Isolation (base game) Alien: Isolation - Crew Expendable (DLC)

Alien Outbreak 2: Invasion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Four alien races determined to wipe out the Galarion system have only one thing in their way. A small ship...

DOS (1997)

Looking for a frantic action game that is all over in around 30 seconds? If so, this is your game....

Alien Rage Unlimited Windows Front Cover

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

The name Alien Rage Unlimited is a pretty precise summary of the plot premise: Humanity broke a treaty with the...

Alien Raiders Microvision Front Cover

Microvision (1981)

Alien Raiders is one of the two Microvision games released in 1981. It is a fast-paced action game set in...

Alien Rampage DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Alien Rampage is a 2D side-scroller with large animated sprites and multiple layers of parallaxing backgrounds.You are a lone angry...

Alien Resurrection PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Two hundred years after the events of AlienĀ³, Lieutenant Ellen Ripley is cloned by military scientists interested in the Alien...

Atari ST (1992)

Aliens is a shoot'em-up game for high-resolution only. Just like in Space Invaders you control a spaceship at the bottom...

Windows 3.x (1993)

Aliens is a single player shareware game based on Taito's Space Invaders. As with the classic Space Invaders game the...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Aliens! is a shooter in the vein of Space Invaders. Aliens will spawn infinitely at the top of the screen...

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