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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 (2000)

G-sector is a freeware 3D shooter game set in the future. The game is a third-person shooter with "extreme sports"...

Guard Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Guard is a side-scrolling space shooter. The player assumes the role of the space fighter pilot in the Galactic Corps....

Atari 2600 (1982)

Guardian is an arcade action game for one or two players. In an intergalactic war, an enemy ship called Dromeda...

Guardian Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Resembling Starfox in many ways, Guardian is a fast and furious shoot 'em up. You skim over the surface of...

VIC-20 (1981)

The name "Guardian" sounds like a euphemism for "Defender", and indeed there are similarities. This is a side-scrolling shooter with...

Guardian Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

In this Defender clone, you are a spaceship that must protect humanoids on the mountainous terrain from approaching aliens. To...

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

The mutants are back and this time they're faster. In your Mk.II Fighter you have to stop the Raiders flying...

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...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Your planet is being raided by Space Pirates and you have been tasked to meet them on the Desert of...

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...

Browser (2002)

An evil cult known as Dragon Slavers has taken over one of the tallest commercial towers in L.A. and they...

Browser (2002)

GunBlaze: Video Shooter is a humorous follow-up to GunBlaze by the same developer. A group of terrorists has taken over...

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....

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