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
, 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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Odyssey 2 (1998)
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Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)
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BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)
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Amstrad CPC (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1983)
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