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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Alan Wake's American Nightmare Windows Front Cover Portrait version

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2012)

Alan Wake's American Nightmare is a follow-up to 2010's Alan Wake. Taking place two years after the first game, protagonist...

Alcatraz DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

A drug baron took over Alcatraz prison and now the player takes the role of an U.S. Navy Seal to...

Alcatraz Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Alcatraz is a first-person shooter set in the Alcatraz Island. Terrorists take over the island and plan to hit San...

A.L.C.O.N. Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Thomson TO (1987) and Arcade (1986)

A.L.C.O.N. is a forward-scrolling spaceship shooting game taking place over the planet Orac. Alien enemies have occupied the planet in...

SuperGrafx (1991)

The year is 2020, and global depression has descended upon the societies of the Earth. When humans least expect it,...

Aleste 2 MSX Front Cover

MSX (1989)

20 years after the last fight with DIA51 an unidentified space fortress appeared and started an massive attack. Ray Waizen,...

MSX (1989)

The main difference of this vertical shoot 'em up with its predecessors Aleste and Aleste 2 is that in this...

Amiga (1991)

Aliantor is a Defender variant, but instead of side-scrolling in a 3D-environment. Besides the usual alien attack on a space...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

This is the tenth and final episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

ABC Television released this promotional episodic videogame to hype the TV show starring Jennifer Garner as an undercover CIA spy...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

This is the second episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

This is the third episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the TV show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

This is the fourth episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

This is the fifth episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

This is the sixth episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

This is the seventh episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

This is the eighth episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

This is the ninth and second-to-last episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show...

Alien Supervision Front Cover

Supervision (1992)

Alien is a basic side-scrolling shooter where the player controls a fighter jet and must shoot down a variety of...

Arcade (1993)

Alien 3: The Gun is a rail shooter, loosely based on the movie Alien 3. Players are Colonial Marines, who...

Windows (2006)

Travel to other worlds and beam up aliens for scientific experimentation! Offering a slight twist on the alien abduction cliche,...

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1983) and TI-99/4A (1983)

Alien Addition is an educational game that mixes maths problems with the gameplay of a shoot 'em up. The player...

Alien Ambush Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Apple II (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

A rather simple, yet original, vertical space shooter. You control a small space fighter tasked with extermination of hordes of...

Alien Assault Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Alien Assault is a fast-paced and easy to pick up top-down shooter with retro graphics and music. Players control the...

Alienators: Evolution Continues Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Alienators: Evolution Continues is a side-scrolling action game based on the animated TV show of the same name. The player...

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