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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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Atari ST (1987), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Thomson MO (1987)

HMS Cobra: Convois pour Mourmansk, as its name implies, is about one of the 78 arctic convoys of World War...

Windows (2010)

HMS Diptera is a short first person shooter created with FPS Creator.You are John Reid, a security guard assigned to...

Hogan's Alley NES Front Cover

NES (1984) and Arcade (1984)

This game involves the use of the Nintendo Light Zapper, and has, truly, no plot. You are in the police...

Apple II (1989)

The planet Cross is invaded by the army of the Galaxy Breakers. Prince Duke is imprisoned, but manages to break...

Dragon 32/64 (1984)

You are a small man living in a protective bubble. Your job is to clear the aquatic screen from the...

Homefront Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Homefront paints a scenario where the United States has lost its status as a world superpower, and is invaded by...

Homura PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Arcade (2005)

An evil fallen angel steals the Divine Crystal, one of Heaven's untouchable treasures. With this crystal he gains the power...

Supervision (1992)

Honey Bee is a vertically-scrolling shooter that bears a striking similarity to Konami's TwinBee. The player controls a cute-looking ship...

Windows (2007)

Honeyblaster has classic shoot-em-up gameplay, but with the player controlling a humble-bee in its natural environment rather than a ship...

Hong Pong DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

Hong Pong is a Pong variant set in five different war zones (including one hidden) and with tanks instead of...

Commodore 64 (1986)

The evil forces of Kerllis IX are causing havoc across the Universe by invading planets and overrunning them. The leader...

DOS (1992)

Hoosier City is a top-down action game in 3 episodes. You must rid a city of evil mutants in a...

Apple II (1982)

While on a routine patrol of one of the five planetoid outposts of the Galactic Federation, you are set upon...

Windows (2001)

Hornado is 2D side-scrolling shoot 'em up similar to Katakis, X-Out or R-Type. The player controls a spaceship, flies to...

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

Originating on the arcades (where it was known as Demon's World to the Western audience), Horror Story is an "old-style"...

Windows (2003)

Horrorween is a top-down 2D shooter with gameplay mechanics very similar to Crimsonland. The player fights against hordes of zombies...

Hostage: Rescue Mission DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), NES (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990), Apple IIgs (1990), MSX (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), Macintosh (1989), BBC Micro (1990), Electron (1990) and Acorn 32-bit (1990)

Terrorists have overrun an embassy and hold the people inside as hostages. You control six counter-terrorists whose mission is to...

Atari ST (1990)

Hostile Reception is a multi screen shoot'em-up game written in STOS.You must destroy the evil Slians and restore peace to...

Hotbarrels Clay Pigeon Shooting Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

Hotbarrels Clay Pigeon Shooting is a one or two player shooting game that plays directly from the CD. It is...

Amiga (1989)

In this game you play the role of a detective who is hunting murderers in a hotel. The gameplay involves...

Hotline Miami Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), PS Vita (2013) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Hotline Miami is a violent top-down action game set in Miami, Florida in 1989. The protagonist is a hitman, nicknamed...

Hottāman no Chitei Tanken NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

In Hottāman no Chitei Tanken, players help guide Hottāman as he explores fifteen different underground locales. The most important part...

Hot Wheels: Beat That! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and Wii (2007)

In Hot Wheels: Beat That!, the player can take the controls of 30 authentic Hot Wheels cars and compete in...

Windows (2001)

Hot Wheels: Jetz puts the player in the cockpit of one of seven available jet fighters. The mission: Save your...

Hour of Victory Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Xbox 360 (2007)

Hour of Victory is a World War II-themed first-person shooter from nFusion, the guys responsible for the Deadly Dozen series.Players...

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