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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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TurboGrafx CD (1990)

Legion is a horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up. The player controls a fighter pilot who defends an unnamed futuristic Empire from an...

Atari ST (1992)

Leonid is a Tetris clone in high resolution for one player written in GFA Basic.At the main menu the player...

Lethal Enforcers SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), Genesis (1993), SEGA CD (1993) and Arcade (1992)

Pick up your pistol and be the cop you need to be in order to rid the streets of the...

Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994) and SEGA CD (1994)

In this sequel to Lethal Enforcers you are the sheriff of a town set in the old Wild West. Using...

Lethal Enforcers I & II PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Lethal Enforcers I & II contains the Konami coin-op shooters Lethal Enforcers & Lethal Enforcers II: Gunfighters both on one...

PlayStation 2 (2001)

When the ice in the Siberian region melts, a worldwide catastrophe occurs and 90% of the earth is submerged under...

Lethal Skies II PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Lethal Skies II is a combat flight simulator which continues the story of the first game adding a powerful, new...

Lethal Tender DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Bad boy Nick Hunter must thwart the evil Thorne Devereaux's plan to coat U.S. currency with a time delayed explosive...

Lethal Weapon Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

In this game, based on the movie series, you can play as Martin Riggs or Roger Murtaugh to complete four...

Lethal Xcess: Wings of Death II Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

After the events of Wings of Death, the once evil sorcerer Sagyr has been reintegrated into society and only does...

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Lethal Zone is a German horizontal shooter in the same vein as the R-Type series of games. You control a...

Leucistic Wyvern Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Leucistic Wyvern is a third-person scrolling shooter reminiscent of Space Harrier. The player controls a wyvern from behind, shooting at...

Leviathan Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Leviathan takes place on isometric science-fiction landscapes where all enemies have to be destroyed. So the player mans a space...

Liberation Maiden iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), iPad (2013) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Shoko Ozora is the newly elected president of New Japan at a time when the country is being attacked by...

Liberty Wings iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Liberty Wings is a shooter set during World War II where the player controls a plane. The game mixes three...

DOS (1999)

Liero is like Worms but with players battling in realtime instead of turn-based.At the start of the game, each player...

Windows (2003)

Liero Xtreme is an online multiplayer game based on the original game called Liero. It is also similar to Worms...

Life Force NES Front Cover

NES (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), TurboGrafx-16 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1988), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X68000 (1988) and Arcade (1986)

In a distant part of the universe, an alien creature called Zelos was born. As he grew so did his...

MSX (1987)

Life in the Fast Lane can best be described as a cross between Trailblazer, for its bouncy ball on a...

Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

The Galaxy Federation has defeated the forces of the Orn Empire. But the former allies of Orn have united into...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Regulus system has been attacked by alien forces, and you are the only Terran fighter in place to clear...

Light Force Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1989)

This compilation contains four games. Bio Challenge IK+ R-Type Voyager

Lightspeed DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

In the future, the Earth is a wasteland, unable to sustain human life any longer. Mankind's only hope is to...

Line of Fire ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Unusually, this Operation Wolf-influenced shoot 'em up sees you start behind enemy lines, and gradually attempting to escape. As you've...

Line of Fire SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1991)

A man by the name of Jack infiltrates an enemy base and discovers a secret weapon. Soon he is hunted...

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