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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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DOS (1996)

Visiting a pub can be really dangerous, especially when not all arguments are solved by bare fists. The participants aim...

Katharsis DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Katharsis is a game with classic side-scrolling shooter gameplay. It has 3D backgrounds, colorful graphics and an integrated storyline. The...

Keio Flying Squadron SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

Keio Flying Squadron chronicles the adventures of Rami, the little bunny-suited member of the flying squadron tasked with the protection...

Ken's Labyrinth DOS Front Cover

Linux (2002), DOS (1993) and Windows (2002)

Ken's Labyrinth is a first-person 3D shooter. The protagonist has to escape from an underground labyrinth populated by monsters while...

Kether CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1993)

Kether is a mixture of genres that include space flight, puzzle-solving and corridor shooting. The story takes place in space...

Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

There are a group of scientists in East Germany who want to defect to the West. Problem is the authorities...

K. Hawk: Survival Instinct Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

A budget game from JoWood. Helicopter pilot Kitty Hawk is shot down while trying to deliver a navy SEAL to...

Kiaidan 00 TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

In 21st century, Tokyo was suddenly attacked by combined forces of robotic and organic alien races. A special giant mecha...

Kid Icarus: Uprising Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Kid Icarus Uprising is the third full game in the Kid Icarus series with a story taking place 25 years...

KiKi KaiKai MSX Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990), MSX (1987), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1986)

The youngest child of a mysteriously disappeared family didn't join the family on a journey to a far and unknown...

NES (1987)

A port of the arcade shooter of the same name, Kiki Kaikai Dotou Hen puts you in the shoes of...

Kileak: The DNA Imperative PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995)

Scientist Dr. Kim has taken his experiments in genetic engineering one step too far. A strike team of the International...

Amstrad CPC (1986), BBC Micro (1986), Electron (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Killapede is a shooter based on the arcade game Centipede where you have to shoot a centipede like creature which...

Killego Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Killego puts the player behind the gun of a Lego Assassin who must transverse a maze and kill the many...

Killer7 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and GameCube (2005)

In an alternate version of the Earth's history, a treaty was signed in the early 21st century, during which all...

Killerhuhn 3D Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Killerhuhn 3D is a Moorhuhn variant. The basic gameplay is still the same: The player has a gun and shoots...

Atari 2600 (1983)

For decades, the weapons satellites have orbited Earth harmlessly. Now, for unknown reasons, they have dropped from the sky to...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Your mission is to fly your spacecraft through tunnels in an underground cavern shooting 12 bulbs to move the next...

Killing Floor Linux Front Cover Censored version

Linux (2013), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2010)

Killing Floor is a co-op horror FPS from the makers of Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45.Your team is deployed in London...

Killing Floor: Calamity Ouya Front Cover

Ouya (2013)

Killing Floor: Calamity is a top-down shooter based on the first-person shooter Killing Floor. It takes place in the cities...

The Killing Game Show Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

This is a vertical platformer with horizontal wrap-around. For the entertainment of the futuristic masses, you play a criminal that...

Commodore 64 (1990)

You have survived a battle in space but your craft is damaged beyond repair and needs evacuating, so in your...

Atari ST (2014)

Killing Spree is a shoot-'em-up, which scrolls to the horizon. The landscape is created with polygons, and zooming sprites are...

Killing Time Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), 3DO (1995) and Macintosh (1997)

In the early 1930's, Tess Conway, obsessed with ancient Egypt, and her guests vanished without trace... right in the middle...

Macintosh (2005)

Kill Monty is a top-down shooter in which the player controls the Freeverse mascot Jen. The object of the game...

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