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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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Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2001)

Aliens Versus Predator (Gold Edition) is a compilation with the following content: Aliens Versus Predator Aliens Versus Predator: Millennium Expansion...

Windows (2000)

Aliens Versus Predator: Millennium Expansion Pack is an add-on for Aliens Versus Predator. It adds nine new levels for single-...

Aliens vs Predator Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Aliens vs Predator is an update of the 1999 PC game Aliens Versus Predator, in which the player can choose...

Aliens vs Predator (Hunter Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Aliens vs Predator (Hunter Edition) is a collector's release of Rebellion's 2010 AvP remake, and contains the following: The...

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

This Survivor Edition includes: Aliens vs Predator Steelbook case The O-Ring (clear plastic sleeve) A manual sized PDLC insert with...

Alien Swarm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Alien Swarm is a four player Co-Op game which is based on a Unreal Tournament 2004 mod of the same...

ZX Spectrum (1982)

Alien Swarm is a simple space shooter similar to Galaxian. The player controls a space ship and shoots aliens. The...

BBC Micro (1983)

Alien Swirl is a fixed screen shoot 'em up in the style of Moon Cresta and Phoenix. The player controls...

Alien Syndrome DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), NES (1988), Atari ST (1988), Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), Sharp X68000 (1992) and Arcade (1986)

Alien Syndrome is a scrolling shooter arcade conversion.Your job is to run around and rescue all the captives and make...

Alien Syndrome PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007) and Wii (2007)

Alien Syndrome is a top down shooter inspired by Sega's original Alien Syndrome action game. The games story takes place...

Amiga (1994)

Alien Target is a first person side-scrolling shooter. The player assumes the role of an alien hunter. Using a machine...

Windows (2002)

An alien raiding force is coming to Earth, seeking the "green gold" (hemp). When the aliens have located the ideal...

Windows (2011)

Alien Terminator Deluxe is a 3D shooter where the player directs a futuristic combat vehicle. The game is set in...

Alien Trilogy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

Alien Trilogy is a first-person shooter based on the first three Alien movies. You control Lt. Ripley in three sections,...

Alien Typhoon Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981)

Alien Typhoon is a variant of the arcade game Galaxian. It is a shoot-'em-up where a formation of alien ships...

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1991)

You, Kai are about to marry your sweetheart Medb, but Slough Feg and his minions have kidnapped her and taken...

DOS (1989)

You must kill off endless waves of aliens. You do this by flying around a screen (using your rocket pack)...

Alien Zombie Megadeath Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Alien Zombie Megadeath is the sequel to Alien Zombie Death. It is a fast-paced shooter set in fenced, horizontally-scrolling 2D...

Amiga (1990)

In Aliex, the player takes the role of a space pilot who was shot down over a planet. The good...

Alive 4-ever Returns iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

In Alive 4-ever Returns the player takes the role over one of four characters who trie to survive the zombie...

Alleykat Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

Alleykat is a vertically-scrolling racer with elements of a shoot-em up game. The player, a speeder pilot, strives to become...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Alley Oops' game screen loosely resembles a bowling alley, with the player moving left and right across the 8 lanes,...

Atari 2600 (2001)

As waves of aliens attack, you must kill them all before you are killed yourself. There are eight different aliens,...

Arcade (1994)

Alligator Hunt is an arcade shoot 'em up, similar to Blood Bros.One or two players take on the role of...

Windows (2009)

All Of Our Friends Are Dead is a side-scrolling platform shooter with a horror theme. There is no background story,...

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