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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Alien Breed 3: Descent Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Descent is the third and final chapter of the Alien Breed: Evolution series. The player commands Chief Engineer Theodore Conrad...

Alien Breed 3D II: The Killing Grounds Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1996)

Alien Breed 3D II: The Killing Grounds is a first-person 3D shooter with full-screen graphics. The story is directly connected...

Alien Breed: Evolution - Episode 1 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Based on the original Alien Breed, Alien Breed: Evolution attempts to revitalize this top-down shooter series.Evolution uses a 3D engine...

Alien Breed II: The Horror Continues Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993) and BlackBerry (2013)

Alien Breed II: The Horror Continues has Gauntlet-influenced gameplay, similar to the original Alien Breed (and the Alien Breed Special...

Windows (2005)

A continuation of the classic Alien Breed top-down series introducing new levels and various improvements on the original concept. In...

Alien Breed: Special Edition 92 Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992) and BlackBerry (2013)

An interrim between Alien Breed and its sequel. Gameplay is the same as its predecessor - each level is a...

Alien Breed Special Edition & Qwak Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga CD32 (1994)

Alien Breed Special Edition & Qwak is a compilation which includes the following games on one CD:Alien Breed: Special Edition...

Alien Breed: Tower Assault DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Amiga (1994), Amiga CD32 (1994) and BlackBerry (2013)

A scientific outpost on a far off planet has been attacked. Nothing is known about the attackers, since all communications...

Alien Brigade Atari 7800 Front Cover

Atari 7800 (1990)

Alien Brigade is a side scrolling shooter similar to Operation Wolf. Aliens have arrived on earth and have brainwashed both...

Atari 8-bit (1991)

Alienbusters is a game similar to Battlezone. The player controls a tank whose task is to liberate the Solar System....

Alien Cabal DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (1997)

In Alien Cabal, aliens have invaded Earth. Now it is the player's responsibility to move through the levels and shoot...

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Ex commando Really Shooter and his mother Poor Mama is running the cleaning service Clean House together. Sometimes when aliens...

Alien Conspiracy Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1998)

On an unnamed planet the primordial races of Snoot and Gram have warred with each other since time immemorial, each...

Jupiter Ace (1984)

Alien Defender is a single screen shooter where the idea is to move around the screen in your spacecraft blasting...

Alien Disco Safari Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The story is inspired by NASA's Pioneer 10 and 11 missions. They carried golden plaques to space, depicting humans, in...

BBC Micro (1982) and Electron (1983)

Alien Dropout is a fixed screen shoot 'em up based on the arcade game Astro Invader. Earth is threatened by...

ZX81 (1982)

Alien-Dropout is a shoot 'em up based on the arcade game Astro Invader. Earth is once again threatened by aliens...

Alien Gate CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1993)

Alien Gate is a vertical scrolling shoot 'em up in which you fly a spacecraft over alien terrain while shooting...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

The sequel to Highway Encounter, which has a similar game system and appearance despite being written by someone else. Your...

Sinclair QL (1987)

Alien Hijack is an isometric action-adventure game set in 2003 aboard the ship S P C Forward where the protagonist...

Alien Hominid PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Game Boy Advance (2006), Xbox (2005), GameCube (2004) and Xbox 360 (2007)

You're a little yellow alien. The FBI has shot down your ship while flying over planet Earth. And it, quite...

Alien Hominid Browser Front Cover

Browser (2002)

This flash version of Alien Hominid spawned the many console versions later released. This version only features the first level,...

Windows (2003)

Alien Horde is a side-scrolling shooter in a space setting. Your task is to rescue a man named Stig, who...

Alien Hunter Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Alien Hunter is a first-person shooter (FPS) in which the player's character has been abducted by aliens and the player...

Windows (2001)

Alien Infestation is a third-person shooter set in a dark future. The player is a marine armed with guns who...

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