User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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 (1995)

Played all six episodes of Jazz Jackrabbit and still can't get enough? Then play this special "Christmas" edition of Jazz....

Commodore 64 (1984) and Oric (1984)

Jeep is an arcade action game similar to Moon Patrol. You are in command of lunar jeep and need to...

Commodore 64 (1987)

The discovery of rich mineral deposits on Saturn's moons has made our solar system one of the most hotly contested...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Jetbrix is a single screen side view shooter where you control a spaceman with a jet-pack who has to make...

JetFighter 2015 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

This is an arcade style simulator, not focusing on real stuff like take-off and landing and the complications of these...

JetFighter IV: Fortress America Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Defend the USA! Take the high-tech arsenal of F-22 Raptor, F/A-18 Hornet, and F-14 Tomcat against terrorists and invading armies!...

Jet Force Gemini Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

Twins Juno and Vela, and their dog Lupus, are Jet Force Gemini, intergalactic police. Their mission? Stop the evil space...

DOS (1991)

Remaking the classic Spectrum game 'Jetpac' from Ultimate Play the Game, the titular hero must fly around shooting aliens, initially...

Jetpac ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

Jetman has crash-landed on a distant planet, with ledges suspended in mid-air and populated by various nasties, and he must...

Atari ST (1992)

First assemble your rocket by collecting the three rocket pieces with your jetpack, then fill it with fuel by collecting...

Jetpack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

You are an explorer trying to gather green gems from more than 100 small dungeons. You have a jetpack and...

DOS (1993)

Jetpack Christmas Special is a freeware edition of Jetpack featuring new, Christmas themed levels from the original developers. In this...

Jetpac Refuelled Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

As a delivery pilot for the Acme Interstellar Transport Company, you're sent to far off distant planets to deliver rocket...

Jetpak: Solar Crisis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This remake of the platform game of 1983 completely updates the presentation, replacing the graphics and sounds with new ones...

Jets 'n' Guns Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2006)

In Jets'n'Guns you assume the role of a freelance pilot who has to save the entire Universe. Your old Colonel,...

Jets 'n' Guns Gold Linux Front Cover

Linux (2009), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

This is an expanded version of Jets'n'Guns which features several improvements to the original game.The main enhancements are the increased...

ZX Spectrum (1988)

Jet-Story is a sequel to Planet of Shades. The player controls a spaceship in a huge game world. His task...

Windows (2005)

Jewel of Orion is a vertical-scrolling space shooter. Use the arrow keys to move and the Z key to fire....

JFK Reloaded Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This interactive reenactment puts the player on the sixth floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository building, in Lee Harvey Oswald's...

Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), SNES (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius is the third in the Parodius series. It retains the same gameplay and humorous elements that substantiated...

Jim Power in "Mutant Planet" TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), TurboGrafx CD (1993) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Jim Power was a hero who one day while travelling through the forest, encountered a dimensional rift into a strange...

Jim Power: The Lost Dimension in 3D SNES Front Cover

DOS (1993) and SNES (1993)

In in this altered and expanded port of the original Amiga title, Earth has always blocked "The Lost Dimension" and...

Commodore 64 (1984)

The Golden City is being run by the evil Ilfreet who lives in an inner sanctum surrounded by guards. Problem...

Joe Blade Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1987), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Tough guy Joe Blade must rescue six respected leaders from the madcap Crax Bloodfinger, who has kidnapped them in different...

Johnny Bazookatone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and 3DO (1996)

The original guitar hero with the Elvis attitude and purple hair pompadour, Johnny Bazookatone, has been imprisoned in the year...

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