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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John Romero's Daikatana Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Nintendo 64 (2000)

Hiro Miyamoto is a martial arts instructor and a member of an ancient clan of fighters. One day he learns...

John Woo presents Stranglehold Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

A new triad gang called the Golden Kane is gaining strength in Hong Kong and starts to openly threaten the...

John Woo presents Stranglehold (Collector's Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

This Collector's Edition includes: John Woo presents Stranglehold Poetry in Slow Motion: behind-the-scenes documentary Extended cinematic sequences Video showing the...

Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising is mainly a multiplayer modern warfare game. With as much as 150 players (although 64-128 players...

Jonathan Kane: The Protector Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Hidden Target is a hybrid of first-person shooting action and tense third-person stealth gaming.When a new terrorist organization (Scarlet Vengeance)...

Windows (1996)

You are Josephine. An assassin that has to complete missions for her agency. The game is a first person shooter...

Atari 8-bit (1982)

In Journey to the Planets, you play a spacefarer who must find a way to return to his home planet....

Judge Dredd PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997) and PS Vita (2012)

Trouble in Mega-City One: An unidentified perpetrator has taken hostages, including the mayor. Attempts to apprehend him have already led...

Judge Dredd Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

You are Judge Dredd. Your job is to track down unsolved crimes in Mega City and solve them. To do...

Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Judge Dredd is back. The comic book character who acts as judge, jury, and executioner makes another video game appearance...

Judgement Silversword: Rebirth Edition WonderSwan Color Front Cover

WonderSwan Color (2004)

In your space fighter, the S-AIXAK, you'll be going up against the minions of the Judgement Silversword. Starting from a...

Juggernaut Corps: First Assault Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The Alliance has been invaded by an alien force named Species CAN-8932. The Council of Elders decreed that the Juggernaut...

Juggernaut: The New Story For Quake II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Some time in the future, refugees from earth have gone to colonize Callisto and Europa, both moons of Jupiter. The...

Jumping Flash! PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995), PSP (2006), PlayStation 3 (2006), Android (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

Jumping Flash is a first-person 3D action platformer where the player must use their triple-jump and special weapons to defeat...

DOS (1990)

This is a nice and simple game. You pilot a plane, and you just blow other planes up, while performing...

Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Jump Jet let's you fly the pride of the British navy, the Harrier VTOL fighter, across sea and land in...

Jump Raven Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994) and Macintosh (1994)

Jump Raven is the second title released by Cyberflix. The game is set in New York in an undefined period...

Jungle Legend Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Jungle Legend is a 3D first person action game that takes place in the jungle. A strange disease is spreading...

ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Jungle Warfare is 2D rail shooter, clone of Operation Wolf. The player is a commando, who must traverse through enemy...

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), MSX (1983) and Arcade (1983)

This game is a 2D shooter. You have to destroy the enemy's Magnet Power Station with your gun. There are...

Windows (2003)

A giant computer code-named "Juno" has been infiltrated by a enemy program. This program is set to destroy the computer's...

Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1987)

Jupiter Probe is a vertically scrolling shooter in which the player has the task to fly over Jupiter to collect...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Jupiter and its moons are colonized, and are an ideal setting for motor racing. 3 lap races featuring 3 cars...

Jurassic Park DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

A game based on the hit movie Jurassic Park.The game starts just after the T-Rex pushes the visitor's van into...

Jurassic Park Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

One of many games based on the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park, the version for Sega's 8-bit systems combines side-scrolling shooting...

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