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
, 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
Game Boy Color (2001)
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The Muppet CD-ROM: Muppets Inside is based on the TV shows The Muppet Show and Muppets Tonight and features seven...
Genesis (1990) and Wii (2009)
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PlayStation 2 (2005)
Mushihimesama is a vertically scrolling shooter; players need to control their character over the constantly scrolling terrain and score points...
Xbox 360 (2009)
Mushihimesama Futari is a port of the 2006 arcade "bullet hell" shooter of the same name, and the sequel to...
PlayStation 2 (2005)
The limited edition of Mushihimesama contains the following items:
The game Mushihimesama
A collectible figurine
DOS (1987), Oric (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)
Mushroom Mania is a shoot 'em up that clones the Centipede game style. The player must shoot at a giant...
In Muslim Massacre, a game of modern religious genocide, the player is invited to "stop acting like a liberal pussy"...
Mutant Alert is a real time 1st person shooting game where you control a scientist in a lab that tries...
Mutant Mahem is a top-down shooter where you have to destroy uncountable numbers of mutants while staying alive. At the...
Amstrad CPC (1987), Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)
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Linux (2002), Windows (2002), Macintosh (2002) and Xbox (2005)
The inhabitants of a world, far away, are been hit by dark ray and have been transformed into rampaging mutants....
Amstrad CPC (1986), MSX (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Commodore 64 (1986)
In this unofficial adaptation of the film "The Jewel of the Nile", three travelers have been captured by a dictatorial...
MSX (1991), Amiga (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), Atari ST (1990), DOS (1990) and ZX Spectrum (1991)
Acquiring the title of Supreme Magician, you should travel from the Marsh of Eternal Stench to the Garden of Eden,...
TurboGrafx CD (1993)
In a world where advanced technology and magic co-exist, the Magic Empire controls the vast arid wastelands and the dwellings...
CD-i (1993) and DOS (1993)
Mystic Midway: Phantom Express is a gallery shooter and spin off from the game Mystic Midway: Rest in Pieces. In...
DOS (1994) and CD-i (1992)
Mystic Midway: Rest In Pieces is basically a shooting gallery with a B-movies/TV horror theme - complete with a demonic...
PlayStation (1998), PlayStation 3 (2010), PSP (2010) and PS Vita (2012)
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N90 LAN is a platform shooter multiplayer game intended to be played over a local area network. It has some...
Sharp X68000 (1990)
In 21th century the Earth became overpopulated, and humans began building colonies in the solar system. Technological expansion led to...
The year is 1966, shortly after USA deployed its troops to participate in the Vietnam War. Alan "The Bear" Westmoreland,...
PlayStation 2 (2001), GameCube (2002) and Xbox (2002)
A total of 12 games are offered in Namco Museum:
PlayStation 3 (2010)
Namco Museum Essentials is a compilation of six games:
This Namco Museum series member combines Pac-Mania, Dragon Spirit (which is a combination of 1942 and Xevious), Metro-Cross (a type...
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