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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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Arcade (1977)

M-4 is a very simple 2D arcade shooter game, with monochrome graphics. The player controls a tank on one side...

Windows 3.x (1992)

Anti-Mac propaganda in the form of a game. You are a PC and must shoot rotten apples at the evil...

Macintosh (1985)

Originally bundled with the C Development Package for the Macintosh 128k, MacBugs! was eventually released as freeware to promote the...

Mach 3 Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1987), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1987), Thomson TO (1987) and Thomson MO (1987)

Kill all the enemies, avoid the mines, and travel between distinct worlds to kill the evil mastermind in this behind-the-hero...

Machine Hell Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

2041 is the year in which Earth is taken over by a force of alien robots. 2041 will also be...

Machine Hunter Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1997)

A classic shooter with a twist. Aliens have invaded the Martian Colonies and reprogrammed the mining robots into killers. Earth,...

Commodore 64 (1987)

An evil robot called Nektron has enslaved three planets and it's the player's job to take on the role of...

Mach Rider NES Front Cover

NES (1985), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Wii U (2014)

Mach Rider is a motorcycle combat game set in a post-apocalyptic future. Players, represented by Mach Rider, must make their...

Windows (2003)

Macky and Pentell is a "bullet hell cute-em-up" fan game with manga-like graphics. It's based on the video game Twinkle...

Atari ST (1987) and Macintosh (1985)

The player is a small pilot in the regime of an evil dictator, but one day he finds an abandoned,...

Atari 2600 (1982)

M.A.D. (which stands for Missile Attack and Defense) is an arcade action game somewhat similar to Missile Command. You control...

Madballs in Babo: Invasion Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and Macintosh (2010)

Madballs in Babo: Invasion is a game based on a toy-line of rubber balls of the same name, originally started...

Mad Cars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Mad Cars is a top-down racing in a post-apocalyptic setting. WW III has turned the earth into a wasteland. Racers...

Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2003), SEGA CD (1994), 3DO (1994), CD-i (1995) and Arcade (1992)

The sequel to American Laser Game's original Mad Dog McCree, with pretty much the same gameplay and motion capture graphics....

Mad Dog McCree DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows (2002), SEGA CD (1993), 3DO (1994), CD-i (1994), Macintosh (1994), PlayStation 3 (2013), iPhone (2011), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Arcade (1991)

Mad Dog McCree and his gang have kidnapped the Mayor and his daughter, and its up to you to rescue...

Mad Dog McCree: Gunslinger Pack Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Mad Dog McCree: Gunslinger Pack is a conversion of American Laser Games' western-themed laserdisc shooters. Included in the pack are...

Made Man: Confessions of the Family Blood Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

The opening sees your character, Joey Verola, talking to someone else about money, lots of money. He (Joey) then goes...

TRS-80 (1982)

Mad Mines is a fixed screen shoot 'em up that includes elements from two other shooters for home computers: Ceiling...

Mad Monday Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Mad Monday is a top-down racing game where the player needs to escape the police and drive through different cities...

Windows (1997)

Humanity is in an intergalactic war with hostile aliens. You command a ship that, after a space battle, boards the...

Maelstrom Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Maelstrom is a real-time strategy game that takes place in 2050, on a savage future Earth. After an ecological disaster...

Atari ST (1988)

Maelstrom is a vertical scrolling shoot 'em up game written in 68000 assembler. You control a spaceship and have to...

Maelstrom (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover Transparent Sleeve - Front

Windows (2007)

Maelstrom (Special Edition) is a version of Maelstrom packaged in a tin box and containing a mini-strategy guide in addition...

The Mafat Conspiracy NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

You play as Golgo 13 aka Duke Togo, ace sharpshooter and assassin. Based off a character of various manga comics,...

Mafia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Tommy Angelo was an ordinary taxi driver trying to make a living on the streets of Lost Heaven, until one...

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