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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Inferno+ Android Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2013), iPad (2012) and Ouya (2013)

Inferno+ is a twin-stick shooter where you control a small round ship along 40+ levels. Each 2D level is a...

Infestation DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and FM Towns (1992)

The Alpha 2 research colony on Xelos has been invaded by aliens, wiping out the crew and laying 167 of...

Infestation: Survivor Stories Windows Front Cover Original cover

Windows (2012)

Infestation: Survivor Stories, better known under its original title The War Z, is set in the zombie apocalypse. The game...

The Infinity Project iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

The Talon's are a technologically advanced race that wants to strip Earth for it resources. Of course Earth has a...

Windows (2007)

Inhabited Island: Prisoner of Power is a first-person shooter based on the novel Inhabited Island ("Prisoner of Power" in the...

Inika Island Assault Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Inika Island Assault is a Flash game promoting LEGO BIONICLE's 2006 line. The player controls one of the six Toa...

Commodore 64 (1989)

Inner Space is a horizontally side scrolling shooter where you control a spaceship and must blast wave after wave of...

In Pursuit of Greed DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

It is the year 15432, and criminal organizations are flourishing. Scavenging has become increasing profitable, since the criminal elite is...

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2011)

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is a side-scrolling action game in which an alien in a small flying saucer has to...

Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1987)

This shoot 'em up scrolls vertically at constant speed. As well as waves of aliens, there are lots of mounted...

Nintendo DS (2008)

Insecticide is a handheld take on the PC version. In the future, Insects have become the dominant species on Earth...

Insecticide: Part 1 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Insecticide: Part 1 is set in a world that has been overtaken by insects. It takes place a long time...

Windows (2005)

Insect Invade II is an action game where the player controls a naked man who is trying to defend himself...

Insector X Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990), NES (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Mecha Insect forces collide in this side-scrolling shooter, set in a garden, passing buildings and other scenery. Fight wasps, bees...

Insects in Space Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Insects in Space is a side-scrolling shooter with similarities to Defender. Insects killed everyone on Earth except a few babies....

Inside a Star-filled Sky Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Inside a Star-filled Sky is a top-shooter set inside maze-like environments. The player controls a creature that can be guided...

Virtual Boy (1995)

Insmouse no Yakata is an action game where the player must survive many mazes filled with mutated monsters. When starting...

Instinct Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Instinct is a story-driven first-person-shooter that takes place in a modern setting. The player will take the roles of three...

Insurgency Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Insurgency is a online-only multiplayer shooter set in the Middle East. Rebels and government troops fight each other on the...

Amiga (1990)

Intact is a vertically scrolling shooter. The player uses a space ship to fly through four levels. Of course there...

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

The sequel to Intellivision Lives!, this compilation includes over 30 more emulated Intellivision games, primarily those originally published by Activision...

Intensity XS Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Mon Saanti Empire has conquered most of the galaxy's peaceful species and bio-engineered them into weapons. You are the...

Intensity XS: ReCharge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Mon Saanti Empire is broken and the galaxy is at peace. But a new threat looms. The Mon Saar,...

DOS (1993)

The aliens are here, and they're hellbent on razing city after city to the ground, by indiscriminately dropping bombs from...

Intergalactic Exterminator Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Intergalactic Exterminator is a single player variant of Centipede.The object of the game being to eradicate the bugs before they...

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